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The Digital Early Childhood Educator

Linking Theory, Research & Quality Professional Practice in Early Childhood Education

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ECE Theory, Research & Quality Professional Practice Resource.

On this site you will find useful academic resources, links to research, a practical resource Toolboxmy academic blog  and  a community of practice -  for practitioners, trainers, students of ECE and everyone else with an interest in linking theory and research with quality professional practice practice!

You can also buy my book "Síolta in Practice" which is a practical guide to implementing quality standards in ECEC.

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My name is Paula Walshe.  I am a PhD student and assistant lecturer in early childhood education.

My particular areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • STEAM interventions in ECEC.

  • Quality and professionalisation in ECEC. 

  • Communities of practice in ECEC.

  • Contemporary research in ECEC.

I currently hold a MA in Early Childhood Education and I am now undertaking PhD research focussing on STEAM in early childhood education with Dundalk Institute of Technology.

Other Projects I am involved in:

ECE Quality Ireland - Twitter Community of Practice.

ECE Quality Ireland Podcast.

PEMI - Professional body for the ECEC profession in Ireland.

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Check out the latest episode of the ECE Quality Ireland podcast below.

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