Amanda began her career in early childhood education as an early childhood practitioner in Wales, UK. She began a PhD at the Centre of Childhood Research at University of Wales Swansea in 2006, where she used conversation analysis and membership categorization analysis to investigate the resources used by four-year-old children in the co-construction of social organisation; her thesis is titled ‘Children’s co-construction of context: prosocial and antisocial behaviour revisited’. In 2010 Amanda moved to New Zealand where she held a senior lecturer position in early childhood education, and continued to use conversation analysis in her research. She has been Principle Investigator on several funded projects and has published widely from these studies, including the books Early Childhood Education: The Co-Production of Knowledge and Relationships, as a single author, and Children’s Knowledge-in-interaction: Studies in Conversation Analysis, which she co-edited. Amanda currently works as a senior lecturer in early childhood education at Swansea University.


  1. & Methodology and professional development: Conversation Analytic Role-play Method (CARM) for early childhood education. Journal of Pragmatics
  2. Conversation Analysis and Early Childhood Education: The co-production of knowledge and relationships.
  3. Ventriloquism as early literacy practice: making meaning in pretend play. Early Years 38(1), 68-85.
  4. Children and knowledge-in-interaction: Studies in conversation analysis.
  5. Hearing children’s voices through a conversation analysis approach. International Journal of Early Years Education 25(3), 241-256.

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  • EDN100 Contemporary Education, Problems and Issues

    The module will introduce students to the contemporary range of educational issues, patterns and associated policies locally and nationally. It will describe the history and functions of compulsory education systems, and particularly explore the range of approaches utilized over the past 40 years to improve student outcomes and deal with inequalities in social class, gender and ethnicity in terms of these outcomes. An assessment will be made about why certain policy, paradigms are more effective than others, and about future likely / desired changes in educational and associated policies.

  • 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.

  • EDN303 Childhood Studies

    This module will introduce students to key issues and ideas relating to childhood across time and culture. The module will be structured around four main themes: concepts of childhood, constructing childhood, childhood across time and culture and issues relating to childhood across children¿s services. Childhood is considered from a multi-disciplinary perspective in relation to aspects of professional educational practice and related services.

Research Groups

  • The Early Years Research Centre, Waikato University, NZ

    The Early Years Research Centre is sited in the Wilf Malcolm Institute for Educational Research – includes a group of scholars who have built a national and international reputation in the following three areas of research in the early years: pedagogy, policy and community connections. These areas form the three themes of the Centre research programme.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2010 2018 Senior Lecturer New Zealand

Key Grants and Projects

  • Royal Marsden project - Co-researcher 2018 - 2021

    Refugee families in early childhood education: constructing pathways to belonging., $845,000

  • Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) – Co-researcher 2018 - 2020

    Strengthening belonging and identity of refugee and immigrant children through early childhood education., $199,993

  • Principal Investigator 2014 - 2016

    Literacy and narrative in the early years: Zooming in and zooming out., $450,000