Dr Wendy Messenger

Senior Lecturer in Education

Education and Inclusion

Contact Details

email: w.messenger@worc.ac.uk

Following a successful teaching career in Primary and Special Education, Wendy has been involved with a range of undergraduate and post graduate courses at the University of Worcester including the Foundation Degree in Learning Support, BA Education Studies, BA Professional Practice, and PGCE Primary Initial Teacher Education and MA Education, including the position of Course Leader (2014-2018).

Wendy has had key roles in national and international projects, including the role of regional coordinator for the ‘Behaviour for Learning’ (TDA funded) 2004-2007 project, and as a research team member for the European project (Comenius funded) entitled ‘Professional Resources in Early Childhood Intervention: online utilities and standards’ (PRECIOUS) 2008-2010.

More recently Wendy has been interested in researching with students in order to further develop the learning experience for students undertaking taught post graduate study.

 

Qualifications

  • B.Ed Westhill College of Higher Education, Birmingham 1979
  • M.Ed. (Special Education)  University of Birmingham 1994
  • Accreditation as a Teacher in Higher Education. University of Worcester. 2004. Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methods. University of Worcester. 2007
  • PhD (Education) University of Worcester 2013. The influence of professional cultures on collaborative working in Children’s Centres.
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy 2016

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

  • Special and Inclusive Education
  • Inter-professional working.
  • Positive approaches to managing behaviour
  • Professional practice.Educational research

Research Interests

  • Inclusive practice
  • Professionalism within the Education workforce
  • Inter-professional working
  • Research positionality

Professional Bodies

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

Publications

Messenger, W. (2018) ‘Learners and Learning’ in Woolley, R. (Ed) Understanding Inclusion. Oxon: Routledge

Messenger, W (2013) Professional Cultures and Professional Knowledge: owning, loaning and sharing. European Early Childhood and Education Research Association Journal. Vol 21

Nolan, M., Mason, V,. Snow, S., Messenger., Catling, J., Upton, P. (2012) Making Friends at Antenatal Classes: A Qualitative Exploration of Friendship Across the Transition to Motherhood. The Journal of Perinatal Education. Vol 12 number 3.

Messenger, W. (2010) ‘Training to Manage in Multi-Agency Working’ in Reed, M. and Canning, N. (eds.) Reflective Practice in Early Years. London: Sage.

Robertson, C and Messenger, W ( 2010) ‘Early Childhood Intervention in the United Kingdom: Family, Needs, Standards & Challenges’ in Special Addition of International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education.  Volume 2, Issue 2 (Special Issue) September 2010

Robertson, C. and Messenger, W. (2010) ‘Evaluating and Enhancing the Quality of Provision in Early Childhood Intervention: Exploring some European perspectives’, International EXEDRA Journal Special Edition: Internationalisation of Higher Education, September edition

Messenger, W. (2009) ‘Interpersonal Skills of the Teacher’ in Neville, L. (ed.) Interpersonal Skills for the People Professions: Learning from Practice. Reflect Press: 15-32.

Conferences

Date

Conference

Contribution

14.06.18

University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference

Supporting student transition to post graduate study within the MA Education at the University of Worcester

 

15.06.17

University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference

Transition to Post Graduate study

2.09.16

EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association)

Walking the tightrope: the positionality of the researcher

 

10.09.14

EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association), Crete, Greece.

Embracing Diversity in

Inter-professional Contexts.

4.6.14

University of Worcester

Early Years Teacher Summer School Conference

Professional Identity in Early childhood. (keynote).

9.11.13

University for Worcester Foundation Degree in Early Years Conference

Professional Identity in Early childhood. (keynote).

23.10.13

University of Worcester Research in Focus Conference

Developing Professional Identity; from methods to messages.

8.09.14

EECERA  (European Early Childhood Education Research Association), Crete, Greece.

Embracing professional diversity in inter-professional contexts.

29.08.13

EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association),Tallinn, Estonia

The influence of professional culture on integrated working in Children’s Centres

31.08.12

EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association),Porto, Portugal

The Struggle of Data Analysis for a Practitioner Researcher within the context of praxeology.

3.05.12

University of Northampton Post Graduate Research Conference

Who owns Knowledge?

An examination of how knowledge is perceived and shared between different professionals working with vulnerable children and families in Children’s Centres (Keynote)

16.02.12

BECERA (British Early childhood Education Research Association), Birmingham.

The Struggle of Data Analysis for a Practitioner Researcher

12.05.11

University of Worcester, Institute of Education Research Conference

Different professional cultures and professional knowledge: incompatible bedfellows?

23.02.11

BECERA (British Early childhood Education Research Association), Birmingham.

Data analysis: an alternative approach towards swimming rather than drowning.

8.09.10

EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association),Birmingham

Professional Cultures and Professional Knowledge: owning, loaning and sharing

27.08.09

EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association), Strasbourg.

The Impact of Collaborative Working on Professional Identity in Children’s Centres

29.10.09

National Symposium, Early Childhood Intervention, Eskesihir, Turkey

Working with Other Professionals in Early Childhood Intervention

27.02.08

Health and Well-Being, Research Focus, University of Worcester

Researching Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs – A review of some current practice (with Somervell, H.)

25.11.07

The Higher Education Role in Integrated Children’s Services,  ESCalate Conference

The development of a post graduate certificate in integrated children’s services

External Roles

External Examiner

  • 2009-2013 University of West of England Secondary Lifelong Learning including BA and MA courses.
  • 2006-2009 University of Dundee BA Professional Development (Early Childhood Studies)
  • 2004-2008 University of Northampton Certificate in Higher Education Supporting Learners.

Membership of External Validation and Review Panels

  • 2015 University of Portsmouth Periodic Review of all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. School of Education and Continuing Studies
  • 2014 University of Northampton FDA Learning and Teaching
  • 2014 Bishop Grossteste University BA Special Educational Needs and Inclusion
  • 2004 Edge Hill University Foundation Degree in Support for Learning