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Dr Jo Albin-Clark

Senior Lecturer in Early Years Education

Early Years Education

Department: Early Years Education

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I am a qualified teacher with a specialism of working with young children aged 3 to 7 years. I have taught in Leeds and Bury as a teacher in Nursery, Reception, Year 1, 2 and Year 3. I have held the role of Deputy Headteacher. I then moved to work as an adviser for Early Years working  where I also worked in a Nursery School and Children’s Centre as a Senior Teacher. I then moved into university teaching whilst at the same time being a pedagogue to Children’s Centres in Knowsley. At the present time I work for Edge Hill as a senior lecturer where I teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. 


Research Interests

Documentation practices in ECE Ed Doctorate awarded 2019, The University of Sheffield, supervised by Professor Elizabeth Wood and Dr Liz Chesworth ‘What forms of Material-Discursive Intra-Action are generated through Documentation Practices in Early Childhood Education?


My current research focuses on documentation practices through posthuman, feminist materialism and post qualitative theories.  I have research interests in affective theories, emotions and teacher-child-parent relationships. 


Research Group(s)

Research apprenticeship Identities in transformation: A life history investigation of teachers at different stages in their careers. Dr Clare Woolhouse, Dr Ian Shirley, Maggie Webster (2014-2017)

Playing and problematising in the methodological sandpit of the posthuman in ECE. Dr Nikki Fairchild, University of Portsmouth (2019-present)

Ethical Uncertainty in New Materialist Research Methodologies Dr Liz Chesworth. University of Sheffield (2019-present)

Bag lady feminist collective Liz Latto, Louise Hawxwell and Julie Ovington, J. (2020-present)

Resistance in early childhood education  Dr Nathan Archer, Leeds University (2020-present)

Documenting learning through post qualitative theories.  Dr Jane Merewether, Edith Cowan University,  Prof Amélie Lemieux University of Montreal (2020-present)



  1. Teaching – Undergraduate, Postgraduate QTS, ECE Specialist, Research Specialist