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Graduated with a BA in Early Childhhood Studies from UCC. I have also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. PhD in education is nearing completion.Research interests include the Froebelian approach to education both historic and contemporary. Further research interests include developments in the early years sector in Ireland, (particularly in relation to Síolta, Aistear and the Free Preschool year) and Educational provision for children with special needs.
I joined the School of Education in 2010 from the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health and continued my doctoral work on the German educator Froebel. In particular, I am interested in how the approach is evident in current early years curricula and practice. This is the focus of my current research.Within this context, I am interested in developments in the early childhood care and education sector in Ireland, particularly those relating to Síolta; The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Aistear:The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework.I have actively participated in OMEP Annual Conferences in Cork as well as the OMEP World Conference in 2014. I have several peer-reviewed articles, one as sole author, and I have contributed to Early Years Conferences on the topic of early learning.
I am interested in all aspects of teaching relating to early childhood care and education. I teach on the following modules on the EYCS degree
SS1015 Social Policy and Society Part 1,
SS1016 Social Policy and Society Part 2,
SS2027 Childcare Placement and Preparation.
I have also contributed to Module ED6026 on the Masters in Education Programme
I am module co-ordinator on modules ED1012 and ED2005