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Dr Donald Simpson is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Teesside. Initially he trained (University of Leicester) and worked as a primary school teacher. He has an MA (University College London Institute of Education) and was awarded a full time scholarship to complete his PhD (Open University). Donald worked as a contract researcher before taking up his current post.
Summary of Research Interests
Donald's research interests lie in the following areas:
1) working with the realities of poverty in the early years;
2) skills and learning as part of transitions among young people regarded as disadvantaged etc. and
3) exploring involvement and the relationships and learning experiences of children and young people in poverty in the field of education.
Research Projects & External Funding
Donald is leading research considering pre-school practitioners’ perspectives on child poverty and how they work with poverty. He is collaborating with colleagues across England and the USA on this project. This research sas supported by external funding grants awarded to Donald by The British Academy (in 2012 and again in 2020) and The Society for Educational Studies. See: http://www.soc-for-ed-studies.org.uk/grants/
Donald, supported by Teesside University's Research Fund, has completed an additional strand of research across Teesside connected to the High Achieving White Working Class Boys Project via collaboration with colleagues at the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) in Birmingham.
Donald completed a project with colleagues at Teesside University exploring the role of learning in shaping care leavers' (dis)engagement with undergraduate study.
External funding - in recent years Donald has been awarded funding to support his research activity by The British Academy and The Society for Educational Studies.
PhD and Research Opportunities
Donald is currently supervising postgraduate research students, and welcomes expressions of interest from those who are considering completing postgraduate research - particularly within his areas of interest mentioned in this profile. Please feel free to get in touch.
External Roles and Professional Activities
External Examiner for Education Doctorate (University of Huddersfield)
External Research Collaborations
Donald has collaborated with a number of external organisations including other higher education institutions, charities, local authorities and schools to complete research activity including project fieldwork, production of scholarly articles for publication and funding applications. Recent collaborations have been with staff at:
- University of Northampton
- University of Worcester
- Northumbria University
- The Ohio State University
- University of North Florida
- Indiana University Southeast
- Children North East
- Centre for Research in Early Childhood
Enterprise Interest and Activities
Donald is interested in sharing and applying knowledge and insights from his research activity to help support external organisations. To this end he recently:
Took up an invite to deliver a keynote speech at Cambridgeshire County Council Early Years' Service's Equalities Conference at Girton College, University of Cambridge (June 2017). This was delivered to an audience of Local Authority Advisers and Equalities Coordinators working within early years settings. Donald also provided a workshop with other collaborators in his research at the conference.
Took up an invite to write an article for Nursery Management, a supplement of Nursery World (Autumn 2015) - the leading national professional title for the early years education and childcare sector.
Took up an invite to sit on a panel of experts and present at an event organized by Public Policy Exchange in April 2016 titled Child and Adolescent Health and Well-being: The Next Steps Towards Tackling Child Poverty In Our Communities - https://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/GD20-PPE
Other collaborators with Donald in his research have also applied knowledge from it when working with external organisations - e.g. in the role of academic advisor with local authorities.
Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities
Donald's teaching interests lie in the areas of early childhood, education and youth studies. Donald leads several undergraduate modules within the Education Department at Teesside. He has also led modules at Masters level and is a supervisor on the Education Doctorate.
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‘New normal’ or continued ‘social distancing’? Preschool practitioners’ responses to poverty across post-lockdown England and the USASimpson, D., Mazzocco, P., Loughran, S., Lumsden, E., Lyndon, S. & Winterbottom, C., 1 Jun 2023, In: Journal of Early Childhood Research. 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Downloads (Pure)
Parent–practitioner engagement in early education and the threat of negative thinking about the poor across England and the USASimpson, D., Mazzocco, P., Loughran, S., Lumsden, E., McDowall Clark, R. & Winterbottom, C., 1 May 2021, In: Research in Education. 109, 1, p. 20-36
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile121 Downloads (Pure)
Parenting high achieving boys in poverty – critiquing ‘active cultivation’ as an explanation for ‘beating the odds’ in the early yearsSimpson, D., 27 Feb 2020, In: International Journal of Early Years Education. 0, 0, p. 0 0.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile114 Downloads (Pure)
‘So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past’: legacy, care leavers and university studySimpson, D. & Murphy, S., 24 Dec 2020, In: Journal of Youth Studies.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile21 Downloads (Pure)
‘Seen but not heard’: Practitioners work with poverty and the organising out of disadvantaged children’s voices and participation in the early yearsSimpson, D., Mazzocco, P., Loughran, S., Lumsden, E., McDowall Clark, R. & Winterbottom, C., 1 Jan 2019, Perspectives from Young Children on the Margins. Murray, J. & Gray, C. (eds.). 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RN, UK : Routledge, p. 5-16 11 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter