School of Language, Literacy & Early Childhood Education

Aishling
Silke

Primary Department
School of Language, Literacy & Early Childhood Education
Role
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
9023
Campus
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
F344

Academic biography

Aishling is a lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the DCU Institute of Education, St. Patrick's Campus. Before her appointment in 2019, Aishling was a senior early years specialist with Early Years the Organisation for Young Children in Northern Ireland. She provided mentoring and training to management and staff in early years facilities across the border counties. Aishling supported settings participation in the Sharing from the Start European Peace IV initiative which aims to  promote peace and reconciliation across Northern Ireland and the southern border counties within the Republic of Ireland (https://www.sharingfromthestart.org/). Aishling is involved in the promotion of Intergenerational work in early years settings and continues to support colleagues in the Technological University of Dublin to develop this work (http://www.toyproject.net/). Aishling is a strong advocate for the early year's profession and is involved in several organisations which promote workforce professionalisation and high-quality provision. Aishling completed her Masters in Mentoring, Management and Leadership in the Early Years with the Technological University of Dublin. She aims to continue her professional development by pursuing a PhD with DCU. Her research and teaching areas include government policy, advocacy, leadership, management, children's citizenship and participation, sustainability, intergenerational work, community and parental involvement within the early years.

Research interests

Government policy and stakeholder engagement,
Advocacy,
Leadership & management,
The professionalism of the early years' workforce,
Children's citizenship and participation,
Promoting the achievement of the sustainable development goals within Aistear,
Intergenerational work,
Community and parental involvement within the early years.