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Debi Keyte-Hartland is a Consultant and Artist Educator. She has worked directly with teachers and senior leadership teams over the past 20 years in the UK, Singapore, China, Sweden, Canada and Senegal developing creative and reflective approaches to learning and teaching that involves systemic change and school improvement. Debi speaks, writes, presents, and generates contexts for ECE educators, schools and settings to challenge and reflect upon teaching styles, curriculum, provision and the documentation of processes of children’s learning.
Debi is skilled in facilitating and delivering professional learning networks, bespoke training events, workshops and keynotes that are rich in examples and case studies, where educators are encouraged and supported to reflect critically, and engage practically about their work alongside children and families. In doing so she illuminates what is possible with young children in contexts of creative and researchful practices. She works in a wide range of settings developing environments that invite rich learning and complex enquiry. Debi’s experience in the use of the visual arts can be used within schools to embrace pedagogies of active listening and the co-construction of knowledge drawing upon research from international contexts.
Debi’s work has a specialist focus on:
• how the expressive arts act as a mode of communication
• developing environments that promote thinking and curiosity
• mark making and the journey into signs, symbols and codes
• evolving and recognising children's interests in enquiry based learning
• the role of visual arts and creating and critical thinking
• creativity as everyday practice
• the role of observation and pedagogical documentation of children’s learning
• the development of visual thinking through young children’s graphicacy
• materials as languages: clay, paint, loose parts and graphicacy
• young children as image makers and takers: photography and digital media
Debi is currently researching young children's use of digital media in creative and expressive ways with 5 UK settings and 4 Swedish Pre-Schools as part of an Erasmus Plus 3 year funded research project.
Debi has an MA in Education from Birmingham City University in researching children’s communicative drawing, the methods of documenting it and the pedagogic strategies that supported it. Debi was awarded the EECERA/Routledge Annual Practitioner Research Award 2013 at the 23rd European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference in Tallinn, Estonia for her paper entitled “Developing Children’s Critical Thinking Through Question and Dialogue: From The Recall of Knowledge to the Co-Construction of Knowledge.” She is also a Co-Director of Sightlines Initiative, the UK reference point for Reggio Children.
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