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Karen Appleby

Principal Lecturer in Centre for Children & Families

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 855074

Since joining the Institute of Education in 1995 as an experienced primary school teacher, learning and teaching in higher education has been a significant area of professional interest for Karen. Her work in this area was rewarded in 2003 with a University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Fellowship and in 2015 she achieved the status of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. As Principal Lecturer and member of the Institute of Education Management Team she has a leadership role for student engagement. She also shares the role of IoE Lead for Learning and Teaching which involves collaborative working with colleagues within the institute, other departments and the University’s Education Development Unit.

Over the years she has had a range of roles within the Centre for Early Childhood including course leadership, Partnership Co-ordinator for the Foundation Degree in Early Years (delivered in collaboration with 8 partner colleges) and leadership role as Principal Lecturer.

Karen’s teaching interests focus on children’s learning and development, communication, language and literacy. Her professional interest in reflective practice continues to inform her teaching, research and publications.

For many years she has been actively involved as a primary school governor with specific responsibility for Early Years and literacy.


Masters in Education (Distinction) University of Worcester
B Ed (Hons) QTS (Primary Education and English) University of London Goldsmiths College
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Fellow

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Child development
Children as learners
Communication, Language and Literacy
Reflective Practice

Research Interests

Karen’s current research interests focus on practitioner perspectives on reflective practice.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Member: Training, Advancement and Co-operation in Teaching Young Children (TACTYC)

Committee member: Early Childhood Organization (ECHO) led by Worcestershire LA)



Appleby, K. (2010) Voices of Reflection. In Canning, N. & Reed, M. (2010). (Eds.) Reflection in the Early Years London: Sage

Appleby, K. (2011) Playing and learning: ways of being in action. In Canning, N. (2011). (Eds.) Play and Practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage. London, Sage.

Appleby, K. & Andrews, M. (2012) Reflective Practice is the Key to Quality Improvement. In Reed, M. & Canning, N. (2011) (Eds.) Implementing Quality Improvement and Change in the Early Years. London, Sage.

Hanson K. & Appleby, K. (2014). Reflective Practice. In Reed, M. & Walker, R. (2014). Early Childhood Studies: A Critical Reader. London, Sage Publications.

Kubiak, C., Fenton-O’Creevy, M., Appleby, K., Kempster, M. Reed, M., Solvason, C. & Thorpe, M. (2015) Brokering Boundary Encounters. In Wenger-Trayner, E. Fenton-O’Creevy, M. Hutchinson, S. Kubiak, C. & Wenger-Trayner, B. (2015) Learning in Landscapes of Practice. London, Routledge

In production

Hanson K. & Appleby, K. (TBC) The Early Years Handbook for Practitioners and Students: An Essential Guide for Levels 4 and 5. (Draft Title). Abingdon, Routledge.



External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities