About Yinka Olusoga
Yinka's research focuses on educational sociology, policy and history. She has particular interests in personal and social education and in the role of discourse in the social construction of childhood and of schooling.
Yinka began her career in education as a primary teacher. She taught in Key Stages 1 and 2 in Birmingham and Liverpool, gaining experience working in multi-ethnic communities and with children with additional needs. She then specialised in the early years, first in reception and then running a nursery class in London.
Yinka left the classroom to run a project at Leeds University and from there moved into higher education, teaching on primary and early years teacher training courses and on Education Studies and Childhood Studies degrees. Since 2006 she has led the PGCE Primary Education (Early Years, 3-7), leading to QTS course.
Yinka teaches on:
- postgraduate and undergraduate Early Childhood Education courses
- the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies degree
- the MA Childhood Studies and Early Years
Modules that she teaches on include:
- Historical and International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education
- Child Development: Assessment, Pedagogy and Curriculum
- Perspectives on Primary Teaching
- The Professional Practitioner
- Applied Pedagogy 1 and 2
- Major Independent Study
Yinka's current research examines the social construction of the working class school child in key historical documents from the 19th century and the birth of the state education system. Drawing on the discourse-historical approach to critical discourse analysis, she investigates how groups are positioned and power is exercised in these pivotal documents and how this informed (and continues to inform) educational practice.