Staff Profile:Dr Geoff Taggart

Dr Geoff Taggart
Job Title:
Associate Professor

University and Institute of Education Responsibilities:

  • Director of PG Certificate in Early Years Practice
  • PhD, EdD and MA supervision
  • Academic tutor


  • FD/BA Children's Development and Learning
  • BA Education Studies
  • BA Ed Primary (Humanities)
  • PG Certificate in Early Years Practice
  • PGCE Primary
  • MA Education
Areas of Interest:

Expertise and Research Interest:

All of my teaching and research focusses on ways in which education can help us to flourish as human beings. A key theme centres on adult behaviour in learning organisations which espouse an ethic of care, particularly behaviours associated with professional resilience and reflection. Early years is a rich context for this work. I investigated spiritual development for my PhD and have been ordained as an interfaith minister: I therefore retain a strong interest in the philosophical foundations of education and am exploring the new field of contemplative pedagogy. I convene the following modules:

  • ED3FRP The Reflective Practitioner
  • ED3OML Organisation for Management of Learning
  • EDM148 The Professional Self in Early Years Leadership
  • EDM140 Professionalism and an Ethic of Care
  • EDM174 Values and Practices in Education (with Helen Bilton)
  • EDM182 Professional Studies

Masters and Phd/EdD Level Supervision offered in these areas:

  • Supervision in early years settings.
  • Attachment styles amongst early years practitioners.
  • Spiritual development in education.
  • Professionalism and an ethic of care.
  • Practitioner self-care and burnout.
  • Interfaith religious education.
  • Contemplative pedagogy
  • Ethics and teacher professionalism
  • Mindfulness and education

Current and Recent PhD and EdD Students, with Topics/Titles of their research:

  • Broadfoot, H. Compassion and early childhood practice
  • Pawson, G. Supervision in early years settings in the UK
  • Morris, L. Early years practitioners' perceptions of their emotional labour
  • Blagrove, I. The factors that influence the acceptance or rejection of the Big Bang theory and biological evolution in life-long learning
  • Matterface, J. Students’ and instructors’ perceptions, beliefs and intentions concerning the use of digital technologies in learning
  • Oyunge, T. Teachers' perceptions about the integration of ICT in secondary school teaching in Kenya
  • Alisiri, N. The factors that affect the use of school e-learning in rural areas of Saudi Arabia

Current and Recent Research Projects:

  • Re-gendering Early Years: from Maternal Care to Political Compassion : interviews with early years practitioners who are also mothers. Argues for the need to re-interpret the maternal tradition in early childhood education.
  • Good with Children: ethical formation in early childhood teacher programmes. Argues for an affective approach to ethical formation and development in teacher development
Research groups / Centres:

 Values in Education.

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  • Taggart, G. (2019) Early childhood education: from maternal care to social compassion In Barton, G. and Garvis, S. (eds) Compassion and Empathy in Educational Contexts London: Palgrave

Conference Presentations:

  • Compassionate pedagogy in the early years International Symposium on Compassionate Organizations, Kentucky USA May 2013
  • Taggart, G. (2011, October). Caring plc: professional subjectivity and the commodification of childcare. Paper presented at the 19th Reconceptualising Early Childhood Education Conference, University of East London
  • 'Perceptions of Early Childhood Education and Care as a Profession and Career' European Early Childhood Education Research Association conference, Birmingham, 2010
  • 'Towards a more holistic form of teacher education' ESCALATE 2007, St Martins College, Lancaster

Any Further Information:

Enterprise Activity, External Roles and Consultancy:

  • 2012: Overview of Religious Education in England for Sinobridge.

Professional Achievements:

  • 2011: Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning.

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 2643

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