PhD student - See Me Hear Me
Marie is a PhD student with an interest in social policy, mental wellbeing and listening to young children. Her PhD study “See Me Hear Me” builds on the premise that children are co-constructers of knowledge and active agents in their lives, and yet there remains an absence in truly listening to young children in research and in practice.
Her PhD research is designed to listen to young children's narratives on mental health and wellbeing. Utilising a mosaic approach, she has listened extensively to 40 children, aged 4 to 6 years, to explore what influences there are in their everyday lives that influences their mental health. To hear what strategies the children, find beneficial in support and how these can / are implemented.
Marie is passionate and determined about the area of child voice in practice and in policy. Child's voice should never be heard as a tokenistic gesture. Children have thoughts, feelings, and opinions of their own. There is enjoyment in raising people's awareness of children's agency, child's voice, and ways of communicating. There is enjoyment of raising awareness that active listening and responding appropriately is essential for all children. There is an aim to critically analyse policy and practice in order to increase the how children are listened and responded to.
Marie is a visiting lecturer at Marjon and has been in post since 2018. Marie has and continues to lecture on various programs, including Psychology, SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability), EYITT (Early Years Initial Teacher Trainee), Criminology, Childhood Practice, Early Childhood Studies, MA Early Years, FdA Early Years, FdA Learning and Teaching, Youth and Community Work.
Marie is also a visiting lecturer at Cornwall College, teaching on the Fda Early Childhood Studies. Her particular areas of interest are Policy and Practice, Safeguarding, Multi agency working and of course Child’s Voice.
Voice, views and the UNCRC (UN Convention of the Rights of the Child), Articles 12 and 13 in Journal of Early Childhood Research, 1–11, 2019.
Poster Presentation – See Me and Listen, TATYC “You’re doing my head in!” Happiness and wellbeing in the early years conference, Birmingham, 2019.
Marie is also employed as a Marjon Change Maker, leading a project to raise the recognition of PhD students at Marjon and supporting a sense of belonging through the Buddy System.