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Debi Keyte-Hartland is an International Consultant and Artist Educator. She holds a MA in Education and has worked directly with teachers and leadership teams in the UK, Singapore, China, Sweden, Canada and Senegal in developing creative and reflective approaches to learning and teaching that involves systemic change and school/settings improvement. Debi is an associate lecturer with Birmingham City University has co-wrote and is currently delivering the MA Module Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood via CREC (Centre for Research for Early Childhood). She is also a Co-Director of Sightlines Initiative, the UK reference point for Reggio Children.
Debi is skilled in facilitating and delivering professional learning networks, bespoke training events, workshops and keynotes that are rich in examples and case studies of children, where educators are encouraged and supported to reflect critically, and engage practically about their own experiences working 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 and long term projects that invite rich learning and complex enquiry. Debi’s long established UK and International experience can be used within settings to develop pedagogies of active observation, listening and reflection that give value to the learning processes of young children and enable educators to plan and sustain the complex interests of children. She has contributed to a number of education journals and 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.”
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. She is also involved in international research exploring the nature of transdisciplinary classrooms and languages of evaluation in the UK, Spain, Sweden and Romania, both funded by Erasmus +.
Debi believes that all children are born creative and able to express themselves in many modalities and languages of expression. However, they must receive and be within environments that support and enable these strengths and competencies to grow and evolve.
Beyond Debi’s courses that she offers she is happy to work in bespoke ways with you on developing your own professional development as well as offering consultancy in creative and reflective practices, so please do get in touch to discuss the possibilities of working together.
Debi’s work has a specialist focus on:
- how the expressive arts are a mode of visual and verbal communication and thinking
- developing enabling environments that promote curiosity and thinking
- mark making and the journey into signs, symbols and codes (writing)
- recognising children's interests in enquiry based learning
- the role of visual arts and creating and thinking critically
- creating contexts and preparing materials for children’s creativity
- observation and pedagogical documentation of children’s learning
- digital and technological languages of creative expression and imagination
- the principles and practice of the Reggio Emilia Pre-Schools and Infant-Toddler Centres
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