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Research Conference 2019 Keynote Speaker

March 3, 2019

Early Childhood Ireland’s ‘National Early Childhood Research Conference 2019’, will take place on Friday 12th April 2019 in Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin. It promises to be an exciting opportunity for students, practitioners and researchers.

This full day research conference includes a tailored masterclass on conducting research by Dr Brendan O’Keeffe, The Institute for Action Research:

The childcare sector is becoming increasingly data-driven. Providers have a growing need for data. Data and information are key to ensuring quality assurance, viability, growth and innovation.  Yet, few providers have the time to undertake research projects. There are, however, many user-friendly ways in which research and data collection can be built into your work, and can enhance your feedback mechanisms and engagement with parents and others.  Research and data are about more than numbers. Qualitative research techniques, such as focus groups and walking interviews and arts projects can generate data in an enjoyable and engaging way. This masterclass will provide tips and advice on how to make research more effective, constructive and enjoyable.

Inspiring presentations from Early Childhood Ireland’s Innovation award winners will also be showcased on the day. This will be of significant interest to prospective researchers, generating ideas for future research proposals. Participants will have access to a range of research presentations, poster presentations and self-organised symposiums.


Schedule for the day


9.00 – 10.00 Registration & setting up poster displays
10.00 – 10.40 Key Note Address by Dr Emer Ring
Hogan Suite
10.40 – 11.00

Tea/Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.00

11.00 – 12.00

Research Masterclass by Dr Brendan O’Keeffe for Students (these two sessions will run concurrently)

Self-Organised Symposium (these two sessions will run concurrently)

12.00 – 13.00

Session 1 Research Presentations

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.00

Session 2 Research Presentation

15.00 – 15.30

Inspiring Practice presentations

15.30 – 15.45

Closing address by Dr. Emer Ring

Hogan Suite



Keynote speaker

We are delighted to announce Professor Emer Ring as keynote speaker for the National Early Childhood Research Conference 2019! Professor Ring was recently announced as the incoming Dean of Education at Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick. She has researched and published extensively in areas including early childhood, inclusion, pedagogy, and autism. Recently, she was co-editor and co-author of ‘Autism from the Inside Out: A Handbook for Parents, Early Childhood, Primary, Post-Primary, and Special School Settings’. We are very excited to welcome Professor Ring to this event and look forward to hearing her share her insights and expertise.


To Infinity and Beyond: The Journey to Creating an Effective Early Learning and Care System where Diversity is the New Norm

The Keynote ‘To Infinity and Beyond: The Journey to Creating an Effective Early Learning and Care System where Diversity is the New Norm’ adopts the words of Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story and suggests that limitless possibilities exist for early learning and care settings, children, families and society when we invest in creating spaces where diversity is the norm. The path from exclusion, through segregation, integration and inclusion to diversity is charted. Level Three of the access and inclusion model (AIM) is explored with specific reference to the Leadership for INclusion in the Early Years (LINC) Programme and its contribution in providing for diversity delineated. Recent research published by AsIAm (Ring, O’Sullivan, O’Keeffe, Ferris and Wall, 2019)  is interrogated and values, human rights and research are identified as critical to ensuring that diverse learners are enabled to realise their full potential. An interconnected model for research underpinned by values and human rights and encapsulating system research; academic research and the early childhood teacher as researcher within the framework of Dewey’s laboratory school is considered. The critical importance of adopting this interconnected model of research in realising the First Five Strategy 2019-2028 is considered.



Research Submissions

All accepted research proposals will have the added opportunity this year to be published in our first ever ‘Irish Early Years Research Journal’.


All submitted research proposals will be subject to review by our Scientific Committee to ensure continued quality and scientific integrity. Click here to find out who sits on our Scientific Committee.


Please click to view Frequently Asked Questions for our National Early Childhood Research Conference 2019. 



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