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Centre of Excellence for Childhood, Inclusion and Society (CECIS)

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Working towards a more inclusive society through creative co-productive approaches

In collaboration with:

  • University of Oxford Early Years Research Network
  • West Sussex Maintained Nursery Schools
  • National Activity Providers Association (NAPA)

The Centre of Excellence in Childhood, Inclusion and Society [CECIS] welcomes students, academics, external partners, and partner settings from a range of different disciplines. Co-production is at the heart of everything we do and hope to achieve.

Our activities and research are highly regarded, both nationally and internationally, across social work, social care, childhood, education, and innovative qualitative methodologies.

We are an enthusiastic and experienced interdisciplinary team committed to fostering a nurturing environment for collaborative research that make a positive difference to people鈥檚 lives and contributes towards the creation of a more inclusive society.

The Special Education interest group, affiliated with the Centre, has a particular focus on working with children with special educational needs and disability using co-productive approaches.

Contact us

If you are interested in working with the Centre of Excellence in Childhood, Inclusion and Society, or are interested in postgraduate study with us, please contact Dr Denise Turner (d.turner@chi.ac.uk) and Dr Sandra Lyndon (s.lyndon@chi.ac.uk).

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People

Sandra Lyndon
Dr Sandra Lyndon
Becky Edwards
Becky Edwards
Andre Kurowski
Dr Andre Kurowski
Carol Lloyd
Dr Carol Lloyd
Heather Green
Heather Green
Sam McNally
Dr Sam McNally
Eva Mikuska
Dr Eva Mikuska
Dr Steven Donbavand

Projects

Working to improve outcomes for all

Publications

Our members publish regularly with leading journals and publishers. See below a select list of recent outputs.

  • Edwards, B. and Lyndon, S. (2021) From adversity to university 鈥 the transformational power of a bespoke bridging module to support those affected by homelessness into higher education. . 23(1):102-122
  • Lyndon, S. (2023) 鈥楽upporting those in poverty鈥 in Webb, R. and Solvason, C. (eds) Exploring and celebrating the Early Childhood Practitioner: An interrogation of pedagogy, professionalism and practice. Abingdon: Routledge
  • Lyndon, S. and Moss, H. (2022) Creating meaningful interactions for young children, older friends and nursery school practitioners within an intergenerational project. Early Childhood Education Journal.
  • Mikuska, E., Raffai, J. and Vukov Raffai, E. (2023) Thinking through the lens of dialogical self,听滨听positions and intersectionality for exploring how Hungarian kindergarten pedagogues experienced the new Curriculum Framework.听Global Studies of Childhood. 14 (2)
  • Mikuska, E., Fairchild, N., Sabine, A. and Barton, S. (2023) Quality Early Childhood Education and Care practices: Importance of skills, knowledge, and the graduate practitioner competencies.听International Journal of Early Years Education.听31 (3)
  • Mikuska, E., Raffai, J. and Vukov Raffai, E. (2022) Secondary analysis of qualitative data: Hungarian minority kindergarten pedagogues鈥 perspectives of the new Curriculum Framework in Serbia.听Journal of Early Childhood and Society. 3 (3), 259-269.听
  • Simpson,听D., Mazzocco, P.,听 Loughran, S.,听 Lumsden, E.,听 Lyndon, S. and Winterbottom, C. (2023) New Normal' or continued 'Social Distancing'? Preschool practitioners鈥 responses to poverty across post-lockdown England and the USA. Journal of Early Childhood Research. DOI: 10.1177/1476718X231175459/ ID: JECR-22-0094.R1
  • Turner, D and Linton, A; Virtual wobble spaces: A pilot study of the outcomes of online therapeutic spaces on practitioner well-being and social work practice,听The British Journal of Social Work, 2022;, bcac226,听
  • Turner, D (2022) 鈥榊ou Took me Back to the sea:鈥 Using Narrative to Explore and Inform the Practice of Social Work with Dying People鈥櫶Illness, Crisis and Loss,听Available at听
  • Turner, D. (Ed) (2021)听Social Work and Covid 19: Lessons for Education and Practice, Critical Publishing, Foreword by Dr Ruth Allen
  • Turner, D; Price, M (2020) 鈥楻esilient when it comes to death鈥: Exploring the significance of bereavement for the well-being of social work students,听Qualitative Social Work,


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Impact

How we're helping create change

So far, a total of more than 149 students have taken part in our From Adversity to University project 鈥 33 of whom have been affected by homelessness, and many of whom are recovering from addiction.

Nine of these have progressed to study at degree level, one has completed a degree in Fine Art (and is currently studying a law conversion course at Masters level), and one has completed a PGCE and is now employed as a teacher in a school.

For those who have experienced homelessness, the module is run in collaboration with local charities and many of the students live in hostels or 鈥榤ove on鈥 houses.

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From Adversity to University
Watch our recent appearance on BBC's Morning Live to learn more about what we do.

Events and News

Dr Denise Turner - Upcoming Keynote

鈥楽udden Unexpected Child Death: Learning from Parental experience.鈥 Pan Sussex Bereavement Support Network Conference, delivered by the Sussex Child Death Review Partnership, the University of Sussex, 5th September 2023.

Monthly Research Caf茅s in Childhood and Social Policy

The research caf茅 is a friendly and supportive space to share research, regardless of whether you are at the beginning of your research journey or a seasoned traveller.

The caf茅 is open once a month (Monday from 4pm to 5pm) and is accessible both face-to-face on the University鈥檚 Bishop Otter Campus and online.

If you would like more information about the research cafes please contact Sandra Lyndon (s.lyndon@chi.ac.uk) and Denise Turner (d.turner@chi.ac.uk).

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