Exploring the Pedagogy of Play-based Mathematics in Early Childhood Education

Presented by: Fran McKeagney and Dr Carol-Ann O'Síoráin

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) landscape is under constant scrutiny and a graduate lead workforce in ECE is now an expressed requirement. Providing continuous professional development for the current sector is proving challenging. A change mindset is needed by third-level institutions to raise the quality of the current and emerging qualified practitioner/pedagogue.

Hibernia College seeks to explore the possibility of engaging current ECE practitioners and new entrants in autonomous pedagogical learning via an online blended learning platform that challenges the pedagogue to explore and enhance their own mathematical concepts through game-based learning.

Presenter Biography:

Francis McKeagney is Head of Digital Learning at Hibernia College in Ireland. He has an extensive track record of innovation and commercial success in the online learning industry and has worked extensively in the United States as well as in Europe. Previous companies include Intuition, InnerWorkings and CBT Systems (now Skillsoft). Francis graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Experimental Physics. He has also studied at Maynooth University, The Peace Research Institute in Oslo and at Stanford University in California.