Dr Jenny Hallam

Position: Lecturer in Psychology

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Life Sciences

Subject area: Psychology

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About

I am a critical Psychologist who specialises in qualitative methods. My research interests centre on exploring the educational contexts that shape children’s artistic development, the early sexualisation of young people, women’s experiences of birth and nature connectedness.

Teaching responsibilities

Most of my teaching focuses on qualitative research methods and I am the qualitative subject lead. I also teach Developmental Psychology, Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology and Social Psychology.

Professional interests

I completed my PhD 'A Critical Analysis of Art Education in English Primary Schools' at Staffordshire University in 2008. My PhD research used ethnographic methods informed by social constructionism to explore the educational contexts which shape children's artistic development. The thesis brought a new research approach to the study of child art within developmental psychology and sought to identify educational practices which could be detrimental to the development of expression in children's artwork.

More recently I have been involved in projects based in a number of different areas. I am currently working on a project which adopts a critical approach to explore the early sexualisation of young people and a Community Psychology project which has developed a research collaboration with the Positive Birth Movement. Finally, I have worked collaboratively on nature connectedness projects.

Research interests

My current research interests centre on:

1) Exploring children's experiences of art in the classroom and how children would like to see art taught.

2) Designing, implementing and evaluating art interventions designed to enable primary teachers to teach art more effectively.

3) Investigating how art is taught and evaluated by teachers working in different educational systems (State, Steiner and Montessori).

4) Examining how child artists and non artists conceptualise artistic processes.

5) Young people's involvement with community art projects.

6) The Postive Birth movement and women's experience of birth

7) The early sexualisation of young people

8) Nature connectedness

Recent publications

Barlow, C. M., Jolley, R. P. and Hallam, J. L. (2011). Drawings as Memory Aids: Optimising the Drawing Method to Facilitate Young Children's Recall. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25, 480-487.

Hallam, J., Das Gupta, M., & Lee, H. (2008). An exploration of primary school teachers’ under­standing of art and the place of art in the primary school curriculum. Curriculum Journal, 19(4), 269–281.

Hallam, J., Das Gupta, M., & Lee, H. (2011). Shaping children’s artwork in English primary classes: Insights from teacher–child interaction during art activities. International Journal of Early Years Education, 19(3–4), 193–205. doi:10.1080/09669760.2011.629489

Hallam, J., Das Gupta, M., and Lee, H.A.N. (2011) Painting dinosaurs - the ways in which a Reception class context shapes and limits children's opportunities to creative expressive art. Chapter in Faulkner, D. & Coates, E. (Eds) Exploring Children's Creative Narratives London, Routledge.

Hallam, J., Egan, S., and Kirkham, J., (2015). An investigation into the ways in which art is taught in an English Waldorf Steiner school, Thinking Skills and Creativity

Hallam, J., Hewitt, D., & Buxton S. (2014) An exploration of children's experiences of art in the classroom. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 33(2) 195-207

Hallam, J. L., Lee, H. A. N., & Das Gupta, M. (2014). Collaborative cognition: Co-creating children’s artwork in an educational context. Theory and Psychology, 24(2) 166–185DOI: 10.1177/0959354314526088

Hallam, J. L., Lee, H. A. N., & Das Gupta, M. (2012). Multiple interpretations of child art—the importance of context and perspective. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 6(2), 185–193. doi: 10.1037/a0025793

Hallam, J., Lee, H., & Das Gupta, M. (2011). An investigation into the ways in which art is taught in English reception classes. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 5(2), 177–185.

Hallam, J., Lee, H., and Das Gupta, M. (2009) An Analysis of the Presentation of Art in the British Primary School Curriculum and its Implications for teaching. Chapter in S. Herne and S. Cox (Eds) Readings in Primary Art Education, Bristol: Intellect Books

Hallam, J., Lee, H., & Das Gupta, M. (2007). An analysis of the presentation of art in the British primary school curriculum and its implications for teaching. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 26(2), 206–214.

Howard, C., Hallam, J., & Brady, K. (2014). Governing the souls of young women: Exploring the perspectives of mothers on parenting in the age of sexualisation. Journal of Gender Studies, DOI: 10.1080/09589236.2014.952714

Richardson, M., and Hallam, J. (2013). Exploring the Psychological Rewards of a Familiar Semi-Rural Landscape: Connecting to Local Nature through a Mindful Approach. The Humanistic Psychologist, 41(1), 35-53.

Richardson, M., Hallam, J. and Lumbar (2014). One thousand good things in nature: The aspects of nature that lead to increased nature connectedness. Environmental Values (24) 603-619. doi: 10.3197/096327115X14384223590131

Recent conferences

Brady, K. and Hallam J. (2012) Taking Away Children's Innocence: A Foucauldian discourse analysis exploring parents' concerns about the premature sexualisation of children. Paper presented at the Applied Qualitative Research Conference, Derby, 21 June.

Hallam, J., Kirkham, J. and Egan, S. (2015a). An investigation into the ways in which art is taught in an English Waldorf Steiner school. Paper presented at the The Fourth Conference on Applied Qualitative Research in Psychology, 23 July

Hallam, J., Kirkham, J. and Egan, S. (2015b). An investigation into the ways in which art is taught in an English Waldorf Steiner school. Poster presented at the BPS Developmental Section and Social Section conference, Manchester, 9-11 Sept

Hallam, J., Hewitt, D. and Buxton, S. (2012). An exploration of children's experiences of art in the classroom. Paper presented at The International Journal of Art and Design Education Conference, Liverpool, 19-20 October

Hallam, J, Hewitt, D., and Buxton, S. (2010) Exploring children's experiences of art in the classroom Paper Presented at BPS Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference, Milton Keynes, 12-14 November

Hallam, J., Lee, H., and Das Gupta, M., (2009) Creating creative approaches to art teaching: the need for trainingPaper Presented at BPS Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference, Preston, 31 October-1 November.

Hallam, J., Lee, H., and Das Gupta, M., (2009). The Social Mediation of Artistic Processes in English Primary School Classrooms. Paper Presented at the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, University of Amsterdam, 25-29 August.

Hallam, J., Lee, H., and Das Gupta, M., (2008) Exploring the Co-creation of Child Art in an Educational Context. Paper Presented at BPS Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference, Oxford Brookes University, 1-3 September.

Hallam, J. and Sunney, C. (2010). Inner knowing and spiritual knowledge: An investigation into the construction of religion and unstructured spirituality. Paper presented at the Exploring the Extraordinary conference, York, 24-25 September

Hallam, J., Thomas, M. and Howard, C. (2014a). Understanding the Positive Birth Movement in Action. Paper presented at the Third Conference on Applied Qualitative Research in Psychology, Derby, 14 August

Hallam, J., Thomas, M. and Howard, C. (2014b). Empowering women through the Positive Birth movement. Paper presented at the BPS Social Psychology Section conference, Canterbury, September 9-11 September

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