• 12 Citations
  • 2 h-Index

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Personal profile


Mary Dyer is the Subject Leader for the Undergraduate Framework in the Department of Academic and Professional Studies in the School of Education and Professional Development. She has recently completed her Doctor of Education, investigating the professional identity and agency of graduate early years practitioners, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Mary's qualifications also include a BA Hons in Linguistics and Psychology and an MA in Educational Studies. She began her career teaching English and Mathematics in Adult Community Education, and GCSE and A Level English Language and Psychology in Further Education. She then specialised in teaching Social Sciences and Social Policy on vocational courses in Childcare and Health and Social Care at Levels 2, 3 and 4.

During this time Mary worked with local employers to establish three NVQ Assessment Centres in Childcare, Playwork and Health and Social Care, offering work-based qualifications to their employees and the NVQ Assessor and Internal Verifier training needed to support this.She also worked with the Open College Network (Yorkshire and Humber) as a moderator and staff development tutor, training and supporting assessors and moderators in adult education.

Before joining the University, Mary worked most recently with the Local Authority in Barnsley as a Development Officer, then Project Co-ordinator, supporting early years settings in developing provision and meeting OfSTED’s inspection and registration requirements.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Work-based learning – developing reflective practice

  • Effective work place mentoring

  • Supporting practitioners in building a vision/community of practice

  • Developing ethical practice in early years settings

  • Professional identity, agency and autonomy


Research Expertise and Interests

  • Teaching
  • Pedagogy and Education
  • Professional Development
  • Lifelong Learning

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Research Output

  • 12 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 6 Chapter
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Book

Planning the learning environment

Smith, K. & Dyer, M., 28 Jun 2019, Child Centred Planning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. McEvoy, J. & McMahon, S. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Sage Learning Matters, p. 69 - 82 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Being a professional or practising professionally

Dyer, M., 4 May 2018, In : European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. 26, 3, p. 347 - 361 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 7 Citations (Scopus)

    Ethical Practice in the Early Years

    Dyer, M., Sep 2018, Advanced Work-based Practice ni the Early Years: A guide for students. McMahon, S. & Dyer, M. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 1 - 14 15 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Being a Reflective Practitioner

    Dyer, M. & Firth, N., 8 Sep 2017, Work-based Practice in the Early Years: a Guide for Students. McMahon, S. & Dyer, M. (eds.). Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Activities

    • 5 Oral presentation
    • 2 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Invited talk

    TACTYC (Association for Professional development in Early Years) 40th Anniversary Conference

    Mary Dyer (Participant)

    2 Nov 20183 Nov 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    28th European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference

    Mary Dyer (Chair)

    31 Aug 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    Working with Parents: Developing a Practitioners' Professional Identity in ECEC

    Mary Dyer (Speaker)

    31 Aug 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation