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Biography

Mary Dyer is Acting Head of Division for the Department of Academic and Professional Studies in the School of Education and Professional Development and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, with 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

  • Early Years Foundation Stage

  • Supporting cognitive development in early years

 

Keywords

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

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Occupational Groups Medicine & Life Sciences
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cognitive development Social Sciences
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occupational group Social Sciences
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Research Output 2016 2018

Being a professional or practising professionally

Dyer, M. 22 Apr 2018 In : European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. 26, 4, 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Occupational Groups
Knowledge Bases
graduate
England
occupational group

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

student
technician
education
experience

Development of the early years sector

Dyer, M. & McMahon, S. 26 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

How young children learn

Dyer, M. 26 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

Mentoring, coaching and supervision

McMahon, S., Dyer, M. & Barker, C. Feb 2016 The Early Years Handbook for Students and Practitioners. Trodd, L. (ed.). Routledge, p. 433-447 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

Activities 2014 2015

  • 1 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation

What Does it Mean to be an Early Years Practitioner?

Dyer, M. (Speaker)
30 Oct 2015

Activity: Oral presentation

A Narrative Approach to Professional Identity

Dyer, M. (Speaker), McMahon, S. (Speaker)
14 Aug 2014

Activity: Invited talk