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Silvia Cont

Research Assistant

Telephone: 01695 657172



October 2022-Present

I am working as a Research Assistant at the Early Years Department, Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, where I support the Department Head, Dr Karen Boardman, who leads Research Circle collaborative projects with local EYSF school partners.

February 2019-Present

I am completing my PhD at the School of Education, Liverpool John Moores University, focusing on the impact of Forest School Training Level 1 on primary student teachers’ experiences while attending an Initial Teacher Training programme.

Journal articles

Boardman, K., Hindley, C., & Cont, S. (2023). Supporting under-fives and their families with communication, language and literacy development: A collaborative research circle project. Impact (19), 57-59.

Cont, S., Rowley, A., Knowles, Z., & Bowe, C. (2023). The perceptions of trainee teachers towards Forest School, does connection to nature matter? Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 1-17.

Other contributions

Boardman, K., Sumner, J., & Cont, S. (2023, 06/09/2023). Playing outdoors; access, agency, and the Forest School approach. The Knoweledge.

Cont, S., & Boardman, K. (2023, 18/10/2023). Research Circles; a collaborative and supportive approach to bridging the gap between theory and practice. ACRE 2023 Information: Seeking Equity in a World of Crisis: Engagements through Educational Research.