Dr. Rekers teaches in the Early Childhood Education program. Her specialty is in inclusive practice, education and community partnerships, and outdoor learning and play.
Education and Training
- PhD, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
- MSc with Distinction, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Environmental Education for Sustainability
- BA, Iowa State University, English and Teaching Certification in Secondary Language Arts
- Certified Forest School Trainer (L4), Agored Cymru, UK
Areas of Professional Interest
- Studying children’s development in everyday activities
- Ecological/social justice
- Human/non-human entanglements
- Life trajectories using cultural-historical, ecological, and phenomenological approaches
Rekers, A. (2022) ‘Using an environmental affordance perspective to consider children's ‘challenging behaviour' in the classroom and at Forest School', in Conn, C. and Murphy, A. Eds. Inclusive Pedagogies for Early Childhood Education. London and New York: Routledge.
Rekers, A. with McCree, M. (2022) ‘The role of the adult in play', in Waters, J. (Ed.) Introduction to Play. SAGE.
Rekers, A. and Waters-Davies, J. (2022) ‘Cultural framing of expectations for play', in Waters, J. (Ed.) Introduction to Play. SAGE.
Canning, N. and Rekers, A. (2022) ‘Play, learning and development', in Waters, J. (Ed.) Introduction to Play. SAGE.
Rekers, A. and Martin-Milward, T. (2022, February 8) ‘Forest School and its place within a Covid-recovery curriculum'. British Education Research Association (BERA) Blog. https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/forest-school-and-its-place-within-a-covid-recovery-curriculum
Rekers, A. and Waters, J. (2021) ‘All of the Wild: children's muddy play and the Foundation Phase in Wales' in Grindheim, L.V, Sorensen, H. and Rekers, A. (Eds.) Outdoor Learning and play. Pedagogical practices and children's cultural formation. Springer. [peer-reviewed]. Available online at: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-72595-2_9
Grindheim, L.V, Sorensen, H., and Rekers, A., (Eds.) (2021) Outdoor Learning and play. Pedagogical practices and children's cultural formation. Springer. [peer-reviewed]. Available online at: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-72595-2
Rekers-Power, A. (2020) Exploring young children's participation and motive orientation in the classroom and at forest school [Unpublished PhD thesis]. University of Wales Trinity Saint David. https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1410/
Waters, J. and Rekers, A. (2019) Young Children's Outdoor Play-Based Learning. In: Tremblay RE, Boivin M, Peters RDeV, eds. Brussoni M, topic ed. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/outdoor-play/according-experts/young-childrens-outdoor-playbased-learning
Merriman, E, Rekers-Power, A., Tinney, G. and MacGarry, A. (2014) An Evaluation of the Eco-Schools Programme in Wales. Welsh Government.
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