Dr. Marek Tesar
University of Auckland, New Zealand
“What can Early Childhood Teachers and Teacher Tducators Learn from Childhood Research”
Marek is a lecturer in childhood studies and early childhood education, with a focus on the philosophy and sociology of childhood, and the history of education/childhood. His research is concerned with the construction of childhoods, notions of place/space of childhoods, and newly qualified teachers. Marek is a registered teacher in New Zealand and since the 1990s has taught around the world in diverse settings. Marek’s doctoral thesis Governing Childhoods through Stories: A Havelian Analysis of Childhood Subjectivities, received prestigious Australasian and International acclaim and awards. Marek is currently leading a childhood studies research project that investigates childhood subjectivities and relationships with place/space, working with and alongside early childhood settings in Urban Auckland. Marek’s research and scholarship is underpinned by notions of a fair and democratic society, in which creative thinking and disciplines shape professional practice, and where the child’s voice and participation, particularly in early childhood, are taken seriously. His areas of expertise include, Childhood studies, Early childhood education, Children’s literature, Philosophy of education, History of education. He is Editor-in-Chief for SAGE Policy Futures in Education journal, executive Editor of The First Years Ngā Tau Tuatahi and also an executive editor of the Journal of Pedagogy, and sits on the editorial board of 9 journals.
Prof. Dr. Branislav Pupala
Trnava University, Slovakia
“Quality Preschool: Commonalities and Uniqueness Across Nations”
Professor Branislav is a professor of Early Childhood Education in Trnava University, Slovakia. His Position at the Trnava University: Director of undergraduate program in preschool and primary education, Director of master program in preschool education, Director of PhD program in education (including preschool education). He also has a position at the SAS as Senior research fellow; Position at the national policylevel of ECCE in Slovakia as Director of National preschool education curriculum. His Main focus in research include Policy in the field of ECCE, curriculum development, comparative/international studies in ECCE (more information see: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Branislav_Pupala/publications). Work stays abroad in the field of ECCE: Europe – Sweden, Belgium, UK, Czech Republic, Russia, Turkey, USA – Pennsylvania, India – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kenya. Present international collaboration with universities: Scranton university (USA), Herzen state pedagogical university in St. Petersburg (Russia), University of Auckland (New Zealand), Roehampton university in London (UK), Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara (India, Gujarat). Present international collaboration with other institutions: District centre for early childhood education and development in Kwale (Kenya) – Program for development of preschool education and care in Kwale (project of Trnava University for DICECE in Kwale).
Rebecca is an experienced lecturer and early career researcher who is presently employed at the University of Hull as Lecturer in Education and Inclusion, Programme Director for Postgraduate Studies and Admissions Tutor. For the past five years she has worked as module leader on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and previously alsoworked as a placement tutor on the Primary PGCE course and the BA leading to Qualified Teacher Status. In these roles she has supported Initial Teacher Training students to develop their own professional practice in schools and also monitor and assess their progress. In relation to her teaching, she is module leader for four undergraduate programmes and two postgraduate modules. She is also responsible for dissertation supervision for Masters studentsand also dissertation support sessions for the whole cohort of Masters students. In relation to research, her thesis looked at how pupil grouping, based on perceptions of ability, affects the inclusion of pupils within school. Her research interests broadly relate to inclusion but more specifically she is interested in child voice and in the participative methods that can be used in order to access child voice.
Rebecca is a member of the Inclusion and Social Justice Research Group within the Faculty of Education at the University of Hull and in this role she has had active involvement in two collaborative research projects. These projects have led to two joint publications, the first of which is entitled ‘Exploring inclusive practices in primary schools: focusing on children’s voices’ which has been published in the European Journal of Special Needs Education. She presented this paper at an international conference at the University of Central Lancashire in September 2013. The second publication, entitled ‘What about me? An exploration of participative tools to engage with students’ views about exclusion and inclusion’, she presented at the BERA conference at Queens University in Belfast in September 2015. This paper is presently in the process of being submitted to a peer reviewed journal. Her key skills as an experienced lecturer and early career researcher in the field of inclusive education, She also plan, teach and assess at undergraduate and postgraduate level, experienced mentor for trainee teachers, experience of gaining and maintaining good working relationships with schools within the partnership region, she has high level of proficiency in the assessment of Qualified Teacher Status standards, and has the ability to build strong and constructive working relationships with students and colleagues.
Nordin Mamat is currently a senior lecturer at the Department of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education and Human Development, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Sultan Idris Education University) at Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia. Currently his post as a Deputy Dean of Student Affair and Alumni, Faculty of Education and Human Development from 1 June 2015 until present. Since 2002 until June 2015 he was Head of Department of Early Childhood Education.
He received his Ph.D in Early Childhood Education from Faculty of Education, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK in 2012.
He has written 8 books and 3 Modules in Early Childhood Education, published more than 15 journal papers in Malaysia and International journal in his fields. He has also published more than 50 paper proceedings in conference regarding early childhood education especially in curriculum, children behaviour and multi-ethnics preschools. He has presented papers at international conferences more than 50 times including in Indonesia, Europe, Australia, South Korea, Japan.
He has completed a few researches in early childhood such as A Comparative Study on the Quality Achievements of Ministry of Education Preschools, and Private, KEMAS & JPNIN; Feasibility Studies of Adapted the Unity Kindergarten under The Ministry of Education or Maintained Under The Enhanced Employment JPNIN and Personnel; The Interaction Pattern and Social Emotion Developments Among Preschool Children (Chinese and Indian ethnics); The Use of Computers on The Literacy Development of Preschool Children In A Selected Malaysian Classroom. He is currently a Principal Researcher for Project 3: Determining Contributing Factors of Quality Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE). The Development of a Comprehensive and Integrated Model of Quality Malaysian Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE). The three year research Project under National Child Development Research Centre (NCDRC).
He is a Panel Members of Programme Standards: Early Childhood Education, Malaysia Qualification Agency. He is a member of Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) since 2009 and Malaysia ECCE Council since 2014.