Research Associate for the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth, University of Sheffield

Abi Hackett's research focuses on the meaning making of children aged under 3 years and their families. Her research interests include early childhood literacy and communicative practices, learning through objects, and collaborative research particularly with parents.

As the meaning making of children under three years tends to by non verbal, through movement, gaze, gesture and posture, much of Abi’s work is concerned with the visual. Abi is interested in recognising the production of tacit and embodied knowledge by young children.

Abi’s background is in the cultural sector, and her doctoral research was concerned with the meaning making of young children in museum spaces. She has also carried out research in local communities, homes, parks, farms and the seaside.

Experience

  • –present
    Teaching Associate in Early Childhood Education, University of Sheffield