Jan Pettersen


Jan Pettersen, B.A. (Hons.) Early Childhood Education, Pg.Dip. (Prof. Mentoring), PhD (Student)

Jan Pettersen has worked as a practitioner in the Early Years sector on different levels for more than 10 years. After graduating from college with an honours degree, he worked as a Childcare Manager for several years. 
He has also middle management experience from the IT sector, during which time he developed an interest in the area of Children and ICT, an area which is now the topic for his PhD Research.

Jan is Programme Chair for the Early Childhood Education programme in DIT for the period 2011 - 2014.

Research Interests 
Jan is currently working on his PhD thesis entitled; "ICT in the Early Years; an exploratory study of how young children engage with technology at home and in the School setting".
He does also have research interests in the following two areas: "Gender in Care Professions" and in particular, Men in Childcare, and Business & Management in Early Years services. 

Selected Publications
Pettersen, J. (2009). (Ed.) Youth Media Democracy; perspectives on new literacies. Dublin. CSER - DIT

Pettersen, J, Creely, M. & Pappin, A. (2010). (Eds.) Youth Media for Europe; perspectives on youth, media and politics. Dublin. CSER - DIT

Pettersen, J. (2012). Learning outdoors. In Mhic Mhathúna, M. & Taylor. M. (Eds.) Early Childhood Education and Care. An Introduction for Students in Ireland. Dublin. Gill and Macmillan.

Halpenny, A. M. & Pettersen, J. (2013). Introducing Piaget. An guide for practitioners and students in Early Years Education. London. Routledge.

The Society for Research in Child Development, US

Recent Conference Presentations 
National Conference on Gender & Caring; Men in Childcare, New Park Hotel, Kilkenny, June 2004. Paper entitled: Men in Childcare; - a valuable and valued contribution.

Conference on the Economics of Quality Childminding, Raddison St. Helens Hotel, Dublin November 2nd 2005. Paper entitled; Stereotypes in Family Day Care; how does this affect the children?