Marlene McCormack

Contact Details


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T: 01 700 9048
E: Marlene.McCormack@dcu.ie

Biography

Marlene is a committed professional with a broad range of experience and expertise in the areas of practice, policy and provision in early childhood. She has worked extensively in practice, as educator, supervisor, manager and Director in both the community and private sectors. Over the past two decades she has been working in the Voluntary Sector, most recently as Head of the Knowledge Directorate in Early Childhood Ireland, leading a multi-professional team with responsibility for research, policy and communications. Much of her work has focused on advocacy for children and for the educators that work with them and their families at national level.  Marlene has been core to the development and very successful roll out of the BA in Early Childhood Teaching and Learning in Maynooth, where she has delivered a broad range of modules in the areas of policy and pedagogy.   

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2017 EDULEARN17
O'Connor, D., Robinson, C., McCormack, M. & O'Rourke, V. (2017) The influences of opportunity. Differences in children's play choices across diverse communities in Ireland EDULEARN17 , pp.6335-6341 [Details]
2017 INTED17
O'Connor, D., Robinson, C., McCormack, M. & O'Rourke, V. (2017) Is it time for the risky classroom? INTED17 [Details]
2017 EDULEARN17
D. O'Connor, C. Robinson, M. McCormack, V. O'Rourke (2017) Boys and girls come out to play: Gender Differences in Children’s Play Patterns EDULEARN17 , pp.4713-4719 [Details]
2017 EDULEARN17
D. O'Connor, C. Robinson, M. McCormack, V. O'Rourke (2017) The age of imagination: imagining play and invention: implications for creative development EDULEARN17 , pp.4720-4727 [Details]
2016 EDULEARN 16
O'Connor, D., Robinson, C., McCormack, M. & O'Rourke, V. (2016) Let's get real: are today's children playing with nature? EDULEARN 16 [Details]
2016 EDULEARN 16
O'Connor, D., Robinson, C., McCormack, M. & O'Rourke, V. (2016) Children's choices: the technology choices that chcildren make within their free time EDULEARN 16 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2014 Quality through professionalisation:Local evaluation of the Tallaght National Early Years Access Initiative.
O'Dwyer & McCormack (2014) Quality through professionalisation:Local evaluation of the Tallaght National Early Years Access Initiative. Early Childhood Ireland, Dublin. [Details]
2014 Local evaluation of the South Dublin National Early Access Initiataive: Addressing the gaps between training and practice.
O'Dwyer & McCormack (2014) Local evaluation of the South Dublin National Early Access Initiataive: Addressing the gaps between training and practice. Early Childhood Ireland, Dublin. [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2018 Sustainability - Making a difference.
Marlene McCormack (2018) Sustainability - Making a difference. Blog [Details]

Invited papers

  Year Publication
2017 The Development of an Early Childhood Education Degree.
Marlene McCormack (2017) The Development of an Early Childhood Education Degree. Invited papers [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
2016 Building identities as learners.
Marlene McCormack& Nickola Cullen (2016) Building identities as learners. Magazine Article [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Special Interest Group on Pedagogical Documentation - European Early Childhood Education Research Association To share research and learning among international accademics interested in this particular topic /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Fingal County Childcare Committee Board Member / Ongoing

Research Interests

Research interests include, documenting children's learning; play and learning through play; professional practice and in particular practicum.