Dr Justine Howard
Associate Professor
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 602830
Room: Office - 126
First Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus

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.  

 

Publications

  1. (2018). Invited Presentation: Through Infancy and Beyond: Journeying Toward the Essence of Play. Philadelphia: International Convention of Infant Studies (ICIS).
  2. (2018). Invited Presentation: The Role of Practitioners in Facilitating Playful Learning Environments. Dublin: Early Years Education Policy Unit, Department of Education and Skills.
  3. & Play and inclusive education: greek teachers’ attitudes. European Journal of Special Education Research 3(3), 129-163.
  4. (2018). Keynote address: Reconceptualising Play and Playfulness: The Key to Effective Practice in Early Childhood Education. University of Dublin: RECEC/NCCA Symposium.
  5. (2018). Invited presentation: Supporting Emotional Health and Wellbeing Through Play. Dublin: National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.

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Teaching

  • EDN205 Enhancing Employability Through Work Experience

    This module will enable students to build upon the employability skills they acquired from EDN104 Employability and Study Skills in an Educational Context and / or the SEA bronze level award. It is designed to encourage students to enhance their employability through a supported programme of work experience and achievement of the Swansea Employability Award (SEA) silver level award. Students will develop key transferable employability skills and achieve specific employability competencies through the production of a Personalised Placement Learning Record.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • EYXM13 Advanced Practice with Children

    This module provides an opportunity for students to develop and demonstrate their ability to practice at an advanced level, and to integrate theoretical learning from this programme and elsewhere into their professional work with children and their environments. Students will need to have the support of an experienced professional colleague in selecting, planning and undertaking a suitable piece of work. It should be chosen and undertaken so as to show how theoretical perspectives studied on the course relate to a particular problem or situation encountered in the student¿s professional work. Students will be required to present evidence of their work in the form of a detailed written report together with any other appropriate material. This will need to be accompanied by a report from the colleague who advised them (who may or may not be their employer) providing an independent evaluation of the work done. Students will need to be aware of the need to preserve confidentiality. Students on this module will require 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: Prof 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: Dr Andrew Kemp
  • The Impact of a Play Intervention on the Social and Emotional Skills of Kindergarten Children in Saudi Arabia (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Peter King
  • The impact on parental migration to the UK on the development of children up to 11 years old (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Louise Condon