Staff Profile:Professor Helen Bilton

Name:
Professor Helen Bilton
Job Title:
Professor
Responsibilities:

University Responsibilities:

  • Professor of Outdoor Learning
  • Senior Tutor
  • Sub-Committee on Teaching and Learning Facilities
  • Sub Committee on Student Experience and Employability
  • National Teaching Fellow 2012
  • Senior Fellow HEA 2014

https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/person/helen-bilton

  • Early Career Teaching Fellow 2011
  • Member of Senate 2016-2019

Institute of Education Responsibilities:

  • Senior Tutor
  • Senior Academic Manager
  • Director PGT programmes
  • MA and PhD Supervision
  • Contributions to all programmes
  • Enterprise activities
Areas of Interest:

Expertise and Research Interest:

  • Early Years Education: 3,4,5 year olds.
  • Outdoor play and provision for the Early Years and Primary.
  • The environment for learning and teaching.
  • Playtime, break-time, recess: making it more successful for children, staff, teaching and learning.
  • Support staff (nursery, primary and secondary): roles and responsibilities in the class and at break times.
  • Oral Language development in the outdoor environment.
  • Children interacting with staff outside.
  • Gender: boys and girls in class and outside, interests and control of the environment.
  • Behaviour Management: individual class management and whole school approach.

Helen Bilton: great teachers inspire great teachers

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

  • Early Years Education: 3,4,5 year olds.
  • Outdoor play and provision for the Early Years and Primary.
  • The environment for learning and teaching.
  • Playtime, break-time, recess: making it more successful for children, staff, teaching and learning.
  • Support staff (nursery, primary and secondary): roles and responsibilities in the class and at break times.
  • Oral Language development in the outdoor environment.
  • Children interacting with staff outside.
  • Gender: boys and girls in class and outside, interests and control of the environment.
  • Behaviour Management: individual class management and whole school approach.

PhD and EdD Students, with Topics/Titles of their Research:

  • Sharifah Alghamdi (from Saudi Arabia): Managing Classroom Behaviour Using Gender-Specific Response Cards
  • Tricia McAfee: What factors of outdoor learning promote increased engagement with SEND/ASD pupils?
  • Elida Kalpogianni (from Greece, by distance PhD): Preschool teachers’ attitudes and perceptions regarding play, in day care nurseries in Greece: the development of a play promotion programme and its’ effects on teachers’ attitudes and practice.
  • Georgina Kilner: Resilience and its relationship to academic success.
  • Zabim Visram: Exploring how cultural norms and values impact the multicultural groupwork assessment process.
  • Lynette Morris: A case study exploring emotional labour in early years professional practice.
  • Sufang Li (from China): Student teachers’ perspectives of the impact of training on their teaching practice regarding inclusive education and special educational needs in a city in China.

Current and Recent Research Projects:

External

  • 09/ 2016 - HELLO project to raise the literacy achievements of under five year olds - Reading Borough Council - £5000
  • 07/ 2016 - Alternative Places and Spaces for Learning - ESRC Festival of Social Science, three collaborators - £700
  • 07/2012 - National Teaching Fellow Scoping exercise: use of school outdoor spaces in Australia, Portugal and Denmark - Higher Education Authority - £10,000

Internal

  • 07/2016 - Sexism and stereotyping (with colleagues) - Research Endowment Trust Fund - £500 03/2013 - Outdoor provision, facilities and staff attitudes - Research Endowment Trust Fund buyout allocation 2013/2014 - £601
  • 2012 - The Early Years Foundation Stage: outdoor facilities and staff attitudes and practices - IoE Research Fund - £707
Research groups / Centres:

Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education

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Books:

  • Bilton, H. (2014) Playing Outside. Activities, Ideas and Inspiration for the Early Years. 2nd edition. London: Routledge.

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415604802/

  • Bilton, H. (2013). 'Miss, can I have a bike?' In S. Featherstone. Getting Ready for Phonics. L is for Sheep London: Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Previous edition 2006.
  • Bilton, H. (2013). 'Setting the scene for child-initiated learning out of doors'. In S. Featherstone. Supporting Child-Initiated Learning. Like Bees, Not Butterflies. London: Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Previous edition 2008.
  • Bilton, H. (2012). 'The type and frequency of interactions that occur between staff and children outside in Early Years Foundation Stage settings during a fixed playtime period when there are tricycles' available European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 20, 3 403-421. doi: 10.1080/1350293X.2012.704763.
  • Bilton, H. (2010). Outdoor Learning in the Early Years. Management and Innovation. 3rd edition, London: Routledge.
  • Bilton, H (ed) (2005). Learning Outdoors. Improving the quality of children's play outdoors, London: David Fulton Publishers.

 Conference Presentations:

  • 09/2015

European Early Childhood Education Research Association - What is outside? The facilities available in early years outdoor environments and the possible pedagogical implications for these choices. A study conducted in south east England.

Close neighbours? How do practitioners’ aims for children’s outdoor learning relate to curriculum frameworks and/or academic discourse? A comparison between England and Wales.

  • 09/2014

British Educational Research Association - The Aims of Early Years Outdoor Education in England: a Conceptual and Empirical Investigation.

European Early Childhood Education Research Association - The type and frequency of interactions that occur between staff and children outside in Early Years Foundation Stage settings during a fixed playtime period.

European Educational Research Association - The Aims of Early Years Outdoor Education in England: a Conceptual and Empirical Investigation.

  • 05/2014

Child’s World Conference - The aims of early years outdoor education in England: a conceptual and empirical investigation (accepted but did not present).

  • 06/2013

Universities Council for the Education of Teachers - The PGCE primary specialism.

Enterprise Activity, External Roles and Consultancy:

  • 11/2016 - Invited speaker - Outdoor learning for under threes - Polytechnic Institute of Viseu Portugal
  • 11/2016 - Invited speaker - Outdoor learning for under threes - Aveiro University Portugal
  • 05/2016 - Invited keynote speaker - Early Years Conference (500 delegates) - Melbourne, Australia
  • 04/2015 - Invited keynote speaker - Outdoor Learning - Aveiro University, Portugal
  • 05/2014 - Keynote speaker - 'Fora de Portas - Saúde, Desenvolvimento e Bemestar da Criança nos Espaços Exteriores' - Aveiro, Portugal http://seminarioforadeportas.wordpress.com/oradores/
  • 03/2013 - Invited speaker- National Teaching Fellow award - University Court, University of Reading
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Contact Details

Email:
h.o.bilton@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 2683

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