Dr Justine Howard
Associate Professor
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 602830

Dr Justine Howard is a Chartered psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.  Her background is in developmental psychology and the psychology of education.  She is also trained in Developmental and Therapeutic Play.  She has wide ranging classroom experience in primary schools and for a number of years worked as a play specialist alongside children with additional learning needs, before training as a psychologist. 

Her PhD was in the psychology of Education, specifically early education and the psychology of play and playfulness.  Her extensive publications are focused on learning and development in the early years, play and learning, the challenge of implementing a play-based curriculum, teacher’s perspectives on their role in children’s play and the therapeutic benefits of play. Justine is regularly asked to act in an expert capacity.  She has been teaching and researching in HE for more than 15 years at UG and PG level and has PhD supervision experience focused on topics directly related to education.  

 

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Teaching

  • EDN101 Introduction to Learning and Teaching

    This module will introduce students to key factors that are relevant to effective teaching and learning. It will consider evidence for effective professional practice relating to learning environments, communication strategies and behaviour management. Students will explore the various roles of the educator in contemporary educational practice and theories of teaching and learning. Specific aspects influencing effective learning will also be introduced, for example attention, motivation and expectancy effects. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own educational experiences in relation to effective teaching and learning practice.

  • EYPM05 Dissertation in Play

    The aim of this module is for students to undertake an independent study on an approved topic related to play and playwork. This could involve empirical research or a literature review. Students will be given individual as well as group advice and support either in the selection of their chosen focus for literature review or with their research design, data collection and data analysis. All students will be given guidance in relation to the presentation and structure of their dissertation.

  • EYPM11 Play Theory and Practice

    This module is a core component of the MA in Developmental and Therapeutic Play and focuses on developing theoretically justified play practice across multiple professional contexts. The module considers theories of play, definitions of play, and evidence as to the importance of play for children's health and development across multiple domains. We consider a variety of play types; exploring and evaluating the developmental and therapeutic potential of these via practical workshops, group discussions and a critical evaluation of relevant research. We consider whether any fundamental characteristics of play separate it from other modes of action. We also consider the process of play, developmental progression in play and the use of play in observation and assessment.

  • EYXM01 Researching Childhood

    This module will examine and critically analyse the advantages and limitations of various research models and research methods relevant to the social sciences. Students will examine the significance of research for professional practice with children and critically evaluate relevant published research studies. The module serves to prepare students for the completion of literature based and empirical projects. It is a requirement that all students on this module have enhanced DBS clearance.

  • EYXM07 Dissertation

    The aim of this module is for students to undertake an independent study on an approved topic related to childhood studies. This could involve empirical research or a literature review. Students will be given individual as well as group advice and support either in the selection of their chosen focus for literature review or with their research design, data collection and data analysis. All students will be given guidance in relation to the presentation and structure of their dissertation.

  • EYXM12 Understanding and Observing Child Development

    The module will consider classical and contemporary theories of child development. Various aspects of development will also be discussed (for example, language, the self, sociability and cognition). It will consider diversity and difference in relation to children's development (for example, issues relating to culture, gender or disability) and key questions relating to our understanding of children's development (for example, nature and nurture). Students will consider a range of observational techniques and will set up and undertake at least six 1-hour observations of a child and link these observations to theories of child development. The module will be of interest to anyone wishing to gain a detailed understanding of children's development and skills in reflective observation pertinent to professional practice across a range of children's services. It is a requirement that all students on this module have enhanced DBS clearance.

Supervision

  • Empowering the Future, Embracing the Past- Head Start's role in preserving the culture for the Choctaw Nation's youngest members (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Amy Brown
    Other supervisor: Dr Peter King
  • The Impact of a Music Education Program on the Emotional Well-Being of Elementary Students in a Rural Community (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Kemp
    Other supervisor: Prof Jaynie Rance
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Rees
    Other supervisor: Dr Peter King