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Dr Glenda Margaret Walsh
BEd (Hons); PhD; ALCM

Head of Early Years Education
Early Childhood Education
Building: Central Building
Room: M209
Telephone: +44 (0) 28 90 384 432

email: g.walsh@stran.ac.uk

Background & Qualifications

       BEd First Class Honours (1994)
       PhD in Early Years Education QUB (2000)
       Early Years teacher (1994-1999)
       Senior Lecturer at Stranmillis University College (1999-2006)
       Principal Lecturer at Stranmillis University College (2006-present)
       Head of Early Years Education (September 2012 - )
       ALCM - Speech and Drama (1992).

Teaching

      
BEd Courses / M-Level Courses / Other Teaching :
             PGCE (Early Years)- Programme Leader, Module Coordinator for Implementing a Play-based Curriculum, Contribute to Teaching on Professional Experience 1 and 2
             BEd- Research Methods (Year 4), Supervision of Dissertations, Contribute to Teaching on Learning Through a Play-Based Curriculum (Year 3) and PSP modules (Year2)
             BA Early Childhood Studies - Contribute to teaching on International Perspectives on Early Years Care and Education, Professional Experience 3, Critical Perspectives on Early Years Care and Education and Aspects of Early Years Curriculum
             MA (ECS) - Module Co-ordinator - Quality Pedagogy in Early Years Care and Education
             Professional Development - Co-ordinator of Supporting Playful Learning in the Foundation Stage


Scholarship and Research

      
Recent Publications/Conference Papers
             RECENT PUBLICATIONS: Recent Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
             Hunter T. and Walsh G. (2013) From Policy to Practice?: The Reality of Play in Primary Schools in Northern Ireland, International Journal of Early Years Education, DOI: 10.1080/09669760.2013.830561
             McGuinness, C., Sproule, L., Bojke, C., Trew K. & Walsh G. (2013) Impact of a play-based curriculum in the first two years of primary school: literacy and numeracy outcomes over seven years, British Educational Research Journal, DOI: 10.1002/berj.3117
             McMillan, D., Walsh, G., Gray, C., Hanna, K. Carville, S. & McCracken, O.(2012): Changing mindsets: the benefits of implementing a professional development model in early childhood settings in Ireland, Professional Development in Education, Vol. 38:3, pp395-410
             Walsh, G., Sproule, L., McGuinness, C. & Trew, K. (2011) Playful structure: a novel image of early years pedagogy for primary school classrooms, Early Years: an International Journal of Research and Development, 31:2,107-119
             Walsh, G., McGuinness, C., Sproule, L. and Trew, K. (2010) Implementing a Play-based and Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum in NI Primary Schools: What Lessons have we Learned, Early Years: an International Journal of Research and Development, 30: 1, 53-66
             Recent Book Chapters:
             Palaiologou, I., Walsh, G. et al (2013) 'The National Picture' in Palaiologou, I. (Ed) The Early Years Foundation Stage: theory and practice. London: Sage, pp. 37-53
             Palaiologou, I., Walsh, G. et al (2010) 'The National Picture' in Palaiologou, I. (Ed) The Early Years Foundation Stage: theory and practice. London: Sage, pp. 19-37
             Walsh, G. and McMillan, D., (2010) 'War and Peace in Northern Ireland: Childhood in Transition', in Clark, M and Tucker, S (Eds) Early Childhoods in a Changing World. Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham
             McMillan, D. and Walsh, G. (2010) 'Early Years Professionalism: issues, challenges and opportunities' in Miller L and Cable C (eds) (2011) Professionalization, Leadership and Management in the Early Years. London: Sage
             Commissioned Reports:
             Walsh, G. and McConnell, B. (2013) An Evaluation of the All Ireland Centre of Excellence. Belfast/Dublin: Early Years the Organisation and Early Childhood Ireland
             Walsh, G., McMillan, D. and Doherty, A. (in press) An Evaluation of the Ballyfermot Early Years Learning Initiative to promote Quality Improvement in Early Years Settings through the Use of the Aistear Framework. Dublin: NEYAI
             Walsh, G., Sproule, L., McGuinness, C. , Trew, K. & Ingram, G. (2010) Playful Structure: Six Pillars of Developmentally Appropriate Practice. Belfast: CCEA
             Walsh, G., Sproule, L., McGuinness, C., Trew, K. & Ingram, G. (2010) Developmentally Appropriate Practice and Play-based Pedagogy in Early Years Education: A Literature Review of Research and Practice. Belfast: CCEA
             Walsh, G., Gray, C., McMillan, D., Hanna, K., McCracken, O. and Carville, S. (2010) Professional Development for Early Childhood Professionals: Examining Pedagogy in Early Childhood. Dublin: DES,
             Enriched Curriculum Evaluation Reports


Complete Research Profile.....

      
Research Interests
             My research interests fall particularly into the field of quality issues, early years curriculum and pedagogy and the relationship between policy and practice. I was heavily involved in the large scale evaluation of the early years enriched curriculum project with the School of Psychology at Queen's University Belfast for the past ten years which has guided the course of the Foundation Stage of the revised Northern Ireland Curriculum. I have also co-directed a project on examining pedagogy in Early Childhood Education for the Department of Education in the Republic of Ireland and I have been involved in evaluating an intervention to improve the quality of learning and the experience of 2-3 year old children in early years settings. My doctoral thesis concentrated on the play versus formal debate in Northern Ireland and Denmark. For the purposes of this study I devised an observation instrument, known as the Quality Learning Instrument, which has been used as one of the main assessment instruments in the early years enriched curriculum evaluation project and is currently being developed as a self-evaluative tool for use in Early Years settings.

Responsibilities

       I hold the following responsibilties at Stranmillis University College: Head of Early Years Education
       Programme Leader (PGCE)
       MA Module Co-ordinator for Quality Pedagogy in Early Years Care and Education
       Member of the Academic Laedership Team Member of the Selection Committee Member of the Postgraduate Advisory Board Member of Teaching and Learning Committee Member of Education Committee Chair of Early Yaers Academic Learning Area Chair of PGCE Board of Studies Chair of PGCE Internal Board of Examiners Chair of PGCE External Board of Examiners Module Co-ordinator for the PGCE module 'Implementing a Play-based Curriculum'

External Interests / Community Service

       Board of Governors- Royal School Dungannon and Howard Primary School, Dungannon
       External Examiner - Marino Institute of Education
       Education Consultant for Channel 4 Learning (Sarah and the Whammi)
       Educational Consultant for BBC Sesame Street Project
       Member of Early Education
       Member of BERA EC Special Interest Group
       Member of the Child Development Research Group
       Member of Higher Education Authority
       Reviewer for the International Journal of Early Years Education
       Reviewer for Childcare in Practice
       Chair of Outdoor Learning Stakeholder Group
       Chair of Early Years Stakeholder Group
       Associate Assessor for ETI.