Pete has a PhD in Childhood Studies and currently teaches modules on children’s rights, perspectives on play and therapeutic work with children on an MA Developmental and Therapeutic Play and MA Childhood Studies programmes.  In addition, Dr King is module lead for research methods on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Dr King has a background in education, gaining his PGCE in 1996, however his professional practice has been in children’s recreational time which includes the use of school space outside of the school curriculum. Peter researches and teaches in Play Theory and Practice, Researching Childhood and Perspectives on Play. His publications are directly related to the Welsh context and research has been undertaken in South Wales Local Authorities. He is interested in re-establishing early years practitioners as play professionals and the factors influencing children’s perceptions of choice within their free play activity.

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Childhood Studies specilising in play across children's services

Publications

  1. & Introduction. In Researching Play from a Playwork Perspective. (pp. 8-24). London: Routledge.
  2. & Conclusion. In Conclusion. (pp. 123-128).
  3. Process, participation and reflection: how playwork practive influenced a mixed-methods approach to researching children's choice in their play. In Researching Play from a Playwork Perspective. (pp. 90-108). London: Routledge.
  4. (2017). Why Playworkers view play as important for children and young people - A Qualitative Study.
  5. & Playwork practitioners' views on play provision in a South Wales local authority. Journal of Playwork Practice 3(1), 35-48.

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Teaching

  • EDN102 Education Across the Lifespan

    This module will introduce students to various contexts for education across the lifespan. This will include formal and informal contexts for learning. Educational practice will be considered from a historical perspective, beginning with schooling and teaching. The changing nature of education and the variety of different professionals, working in the sector, will then be examined. The module will include guest speakers from the education sector, discussing current and future developments and the impact of these on educational practice. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their understanding of education and the range of contexts in which this can occur across the lifespan.

  • EDN202 Protecting and Promoting Wellbeing in Education

    This module will focus on promoting and protecting wellbeing in the context of education. It will consider policy and legislation based on rights to, and within, education. The increased emphasis on emotional health and wellbeing in education will be highlighted using contemporary research to critically evaluate evidence based practice. Safeguarding issues, processes and a multi-agency approach in professional practice will be explored. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own educational experiences in relation to rights, safeguarding and wellbeing.

  • 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.

  • EYXM06 Perspectives on Play

    This module examines contemporary issues surrounding play and child development with a particular emphasis on diversity and difference. The module considers cultural issues that may influence children's play experiences, for example the impact of war and conflict, approaches to parenting, play materials, opportunities for play and play within early years curricula. Gender differences in play and inclusion are also considered. The module introduces students to a range of findings from recent studies of play and considers factors surrounding diversity and difference that may impact on professional practice. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences of play in childhood in relation to the theories and accounts presented. As part of this module students may have the opportunity to observe and reflect on play practice through a fieldtrip to a children¿s service provision.

  • 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.

  • EYXM15 Therapeutic Work with Children

    This module will explore the origins of the need for therapeutic intervention with children, and various means of providing therapeutic help. It will consider questions such as; what do all children need to grow, thrive and develop and; what happens if basic needs are not met in childhood? The module will explore situations that might cause children to need professional help, and will consider a variety of methods available to provide that help. It will look at attachment issues and consider the impact on children of experiences such as separation and bereavement/loss. The module will also consider the efficacy of particular therapeutic interventions.

  • EYXM16 Children's Rights and Safeguarding Children and Young People

    This module will examine the historical and cultural issues in relation to both the Safeguarding of Children and Young People and their rights. It will examine the relevant legislation and policy in relation to both areas and evaluate the current Safeguarding Agenda and implementation of Rights in the UK. The cross cultural context of both areas will also be discussed. It will be a relevant to practitioners working with children across a range of health, social and educational settings.

  • PPS108 Introduction to Research in Health and Social Care

    This module provides an introduction to the origins of the most common theoretical perspectives used in health and social care research

  • SHC214 Research Methods and Statistics

    This module seeks to enable students to become critical users and readers of health related research. It further aims to provide the basic tools to enable students to carry out simple statistical analysis on data of varying types.

  • SHGM38 Foundations in Research

    The purpose of this module is to provide a critical understanding of the research process and methodological approaches to sound applied research. The module will be delivered in a systematic approach facilitating individual and group learning, and will stimulate the development of research skills that will enable learners to apply them in their work environment and contribute to strengthening the notion and implementation of evidence based practice.

  • SHGM62 Foundations in Research

    The module builds on students¿ previous knowledge of research and aims to expand their knowledge and understanding of the research process. The main aim is to assist students to apply knowledge and skills of research methods learned to their own personal and professional development.

  • SHH100 Origins and Theory of Health & Social Care Research

    This module provides an introduction to the origins of the most common theoretical perspectives used in health and social care research.

  • SHH218 Qualitative Research & Critical Appraisal for Health & Social Care

    This module is designed to enable students to evaluate qualitative research articles to enable them to identify the quality of the research evidence.

  • SHH300 Dissertation

    This module provides the student with an opportunity to develop a research proposal relevant for research in health and social care.

  • SHHM15 Data Collection Methods

    This module aims to provide students with an overview of the range of data collection methods available to individuals undertaking research and to enable the student to consider the implications, application strengths and weaknesses of the various data collection methods. The module will also provide insight into the ways that such methods may be applied effectively and ethically in social research.

  • SHQM39 Evidence and Research for Health Care Management

    The aim of this module is to provide a critical understanding of the research process and methods of sound research. The module concerns the skills required to ensure healthcare managers are able to critically evaluate research and evaluation reports to inform students¿ decision making at strategic and operational level. The module is also designed as preparation for Part Two of the MSc Health Care Management, the dissertation, and will require students to prepare and present an a research proposal for a MSc level dissertation.

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 Justine Howard
    Other supervisor: Dr Amy Brown
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Justine Howard
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Rees