Staff Profile:Dr. Helen Bilton

Name:
Dr Helen Bilton
Job Title:
Associate Professor of Education (Senior Tutor)
Responsibilities:

 University Responsibilities:

  • Senior Tutor.
  • Sub-Committee on Teaching and Learning Facilities.
  • Sub Committee on Student Experience and Support.
  • National Teaching Fellow 2012.
  • Senior Fellow HEA 2014.

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

  • Early Career Teaching Fellow 2011.
  • Member of Senate 2012 - 2015.

Institute of Education Responsibilities:

  • Senior Tutor.
  • Senior Academic Manager.
  • MA and PhD Supervision.
  • Contributions to BA (Ed), BA CDL, SD & PGCE Primary.
  • Enterprise activities.
  • Welcome Week.
  • Teaching - MA.
  • Interim Head of Initial Teacher Training.

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

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.

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:

  • Sufang Li (with Dr Cathy Tissot): Student teachers' perspectives of the impact of training on their teaching practice regarding inclusive education and special educational needs in a city in China.
  • Lynette Morris (with Dr. Geoff Taggart): A case study exploring emotional labour in early years professional practice.
  • Turgut Karlidag (with Dr. Richard Harris): Inclusive education in Turkey.

Current and Recent Research Projects:

  • 2011- present PhD research: Early Years Foundation Stage outdoor facilities and staff attitudes and behaviours.
  • 2012-13 and 2013-14: Faculty Research Enterprise Fund (RETF) University of Reading to gather data on outdoor facilities and staff attitudes and behaviours.
  • 2009-10: Faculty Research Enterprise Fund (RETF) University of Reading £1250 pump priming money to explore: What types of interactions staff and children have outside in early years settings where there are tricycles and where outside play is for a set period of time.
  • 2011-11: Investigation gender and playtime: To what extent are there gender differences in the school playground?
  • 2008-9: Joint with Dr. Elizabeth McCrum Personalised learning for school students with SEN: Ensuring ITT staff and trainees understand the needs of SEN learners. TDA funded SEN research.
Research groups / Centres:

Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education

Recent Publications:
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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:

  • September 2015: European Early Childhood Education Research Association What is outside?  The facilities available in early years outdoor environments: 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.
  • September 2014: British Educational Research Association The Aims of Early Years Outdoor Education in England: a Conceptual and Empirical Investigation.
  • September 2014: 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. The Aims of Early Years Outdoor Education in England: a Conceptual and Empirical Investigation.
  • September 2014: ECER The Aims of Early Years Outdoor Education in England: a Conceptual and Empirical Investigation Accepted but not presented.
  • June 2014: Child's World Conference The aims of early years outdoor education in England: a conceptual and empirical investigation Accepted but not presented.
  • June 2013: Universities Council for the Education of Teachers The specialism placement.
  • March 2013: University of Reading Senate Presentation to Senate on my work with regard to the National Teaching Fellowship award.
  • September 2011: British Educational 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 when there are tricycles.
  • November 2010 : Universities Council for the Education of Teachers The impact on trainee teachers of placements in SEN schools during the PGCE Primary year.
  • September 2010: British Educational Research Association Benefits afforded to children of playing and working in the early years outdoor environment And The impact on trainee teachers of placements in SEN schools during the PGCE Primary year.
  • May 2010: Athens Institute for Education and Research The challenges of working outside with young children and strategies for overcoming these.
  • September 2010: Benefits afforded to children of playing and working in the early years outdoor environment. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association, Warwick.

Any Further Information:

Enterprise Activity, External Roles and Consultancy:

  • Keynote speaker: 2015 June The Outside as an Environment for Learning in Childhood Education - Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal.
  • Keynote speaker: 2014 May 'Fora de Portas - Saúde, Desenvolvimento e Bemestar da Criança nos Espaços Exteriores' Aveiro, Portugal. http://seminarioforadeportas.wordpress.com/oradores/
  • NQT Conference, Reading.
  • EYFS Conference, Reading.
  • Consultancy and keynote speaker: Early Years Outdoor Teaching and Learning Environment.
  • External Examiner Bath Spa PGCE part-time.
  • Member: British Education Research Association (BERA).
  • Member:- Association for the Professional Development of Early Years Educators (TACTYC).
  • Reviewer for various journals.
  • Reviewer for National Teaching Fellowship Scheme.
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Contact Details

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

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