Lorna Arnott is a Lecturer in the School of Education, specialising in Early Childhood Education. The majority of my work focuses on children's exepriences before the age of five and therefore much of my research and teaching focuses on nursery provision.
Lorna trained as an economist graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2006 with First Class Honours. Lorna went on to complete a Masters in Research (M.Res) in Education and Social Purpose at the University in Glasgow in 2007, during which she developed an interest in relationships and interaction. Lorna then completed her Ph.D at the School of Education, University of Stirling in 2011, focusing on young children’s social interactions around technologies in preschool.
Lorna’s teaching generally covers:
- Early Years Education
- Research Methods
Lorna most often teaches on the BA Childhood Practice, Master's of Education, PGDE and the BA Education. Lorna is also interested in delivering research methods training, particularly in relation to qualitative approaches and contributes to both practice-based and academic research training.
Lorna currently supervises PGR students at Masters, PhD and Ed.D level.
Lorna’s research explores young children’s play experiences, typically in relation to technology, creativity and social play. Her work attempts to understand how the preschool environment and culture, the children and the artefacts contribute to children’s interactions and social experiences. She is interested in a broader definition of technology which moves beyond the computer towards exploring technological toys, both digital and non-screen based. Lorna has a further interest in exploring perceptions of technological artefacts in early years settings and how they can be integrated into the playroom.
Secondly, Lorna's other research focus focuses on innovative methods for consulting with children in early childhood (typically under 6 years old). She's interesting in voice work broadly with young children.
- Dr. Ioanna Palaiologou (University College London, Institute of Education); Dr. Colette Gray (Stranmillis University College, Belfast); Dr. Sarika Kewalramani (Monash University) and Maria Dardanou (UiT The Arctic University of Norway), on Internet-Connected Toys in Early Childhood.
- Dr Elisabetta Biffi, (Universita degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca); Dr Ioanna Palaiologou (UCL); Dr Zenna Kingdon (University of Wolverhampton);Dr Alison Clark, Franca zuccoli, (Universita degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca), on Inside-Outside: Using arts based method to document children's and teacher's perspections.
- Zainab Attar (2017-present, part-time) Innovative methods with young children and literacy.
- Loreain Martinez Lejarreta (2016-) Developing young children's critical thinking skills through teacher-children interactions in Early Childhood Education and Care settings.
- Jennifer Zike (2017, RAE Studentship) Using Pupil Views Templates to investigate the development of thinking across children at point of school entry in Scotland.
- Marion Burns (2013-, part time) Early education with a specific focus on transitions.
- Gordon Miles (2018-) Lego Therapy and Austistic Children.
- Journal of Early Childhood Research (Journal)
- Associate Editor
- European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (Journal)
- Peer reviewer
- British Educational Research Association BERA (External organisation)
- British Journal of Educational Technology (Journal)
- Peer reviewer
- International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction (Journal)
- Peer reviewer
- Global Studies of Childhood (Journal)
- Guest editor
more professional activities
- An Ecological Exploration of the Internet of Toys in Early Childhood Everyday Life
- Arnott, Lorna (Principal Investigator) Palaiologou, Ioanna (Principal Investigator) Gray, Colette (Principal Investigator)
- 01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2019
- Enhancing Early Years KE in Research and Practice
- Arnott, Lorna (Principal Investigator) Grogan, Deirdre (Principal Investigator)
- Seminar and webinar series for early years professionals with leading scholars presenting from across the world.
- 01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2016
- BTG- Piloting Self-Initiated Video Reflections for Exploring Creativity in Playful Environments
- Arnott, Lorna (Principal Investigator) Weston, Alia (Principal Investigator) Grogan, Deirdre (Principal Investigator)
- This Bridging the Gap (BTG) study investigates creativity through the concept of play. It aims to understand how creativity emerges through playful environments and will compare early years children (aged 3-5) in formal educational settings with adults in the work place. It offers two unique perspectives. First, it compares the creativity of adults with early years children, which has not been achieved before. Second, it explores how new interactive technologies (user-friendly self-initiated video diaries for individuals of any age) can be used for collecting data about creativity. This pilot study will inform a larger project, which will develop a conceptual framework for understanding how creativity emerges through play.
- 01-Jan-2013 - 31-Jan-2013
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