Mrs Gwyneth Davies BA, MA

Senior Lecturer

Carmarthen

Tel: +44 (0) 1267 676916
E-mail: g.m.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk

gwyneth davies

  • Undergraduate Programme Director
  • Module coordinator for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • I deliver on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules
  • I represent the Faculty on the University’s External Examiner Nomination Panel
  • I am a member of the School’s Ethics Panel
  • I contribute to the development, writing and validating the School’s programmes
  • I arrange and attend study visits abroad (Canada and Sweden)

After graduating from Aberystwyth University I worked within the public library system and then became a Cylch Meithrin leader in my local group. This led to a growing involvement within the early years sector and I became the secretary and then chair of MYM in Dyfed and Ceredigion. My interest in the training of early years practitioners developed during this time and I became a member of MYM’s national Quality and Training sub-committee. 

I contributed to the development of training materials relating to treasure baskets and numeracy for use in Cylchoedd Meithrin throughout Wales. I co-wrote Cynllun Yr Enfys, a series of books linked to the Desirable Outcomes, with Dr Sian Wyn Siencyn and Elaine Pye. When NVQ qualifications were introduced I trained as an NVQ assessor and worked for Pembrokeshire College, Coleg Ceredigion and Cam Wrth Gam.

I then qualified as an internal verifier. Being an NVQ assessor enabled me to observe practice in a variety of care and education settings (playgroups, schools, nurseries, child-minders). My interest in the role and influence of practitioners within care and education settings increased and I decided to enrol on the MA Early Years Education in Trinity College, Carmarthen in order to gain more understanding of children’s learning and development and graduated in 2010. In September 2010 I was employed as a lecturer in the School of Early Years teaching on the BA programmes

 

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol
  • Plant yng Nghymru (Children in Wales)
  • UWTSD Early Years Special Interest Group
  • Member of Social Care Wales’ HEI Group

My academic interests include children’s well-being, reflective practice, research methods and emergent literacy development. I coordinate modules connected with these themes.

I coordinate undergraduate and postgraduate modules relating to:

  • Research methods
  • Professional practice
  • Reflective practice
  • Medial and digital literacy
  • International perspectives
  • Literacy development

I lecture on several undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including themes such as:

  • Well-being
  • Safeguarding
  • Sustainability
  • Language development

My main research interests include emergent literacy, student attainment and research methodology.  I completed the Open University’s research module (Educational Enquiry) in September 2015).

I have recently undertaken training from Denise Kingston, about the use of environmental rating scales as a means of researching in early years settings (SSTEW, ECERS, ITERS.  I am also a member of the Faculty of Education and Communities’ Early Years Special Interests Group (SIG).   I am currently researching the use of block teaching methods as a means of supporting retention and attainment of the School’s UG students

  • Principles and ethics of early years care and education
  • Reflective practice
  • Early Literacy

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.

Ongoing- ‘An evaluation of the effectiveness of the Canolfan Plant   Jig-So Children’s Centre -‘Cegin Prydiau Plant’ Project.’ Research team: Gwyneth Davies (Project manager), Glenda Tinney , Alison Rees Edwards, Ann-Marie Gealy.   (commissioned and funded by JigSo Ceredigion).

Publications:

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.

Conferences:

Davies, G. (2017) ‘Can changes to the structure of module teaching lead to an increase in retention and attainment within undergraduate programmes?’ Ignite session, HEA Annual Conference, ‘Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight’, Manchester, England, 4th-6th July 2017.

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.

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. (2015) ‘Innovative assessment for employability and professional development’.  EECERA Conference: ‘Innovation, Experimentation and Adventure in Early Childhood’, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain, 7th - 10th September 2015.

Book Trust Superbox evaluation - £5000

JIGSO Cegin Prydiau Plant evaluation - £5000