Recec/NCCA symposium | February 24th, 2018 10am-4pm | Room 3077, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin
Places are free but limited. Please email your interest to email@example.com. Lunch will be included.
Guest speakers include Dr. Justine Howard, Dr. Sue Robson, Prof. Colette Murphy and Prof. Nóirín Hayes (convener).
There will be three presentations, each linked to an academic paper (to follow). The symposium will challenge those present to consider and discuss the complexities, possibilities and challenges of play and what that means for early education pedagogy across settings (in primary and pre-primary education) for children from 3 – 6 years.
Symposium for Early Learning Experiences:
Children, Creativity and Contexts - February 2017
There are significant policy developments reshaping the landscape of Irish early childhood and early primary education. Drawing together contemporary research and evidence from practice on early learning, keynote and practitioner speakers will address the topic from different perspectives, identifying some of the critical issues for consideration in informing the policy debate.
Under the broad theme of early childhood education alignment this symposium, organised by the Researching Early Childhood Education Collaborative [RECEC] in partnership with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment [NCCA] and Early Childhood Ireland [ECI], offers participants time to reflect on the challenges and opportunities to contribute to the further development of this foundational period of education.
Welcome Dr Carmel O’Sullivan, Trinity College
Setting the Context Arlene Forster | National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
Overview Dr Carmel Brennan, Early Childhood Ireland
A Vision for Early Years Education in the 21st Century: What the Research is Telling Us | Dr David Whitebread, University of Cambridge | POWERPOINT
Reflecting on C3i in Early Education Practice: Curriculum Integration, Imagination and Innovation| Dr Michael Flannery | Institute of Education, Marino | POWERPOINT
Seen And Heard: New identities in early childhood education Anne Looney, Executive Dean, DCU Instiute of Education POWERPOINT
Symposium for early years researchers
and research students - October 2015
In partnership with the NCCA, the Researching Early Childhood Education Collaborative (RECEC) at the School of Education in Trinity College is hosting a symposium entitled ‘Early Educational Alignment: Reflecting on Context, Curriculum and Pedagogy’.
Early Educational Alignment: Reflecting on Context, Curriculum and Pedagogy
Halpern (2013) observes that in the US ‘…. the idea of joining Early Childhood Education and schooling has gained currency in the educational reform arena’ (p. 1). This trend can be seen in Ireland also. Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (2009) prompted greater attention to the educational dimension of provision for children from birth to 6 years. It also created a bridge between the variety of early childhood settings, which had grown over the previous decade and the infant classes of the primary school. More recently, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) has begun the redevelopment of the primary school curriculum.
This work focuses initially on language, mathematics, and Education about Religions and Beliefs and Ethics for children in junior infants to second class (4-8/9 years of age). These developments provide an important impetus for discussion on what early childhood education means and looks like for children and teachers, and what implications this has for curriculum development and practice. In partnership with the NCCA, the Researching Early Childhood Education Collaborative (RECEC) at the School of Education in Trinity College is hosting a symposium entitled ‘Early Educational Alignment: Reflecting on Context, Curriculum and Pedagogy’.
The symposium is organised around four key topics with each topic contextualised by a short research paper.
Does Terminology Matter?
Setting the Context and the Ambition Nóirín Hayes, School of Education, TCD
Untangling the knots – [k]not easy: professional identity in the Early Childhood Care and Education Sector. Mary Moloney, Dept. of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies, MIC | PUBLICATION | PRESENTATION
Multiple Transitions in Early Childhood Education
Mary O’Kane, Lecturer in Psychology and Early Education