Staff Profile


Mrs Karen Vincent

Senior Lecturer

School: Educational Studies - Undergraduate Programmes

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 923013

Profile summary

Karen Vincent has worked in the Facuty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University for 11 years. She has been teaching for 28 years in a variety of settings with a particular interest in the earliest years of learning. Karen teaches across many of the Early Childhood and Primary initial teacher education routes preparing new professionals and teachers on professional routes including Qualified Teacher Status. 

Research and knowledge exchange

Karen's thesis examines the work of early childhood initial teacher educators in England. In addition to this, her research interests are focused on the professional learning and development of mentors and university based tutors in supporting student teachers to teach our youngest children. Karen’s specialist area of teaching is Early Childhood pedagogy and practice and she has contributed to several book chapters aimed at supporting teachers to understand the role of play in early Mathematics and in the development of early Literacy.

Teaching and subject expertise

Karen is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the TACTYC and Association of Teacher Educators Europe organisations. She is also a member of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Publications and research outputs

Vincent, K. (2021)'How Theory Has Saved Me!', in M. Timmermans and E. White (Eds) Being a Teacher Educator During the Covid-19 Pandemic. Accessed at: 

Compton, V., Crawley, J., Curtis, F., Douglas, A., Eaude, T., Jackson, A., Philpott, C., Platter, C., Powell, D., Sewell, A., and Vincent, K. (2019) What are the Characteristics of a Profesisonal Teacher Educator? A Think piece. Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal. University of Cumbria, 11 (2) pp. 3-11 Accessed at:

Vincent, K. and Webb, P. 2018. Researching mentoring, developing researchers: a parallel approach to research and development in teacher education. Accessed at:


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