Diana qualified as a teacher in 1981 with a Bachelor of Education Degree in Curriculum Studies and a Masters in Rights Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. She has focused her teaching and research interests around aspects children's and families' experiences of provision for special educational needs in London. Diana worked as an adviser to Kent County Council in primary schools and in the early education/care sector. Diana is a Senior Lecturer at CCCU in the Childhood Studies Department and now combines her thirty years of teaching and advisory practice to the higher education sector. She specialises in theoretical perspectives of learning and development and the implications for professional practice.
Diana's additional responsibilities include the day-to-day management of core modules on the Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies and she has a leadership role in working with Partnership Further Education Colleges.
Research and knowledge exchange
Diana's research informs her teaching and she actively supports students to publish their work in professional journals such as Special Children and Early Years Educator. Diana is currently the research tutor for two special schools in Kent as part of The Young Arts Advocates Special School Project with the Arts Council, Turner Contemporary in Margate and Arts Mark Award.
Teaching and subject expertise
Diana brings her subject expertise to the role of Senior Lecturer for the following programmes of study:
Foundation Degree Childhood Studies, BA (Hons) Childhood Studies and Communities of Practice in Early Years.
Diana has academic responsibility and module lead for core subject areas within the Foundation Degree programme. Introduction to Childhood Studies and Growth and Development. Diana continues to work in the field she is currently evaluating case study examples of physical and movement pedagogy in schools and early years settings.
One example of Diana's 'university-wide' and extra-curricular activities is her involvement with study visits to Southern India. In 2012 she travelled with students from a range of programmes in the Faculty of Education Faculty. Then the following year, Diana planned and led the South India study visit in 2013.
These extra-curricular and cultural exchange opportunities equip students to learn from teacher colleagues working in Tamil Nadu and Kerala State. The transformative experience will be the focus of her future research interest.
Diana is the co-founder of Write Dance Training and together with the author Ragnhild Oussoren has trained teachers, therapists, parents, teaching assistants and local authority consultants in the Write Dance method and approach.
Publications and research outputs
Journal: RBJE: British Journal of Educational Studies Manuscript ID: 714548 Manuscript Title: Review of 'Narratives from the Nursery. Negotiating Professional Identities in Early Childhood'.
Strauss, D. (2014) ‘Complex and challenging: supporting young children identified with special education needs’ in Ritchie C. (2014) Challenge and change for the early years workforce: working with children from birth to 8. London: Routledge.
Strauss, D. and Powell, S. (2015) ‘Human Rights and Children’s Rights’ in David, T., Goouch, K. and Powell, S. (2015) (Ed) ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF PHILOSOPHIES AND THEORIES of EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE.
Strauss and Gregory (2017) ‘Creativity: thinking and innovation for learning and teaching’ in Ritchie C. (2017) (ed)Exploring Children’s Learning: 3-11 years.London: Routledge.
Strauss, D. and Barrons, N. (2017) Don’t stop the song and dance An evaluation of Write Dance Practices in Schools and Early Years Settings. Available at http://writedancetraining.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Strauss-D.-Barrons-N.-2017-Dont-stop-the-song-and-dance-An-evaluation-of-Write-Dance.pdf