Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Yinka Olusoga
About Dr Yinka Olusoga
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 based at the University of Leeds. From there she moved into Initial Teacher Education, teaching on primary and early years teacher training courses and on Education Studies and Childhood Studies degrees.
Yinka leads the PGCE Primary Education (3-7), leading to QTS course. She teaches modules on play, early years pedagogies, the history of early years education and international approaches to early childhood education. Yinka is co-editor of the internationally published book 'Perspectives on Play: Learning for Life' and has also written on the subjects of the inclusion of refugee children and teachers in schools.
Yinka's doctoral research examined the social construction of the working class school child in key historical documents from the 18th and early 19th centuries, and the birth of the state education system. Drawing on the discourse-historical approach to critical discourse analysis, she investigated how groups are positioned and power was exercised in these pivotal documents and how this informed (and continues to inform) educational practice.
Yinka is the course leader for the PGCE Primary Education (3-7). She also teaches modules on the BA (Hons) Primary Education (3-7) and MA Childhood Studies and Early Years. Her modules include:
- Level 4
- Play, Learning and Development
- Level 5
- Historical and International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care
- Level 7
- Playful Learning and Playful Pedagogies
- Child Development: Assessment, Pedagogy and Curriculum
Yinka’s research examines the historical and current role of discourse in the social construction of childhood, schooling and early childhood care and education. It uncovers themes of power and control, and of social class, gender and race, and their intersections. Her work identifies commonalities between historical and contemporary debates, such as those surrounding the Prevent Strategy and the duty in schools to promote British Values.
Yinka is also involved in research on child-initiated play and student teachers' experiences of implementing play pedagogies in schools. She contributes to the Story Makers Company, a partnership between Leeds Beckett University and a range of creative companies that explores the opportunities of story via drama, creative writing and play.
Journal articles (1)
- Olusoga Y (2019), Younger Infants in the Elementary School: Discursively Constructing the Under-Fives in Institutional Spaces and Practices. Genealogy, vol. 3 (3)
- Brock A; Dodds S; Jarvis P; Olusoga Y ed. (2017) Παιδαγωγική του παιχνιδιού στην προσχολική και σχολική εκπαίδευση. . Greece: Εκδόσεις ΠΕΔΙΟ - PEDIO Publishing.
- Brock A; Dodds S; Jarvis P; Olusoga Y (2013) Perspectives on play: Learning for Life. . .
- Brock A; Dodds S; Jarvis P; Olusoga Y (2011) Brincar. Aprendizagem para a vida. . Artmed Editoria.
- Olusoga EA (2013) "We Don't Play Like That Here": Social, Cultural and Gender Perspectives on Play. In: Olusoga EA Perspectives on Play: Learning for Life. Padstow: Routledge, pp. 39-68.
- Olusoga Y (2013) 'We don't play like that here': Social, cultural and gender perspectives on play. In: Olusoga Y Perspectives on Play: Learning for Life. : , pp. 40-64.
Conference contributions (8)
- Olusoga Y (2017) The Purpose of School: Constructing British Values in the Early Twentieth Century Brighton, UK 20170905. : .
- Olusoga Y; Beckett L (2017) Feeding Hungry Children: forging an administrative settlement Brighton, UK 20170905. : .
- Chesworth L; Keen B; Olusoga Y (2017) Student teachers' experiences of play in the Early Years Foundation Stage Brighton 20170905. : .
- Olusoga Y (2016) The Testimony of Miss Carpenter: social construction of children in poverty in the Report of the 1861 Newcastle Commission University of Leeds 20160913. : .
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- Olusoga Y; Keen B; Chesworth L (2016) Enhancing Play: An examination of student teachers' experiences of championing enhanced play provision in placement settings Dublin 20160831. : .
- Olusoga Y (2014) Child of the (18)60s: Everyday Childhoods in the Report of the 1861 Newcastle Commission University of Sheffield 20140701. : .
- Olusoga EA (2009) The Discourse of Personal and Social Education and the Transmission of 'Common Sense University if Manchester 20090902. : .
- Olusoga Y (2006) Personal and Social Education, Politics and Gesture. New College, University of Oxford 20060331. : .