Dr Justine Howard
Associate Professor
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 602830

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. (2008). Formal Response on Behalf of the Psychological Society on the Fair Play Document.
  2. & (2009). The Effective Play Provision in the Classroom Project. Bridgend Borough Council
  3. & (2010). The Welsh Growth Surveillance Initiative: Consulting Children. NPHS
  4. (2010). Measuring Children's Heights and Weights in Wales: Contribution to the NPHS Consulting Children Report. NPHS
  5. (2010). An Evaluation of the Booktime Project in Wales. Booktrust

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Teaching

  • EDN101 Introduction to Learning and Teaching

    This module will introduce students to key factors that are relevant to effective teaching and learning. It will consider evidence for effective professional practice relating to learning environments, communication strategies and behaviour management. Students will explore the various roles of the educator in contemporary educational practice and theories of teaching and learning. Specific aspects influencing effective learning will also be introduced, for example attention, motivation and expectancy effects. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own educational experiences in relation to effective teaching and learning practice.

  • EDN300 Dissertation

    This dissertation module will enable students to pursue an empirical study on a topic of their choice relating to education across contexts according to their academic interest or future career aspirations. It will require students to formulate an appropriate research question and to design and execute a research project that will address their chosen question in a coherent and systematic manner. Students will have the flexibility to pursue a research topic related to education that might be relevant to their career aspirations across the full range of contexts where knowledge and expertise in education is applicable.

  • EDN305 Difference and Diversity in Education

    This module will explore the aspects of difference and diversity that are relevant to educational practice across a variety of contexts. Topics will include, for example, issues pertaining to gender and education, multi-culturalism, social class, poverty and inequality and the impact of adversity on learning and development. It will involve the critical evaluation of research evidence as to the impact of such issues and will consider best practice to ensure equitable and appropriate educational experiences.

  • EDN307 Dissertation in Education

    This dissertation module will enable students to pursue a literature review on a topic of their choice relating to education and/ or their joint honours subject area. It will require students to formulate an appropriate research question and to conduct a thorough literature review in order to address their chosen question in a coherent and systematic manner. Students will have the flexibility to pursue the sustained enquiry of a topic related to education that might be relevant to their career aspirations. Students will work independently guided by a nominated supervisor from the education teaching team.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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: Dr Peter King
    Other supervisor: Dr Amy Brown
  • 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: Prof Jaynie Rance
    Other supervisor: Andrew Kemp
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Peter King
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Rees
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Louise Condon