Mrs Catharine Gilson

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education



  • BA Hons Early Childhood Studies degree (subject co-ordinator)


  • Primary PGCE
  • Masters in Education


The professional development of early years teachers and practitioners particularly the learning and teaching relationship; children's rights and children's voice; innovative methodologies.


Recent conference papers

  • (2013) ' I want to spend my time teaching rather than dealing with tantrums and toilet issues': student teachers perceptions of the role of the early years educator, 23rd European Early Childhood Education Research Association conference, Tallin, 29 - 31 August 2013.
  • (2012) Transference and the role of the teacher, 5th Psychosocial Network conference, Institute of Education, London, December 2012.
  • (2012) Using film elicitation to explore practitioners' perspectives of the role fo the primary teacher, British Educational Research Association Early Career Researcher conference, Manchester, September 2012.

Career history

Before taking up a post at Oxford Brookes, Catharine had broad experience of teaching across the primary and secondary phases of education. After teaching modern foreign languages ( French and Spanish) in London and Coventry for several years, she retrained to work in the primary sector, where she became an Advanced Skills Teacher in the Early Years before working for Oxfordshire local authority as an Early Years Advisory teacher.


  • Book chapters

Book chapters

  • Gilson, C. Children's rights and children's voice in Wild, M. and Street, A. (2013) Themes and Debates in Early Childhood, chapter 2, pp. 24-39, Sage: London.
  • Gilson, C. and Street, A. Working inclusively in the Early Years in Wild, M. and Street, A. (2013) Themes and Debates in Early Childhood, chapter 3, pp. 40-58, Sage: London.