Rachel Heydon, PhD, is Professor, Faculty of Education, Western University. The aim of her work is to understand curricula and pedagogies that can expand children and elders’ literacy and identity options across the lifecourse.
Rachel is co-director with Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw of the Provincial Centre of Excellence in Early Learning and Child Care—a venture jointly led by ORA and Western University. She also works with Veronica to co-coordinate the Early Childhood Education master’s program and Early Childhood Education specialization in the Bachelor of Education. Rachel teaches courses and supervises graduate students in the areas of early childhood literacy and curriculum.
Some of Rachel’s recent funded research projects include a study of digital tools in intergenerational art curricula involving preschoolers and elders and inquiries into kindergarten (multimodal) literacy curricula.
A few of Rachel’s books are Learning at the Ends of Life: Children, Elders, and Literacies in Intergenerational Curriculum (2013), Constructing Meaning: Teaching Elementary Language Arts (6th edition) (2016, with Joyce Bainbridge), and Why Multimodal Literacy Matters (2016, with Susan O’Neill). Edited books include Negotiating Spaces for Literacy Learning (2015, with Mary Hamilton, Kathryn Hibbert, and Roz Stooke) and the forthcoming Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing: Singing and Wellbeing (with Daisy Fancourt and Annabel Cohen). Rachel also publishes in journals such as: the Journal of Early Childhood Research, the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, and Young Children.
Rachel is Executive Editor, Journal of Curriculum Studies and the Canadian editor of the forthcoming encyclopedic resource Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies.