Geraldine French

Dr

Contact Details

Head of School of Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education

F345
St Patrick's Campus

T: +353 1 700 9043
E: geraldine.french@dcu.ie

Biography

Dr Geraldine French is the Head of School of Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education and the Programme Chair of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Geraldine is a specialist in early childhood education. Her doctoral thesis is in the area of pedagogical interactions between adults and very young children in early childhood settings with a particular focus on educational inequality. She has worked for a variety of governmental and voluntary organisations, national and international, in conducting continued professional development, research, needs analysis, evaluations and consultancy for strategic planning. Commissioning bodies have included: The Arts Council, Barnardos, Better Start, Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education, Childhood Development Initiative, Children's Books Ireland, European Programme to Combat Social Exclusion, Fingal Libraries, Katharine Howard Foundation, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment among others. Geraldine has lectured at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the area of early childhood education in the Dublin Institute of Technology and Froebel College of Education. She has published in the areas of parenting and the experience of poverty amongst families with very young children. In the context of early childhood settings Geraldine has published on quality professional practice, supporting early language, literacy and numeracy and nurturing babies’ learning and development. More recently Geraldine has been focussing on examining interactions through video analysis of practice through dialogue founded in reflection and collaboration.

Books

  Year Publication
2018 The time of their lives: Nurturing babies' learning and development in early childhood settings.
Geraldine French (2018) The time of their lives: Nurturing babies' learning and development in early childhood settings. Dublin: Barnardos. [Details]
2013 Early speech and language matters: Enriching the communication environment and language development in early childhood.
French, G. (2013) Early speech and language matters: Enriching the communication environment and language development in early childhood. Dublin: Barnardos. [Details]
2012 Early literacy and numeracy matters: Enriching literacy and numeracy experiences in early childhood.
French, G. (2012) Early literacy and numeracy matters: Enriching literacy and numeracy experiences in early childhood. Dublin: Barnardos. [Details]
2008 Supporting Quality: Guidelines for Professional Practice in Early Childhood Services, Book 2 Enhancing Children’s Learning and Development.
French, G. (2008) Supporting Quality: Guidelines for Professional Practice in Early Childhood Services, Book 2 Enhancing Children’s Learning and Development. Dublin: Barnardos. [Details]
2008 Supporting Quality: Guidelines for Professional Practice in Early Childhood Services, Book I Policy and Governance.
French, G. (2008) Supporting Quality: Guidelines for Professional Practice in Early Childhood Services, Book I Policy and Governance. Dublin: Barnardos. [Details]
2005 Once in a lifetime: Early childhood care and education for children from birth to three.
French, G. & Murphy, P. (2005) Once in a lifetime: Early childhood care and education for children from birth to three. Dublin: Barnardos. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2012 'The HighScope Approach to Early Learning'
French, G. (2012) 'The HighScope Approach to Early Learning' In: Máire Mhic Mhathúna and Mark Taylor (eds). Early Childhood Education and Care. An Introduction for Students in Ireland. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan. [Details]
2006 'Valuing community playgroups: Lessons for policy and practice'
French, G. (2006) 'Valuing community playgroups: Lessons for policy and practice' In: Rosaleen Murphy (eds). Exploring children’s lives: A handbook of educational research. Cork: University College Cork with OMEP Ireland. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2018 Ireland's Yearbook of Education
Brian Mooney (Ed.). (2018) Ireland's Yearbook of Education Dublin: Education Matters. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2013 'Early literacy and numeracy matters'
French, G. (2013) 'Early literacy and numeracy matters'. An Leanbh Óg: OMEP Ireland journal of early childhood studies, 7 :31-45 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2017 'How to encourage empathy from birth: Neurological roots and the importance of responsive practice'
Geraldine French (2017) 'How to encourage empathy from birth: Neurological roots and the importance of responsive practice' ChildLinks, (2) :7-11. [Details]
2013 'Aistear: A journey without a road map'
French, G. (2013) 'Aistear: A journey without a road map' Childlinks: The journal of Barnardos, (2) :2-8. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2008 Vision into Practice
French, G. & Zappone, K. (2008) The Childhood Development Initiative: Developing Quality Services Vision into Practice Dublin Castle, , 08-FEB-07 - 10-FEB-07 , pp.321-328 [Details]
2002 The children’s agenda: Familiar issues, emerging concerns
French, G. (2002) Problem-solving in HighScope: an Early Years Educational Approach . In: Geraldine French eds. The children’s agenda: Familiar issues, emerging concerns Limerick, Ireland, , 28-AUG-01 - 31-AUG-01 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 European Early Childhood Education Research Association,
Lake, G, Urban, M, Giblin, F, French, G, Farrell, T (2019) TOY to Share, Play to Care - Impact Evaluation. [Oral Presentation], European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Thessaloniki, Greece , 20-AUG-19 - 23-AUG-19 [Details]
2017 BKK 3rd Scientific Congress of Child Care Quality,
Geraldine French (2017) Invited to give a key note address on Quality practice requires quality early childhood educators'. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], BKK 3rd Scientific Congress of Child Care Quality, Rotterdam , 12-OCT-17 - 12-OCT-17 [Details]
2016 Different ways, one goal? International approaches to quality: regulation and assurance in early childhood,
French, G. (2016) Invited to give the end note address on 'From monitoring to modelling quality' in ECE. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Different ways, one goal? International approaches to quality: regulation and assurance in early childhood, Berlin , 10-NOV-16 - 11-NOV-16 [Details]
2017 Right up to 3 Kilkenny and Carlow County Childcare Committee Conference,
Geraldine French (2017) 'It's not just what we say - it's how, when, where and why that we say it': Nurturing wellbeing through responsive interactions. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Right up to 3 Kilkenny and Carlow County Childcare Committee Conference, Kilkenny , 11-NOV-17 - 11-NOV-17 [Details]
2016 Happiness, relationships, emotions and deep level learning,
French, G. (2016) Let them talk: A poster on the evaluation of the Language Enrichment Programme of the Ballyfermot Early Years Language and Learning Initiative. [Poster Presentation ], Happiness, relationships, emotions and deep level learning, Dublin, Ireland , 28-AUG-16 - 03-SEP-16 [Details]
2016 Different ways one goal? International approaches to quality: regulation and assurance in early childhood,
Geraldine French (2016) Invited to give the end note address on 'From monitoring to modelling quality' in ECE. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Different ways one goal? International approaches to quality: regulation and assurance in early childhood, Berlin , 10-NOV-16 - 11-NOV-16 [Details]
2016 Happiness, relationships, emotions and deep level learning,
French, G. (2016) A presentation on adult-child interactions. [], Happiness, relationships, emotions and deep level learning, Dublin, Ireland , 01-OCT-16 - 03-OCT-16 [Details]
2015 International ECEC policy event: Monitoring quality,
French, G. (2015) This one day conference included the launch of OECD international monitoring quality report: Starting Strong IV: Monitoring Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care, by Ms. Montserrat Gomendio, Deputy Director, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD. Prof Edward Melhuish, Oxford University and Mr. Julius op de Beke, DG EMPL, European Commission also contributed to the event. [], International ECEC policy event: Monitoring quality, Dublin , 28-OCT-15 - 28-OCT-15 [Details]
2014 OMEP International Conference 2014,
French, G. (2014) Presentation on Let Them Talk”: Evaluation of Ballyfermot Early Years Language and Learning Initiative. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], OMEP International Conference 2014, Cork , 02-JUL-14 - 05-JUL-14 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2019 Key elements of good practice to support the learning and development of children from birth to three.
Geraldine French (2019) Key elements of good practice to support the learning and development of children from birth to three. National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Dublin. [Details]
2006 Learning from families: Policies and practices to combat social exclusion amongst families with young children in Europe: Irish national report.
French, G. (2006) Learning from families: Policies and practices to combat social exclusion amongst families with young children in Europe: Irish national report. Home-Start National Office, Dublin. [Details]
2006 Learning from families: Policies and practices to combat social exclusion amongst families with children under five. Transnational Report. Transnational Exchange Programme within the Community Action Programme to Combat Social Exclusion, European Commission (2002-2006).
French, G. & Shinman, S. (2006) Learning from families: Policies and practices to combat social exclusion amongst families with children under five. Transnational Report. Transnational Exchange Programme within the Community Action Programme to Combat Social Exclusion, European Commission (2002-2006). Home-Start International, London. [Details]
2005 Valuing community playgroups: Lessons for policy and practice.
French, G. (2005) Valuing community playgroups: Lessons for policy and practice. Katharine Howard Foundation, Dublin. [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2018 A lot done. More to do.
Geraldine French (2018) A lot done. More to do. Dublin: Blog [Details]

Commissioned Report

  Year Publication
2014 Let them talk: Evaluation of the Language Enrichment Programme of the Ballyfermot Early Years Language and Learning Initiative.
French, G. (2014) Let them talk: Evaluation of the Language Enrichment Programme of the Ballyfermot Early Years Language and Learning Initiative. Dublin: Commissioned Report [Details]
2013 Early childhood policy and provision: A digest to inform a national book gifting programme.
French, G. (2013) Early childhood policy and provision: A digest to inform a national book gifting programme. Dublin: Commissioned Report [Details]
2013 The youngest ages can turn pages: Fingal county libraries’ early years literacy strategy.
French, G. (2013) The youngest ages can turn pages: Fingal county libraries’ early years literacy strategy. Dublin: Commissioned Report [Details]
2013 The place of the arts in early childhood learning and development. Early childhood arts: Three perspectives.
French, G. (2013) The place of the arts in early childhood learning and development. Early childhood arts: Three perspectives. Dublin: Commissioned Report [Details]
1998 Enhancing our future: A profile of parenting programmes in Ireland.
French, G. (1998) Enhancing our future: A profile of parenting programmes in Ireland. Dublin: Commissioned Report [Details]

Research Paper

  Year Publication
2007 Children's early learning and development: Background paper to Aistear.
French, G. (2007) Children's early learning and development: Background paper to Aistear. Dublin: Research Paper [Details]
2007 Research digests.
French, G. (2007) Research digests. Dublin: Research Paper [Details]

Manual

  Year Publication
2008 Manual for delivery of the Early Childhood Care and Education Services, the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI).
French, G. with Axford, N. (2008) Manual for delivery of the Early Childhood Care and Education Services, the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI). Dublin: Manual [Details]

Video recording / TV

  Year Publication
2015 Talking and reading with babies.
French, G. (2015) Talking and reading with babies. Video recording / TV [Details]

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Chair, Early Years Working Group, An Cosán Chair 2013 / Ongoing
Director on Board of An Cosán Director 2012 / Ongoing

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1981 UCD Master of Arts Clinical Psychology
2011 DCU Doctor of Education Early childhood education

Other Activities

  Description

External Examiner to the Letterkenny Institute of Technology’s BSc in Early Childhood Care, Health and Education from 2013-2017

External Examiner to the Dundalk Institute of Technology from 2018-2020

External Examiner to the Waterford Institute of Technology’s BA in Early Childhood Studies from 2012 – 15

Enterprise Engagement

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

2019
Invited talk/presentation Tusla: Child and Family Agency Presentation on responsive practice with babies

2019
Invited talk/presentation National Council for Curriculum and Assessment Presentation to the Board of Primary and Early Childhood Education on the Key elements of good practice to support the learning and development of children from birth to three.

2019
Invited talk/presentation National Childhood Network Keynote at the National Policy and Practice conference entitled The time of their lives.

2019
Continuous Professional Development/Training Better Start/ Pobal Using film recording and feedback to support all children’s participation in early childhood settings.

2019
Invited talk/presentation Waterford Quality Collaborative Keynote on The time of Their Lives: Nurturing Babies' Learning and development and workshop on Responsive Practice.

2018
Invited talk/presentation Better Start/ Pobal Responsive Practice with Babies; Ensuring Specialised Relational Pedagogy. to the staff of Better Start, at their Annual Conference

2018
Invited talk/presentation National Council for Curriculum and Assessment Talk to Primary and Post Primary officials on ‘It begins at the beginning’: Continuity in learning from birth

2018
Continuous Professional Development/Training Monaghan County Childcare Committee Enabling collaborative behaviour with young children. This session engages staff in early childhood settings with strategies to support settings to understand children’s behaviour offers strategies for responsive practice.

2017
Invited talk/presentation National Council for Curriculum and Assessment Presentation to the National Aistear Síolta Initiative pilot group on Emergent and inquiry-based curriculum for under 3’s

2017
Continuous Professional Development/Training National Council for Curriculum and Assessment Input to the induction of mentors for the Síolta Aistear Initiative on an emergent and enquiry based curriculum for babies

2016
Continuous Professional Development/Training Mayo County Childcare Committee and Health Services Executive Early Years Inclusive Day, full day conference.

2015
Continuous Professional Development/Training Better Start Induction for new mentors in Better Start, Presentation on Quality in ECE

2015
Continuous Professional Development/Training Better Start Day long event on Using film recording and feedback in early years settings as part of the mentoring process. to the newly appointed mentors.

2015
Continuous Professional Development/Training Better Start Day long event on Using film recording and feedback in early years settings as part of the mentoring process. to the newly appointed mentors.

2016
Continuous Professional Development/Training Better Start Using film recording and feedback in early years settings to support children’s participation in early childhood settings - Induction to newly appointed AIM co-ordinators.

2015
Continuous Professional Development/Training Department Education and Skills Input to the induction of of Early Years Inspectors, Department of Education and Skills. Presentation on ‘Pedagogy in Early Education’, DES offices, Marlborough St.

Outreach Activities

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

2019
Other An Cosan Director, Board of An Cosán, and Chair of the Early Years Working Group

2019
DCU in the Community DCU Talks on early learning and development

Research Interests

Professional practice in early childhood settings, particularly adult child interactions in settings that support children at risk of educational inequality; the use of film-stimulated reflective dialogues to enhance professional practice; early language, literacy and numeracy learning and development; learning through play; conflict resolution among young children; curriculum approaches, implementation of policy and programmes in early childhood, children from birth to three years of age.  

Research Projects

  Title Funder From - To Role Award
Toy to Share, Play to Care, Impact Evaluation Erasmus + 29-JAN-19 - 02-FEB-20 Researcher
Good practice in working with children from birth to three years of age. National Council for Curriculum and Assessment 03-DEC-18 - 14-MAR-20 DCU PI 4,998.55

Current Postgraduate Students

  Student Degree Type Supervision Type
Alshbili , Norah PhD-track Supervisor

Teaching Interests

Early childhood education generally, curriculum in ECE, quality in ECE, professional practice in ECE, pedagogical interactions in ECE, video-stimulated reflective practice in ECE

Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2019 National Frameworks for ECE (Ireland) EC104National Frameworks for ECE (Ireland)
2019 Wellbeing, Health and Nutrition 1 - Babies EC105Wellbeing, Health and Nutrition 1 - Babies
2019 Wellbeing, Health and Nutrition 2 - Toddlers EC108Wellbeing, Health and Nutrition 2 - Toddlers
2019 Outdoor Learning EC204Outdoor Learning
2019 Contemporary Curriculum Approaches EC208Early Childhood Education
2019 Assessing Early Learning and Development EC304Early Childhood Education
2019 Professional Practice 3 EC310Early Childhood Education
2019 Partnership in Early Childhood Education EC401Partnership in Early Childhood Education
2019 Philosophy and Childhood EC403Philosophy and Childhood
2019 Dissertation 2 and Research Tutorials EC407Dissertation 2 and Research Tutorials
2019 Professional Practice 4 EC408Professional Practice 4