The Fusion of Theory and Practice: Reflections on the Early Years and Childhood Studies Professional Practice Placement as a Community of Practice

Ref: 03/16/2023 - 3202020
Name: Dr Alison Moore
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Phone Number: 0868945244
Institution Address: University College Cork
Seeking a partner/s in: Northern Ireland

Our small-scale pilot study was funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Through a series of four seminars, we brought together students, university staff and placement mentors by developing a Community of Practice (CoP). We explored the fusion of theory and practice, acknowledging this triquetra relationship. At our last seminar, we explored how the Community of Practice (CoP) could be sustained and potential actions for transformation. Seminar participants were eager to continue to develop the Community of Practice model.
We would like to explore the potential of expanding the CoP model across boarders, HEI and early years education professional practice placements.