Job Title and Responsibilities
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
University: Member of the university’s Institute for Education Policy Research.
Department: teaching and research, program advisor for Crete partnership, visiting speaker series organiser, research and enterprise committee, lead developmental research group.
I am an academic child psychologist specialising in the psychology and education of children’s making and understanding of pictures. I first completed a degree in psychology at the University of York (1988-1991). It is there where my interest in children’s drawings began, studying the development of representational drawing for my undergraduate project. I then completed a PhD in children’s drawing and understanding of emotion in pictures at the University of Birmingham, UK (1991-5). I obtained my first lecturing post in the Department of Psychology at Staffordshire University in 1995, and became senior lecturer in 1999.
Since joining the department I have continued to broaden my research interests in the topic of ‘children and pictures’, taking a variety of perspectives including developmental, cognitive, clinical, educational, aesthetic and cross-cultural. My research has been funded by The Leverhulme Trust as well as Staffordshire University. I have published over 20 academic journal articles in a wide range of psychology and education journals, and spoken at over 40 conferences including key-note addresses. My book, ‘Children and Pictures: Drawing and Understanding’, published in 2010 by Wiley-Blackwell, provides an integrative account of the child’s pictorial world based on my research and the wider literature. My work has also been reported to government bodies (Department for Education, OFSTED, QCA), the media and in public exhibitions and workshops of children’s drawings. My most recent work has focused on the educational aspects of children’s participation in art both in school and at home, and I believe passionately that art benefits the child both psychological and educationally. I actively support the Speight of the Art foundation, particularly as a research advisor to the psychological benefits that children gain from engaging in art activities.
PhD on "Children’s production and perception of visual metaphors for mood and emotion in line drawings and art”, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham (funded by The ESRC). 1995
BSc (Hons) Psychology (2i), University of York. 1991
Professional Memberships and Activities
Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society
Member of the Developmental Section of the BPS
Member of Speight of the Art
External examiner for the Open University (Child Development)
My expertise is in child psychology, particularly in the psychology of the child’s pictorial world
Enterprise and Commercial Activities
I have spoken to Early Years Professionals on children’s mark making and drawing, run drawing workshops with children, put on exhibitions of children’s drawings for the public, and designed and carried out a drawing study on the ‘walking bus scheme’ for Staffordshire County Council.
My research interests mainly lie in children’s use and understanding of representation, particularly in their making and understanding of pictures. I research developmental, cognitive, aesthetic, educational, clinical, and cross-cultural issues in this area and relate the findings to more general aspects of children’s development.
Jolley, R.P. (2010). Children and Pictures: drawing and understanding. Wiley-Blackwell.
Jolley, R.P. & Rose S.E. (2008). The relationship between production and comprehension of representational drawing. In C. Milbrath & H.M. Trautner (Eds.), Children’s understanding and production of pictures, drawing, and art: Theoretical and empirical approaches (pp. 207-235). Hogrefe and Huber
Jolley, R.P. (2008). Children’s understanding of the dual nature of pictures. In C. Lange-Küttner & A. Vinter (Eds.), Drawing and Non-Verbal Intelligence: A Life Span Perspective (pp. 86-103). Cambridge University Press
Brechet, C. & Jolley, R.P. (under revision). The roles of emotional comprehension and representational drawing skill in children's expressive drawing.
Riggs, K.J., Jolley, R.P., & Simpson, A. (2013). The role of inhibitory control in the development of human figure drawing in young children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 114, 537-542.
Jolley, R.P., O’Kelly, R., Barlow, C.M. & Jarrold, C. (2013). Expressive drawing ability in children with autism. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 31, 143-149.
Rose, S.E., Jolley, R.P., & Charman, A. (2012). An investigation of the expressive and representational drawing development in National Curriculum, Steiner and Montessori schools. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 6, 85-93.
Jolley, R.P. & Zhang, Z. (2012). How drawing is taught in Chinese infant schools. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 31, 30-43.
Barlow, C.M., Jolley, R.P. & Hallam, J.L. (2011). Drawings as memory aids: optimising the drawing method to facilitate young children’s recall. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25, 480-487.
Burkitt, E., Jolley, R.P., & Rose, S.E. (2010). The attitudes and practices that shape children’s drawing experiences at home and at school. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 29, 257-270
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.
Bekhit, N.S., Thomas, G.V., & Jolley, R.P. (2005). The use of drawing for psychological assessment in Britain: Survey findings. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 78, 205-217.
Jolley, R.P., Fenn, K. & Jones, L. (2004). The development of children's expressive drawing. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 22, 545-567.
Barlow, C.M., Jolley, R.P., White, D.G., & Galbraith, D. (2003). Rigidity in children's drawings and its relation with representational change. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 86, 124-152
Bekhit, N. S., Thomas, G.V., Lalonde, S. & Jolley, R.P. (2002). Psychological assessment in clinical practice in Britain. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 9, 285-291.
Jolley, R. P. & Vulic-Prtoric, A. (2001). Croatian children's experience of war is not reflected in the size and placement of emotive topics in their drawings. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 40, 107-110
Jolley, R.P., Knox, E., & Foster, S. (2000). The relationship between children's production and comprehension of realism in drawing. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 18, 557-582
Thomas, G. V., Jolley, R. P., Robinson, E. J. & Champion, H. (1999). Realist errors in children's responses to pictures and words as representations. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 74, 1-20
Zhi, Z. & Jolley, R. P. (1999). Child's understanding of moods metaphorically expressed in abstract picture and its cultural relevance. Chinese Journal of Applied Psychology, 5, 25-30
Thomas, G. V. & Jolley, R. P. (1998). Drawing conclusions: an examination of empirical and conceptual bases for psychological evaluation of children from their drawings. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 37, 127-139
Jolley, R. P., Zhi, Z. & Thomas, G. V. (1998). The development of understanding moods metaphorically expressed in pictures: A cross-cultural comparison. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 29, 358-377
Jolley, R. P., Zhi, Z. & Thomas, G. V. (1998). How focus of interest in pictures changes with age: A cross-cultural comparison. International Journal of Behavioural Development, 22, 127-149
Zhi, Z., Jolley, R.P. & Thomas, G.V. (1998). A comparative study of children's understanding of metaphorically expressed moods. Chinese Journal of Applied Psychology, 4, 3-8
Zhi, Z., Jolley, R. P. & Thomas, G. V. (1997). Development of child perception in perceiving pictures: A Chinese-British comparison. Chinese Journal of Applied Psychology, 3, 32-38
Jolley, R. P. & Thomas, G. V. (1995). Children's sensitivity to metaphorical expression of mood in line drawings. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 12, 335-346
Jolley, R. P. & Thomas, G. V. (1994). The development of sensitivity to metaphorical expression of moods in abstract art. Educational Psychology, 14, 437-450.
Jolley, R.P. (2004). Review of G-H Luquet (1927, 2001). Children’s Drawings (Le Dessin Enfantin). Translation and introduction by Alan Costall. History and Philosophy of Psychology, 6, 81-83
Jolley, R.P. (2005). What develops in children’s expressive drawings. Key-note address paper presented at the “Children, Art and School” conference in Milan, Italy
Jolley, R.P. (2010). The education of drawing and its psychological benefits. Key-note address paper presented at the, “Drawing” workshop at Nottingham University
I have given research talks at the following Universities: Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Hertfordshire, Keele, Leeds, Liverpool, Middlesex, Nottingham, Open University, Oxford and Stirling
Conference Talks (most recent)
Jolley, R.P. & Youll, E. (2012). The mystery of the tadpole man: conceptual, cognitive and graphic explanations of early human figure drawing. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society (Developmental Section), Strathclyde University (5-7 September, 2012).
Rose, S.E. & Jolley, R.P. (2011). Arts as central to the curriculum: pupils’ and teachers’ experiences of Steiner education. Paper presented at the National Society for Education in Art and Design/International Journal for Art and Design, University of Chester (6-7 October, 2011).
Jolley, R.P. (2010). How drawing is taught in Chinese infant schools. Paper presented at the National Society for Education in Art and Design/International Journal for Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University (8 October, 2010).
Jolley, R.P., Rose, S.E., & Burkitt, E. (2010). A survey on children, teachers and parents on children’s developing drawing attitudes and experiences at home and school. Paper presented in the symposium, "Children’s Engagement in the Arts and its Educational Context" at the Annual Meeting of the British Psychological Society conference, Stratford-upon-Avon (April 14-16, 2010). Organiser and discussant of symposium (R.P. Jolley)
Rose, S.E., Jolley, R.P., & Irwin, A. (2010). An investigation of the expressive and representational drawing development in national curriculum, Steiner and Montessori Schools. Paper presented in the symposium, "Children’s Engagement in the Arts and its Educational Context" at the Annual Meeting of the British Psychological Society conference, Stratford-upon-Avon (April 14-16, 2010). Organiser and discussant of symposium (R.P. Jolley)
Jolley, R.P. & Burkitt, E. (2005-7). The development of children’s drawing behaviour and its decline: A survey study. Funded by The Leverhulme Trust. £39,524
Jolley, R.P. & Cox, M.V. (2002-4). What develops and why in British children’s expressive drawing. Funded by The Leverhulme Trust. £31,723
In addition to teaching on the first year introductory core modules (Foundations of and Perspectives in Psychology) my main teaching responsibilities are in child development. I am module leader for the core ‘Developmental Psychology’ module as well as a specialist third year option on ‘Children and Pictures’. I contribute to other child psychology modules such as the final year option, ‘Issues in Infancy’. I also supervise final year projects and a PhD student.
ContactDr Richard Jolley
School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise (P/G, Partnerships & Distance Learning in Psychology)
Faculty of Health Sciences
t: +44 (0)1782 294887