Dr Kathy Ring
Senior Lecturer, Early Years and Primary Education, University
Ed. D., Leeds University, (2003)
M.Ed. (Distinction), Leeds University,
Advanced Diploma in Education, Leeds
Certificate in Music Education, Leeds
Certificate in Education, Warwick University,
Kathy studied at the Faculty of Education, Warwick
University. She then taught Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1
children in Warwickshire and North Yorkshire for 13 years and
during that time was a Head of an Infant Department within a
primary school and Deputy Head Teacher of a primary school.
In 1995 she was appointed as Senior Lecturer at York St John.
She teaches under-graduate and post-graduate
early years students and is Director of the Post-graduate
(full-time study) Final School Experience. Kathy is supervisor for
four doctoral students working across the fields of early
childhood, arts education, and the psychology of education.
She is the Faculty’s representative on the University CETL
Kathy’s research interests fall within early
years education. She is particularly interested in how early
childhood settings can best support young children as multi-modal
meaning makers. She continues to pursue her long-standing
interest in young children’s use of drawing as a tool for thinking
and learning. Research collaborations with Local Authorities have
included Tower Hamlets, North Yorkshire, Hull and Lancashire.
Ring, K. (2010) Keeping it Playful: adults supporting young
children making meaning through drawing in Foundation Stage
contexts.’ In P. Broadhead; J. Howard; E. Wood (eds.) Play and
Learning in the Early Years, Sage.
Ring, K. (2010) Drawing With Seven-Year-Olds: Assuming the role
of teacher. International Journal of Education Through
Ring, K. (2009) Supporting Playful Drawing in Foundation Stage
Settings. Psychology of Education Review.
Ring, K. & Anning, A. (2004) Making Sense of Children's
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European Early Childhood Education Research
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