Research Staff Interests

Dr Ian  Barron

Biography

Ian has had a variety of experiences in the early childhood field, including work in primary schools in inner London and Leeds and two headship posts, one of a nursery school and the other of an infant school. He has also worked in colleges of further and higher education.

He was part of the MMU Project Team that developed Birth to Three Matters for the DfES / Sure Start and has been a member of a number of DfES advisory groups concerned with developments in the early childhood field. He was involved with the recent Primary Review led by Professor Robin Alexander, researching and writing Research Report 8/2, Relationships Between Education And Other Agencies, with Maggie Maclure and Rachel Holmes Ian is also Vice-Chair of the national Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network and was co-chair of the group which developed a QAA Subject Benchmark for Early Childhood Studies.

Research Interests

Ian's doctoral research was concerned with the interconnectedness of ethnicity, family and community in children's sense of identity. Ian's research interests are in early childhood generally and in aspects of identity (especially gender and ethnicity). In theoretical terms, Ian is interested in socio-cultural, post - structural and post-colonial theory. Methodologically, ethnography and critical realism are particular interests.

Research Groups

Centre for Cultural Studies of Children and Childhood

Books

Jones, L. & Barron, I. (2007) Research and Gender London, Continuum

Refereed Journal Articles

Barron, I. (2017) Working with the cracks in the rigging in researching early childhood professional development. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood 146394911769227-146394911769227

Barron, I. (2016) Flight turbulence: the stormy professional trajectory of trainee early years' teachers in England. International Journal of Early Years Education 24 pp 325-341

Barron, I. (2013) The potential and challenges of critical realist ethnography. International Journal of Research & Method in Education 36 pp 117-130

Barron, I. (2013) Finding a voice: A figured worlds approach to theorising young children's identities. Journal of Early Childhood Research

Barron, I. & Jones, L. (2012) Performing Child(hood) Children and Society online here

Barron, I (2011) The shadows of difference: ethnicity and young children's friendships, Race, Ethnicity and Education 14(5) pp655-673 online here

Barron, I. (2009) Illegitimate participation? A group of young minority ethnic children's experiences of early childhood education, Pedagogy, Culture and Society 17(3) pp341-354 online here

Barron, I. (2007) An Exploration of Young Children's Ethnic Identities as Communities of Practice, British Journal of the Sociology of Education, vol 28, no 6 pp739-752

Barron, I. & Powell, J. (2003) Story sacks, Children's Narratives and the Social Construction of Reality, Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, volume 5, number 3, pp129-137

Book Chapters

Barron, I. (2005) 'Understanding Development in Early Childhood' in L. Jones, R. Holmes & J. Powell (eds) Early Childhood Studies: A Multi-professional Perspective, Maidenhead, UP

Holmes, R. & Barron, I (2005) 'Exploring representations of children and childhood in history and film: Silencing a voice that is already blue in the face from shouting' in L. Jones, R. Holmes & J. Powell (eds) Early Childhood Studies: A Multi-professional Perspective, Maidenhead, OUP

Jones, L. & Barron, I. (2005) 'Introduction' in L. Jones, R. Holmes & J. Powell (eds) Early Childhood Studies: A Multi-professional Perspective, Maidenhead, OUP

Jones, L., Barron, I., Powell, J. & Holmes, R. (2005) 'Concluding remarks' in L. Jones, R. Holmes & J. Powell (eds) Early Childhood Studies: A Multi-professional Perspective, Maidenhead, OUP

Barron, I. & Holmes, R. (2004) 'Aspects Matter' in L. Abbott & A. Langston (eds) Birth to Three Matters: Supporting the Framework of Effective Practice, Buckingham, OUP

Barron, I (2003) 'Towards Firmer Foundations? An Exploration of Recent Developments in Early Years Education and Care' in K. Crawford (ed) Contemporary Issues in Education, Dereham, Peter Francis

Research Reports

Cambridge Primary Review: Primary schools and other agencies (Research Survey 8/2) Ian Barron, Rachel Holmes, Maggie MacLure, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Katherine Runswick-Cole, University of Sheffield

eSpace

link to eSpace publications

Evidence of Impact on Policy and Professional Practice

Ian was part of the DfES project group that developed the framework for national recognition of Early Years Foundation Degrees

He was subsequently part of the MMU Project Team that developed Birth to Three Matters for the DfES/Sure Start and has been a member of a number of DfES advisory groups concerned with developments in the early childhood field.

Ian is Vice-Chair of the national Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network

He was Joint Chair of the group that produced the QAA Benchmark Statement for Early Childhood Studies (2007)

An adapted version of Barron, I (2007) 'An Exploration of Young Children's Ethnic Identities as Communities of Practice,' British Journal of the Sociology of Education 28: 6 pp 739-752 has been used for OCR AS Level Sociology in Summer 2009.

He is Joint Chair of the group that is seeking an amendment to the QAA Benchmark Statement for Early Childhood Studies (2010)

Research-based Contributions to Practitioner and Academic Conferences

The struggle for 'wriggle room' in working with two year olds. Leeds, UK, 13/9/2016

Being and Becoming. Leeds, UK, 13/9/2016

Erratic flight: the troubled trajectory of theoretical knowledge as trainees acquire Early Years Teacher Status. Barcelona, Spain, 7/9/2015

University and early childhood setting collaboration in practice and research innovation. Barcelona, Spain, 7/9/2015

Early childhood: is child – centred pedagogy incompatible with embracing uncertainty, diversity and difference. Glasgow, 8/9/2010

An Exploration Of Young Children's Ethnic And Cultural Identities As Communities of Practice. Reykjavik, 31/8/2006

Ethnic Identity in Early Childhood: Exploring Diaspora Spaces. Dublin, 30/8/2005

Conference Papers

Mind the Gap: An International Conference on Youth Work and Youth Studies 2010: 'Social Pedagogy and Social Education. Can they embrace diversity and difference?', Glasgow, UK

European Early Childhood Research Association Conference 2006: 'An Exploration Of Young Children's Ethnic And Cultural Identities As Communities Of Practice', Reykjavik, Iceland

European Early Childhood Research Association Conference 2005: 'Ethnic Identity in Early Childhood: Exploring Diaspora Spaces', Dublin, Ireland

European Early Childhood Research Association Conference 2001: 'The Use of Storysacks in Supporting the Development of Children's Narratives', Alkmaar, The Netherlands

Teaching Interests

Ian's main teaching interests and commitments are in the childhood studies field and in research methodology.

Taught Courses

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
MRes
EdDoc

Areas of Post-graduate Supervision

Aspects of identity (especially gender and ethnicity).

Postgraduate Students Supervised

Joint PhD supervisor to David Menendez Alvarez-Hevia

Barron

Position/Post: Head of Department
Responsibilities: Staffing & Resources
Tel: 0161-247-2076
Email: i.barron@mmu.ac.uk