Minister for Further and Higher Education to launch new book

by Gazette Reporter

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris TD, will launch a new book from Mary Immaculate College (MIC) next Wednesday.

The new book focuses on creating an inclusive early years education system, where all children and families can flourish.

‘Leading Inclusion from the Inside Out: A Handbook for Parents and Early Childhood Teachers in Early Learning and Care, Primary and Special School Settings’ will provide parents and early years educators with strategies to support inclusion for all children in early years education.

Edited by Professor Emer Ring, Dean of Education at MIC, Dr Lisha O’Sullivan, Head of the Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies; lecturer Marie Ryan and Dr Patsy Daly, former Head of the Department of Educational Psychology, Inclusive and Special Education at MIC, the book proposes a more personalised approach to inclusive education that focuses on listening to the child’s voice.

Highlights of the book include strategies to support early childhood educators in enhancing communication with parents and families, and ways in which parents can be encouraged to engage in children’s learning.

Speaking ahead of next week’s virtual launch, Professor Emer Ring said: “The launch will provide an overview of the book as well as providing an opportunity to engage with the responses of a wide range of stakeholders who have reviewed the book, including early childhood teachers in early learning and care, primary and special schools as well as key education stakeholders.

“We would also encourage parents to attend as the authors hope that the book will be of benefit to parents in terms of promoting and facilitating meaningful partnerships between early years educators and parents.”

The virtual launch will take place via Microsoft Teams at 2.15pm on Wednesday, 17 February. To attend the launch, please RSVP to leadinginclusion@mic.ul.ie no later than Monday, 15 February at 5pm.

 The book retails for €25 with all proceeds from the sales going towards an inclusion charity. All those in attendance at the virtual launch will be able to avail of 30% discount which will be valid until the end of May 2021.

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