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.
Peer Reviewed Journals
|(2015)||'The Multiple Intelligences (MI) Footprint in the Aistear Early Years' Curriculum Framework in Ireland' |
Towler, M., Ridgway, A., Mc Carthy, M. (2015) 'The Multiple Intelligences (MI) Footprint in the Aistear Early Years' Curriculum Framework in Ireland'. An Leanbh Og, The Omep Journal of Early Childhood Studies, :161-175 [Details]
|(2014)||'Early Childhood Care and Education Policy: Ireland Country Note' |
Deirdre Horgan, Shirley Martin, Maura Cunneen and Marcella Towler (2014) 'Early Childhood Care and Education Policy: Ireland Country Note'. New Zealand Research In Early Childhood Education, 17 (Special Issue):21-34 [Details]
|(2009)||'Friedrich Froebel: A Relic from the Past, A Vision for the Future' |
Towler, M. (2009) 'Friedrich Froebel: A Relic from the Past, A Vision for the Future'. An Leanbh Óg: Journal of OMEP Ireland, [Details]
|(2013)||Project E.Y.E. and Aistear: Making the Links. |
Rosaleen Murphy, Marcella Towler (2013) Project E.Y.E. and Aistear: Making the Links. Cork: Articles [Details]
|(2014)||OMEP World Conference and Assembly, |
Marcella Towler (2014) Reading, writing, counting and sitting still- Influences on early learning, historic and contemporary. [Oral Presentation], OMEP World Conference and Assembly, University College Cork , 02-JUL-14 - 05-JUL-14. [Details]
|(2014)||OMEP World Conference and Assembly, |
Marcella Towler, Anna Ridgway, Marian Mc Carthy (2014) The Multiple Intelligences footprint in the Aistear Early Years' Curriculum Framework in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], OMEP World Conference and Assembly, University College Cork , 02-JUL-14 - 05-JUL-14. [Details]
|(2012)||International Froebel Society Conference, |
Towler, M. (2012) Froebelian Principles and Pedagogy in Early Years Care and Education in Ireland: the Potential of 'Aistear' and 'Siolta'. [Oral Presentation], International Froebel Society Conference, Froebel College of Education, Dublin , 12-APR-12 - 14-APR-12. [Details]
|(2011)||OMEP Ireland Conference, |
Rosaleen Murphy and Marcella Towler (2011) Aistear and Project E.Y.E. [Poster Presentation], OMEP Ireland Conference, Cork , 02-APR-11 - 02-APR-11. [Details]
|(2008)||OMEP Ireland Conference, |
Marcella Towler; (2008) Title: Friedrich Froebel:A Relic form the Past:A Vision for the Future OMEP Ireland Conference. [Oral Presentation], OMEP Ireland Conference, UCC , 18-APR-08 - 19-APR-08. [Details]
|(2008)||International Froebel Society Conference, |
Marcella Towler; (2008) Title: `Finding Froebel:Froebel's Approach to Education in Current Irish Early Years Curricula and Practice. [Oral Presentation], International Froebel Society Conference, Wheelock College Boston , 09-JUL-08 - 11-JUL-08. [Details]
|Committee||Function||From / To|
|OMEP Ireland Committee||World Conference Programme Co-ordinator||2014 / 2014|
|OMEP Ireland Committee||Conference organising subcommitee member||2011 / 2014|
|First Year Experience Working Group||Committee member||2013 / 2014|
|Executive Management Group of Early Years and Childhood Studies||2010 / 2012|
|Employer||Position||From / To|
|Cork College of Commerce||Tutor||/|
|University College Cork||College Lecturer, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health||16-SEP-07 / 31-AUG-10|
|University College Cork||College Lecturer, Early Years and Childhood Studies,School of Education||01-SEP-10 /|
|2010||University College Cork||Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Edu||Teaching and Learning in Higher Education|
|2004||University College Cork||BA - UCC||Early Childhood Studies|
June 9th 2012 Edinburgh: Attended the Froebel Network Edinburgh Conference: 'Froebel: Gifts for our Future 4 making Connections Across Time and Place'
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
|2017||Early Years and Childhood Studies: Pedagogy and Practice||ED1012||Early Years and Childhood Studies: Pedagogy and Practice|