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Jill Magennis

General Information

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PGCE (Early Years)
    Advisor of Studies for PGCE
    Implementing a Play-based Curriculum including ‘Play Across the Curriculum’, ‘Play Workshops’, and ‘Professional Workshops’.
    RE and PDMU in the Foundation Stage/Key Stage One
  • BEd Primary
    Year 1 and 2 Curriculum Studies – RE and PDMU
    Year 3 Learning through a Play-based Curriculum in the Early Years
    Year 3 Professional Studies and Placement 3
    Year 1, 2 & 3 Area of Specialism RE
    Member of planning committee for Inter-College Programme for Professional Learning in a Changing Society
  • BA in Early Childhood Studies:
    Advanced Understanding of Diversity and Inclusion in the Early Years
    Undertaking a small-scale project in Early Childhood

External Interests/Community Service

  • Vice-Chair on Board of Governors for Edenderry Nursery School, Portadown
  • Member of the N. Ireland Inter-Faith Forum
  • Family Focus Steering Group member for Blind Children UK
  • Community Member (provisional) of the Corrymeela Community, a centre for Peace and Reconciliation
  • Member of ‘The Chartered College of Teaching’ – Professional Affiliate

Research Interests

  • Experiences and perspectives of early childhood educators on promoting respect for diversity and of peace-building in divided societies.

Background & Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Education (Hons) Primary Education with Religious Studies (First Class Honours), Stranmillis University College
  • Master of Education in Pastoral Care (with commendation), Stranmillis University College
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies with Early Years, University of Ulster.
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2017)

Research & Scholarship

Journal Articles

Magennis, J. and Richardson, N. (2020) A ‘peace’ of the jigsawthe perspectives of early years professionals on inclusion and diversity within the context of Northern Ireland, Education 3-13, 48 (4), pp 365 – 378.

Professional Periodicals

Magennis, J. and Rainey, A. (2020) ‘Mighty oaks from little acorns grow…’, RE Today, 37 (2), pp. 18-19.

Conference presentations

Magennis, J. (2018) ‘For you, for me, for them, for us: Can childhood be the time of change? An exploration into peace-building and the early years within the context of divided societies’, 10th All Ireland Doctoral Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast, June 2018.

Magennis, J. (2016) ‘Early Childhood: A Pathway to Peace? The impact of early childhood curricula in the context of deeply divided societies.’ Poster session presented at the Annual Conference of the Northern Ireland British Psychological Society, Dundalk, March 2016.