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Natasha O'Donnell EdD

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Contact

Telephone
01 853 5142
Location
St Marys, Room 220

Rannóg

Department of Arts, Mathematics, PE and Early Childhood

Role

B.Sc. ECE Field Placement Coordinator and Lecturer in Early Childhood Education

Biography

Natasha originally trained as a Montessori teacher, in the Montessori Education Centre in Dublin, before studying Special Education in the University of Birmingham, U.K. She worked in Early Childhood Education for 25 years, with a focus on inclusive practice. Natasha has achieved a Doctorate in Education from the University of Birmingham, U.K. Just prior to commencing lecturing in Marino Institute of Education, Natasha Co-delivered the Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) programme.

Qualifications

Ed. Doctorate in Early Childhood Education

M.Ed in Special Education

B.Phil in Special Education specific to autism

H.Dip Montessori Education birth to twelve years

 

Teaching

Programme

Module Code

Module Name

Role

B.Sc. ECE 1

EC8109

Field Placement 1

Module Leader and Lecturer

B.Sc. ECE 2

EC8210

Field Placement 2

Module Leader and Lecturer

B.Sc ECE 3

EC8309

Field Placement 3

Module Leader and Lecturer

B.Sc ECE 4

EC8410

Field Placement 4

Module Leader and Lecturer

B.Sc. ECE 2

EC8204

Models of Curriculum and Assessment

Module Leader and Lecturer

B.Sc. ECE 2

EC8205

ECE Policy and Practice in Ireland

Lecturer

B.Sc. ECE4

EC8406

Organisation Learning and Skills

Module Leader and Lecturer

ORCID iD

0000-0001-7562-6508

 

Publications and other outputs

 

Book Chapters

 

Haals , Stallard, R. and O’Donnell, N. (2023). ’The children are grand!’ Educators’ perspectives on educator and child well-being during the Covid-19 pandemic. EECERA (TBC).

 

Journal Articles

 

O’Donnell, N (2018). Ireland’s Ready to Learn White Paper: then and now. Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal, 9(1), 2800-2809. Irelands-Ready-to-Learn-White-Paper-Then-and-Now.pdf (infonomics-society.org)

 

Thesis

 

O’Donnell, N. (2019). A study of the identity of Early Years teachers within a Montessori context. Doctoral dissertation, University of Birmingham. ODonnell2020EdD_Redacted.pdf (bham.ac.uk)

O’Donnell, N. (2015). Can the use of experiential education with the Montessori mathematics materials teach children on the autism spectrum junior curriculum mathematics skills? M. Ed. Special Education. University of Birmingham, UK.

O’Donnell, N. (2009). Can the use of experiential education with the Montessori language materials teach children on the autism spectrum to read? B. Phil. Special Education. University of Birmingham, UK.

 

Conference Contributions

 

Haals Brosnan, M., Stallard, R. & O’Donnell, N. (2023). ’The children are grand!’ Educators’ perspectives on educator and child well-being during the Covid-19 pandemic. EECERA (TBC).

Kelly, P. & O’Donnell, N. (2022, May 5). Can classroom conversations contribute to the curriculum? Children’s perception of the Aistear Framework. [Paper presentation]. DBS PARC Conference, Dublin Business School, Ireland.

Haals Brosnan, M., Stallard, R. & O’Donnell, N. (2022, December 8). Children need to be children-educators’ perspectives on the experiences of young children during the Covid-19 pandemic. [Paper presentation]. CRN Conference, University College Dublin, Ireland.

O'Donnell, N. (2017, October 23-26). A critical discourse analysis of Ireland's Ready to Learn White Paper. [Paper presentation]. Ireland International Conference on Education, Dublin, Ireland.

O’Donnell, N. (2017). The impact of Social Choice stories. [Paper presentation]. Early Childhood Ireland Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

O'Donnell, N. (2016). Inclusive education for children with special educational needs in Ireland – policy, practice, and impact. [Published presentation]. Papers from the Education Doctoral Research Conference, Saturday 26 November 2016. http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/2979/1/Full_Book_Research_conference_November_2016.pdf 

Research/Professional Interests

Early Childhood Education and Special Education

Professional Activities

Involved with the UNICEF Right’s Respecting School Award programme

Membership

Children’s Research Network