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Dr Andrea Doherty

Early Years Education with STEM
Building: Central Building
Telephone: +44 (0) 28 90 384 230


Background & Qualifications

       BEd (Hons) Primary Education with Science, from St. Mary's University College, Belfast (2009)
       PhD from Queen's University Belfast (2013)
       Early Years Teacher
       Lecturer in Early Years Education with STEM (2012-present)


BEd Courses / M-Level Courses / Other Teaching :
             BEd (Primary) Curriculum Studies Science
             BEd (Primary) Mathematics and Numeracy
             BA Early Childhood Studies
             PGCE Early Years
             Professional Development course- 'Supporting Playful Learning in the Foundation Stage in Schools'

Scholarship and Research

Recent Publications/Conference Papers
             Posts held
             Project Manager for WISE (2009-2010)
             Research Assistant for Fibonacci and SELECT projects (2010-2012)
             Research Assistant for SCITE project (2012-2013)
             Research Assistant for Ballyfermot Early Years Language and Learning Initiative (2013)
             Director of Stranmillis Hub for Research and Innovation in Primary Science (designated and funded by Primary Science Teaching Trust) Current main project is Playful Approaches to Science (PATS) Project. (2013-present)
             Doherty, A. (2012) 'Teacher, I showed her how to do that!' Primary Science, 122,pp.24-26.
             Doherty, A. (2012) 'Golden Key: Employing aspects of a Vygotskian Approach to Education, to Early Years Education in the Northern Ireland Context,' An Leanbh Og, 6,pp.21-40.
             Murpy, C., McCullagh, J., & Doherty, A. (In press) 'Developing reflective practice through coteaching,' in Susan Rodrigues (Ed.) Handbook for Teacher Editors. Rotterdam: Sense.
             Doherty, A. & Murphy, C. 'Vygotsky and PLay: The Thoery Practice Cycle', Early Childhood Development and Care, Special Issue: Early Childhood Pedagogy (due for publication 2015).
             Project Reports
             Fibonacci Project: Final Report (2012)
             Science Enhancement and Learning through Exchange and Collaboration among Teachers (SELECT) Final Report( 2012): SCoTENS
             Science Coteaching In Teacher Education (SCITE ) Project: Final Report (2013)
             Aistear Framework: An Evaluation of the Ballyfermot Early Years Language and Learnings Initiatives Programme to promote Quality Improvement in Early Years Settings through the use of the Aistear Framework: Final Report (2014)
Research Interests
             My major research interests include
             Play in Early Years Education
             Cultural-Historical Theory
             Family Pedagogy in Early Years Education
             Coteaching in Science education
             Playful Learning in the Primary School
             Playful Approaches to Science
             Outdoor Learning


       Module Coordinator: Year 1 World Around Us

External Interests / Community Service

       Member of BERA
       Member of ISCAR
       Member of local committee of the Association for Science Education (ASE)