Andrew Dineen

Early Childhood Education at DIT was my first choice and I was delighted to be accepted for advanced entry in 2012.  The high quality experiences provided by DIT during placement, lectures and Erasmus (in Alice Salomon University) enabled me to advance my career in early years’ education. My final year placement in Barnardos gave me an insight into the charity’s child and family services and when the opportunity came up I was thrilled to secure a fulltime position as a programme assistant.  After a year with Barnardos, I moved to the Early Learning Initiative at the National College of Ireland, where I held a number of roles, including Early Years’ Coordinator for the Doodle Den Language and Literacy programme and Project Worker for the Restorative Practices programme.  During my time at the National College of Ireland I also tutored and lectured on the Early Childhood Education degree programme.  Continuous pedagogical and andragogical development are key interests of mine since my dissertation at DIT and I continued this interest to my Master’s Degree at TCD where I designed an intervention to support deeper levels of reflective thinking amongst pedagogues.  I have presented on reflective practice at national conferences and I have also guest lectured on reflective practice at DIT and IT Tralee.  I have been invited to run reflective practice workshops at IT Tralee again for the coming 2018/2019 academic year.  My long-term aspiration is to open ELO – Early Learning Outdoors, an outdoor early learning service with academic links nationally and internationally, continuously progressing practice and social education

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