Chantelle Haughton 




Lecturer in Educational Studies (Early Childhood Studies)

School: Cardiff School of Education
Telephone: 0292 020 1587
Room No:     Q016


Research Groups: 
• Pedagogy and Andragogy Research Group (PARG)
• Arts and Humanities Research Group (AHRG)
• Outdoor Activities and Leisure Research Group, Cardiff Metropolitan University

• British Educational Research Association (BERA)
• British Educational Studies Association (BESA)
• Forest School Wales
• Early Childhood Association
• Language and Play Steering Committee
• Woodlands for Learning Forum
• Real World Learning Cymru Partnership (RWLCP)

Research Interests:
• Forest School
• Outdoor Play and Learning
• Emotional Literacy
• Inclusion for families and children
• Holistic child development



Book Chapters
Haughton, C. and Ellis, C. (2013) 'Play in the Early Years Foundation Phase' in Palaiologou, I. (ed) The Early Years Foundation Stage: Theory and Practice. 2nd Edition. London: Sage. (pp73-87).

Beauchamp, G. and Haughton, C. (2012) 'Ethics in studying Early Years' in Palaiologou, I. (ed) Ethical Practice in Early Childhood. London: Sage.  (pp147-158) 

Davis, S., Comrie, J., Evans-Ritter, D., Haughton, C., Hurcom, J. and Morgan, S. (2008) Personal and Social Development, Well-Being and Cultural Diversity – A resource reader for the Foundation Phase practitioner.  Cardiff: UWIC Press.

Salisbury, J., Ellis, C., Beauchamp, G. AND Haughton, C. (2011) 'What's Occurring? The what, why, how and when of research capacity building in a modest pilot project with EAL learners and science', Welsh Journal of Education, 15(1), pp46-65

Cook, M., Haughton, C, and Velmans, V (2012) The Queens Wood Report. Cardiff: FCW$FILE/Queens_Wood_Forest_School_Report.pdf

Conference Papers
Beauchamp,  G., Ellis, C., Haughton, C. and Connolly, M. (2010) 'Educational Studies: a study of student motivation, identity and futures' presented at BESA (British Educational Studies Association) conference, Bangor, 1-2nd July 2010.

Beauchamp, G., Ellis, C., Haughton, C. and Salisbury, J. (2009) ‘The use of ICT and Video Stimulated Reflective Dialogue (VSRD) in assessing conceptual understanding of science in primary schools children with English as an additional language (EAL)’ presented at BERA conference, presented at  Manchester, 3-5th September 2009.

Beauchamp, G., Salisbury, J., Ellis, C., and Haughton, C. (2009) ‘Assessment of science in KS2 pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL)’ presented at Welsh Education Research Network Colloquium, UWIC, 13th May, 2009.

Haughton, C.,  Ellis, C. and Beauchamp, G. ‘An Air of Mystery: out in the Forest? Reflections from a small scale study which examines practitioners’ perceptions and definitions of Forest School’  presented at BESA (2013).

Haughton, C, Murphy, A, Davis, S (2011) Getting The Wheel Turning.  A collaborative action research project with The Winding House Museum to develop new strategies for involving classes of children from The Foundation Phase. Presented at Early Years Conference, Aberystwyth University (2012).

Renolds, E., Mellor, D., Haughton, C. (2009) WERN funded research: Gender and bullying in the early years: mapping the regulation and resistance of gender norms in the making of young subjectivities. Presented at AERA conference, Colorado, 2009. 


Projects Funding   Amount Year  Role
Development of Outdoor Learning Centre Research and Enterprise Funding (REIF), Cardiff Metropolitan University £16,000 2013 Co-applicant
Development of Outdoor Learning Centre SEED funding, Cardiff Metropolitan University £3,000 2012 Project Leader
Focus Group event to explore practitioners’ perceptions and experiences in Forest School and Outdoor learning in different settings. Internal Research Fund, Cardiff Metropolitan University £2,000 2012 Principal Investigator
Strategic Insight Partnership Placement with Forestry Commission Wales  Strategic Insight Partnership Fund (SIP) funded by HEFCW. £2,000 2011 Project Leader
Strategic Insight Partnership Placement with The Winding House Museum Strategic Insight Partnership (SIP) funded by HEFCW £2,000 2011 Co-applicant and team member
Assessment in primary school science investigates effective assessment of conceptual understanding in science in primary school children with English as an additional language (EAL). Welsh Educational research Network (WERN). £5,000 2008-2009 Researcher 
Cardiff Metropolitan and Cardiff University.
Gender and bullying in the early years: mapping the regulation and resistance of gender norms in the making of young subjectivities. Welsh Educational research Network (WERN). £5,000 2008-2009  Researcher



Chantelle Haughton, Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and Learning and Teaching Fellow.
Chantelle Haughton joined the university as a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies in 2008, and teaches on the BA (Hons) Education Studies programme. Previously, Chantelle worked supporting children and families in a range of settings. Co-ordinating a number of community projects and relative school initiatives has provided Chantelle with the basis for her research interests, which reflect on real life practice through engagement with stakeholders. Chantelle was awarded Student Led Teaching Fellowship for Inspiring Teaching in 2013 and was awarded received the Vice Chancellor’s staff award for excellence for her community engagement work in Outdoor Learning in 2011.

As an early career researcher Chantelle has participated in capacity-building research and enterprise projects funded by WERN, ESRC and HEFCW. She is also a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader and trainer works as part of the current team providing Level 1 and Level 3 Forest School training and Outdoor Education courses to practitioners and students. In addition to her lecturing role and other research Chantelle regularly works with practitioners, children and young adults including those with Special Educational Needs on Forest School and outdoor based projects which are supported by student volunteers. Chantelle currently runs two ‘weekly’ projects on a voluntary basis, and runs a series of days in the summer periods with various schools and local groups and these sessions are all supported and observed by students. More details of Chantelle’s community engagement projects can be found on the Cardiff Metropolitan Outdoor Learning Centre’s website. Chantelle is currently undertaking a PhD study into practitioners' contemporary understandings and interpretation of the Forest School ethos.  




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