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Online Research Symposium

Early Childhood Ireland is pleased to announce that its first-ever Online Research Symposium Recordings are now available to view, see links below

Online Research Symposium

An Exciting event took place, the theme of which was ’New Realities in Research in Early Learning & Care – First 5’. The symposium took place via Zoom over the following three evenings

Monday, 19th October

Themes: Partnership with families / School Age Childcare

Keynote address:

Dr. Nuala Connolly, Department of Children & Youth Affairs
‘A Research Vision for Early Childhood: The First 5 Research & Evaluation Plan’.

First research paper:
Jennifer Dunwoody
Using Documentation to Promote Professional Dialogue & Effective Parent Partnerships’.
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Second research paper:
Marion Byrne
My place to play: Creating a dedicated place to play for infants & their families living in emergency accommodation’.
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Third research paper:
Fiona Scullion
 ‘Sharing from the start’.
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Fourth research paper:
Dr. Leah O’Toole
Relationships, Relationships, Relationships – Meaningful partnerships with parents experiencing social-economic disadvantage’.
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Fifth research paper:
Dr. Maja Haals-Brosnan
‘Children’s Voices on Homework’.
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Tuesday, 20th October

Theme: Pedagogy & Curriculum

Prof. Anne Looney, Dean of Institute of Education, Dublin City University

Launch of Early Childhood Ireland’s 2019 Conference Proceedings Publication, which brings together all of the research papers presented at last year’s Early Childhood Ireland National Early Years Conference:

First research paper:
Jacqueline Fallon and Susan Nic Réamoinn
‘Pedagogical continuity from Aistear to the Draft Primary Curriculum Framework’.
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Second research paper:
Nicola O’Reilly
‘Learning to let go: Adults and children playing together during sociodramatic play’.
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Third research paper:
Michelle Lehane
‘I like playing with pretend light-up unicorns, the right-based & democratic practice found in childminder’s homes’.
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Fourth research paper:
Yunlei Li
‘Preschool teachers’ perceptions of and strategies for addressing challenging behaviour. A comparison between Montessori and traditional pedagogy’.
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Fifth research paper:
Racheal Govan
Theme: Partnership with Parents
‘How will I adopt my practice to further empower parents of children in my setting, in supporting their children’s education”.
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Wednesday, 21st October

Themes: Transitions / Pedagogy & Curriculum / Linking Regulation & Practice / Legal & Policy issues

First research paper:
Kathy Carter
‘EYP constructions of the inter-related phenomena of ‘School Readiness’ & transitioning to primary school – an exploratory case study of practitioners located in the North West of Ireland’.
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Second research paper:
Fiona Boyle
‘Perspectives of School Readiness’.
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Third research paper:
Laura Maher
‘The lost art of storytelling, to what extent do EY practitioners value storytelling as a medium for early literacy development’.
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Fourth research paper:
Dr. Miriam O’Regan
‘Childminding Praxis, Pedagogy & Professionalism in Ireland: ecocultural perspectives’.
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Fifth research paper:
Dr Criona Blackburne
‘Orientation or Destination: professional perspectives on early childhood education & the quality agenda in Ireland’.
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Panel discussion

COVID-19 has placed some limitations on how we carry out traditional research methods in Early Learning and Care. This discussion will be an opportunity to discuss how the pandemic has impacted on research in Early Learning and Care and how we can look to the future to develop new strategies for data collection.
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Speaking on the panel were:

• Marlene McCormack, DCU
• Dr. Leah O’Toole, Maynooth University
• Dr. Anna Visser, Department of Children & Youth Affairs

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