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Staff Profile

Dr Colette Gray
BSSc. PhD. PGCHET. C'Psychol. AFBPsS. FHEA. AMRSM

Principal lecturer
Early Childhood Studies
Building: Central Building
Room:
Telephone: +44 (0) 28 90 384 449

email: c.gray@stran.ac.uk

Background & Qualifications

       Psychology BSSc Hons(First Class)
       PhD in Psychology (QUB)
       Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching
       Competence in Educational Testing (Level A) accredited by the BPS and the Certificate of Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements recognised by the Joint Council for Qualifications
       Chartered Psychologist - the British Psychological Society
       Associate Fellow - the British Psychological Society
       Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
       Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine

Teaching

      
BEd Courses / M-Level Courses / Other Teaching :
             BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
             Current Module Coordinator responsibilities
             Foundations in social & developmental learning-Level 1 FT & 2 PT Belfast, Omagh, Monaghan
             Research Methods & Intervention - Level 2 FT & 3 PT Belfast & Omagh
             Advanced Social & Developmental Learning -Level 3 FT & Level 4PT Belfast & Omagh
             Research methods in Education MEd & MA taught as discrete modules in semester one weekend workshop format, semester two weekly attendance format


Scholarship and Research

      
Recent Publications/Conference Papers
             Recent publications,for a full publication list email c.gray@stran.ac.uk
             Bertram, T., Formosinho, J., Gray, C. Pascal, C. & Whalley, M. (2014). Ethical Code for Early Childhood Researchers. Version 1.0 (January 2014). Available for download at http://www.becera.org.uk/docs/EECERA_Ethical_Code.pdf
             Bertram, T., Formosinho, J., Gray, C. Pascal, C. & Whalley, M. (2015). EECERA Ethical Code for Early Childhood Researchers. REVISED VERSION 1.2: May 2015.Available to download at http://www.eecera.org/documents/pdf/organisation/EECERA-Ethical-Code.pdf
             Dunn, J., Gray, C., Mitchell, D. and Moffett, P. (2015) Asking the Experts: Young Children's Views on using iPads in Early Years Classrooms. Paper presented at the 25th European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) Annual Conference, Barcelona, September, 7-10th
             Dunn, J., Gray, C., Mitchell, D. and Moffett, P.(2016). 'It's more funner than doing work': children's perspectives on using tablet computers in the early years of school. Early Child Development and Care,Vol. 186,1-13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2016.1238824
             Dunn, J. Gray, C. Mitchell, D. and Moffett, P. (2016) The impact of resources on the literacy landscape: young children's views on using iPads in early years classrooms. Paper presented at The Literacy Association of Ireland (LAI) Conference, Dublin, September
             Gray, C. (2008). Supporting Children with a Visual Impairment in Northern Ireland: The Role of the Rehabilitation Worker. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 26, 3, 239-254
             Gray, C. (2009). A Qualitatively different Experience: Mainstreaming Pupils with a Visual Impairment in Northern Ireland. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 24,2, 169-182
             Gray, C. (2010). Visual impairment: the educational experiences of young people in Northern Ireland. In Children and young people with sensory impairment. Special edition: Educational & Child Psychology, 27,2, 68-78
             Gray, C. (2014). Evolution, revolution and development: changing perspectives on early childhood studies - theory, research and policy. International Journal of Early Years Education, 22, 4, 343-346
             Gray, C. (2015). Participatory research with vulnerable and marginalised groups. Fleer, M. & van Oers, B. (eds) (2015) International handbook of early childhood education and development Springer, Volume 1: Methodologi
             Gray, C.(2016). The voice of children living on the margins, 26th EECERA Conference, Dublin 31st-3rd September
             Gray, C. (2017). Crossing cultural boarders:European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, Vol 25,2,321-339 | DOI: 10.1080/1350293X.2017.1292652
             Gray, C. (forthcoming, 2017) Keynote address at the British Educational Research Association (BESA) Annual Conference, Liverpool, 28-29th June
             Gray, C. & Donnelly, J. (2013) Unheard voices: The views of Traveller and non-Traveller mothers and children with ASD
             International Journal of Early Years Education, 21,4, 268-285
             Gray, C., Dunn, J., Mitchell, D. and Moffett, P. (2015) The integration of tablet devices into pedagogic planning in early years classrooms. Paper presented at the 25th European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) Annual Conference, Barcelona, September, 7-10th
             Gray, C., Dunn, J., Moffett, P. & Mitchell, D. (2017). An evaluation of handheld devices in early years classrooms. Report funded by the Belfast Regeneration Fund and commissioned by the Education Authority for NI. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.15948.82568
             Gray, C., Dunn, J., Moffett, P., & Mitchell, D. (2017). Mobile devices in early learning. Developing the use of portable devices to support young children's learning. Presentation and launch of report at: Stranmillis University College: A College of The Queen's University of Belfast, 24.05.2017
             Gray, C. & Needham, M. (2011). Filling big shoes. International Journal of Early Years Education, 19, 3-4, 189-193
             Gray, C., Prunty, A., Logan,A. & Hayes, G. (2015). Managing Early Years' Inclusive Transition Practices. Report Funded by the Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENs), October 2015
             Gray, C., Prunty, A., Logan, A., Hayes, G. (2015). Managing the transition to school for children with special needs in the North & South of Ireland. Paper presented at the 25th European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) Annual Conference, Barcelona, September, 7-10th
             Gray, C., Prunty, A., Logan,A. & Hayes, G. (2016). Reviewing the research process: exploring school transitions for children with special needs in the North & South of Ireland. Invited presentation at the Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENs) 14th annual conference. 13 & 14 October, 2016. Armagh Northern Ireland
             Gray. C. and Ryan, A. {2016) Aistear-vis-a-avis the primary curriculum: the experiences of early years in Ireland. International Early Years Education. 24,2, 188-205.ISSN 0966-9760. HTTP/10.10.80/0966760.2016.1155973
             Gray, C. & Winter, E. (2011) Hearing voices: participatory research with preschool children with and without disabilities. Special Issue: Children's perspectives and participation in research European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 19, 3, 309-320
             Gray, C., Prunty, A., Logan, A. & Hayes, G. (2014). Managing early years inclusive transitions. Research report (1-67) funded by SCoTENs
             MacBlain, S.F. & Gray, C. (2016) Pioneers: Bandura and Bronfenbrenner explained. Early Years Educator. Vol. 18, 1. 1-5. Published online at: https://doi.org/10.12968/eyed.2016.18.1.38
             McGettigan, I. L. & Gray, C. (2012). Perspectives on school readiness in rural Ireland: The experiences of parents and children. International Journal of Early Years Education, 20, 1
             McMillan DJ, Walsh G, Gray C, Hanna K, Carville S & McCracken O. (2011). Changing Mindsets: The Benefits of Implementing a Professional Development Model in Early Childhood Settings in Ireland. Professional Development in Education. href="http://www.stran.ac.uk/nonT4docs/Report2010EPEC.PDF"
             Moffett, P, Gray, C. Dunn, J. & Mitchell, D. (2017). Benefits of mobile digital devices in early learning. Early Years Educator, 19, 5, https://doi.org/10.12968/eyed.2017.19.5.26
             Murray, J. & Gray, C. (Eds. 2017). Voices of children living on the margins. European Journal of Early Years of Early Childhood Research, Vol. 25, 2, 173-176.
             http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1350293X.2017.1288012
             Walsh, G., Gray, C., McMillan, D., Hanna, K., McCracken, O. & Carville, C. (2010). Professional Development for Early Childhood Professionals. Department of Education & Science: An Roinn Oideachais Agus Scileanna Report published October 2010
             Book Chapters
             Gray, C. (2012) Gate-keepers and Ethics: Barriers to Work and Research involving Vulnerable Groups. In I. Palaiologou. Ethics in Early Years. Sage Publications
             Gray & Winter (2011). The Ethics of Participatory Research Involving Young Children with Special Needs. In D. Harcourt, B. Perry & T. Waller. Researching young children's perspectives: ethics and dilemmas of educational research with children. (Chp. 2, 26-37)Taylor & Francis
             Gray, C. (1999). Working memory and automaticity, in Cognitive Arithmetic and Mathematical Ability: A Developmental Perspective, CORE: Collected Original Resources in Education, 23(1), Taylor and Francis Group, ISSN 0308-6909
             Gray, C. Dunn, J, Mitchell, D, Moffett, P. (in press), An evaluation of handheld devices in early years classroom, Education Authority NI.
             Ievers, M., Wylie, K., Gray, C., Ni Ainglies, B. & Cummins, B. (2013). Collaborative models of partnership for teaching practice in Irish primary schools In J. Madalinska-Michalak, H. Neimi & S. Chong (eds). Research policy and practice in teacher education in Europe. University of Lodz, Polland. (chp.13
             241-262)
             Books
             Berson, I, R., Berson, M.J., Gray, C. (forthcoming, 2018). Participatory Methodologies to Elevate Children's Voice and Agency. Research in Global Child Advocacy Series. IAP (Information age publishing), Publications. Charlotte, North Carolina
             Gray, C. & MacBlain, S. (2012). Understanding learning theories. Sage Publications
             Gray, C. & MacBlain, S. (2015).Second Edition. Understanding learning theories. Sage Publications
             Gray, C. & MacBlain, S. Understanding learning theories (forthcoming 2018). Sage Publications
             Gray, C. (1999). Cognitive Arithmetic and Mathematical Ability: A Developmental Perspective, CORE: Collected Original Resources in Education, Taylor and Francis Group, ISSN 0308-6909
             Gray, C. & MacBlain, S.(2012). Understanding learning theories. Sage Publications
             Gray, C. & MacBlain, S.(2015).2nd Edition. Understanding learning theories. Sage Publications
             Gray, C. & MacBlain, S.(forthcoming 2018).3rd Edition. Understanding learning theories. Sage Publications
             Palailogu, I. & Gray, C. (forthcoming, 2018). International practice in the implementation of handheld devices into early years classrooms. London, Sage Publications
      
Research Interests
             Special needs & the developing child
             Underachievement
             Visual Impairment & the Early Years Child
             Parenting the early years child with a disability
             Literacy development & attainment
             Educational achievement and gender

Responsibilities

       Level 2 Research Methods & Interventions
       Level 3 module co-ordinator - Young Child Thinking & Learning
       Level 3 module co-ordinator - Dissertation
       MA/MEd - Research Methods in Education

External Interests / Community Service

       Honorary Professor (2009/2013). St Mark and St John University Plymouth (Marjon)
       Editor-in-chief (2011-2016)- International Journal of Early Years Education An International Journal of Research and Development, a fully refereed academic journal published by Taylor and Francis, hosted at Stranmillis University College
       Chair of the Scientific Committee. (2015/16). 26th European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA), Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland
       Country Coordinator (2015-) EECERA, European, Early Childhood Research Association, 2015-
       Co-chair (2014-). Research & International Committee Universities' Council for Education of Teachers (UCET)
       Research Adviser: (2008-) PRAXIS
       Chair- International Participatory research special interest group, EECERA (2013-)
       Editorial team member- Child Care in Practice - 2000-
       Chair- Child Care in Practice 2010-2013
       Member - Child Care in Practice 2000- 2016
       Chair -Playgroups in NEELB
       member - Board of Governors, Belfast Nursery school
       External Examiner-University of East London 2014-
       External Examiner - Maynooth, RoI 2011-2014
       External Examiner - Strathclyde University 2010-2013
       External External Examiner - Liverpool Hope 2005-2010
       Examiner - Liverpool John Moore's University 2004-2009