Therese Farrell

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Biography

Dr Thérèse Farrell is an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education. She lectures on a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and inservice programmes.  Prior to her appointment in 2012, Thérèse worked as a primary teacher and as a tutor for Aistear, The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (NCCA, 2009). Her MEd specialised in early childhood education and her research focused on children’s perspectives of play.
Thérèse has a range of research interests including curriculum and pedagogy, children’s citizenship, agency and policy analysis. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Sheffield under the supervision of Professor Elizabeth Wood and Dr Liz Chesworth. Her thesis uses a Foucauldian lens to present a genealogical account of how power has shaped early childhood pedagogy.  

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2011 'Eliciting young children's perspectives on indoor play provision in their classroom: Reflections and challenges'
Dunphy, E. & Farrell, T. (2011) 'Eliciting young children's perspectives on indoor play provision in their classroom: Reflections and challenges' In: D. Harcourt, B. Perry & T. Waller (eds). Researching young children's perspectives: Debating the ethics and dilemmas of educational research with children. London: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'Play, pedagogy and power: a reinterpretation of research using a Foucauldian lens'
McCabe U.;Farrell T. (2020) 'Play, pedagogy and power: a reinterpretation of research using a Foucauldian lens'. International Journal of Early Years Education, [DOI] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 BERA,
McCabe, U & Farrell, T. (2018) Play, Pedagogy & Power. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], BERA, Northumbria University, UK [Details]
2017 British Educational Research Association,
Farrell, T (2017) Neoliberalism in Early Childhood Education. [Chaired Session], British Educational Research Association, Brighton University [Details]
2017 BERA,
Wood, E.; Chesworth, E., Farrell, T., Archer, N. & Kay, L. (2017) Symposium on Neoliberalism in ECE. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], BERA, Brighton University, UK [Details]
2017 Research to Empower Educational Leaders – REEL,
Farrell, T (2017) Foucault, Power and Early Childhood Education. [Invited Oral Presentation], Research to Empower Educational Leaders – REEL, Drumcondra Education Centre [Details]
2013 A Global Gathering for Early Childhood,
Farrell, T (2013) Developing play pedagogy: the role of the adult. [Chaired Session], A Global Gathering for Early Childhood, Aviva Stadium, Dublin [Details]
2010 Playing to Learn: Sowing the Seeds to Start the Journey,
Farrell, T (2010) The role of the adult in play. [Chaired Session], Playing to Learn: Sowing the Seeds to Start the Journey, Froebel College of Education [Details]
2009 Teachers as Researchers,
Farrell, T (2009) Young children's perspectives of play. [Chaired Session], Teachers as Researchers, St. Patrick's College [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2014 Mathematics in Early Childhood and Primary Education, Children aged 3-8 years, Volume 18: Teaching and Learning.
Dooley, T., Dunphy, E., Shiel, G., Butler, D., Corcoran, D., Farrell, T., NicMhuirí, S., O'Connor, M., Travers, J. & Perry, B (2014) Mathematics in Early Childhood and Primary Education, Children aged 3-8 years, Volume 18: Teaching and Learning. NCCA, Dublin. [Details]

Research Interests

Children's participation
Children's voice, agency and citizenship
Play and pedagogy
Curriculum and assessment 
Policy analysis
Neoliberalism 
Poststructural theories


Teaching Interests

Early Childhood Education Core Modules:

BEd1: ED1011 Foundations in Education and Early Childhood Education
Play, Language and Learning

BEd2: ED2021 STEM and Early Childhood Education
Mathematics in the Early Years

BEd3: ED3011 Integrated Learning across the Curriculum
Early Years Teaching and Learning

BEd4: ED4015 Research Project
Developing a play policy to support play pedagogy in the infant classroom

Early Childhood Education Major Specialism Modules:
BEd2: EC223 Children's Participation in Early Childhood Education and Care

BEd4: EC421 Transition to Schools

MEd Specialisng in Early Childhood Education:
EC901: Children's Participation in Early Childhood Education and Care

Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2021 Foundations in Education and ECE ED1011Foundations in Education and ECE
2021 Young Children's Participation in ECEC EC223Young Children's Participation in ECEC