Mrs Ann-Marie Gealy BEd, MEd, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Head of School of Early Years

Carmarthen

Tel: +44 (0) 1267 676683
E-mail: a.gealy@uwtsd.ac.uk

ann marie gealy

  • Lead the School of Early Years
  • Strategic Responsibility for the School of Early Years
  • Programme Director for Post Graduate Programmes
  • Partnership Team Leader for programmes abroad
  • Deputy Chair of Early Years Special Interest Group
  • Member of Faculty Board
  • Member of Academic Quality and Standards Committee
  • Member of University Staff Development Committee
  • Member of University Ethics Committee

After working in finance and banking I trained and worked as a primary school teacher with responsibility for science. I joined Trinity College in 1997 as a lecturer in the School of Initial Teacher Education and Training. In 2003 I moved to the School of Early Years as a senior lecturer. I have been the Head of School of Early Years since 2014.

Qualifications:

  • BEd First Class Honours (Education and Science) (Trinity College, University of Wales): 1996
  • MEd (Open University): 2011
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2016
  • Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (CCC)
  • CCC: Academic Quality and Standards
  •  Children in Wales
  • Children in Scotland
  • Trustee of Early Education
  • Deputy Chair of Early Years Special Interest Group
  • ESTYN Team Inspector Foundation Phase, KS2
  • General Teaching Council of Wales
  • Early Childhood Studies Degree Network

My academic interests include young children’s creativity, young children’s well-being and early literacy.

 I am interested in non- traditional and flexible delivery strategies and student achievement with a particular interest in widening access.

I lecture on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in relation to themes  such as:

  • Early language development and literacy
  • Health and well-being of young children
  • Young children’s creative thinking

I supervise postgraduate dissertations.

I have developed various strategies and modes of delivery with different student groups and cohorts and analyzed the impact on student achievement.

I have developed modes of delivery, in particular for flexible learning routes, in order to facilitate access to H.E. and widening access.

I have researched the effect of using various assessments and assignments on student achievement.

Research findings are regularly presented in International conferences.

I have conducted research with young children observing their creative thinking in the outdoors and published training DVDs and booklets.

I am ‘Gold Star’ trained in the application and use of the ‘Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being’ (SSTEW) rating scales. I am currently using this methodology in various research projects related to young children’s attachment, and young children and practitioners’ understanding of, views on and attitudes towards early science.

  • My expertise is within the field of young children’s creative thinking, early science, health and well-being, and early literacy.

  • I also have expertise if the field of non-traditional and flexible modes of delivery for H.E. students. My research relates to facilitating entry to higher education, student achievement and student employability.

I  contribute to Continual Professional Learning and Development activities  including themes such as:

  • Young children’s well-being
  • Young children’s creativity
  • Early literacy
  • Young children and practitioners’ understanding of early science 

I regularly engage as a consultant on various research projects, for example Bookstart/BookTrust Cymru, JigSaw and Mentrau Iaith. 

I submit bids and tenders for evaluation projects and the production of new programmes in the field of early years.

Ongoing projects include:

  • An evaluation of a longitudinal ‘Mile a Day’ project within one primary school in Swansea.
  • An evaluation of the effectiveness of the Canolfan Plant   Jig-So Children’s Centre -‘Cegin Prydiau Plant’ Project.  
  • Developing early years practitioners’ understanding of early science (Swansea Authority).
  • An evaluation of the ABC, 123, Ti a Fi  project (Menter Cwm Gwendraeth).
  • A qualitative evaluation of Superbox 2015 in terms of delivering key Superbox outcomes. Commissioned by BookTrust Cymru as part of the Bookstart Dechrau Da programme.
  • ‘Attachment and Me’ research project.
  • I regularly submit bids and tenders for evaluation projects and production of new programmes in the field of early years.

Book Chapters

Gealy, A. a Rees, A. (2010) ‘Y Plentyn  Creadigol’ yn  Siencyn, S.W. (gol), Y Cyfnod Sylfaen 3-7 oed Athroniaeth, Ymchwil ac Ymarfer. Caerfyrddin: Cyhoeddiadau Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant.

Gealy, A. a Saer, S. (2010) ‘Y Plentyn  Creadigol’ yn  Siencyn, S.W. (gol), Y Cyfnod Sylfaen 3-7 oed Athroniaeth, Ymchwil ac Ymarfer. Caerfyrddin: Cyhoeddiadau Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant

Books

Gealy, A. a Rees, A. (2011) 1...2...3...Ble wyt ti? Archwilio’r Amgylchedd yn y Cyfnod Sylfaen, DU: Canolfan Peniarth.

Gealy, A. a Rees, A. (2011) 1 2...Where are you? Archwilio’r Amgylchedd yn y Cyfnod Sylfaen, DU: Canolfan Peniarth. 

Gealy, A. (2011) Allan yn yr Eira Archwilio’r Amgylchedd yn y Cyfnod Sylfaen, DU: Canolfan Peniarth.

Gealy, A. (2011) Snowy Walk  Archwilio’r Amgylchedd yn y Cyfnod Sylfaen, DU: Canolfan Peniarth. 

Gealy, A. a Hopwood, M. (2011) Bric, bloc a bwced Archwilio’r Amgylchedd yn y Cyfnod Sylfaen, DU: Canolfan Peniarth.

Gealy, A. a Hopwood, M. (2011) Bricks, blocks and buckets  Archwilio’r Amgylchedd yn y Cyfnod Sylfaen, DU: Canolfan Peniarth. 

Rees, A. a Gealy, A.M. (2013) Chwarae Allan Dysgu Mas. DU: Canolfan Peniarth Y Drindod Dewi Sant.

Journals

Tinney, G.,  Davies, G, Rees Edwards, A. and Gealy, A. (2016) A qualitative evaluation of Superbox 2015 in terms of delivering key Superbox outcomes. This report was commissioned by BookTrust Cymru as part of the Bookstart Dechrau Da programme. Bookstart is funded in Wales by the Welsh Government.

Tinney, G and Gealy, A (2015) ‘Developing flexible learning degree programmes for early childhood practitioners: using students’ perceptions to inform programme development and promote widening access’, Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Vol. 9, No. 1, Special Issue - Future Directions Wales Conference, January 2015 pp.100-11.

Howard. J., Miles, G. and Gealy A. M. (2009)  Perceptions of Play and Playfulness: Implications for the Implementation of the Foundation Phase in Wales Welsh Journal of Education, Special edition, pp104-110. 

Papers

Gealy, A. (2013) Plant yn teimlo’n dda: lles mewn plentyndod cynnar  DU: Canolfan Peniarth Y Drindod Dewi Sant. (Coordinator of   a Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol  funded Project to create digital resources for a Level 7 Wellbeing and Early Child module. Resources now accessible on Y Porth) 

Gealy, A. M.  (2006)  Defnydd o’r Gymraeg mewn meithrinfeydd yng Ngwm Gwendraeth,   Dyffryn Aman a Llanelli  (A study of the use of Welsh and bilingual provision in nurseries in south east Wales).  Bwrdd yr Iaith / Welsh Language Board. 

NOF Learning Schools Programme 2000 Science and The Curriculum Cymreig Open University (part of NOF project).

Conference Presentations

Davies, G. and Gealy, A. (2017) ‘Innovative assessment for employability and professional development’.  HEA Annual Conference, ‘Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight’, Manchester, England, 4th-6th July 2017.

Tinney, G. and Gealy, G. (2017) Reflecting the opportunities and challenges of flexible provision in early years’ education and care in higher education training Nexus Conference, UWTSD, May 5th, 2017.

Davies, G. and Gealy, A. (2016) ‘An evaluation of the effectiveness of the BookTrust Cymru Superbox 2015 programme in building parents’ confidence to share stories and books with their young children.’  EECERA Conference: ‘Happiness, relationships, emotion and deep level learning’.  Dublin, Ireland, 31st August – 3rd September 2016.

Davies, G. and Gealy, A. (2016)  ‘Early Literacy and the use of books’

EECERA Conference: Dublin ‘September 2016. (At press)

Davies, G. and Gealy, A. (2015) ‘Innovative assessment for employability and professional development’.

EECERA Conference: ‘Innovation, Experimentation and Adventure in Early Childhood’, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain, 7th - 10th September 2015.

Tinney, G. And Gealy, A. (2014) ‘Exploring the experiences and perceptions of students accessing a flexible learning degree programme and the impact on widening access, continuing professional development and up-skilling the early childhood workforce’,

International Conference: A Child's World – Next Steps Aberystwyth University, 25-27th June 2014.

 Tinney, G and Gealy, A. (2014) ‘Flexible learning for the early childhood sector. Developing flexible learning higher education for those already working with young children and families’, HEA Wales Futures Directions, Aberystwyth University, April 2nd-3rd 2014. 

Wales Education Research Network Colloquium May 2008 Perceptions of Play and Playfulness: Implications for the implementation of the Foundation Phase in Wales with Howard. J., Miles, J.

Poster Presentations

Rees Edwards, A. and Gealy, A. (2017) Early Years Education and Care: Embedding Employability. Unpublished poster presentation at: HEA Annual Conference 2017: Generation TEF - Teaching in the spotlight, July 4-6 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Trustee of Early Education

As Deputy Chair of Early Years Special Interest Group I co-organise annual Early Years conferences

Secured several  £5,000 grants, for example  from Bookstart/BookTrust, Jigsaw, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (CCC)