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My research interests lie within the field of Early Childhood.  I am particularly interetsed in how young children's speech and langauge develops, and the influence of the environment on that area of development.  My PhD study focused on whether the quality of the play/learning environment has an impact on the quality of a child's speech and language.  This involved troubling the concept of quality.  The research has led me to develop a Trasnferable Quality Assessment Framework (TQAF), which is a research tool to assess the quality of environments and is transferable between indoor clasrooms, outdoor classrooms and natural environments (such as forest schools).  As my research progresses I hope to test this TQAF and research this further, with the aim of it becoming an assessment aid for use within Early Years settings loking to enhance childrens' speech and language.

Due to the nature of my work I am also interested in ethical approaches when researching with young children.

My work as a senior lecturer in Early Childhood Studies provides an interest in researching student's aspirations, transitions and employability and this forms part of my daily work within this area.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Northampton

Award Date: 18 Mar 2015

Bachelor, University of Northampton

Award Date: 29 Jun 2012

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Research Output

  • Children as communicators: peers and others

    Richardson, T., 1 Nov 2018, Early Childhood Studies: A Student's Guide. Fitzgerald, D. & Maconochie, H. (eds.). London: Sage

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

  • Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Speech and language development in a Forest School environment: an action research project

    Richardson, T., 1 Jan 2014, Sage. 13 p. (Sage Research Methods Cases)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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  • Activities

    • 2 Invited talk

    Speech and Language Beyond the Classroom

    Tanya Richardson (Author)

    14 Apr 2020

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

    A universal and transferable quality rating scale – is it possible?

    Tanya Richardson (Author)

    29 Aug 2017

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch



    An investigation into the relationship between the quality of children’s speech and early years environments

    Author: Richardson, T., Dec 2020

    Supervisor: Bracey, P. (Supervisor), Murray, J. (Supervisor) & Perepa, P. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis