Department of Humanities

 Joanne McHale

 Lecturer in Early Childhood Care in Education

    A15, Aontas
     01 8851517


I am a member of the teaching staff on the BA Early Childhood Care and Education in the Department of Humanities. I teach on both full-time and work-based programmes. My key areas of interest are inclusion, gender, emotional development and professional practice in early childhood. I have been placement coordinator since 2010.

My practice experience includes 15 years working with children with autism and their families, particularly in the preschool and home environments. In my doctoral studies, I am researching gender in the early years workforce and I'm also part of an international research collaboration focusing on this.

I am committed to empowering students to become dedicated, child-centred early childhood educators.


PhD, University College London Institute of Education (in progress)
M.Ed Inclusive Education, Open University
B.Sc (Hons) Sociology and Psychology, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College 

Professional affiliations

Member of Plé: Pedagogy, Learning and Education Association  http://ple.ie/

Academic administration responsibilities

Course Coordinator - BA in Early Childhood Care and Education, work-based and part-time
Placement Coordinator - BA in Early Childhood Care and Education, full-time (2010-present)
Research Coordinator - BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Care and Education (2016-present) 

Teaching & learning interests/passions 

I love teaching and I am committed to empowering students to become dedicated, child-centred early childhood educators.

In 2013, we introduced the “floorbook” learning journey as an innovative assessment of placement students. This combines documentation of children’s learning, the students’ professional development and linking theory with practice.

I have completed CPD Certs in Learning, Teaching and Assessment (DIT) Teaching Online (DCU).  

Modules taught

ECHC H1021 Early Learning Year 1
ECHC H2019 Practice Placement
ECHC H2020 Practice Placement Project
ECHC H3011 Advanced Practice Placement
ECHC H3012 Advanced Placement Project
ECHC H4015 Preparation for Dissertation
ECHC H4018 Supporting Positive Interactions With Children
ECHC H4023 Dissertation

Research & Innovation interests/passions

My research interests include gender in early childhood and practice assessment in early childhood. 

Employer/enterprise engagement initiatives

Placement coordinator – engaging with early childhood partner organisations, building collaborative relationships.

External positions

External examiner, Institute of Technology Carlow,  2017-present

Conference presentations

Men in the Early Years in Ireland, UCL Institute of Education Doctoral School Conference, London, 16th June 2016. 

Does the floor book approach facilitate learning and engagement for students in early childhood? European Early Childhood Research Association (EECERA), Dublin, 1st September 2016. (Co-presented with Deirdre McGrath)

Career trajectories of male early childhood workers in Ireland, European Early Childhood Research Association (EECERA), Bologna, 30th August 2017

Workshops and conferences organised

Series of workshops for parents and professionals on verbal behaviour for children with autism (2004-2005)

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