Jeanette Rhedding-Jones
Jeanette Rhedding-Jones

Nominations sought for the

Rhedding-Jones Outstanding Dissertation Award 2021

The Rhedding-Jones Outstanding Dissertation Award is awarded annually to a graduate doctoral student in recognition of a doctoral thesis that makes a significant contribution to Reconceptualising Early Childhood Education.


The Rhedding-­‐Jones Dissertation Award has been developed in honor of Jeanette Rhedding-­‐ Jones (1943-­‐2013) who mentored doctoral students and early career researchers across many countries. She encouraged and inspired young academics to reimagine early childhood methodologies and practice, and to push the boundaries of early childhood research, teaching, policy and pedagogy.

The award will be considered for those graduates who have completed their doctorate in the period between September 2020 and 31 September 2021. Active engagement with both the RECE conference and the field of early childhood education will be taken into account.

To be considered for the award a dissertation will clearly demonstrate contributions to:

  • Introducing alternative theoretical and / or methodological approaches
  • Reconceptualising early childhood research and policy
  • Re-imagining and / or re-orienting pedagogical practices that directly support young children, their families, educators and / or communities


Nominations are welcome for doctoral theses written in any language. However, in case the language of the doctoral thesis is not English, we require some of the supporting documents to be submitted in English. Please see overleaf.

Nomination packets should include:

  • A nomination letter–in English–written by the graduate’s supervisor/advisor/chair, co-­‐ supervisor or thesis committee member:
  1.  Outlining the characteristics that make the dissertation exceptional (e.g., importance of the topic, theoretical/methodological quality, analytical perspicacity, contributions to the research literature, and so forth).
  2.  Confirming the date on which the degree will be/has been conferred.

  • A copy of examiners’ reports if applicable

  • A summary of the examiners’ reports in English, if original reports are in a language other than English

  • The following parts of the actual dissertation:
  1. Title page
  2. Table of contents
  3. One representative chapter that best exemplifies the dissertation’s contribution to reconceptualizing early childhood research and policy.
    If the thesis is written in a language other than English, we would appreciate an English translation of the representative chapter. However, this is not a requirement.
  4. List of cited references

Please send these parts as one combined file in MS Word or PDF format.

  • Two-page extended summary of the dissertation–in English– and the connection of the thesis with RECE prepared by the student.

Nominations should be sent to Casey Meyers at
by 30 September 2021

The decision will be made by an Award Review Committee comprised of current RECE members, appointed by the RECE Steering Committee. The recipient will be notified by 30 November 2021.