About the Department
The Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies comprises a dynamic team with a range of diverse experiences and expertise in the field of Education. We in the Department are committed to promoting the principle of reflection to enable early years’ professionals and primary teachers to reflect on their practice and thereby enrich their knowledge and beliefs about curriculum, pedagogy and children as learners.
Through Early Childhood Studies students are supported in developing a wide range of knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to become professional leaders in the field of early childhood care and education.
Our Department actively promotes the potential of information and communication technology in enhancing learning and teaching experiences for children and students are provided with a range of learning opportunities in this area. The concept of life-long learning is cultivated through the programme of continuing professional development provided by the Department. In accordance with the mission statement of Mary Immaculate College, the Department seeks to foster an ethos that is grounded in respect for cultural diversity and individual values, the promotion of equity in society and a spirit of justice and compassion in the service of others.
In this context the holistic development of each student is valued and students are encouraged to be active and critical participants in their own learning. The role of research in deepening our knowledge is promoted both through participation in research projects by team members within the Department and through emphasising the value of research within our undergraduate and post-graduate programmes. We welcome any further enquiries you may have about our Department.