Dr Esther Burkitt

Reader in Developmental Psychology

BA (Oxon), MSc (Oxon), PhD, CPsychol, CSci

Background

Dr Esther Burkitt is currently a Reader in Developmental Psychology at the University of Chichester, previously holding lecturing posts at The Open University, UK, Victoria University, New Zealand, the University of Portsmouth, UK, and the University of Sussex, UK. Esther graduated with an honours degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology from the University of Oxford in 1995, an honorary MSc in Psychology from the University of Oxford in 2000 and was awarded her PhD examining expressive aspects of children’s drawings from the University of Surrey in 2000. She is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist with the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching experience

Esther has designed and delivered a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Social Psychology, Critical Thinking and Research Methodology. She is currently module co-ordinator for the Level 1 modules Everyday Experience and Psychology- Making Friends PSY 101, Psychology of Human Interaction SPL123 and Everyday Experience and Psychology- Living the Dream PSY 104. She also co-ordinates the Level 2 Developmental Psychology module and supervises two PhD students at different institutions.

Current administrative roles:

Esther is a member of the Research Committee and is Admissions Tutor for the Psychology BSc.

Research interests and indicative publications:

Esther’s publications focus on children’s use and benefits of expressive devices to communicate through their drawings, factors which facilitate artistic development, and the influences of colour on children’s memory and learning.

Indicative publications:

Burkitt, E. & Watling, D. (under review). How do children represent mixed emotion in freehand drawings of themselves and others?

Burkitt, Esther. “Children's Drawings.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies. Ed. Heather Montgomery. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Burkitt, E. & Lowry, R. (in press) Attitudes and practices that shape children’s drawing behaviour in mainstream and performing arts schools,  The International Journal of Art & Design Education.

Burkitt, E. & Watling, D. (2013). The impact of audience age and familiarity on children’s drawings of themselves in contrasting affective states. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 37, 3, 222-234.

Burkitt, E. & Sheppard, L. (2013). Children’s colour use to portray themselves and others with happy, sad and mixed emotion, Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology, DOI:10.1080/01443410.2013.785059

Burkitt, E., Watling, D. & Murray, L. (2011) Children’s drawings of significant figures for a peer or an adult audience, Infant and Child Development, 20,  466–473.

Burkitt, E. & Barrett, M. (2011). The effects of different drawing materials on children's drawings of positive and negative human figures, Educational Psychology, 4 (11), 459-479.

Burkitt, E., Jolley, R. & Rose, S. E. (2010). Art educational issues in the attitudes and practices that shape children’s drawing experience at home and at school, International Journal of Design and Art Education. 29, (3), 257-270.

Burkitt, E. & Barrett, M. (2010). Children’s graphic flexibility: A response to representational redescription, Journal of Creative Behavior.44, (3), 169-190.

Burkitt; E, Barrett; M. & Davis, A. (2009). Effects of different emotion terms on the size and colour of children's drawings, International Journal of Art Therapy: Formerly Inscape, 14, 2, 1745-4840.

Burkitt, E. Children’s choice of color to depict metaphorical and affective information, in Millbraith C. & Trautner, H. M. (Eds.) (2008). Children's Understanding and Production of Pictures, Drawings and Art: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches. Hogrefe & Huber Publisher, pp107-120, ISSBN 978-0-88973-350-1.

Burkitt, E., Tala, K. & Low, J. (2007). Finnish and English children’s color use to depict affectively characterised figures. International Journal of Behavioural Development, 31, (1), 59-64.

Burkitt, E., Barrett, M. & Davis, A. (2007) Effects of different emotion terms on the size and colour of children's drawings International Journal of Art Therapy.

Burkitt. E. & Barnett, N. (2006). The impact of brief and elaborate mood induction on drawing size: a question of approach? Educational Psychology, 26, (1), 93-108.

Rose, S.E., Jolley, R.P. & Burkitt, E. (2006). A review of children's, teachers' and parents' influences on children's drawing experience. International Journal of Art and Design Education,25, 341-349.

Burkitt, E. (2006). Review of Developmental Cognitive neuroscience (2nd. Ed) Mark H. Johnson, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford. Applied Developmental Psychology, 20, 1-2.

Burkitt, E. & Newell, T. (2005). Effects of human figure type on children's use of colour to depict sadness and happiness, International Journal of Art Therapy, 10, (1), 15-22.

Burkitt, E., Barrett, M. & Davis, A. (2005). Drawings of emotionally characterised figures by children from different educational backgrounds. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 24, (1), 71-83.

Davey, G. (Ed.) (2005). Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Psychology. London: Arnold. Contributor - development, change, childhood, adulthood.

Burkitt, E., Barrett, M., & Davis, A. (2004). The effect of affective characterizations on the
use of size and colour in drawings produced by children in the absence of a model. Educational Psychology, 24, 315-343.

Burkitt, E., Barrett, M. & Davis, A. (2003). The effect of affective characterisations on the size of children's drawings. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 21, 565- 584.

Burkitt, E., Barrett, M. & Davis, A. (2003). The effect of affective characterisations on the use of colour within children's drawings. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 44, 3, 445-455.

Hadjivassiliou, M., Tooth, C., Romanowski, C., Byrne, J., Battersby, R., Oxbury, S., Creswell, C., Burkitt, E., Stokes, N., Paul, C., Mayes, A. & Sagar, A. (2001). Aneurysmal SAH: Cognitive outcome and structural damage after clipping or coiling. Neurology, 56, 1672-1677.

 

Conference presentations

Burkitt, E. (2014, July). Children’s drawings and emotion encoding. Accepted for presentation at the University of Chichester Annual Conference, UK.

Burkitt, E. (2014, May).Children's drawing strategies to portray themselves and others with single and mixed emotion, presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, San Francisco, USA.

Burkitt, E. & Sheppard, L. (2013, September). Children’s colour use to represent single and mixed emotion in themselves and others. Accepted for presentation at the European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Burkitt, E. & Sheppard, L. (2013, July). Children’s colour use to represent single and mixed emotion in themselves and others. Accepted for presentation at the University of Chichester Annual Conference, UK.
Burkitt, E.  & Watling, D. (2012, June). Children’s drawings of emotional characterised figures for peer and adult audiences. Poster accepted for presentation at the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development Conference, Edmonton, Canada.
Burkitt, E. (2011, August). The impact of audience type on children’s communication of positive and negative affect in drawing. Paper presented at the 15th European Conference in Developmental Psychology, Bergen, Norway.
Burkitt, E. (2011, July). The effect of colour on children’s recall of everyday items. Research & Scholarship Conference, University of Chichester, Bognor, July.
Galpin, J., Burkitt, E., Messer, D., Lewis, V. (2010, September). The use of size as an indicator of emotional affect in children’s human figure drawings. Poster presented at the BPS Developmental Psychology Section Conference, Goldsmiths University, London, UK.
Burkitt, E. & Watling, D. (2009, August). The impact of audience familiarity on children’s use of size and colour in children’s drawings. Paper accepted for presentation at the 14th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Jolley, R.P., Rose, S.E., & Burkitt, E. (2007, November). A Survey of children, teachers and parents on children’s developing drawing attitudes and experience at home and school. In R. P. Jolley (Chair), Understanding and evaluating children’s art and artistic experience from different educational perspectives and methodologies. Symposium conducted at the British Psychological Society (Psychology of Education Section), Stoke-on-Trent, UK.
Jolley, R.P., Rose, S.E., & Burkitt, E. (2007, August). A Survey of children, teachers and parents on children’s developing drawing attitudes and experience at home and school. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society (Developmental Section), Plymouth, UK.
            Jolley, R.P., Burkitt, E. & Rose, S. E. (2006, September). A Survey of children, teachers and parents on children’s drawing experience at home and at school. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society (Developmental Section), London, UK.

Jolley, R.P., Burkitt, E. & Rose, S. E. (2006, June). A Survey of children, teachers and parents on children’s drawing experience at home and at school. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Baltimore, USA.
Burkitt, E. (2005, June). Children’s motivation to communicate emotion through drawings. Presented at the Jean Piaget Society Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.
Burkitt, E., Ost, J. & Young, C. (2005, January). The effect of colour on children’s recall of pictures. Paper presented at the Society for Applied Research Memory and Cognition, University of Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand.
Burkitt, E. & Smith, E. (2004, September). The impact of a communicative context of children’s drawings of happy and sad figures. Paper presented at the International Conference of Cognition, Motivation and Affect, Lisbon.
Burkitt, E. & Tala, K. (2004, July). Cultural differences in colour use in children’s drawings of human figures. Poster presented at the International Society for Study of Behavioral Development conference, Ghent, Belgium.
Burkitt, E. & Evans, S. (2004, April). The effects of socio-economic background on creativity in children. Paper presented at the Annual British Psychological Society conference, University College London, London, UK.
Burkitt, E. Barrett, M. & Davis, (2003, August). A. Educational effects on children’s drawings of familiar topics. Paper presented at the 11th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Milan, Italy.
Burkitt, E. & Tala, K. (2003, August). Communication with colours: difference in the use of colours between Finnish and English children when drawing affectively characterised topics. Paper presented at the International Council of Psychologists (ICP) 61st Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.
Burkitt, E., Barrett, M. & Davis, A. (2003, July). The effect of education on children’s drawings of affectively characterised drawings. Poster presented at the Jean Piaget Society Conference, Chicago, USA.
Burkitt, E., Davis, A. & Barrett, M. (2002, September). Expression in children’s free hand drawing tasks of emotionally characterised topics. Paper presented at the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Ottawa, Canada, August and BPS Developmental Section Conference, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
Burkitt, E., Brown, L. & Lupton, C. (2001, July). Use of Family Group Conferences in the Child protection System. Presented at Family Group Conference Roundtable, Chappell Hill, Carolina, USA.
Burkitt, E., Davis, A. & Barrett, M. (2001, August). Expressivity of size and colour in children's drawings. Poster presented at the 10th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Uppsala, Sweden.
Burkitt, E., Davis, A. & Barrett, M. (2000, July). Children's knowledge about drawing techniques for the differential depiction of characterised stimuli. Poster presented at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Montreal, Canada.
Burkitt, E., Davis, A. & Barrett, M. (1999, September). Expressive aspects of children's drawings. Poster presented at the 9th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Spetses, Greece.
Burkitt, E. (1999, January). Expressive aspects of children's drawings: The role of size and colour. Paper presented at Departmental Postgraduate Conference, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.
Burkitt, E., Oxbury, J., Oxbury, S. & Molyneux, A. (1997, May). Selective posterior cerebral artery amytal injection (SPCA) before temporal lobe epilepsy surgery. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Conference of Medical Advances, Dublin, Ireland.

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