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Early Childhood Research Award for DIT Student

Posted: 7 September, 2016

The European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) 2016 Best Student Research Award was presented to Miriam O? Regan, an M.Phil. student in the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences.

Miriam O? Regan and Dr Tony Bertram at the presentation of the EECERA 2016 Best Student Research Award (photo Kylie Johnson)

Her supervisor is Dr Ann Marie Halpenny. Miriam’s submission was entitled “Mainstreaming Childminding in Ireland: Attitudes towards Professionalization”.   Announcing the award at the EECERA Conference in DCU this week, Dr Tony Bertram, editor of the European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, said that the study was important as it examined the progress towards professionalizing and regulating childminding in Ireland, including the views of parents and child-minders.

The citation stated that:

“The methodology of the study is innovative and fascinating as it grapples with respondents who are often hidden and hard to reach. The findings reveal a surprisingly highly qualified and committed group of practitioners and parents who desire better qualifications, training opportunities, support and salaries for those engaged in this important ECE service. This study has resonance, not just for Ireland but much more widely and its findings deserve wider dissemination. The study therefore has potential to make a real contribution to both professional and methodological domains.”

Congratulations to Miriam and Dr Ann Marie Halpenny on this significant award.