Ms Deirdre Grogan

Principal Knowledge Exchange Fellow

Education

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Personal statement

As a principal knowledge exchange fellow I lead the development of play within a range of early years settings from ages 3-8, across a variety of Local Authorities delivering Continual Professional Development to teachers and educators to enable them to be confident in delivering child led learning.  I have been very successful in securing a range of funding to improve impact of the following : 

  • Creating effective learning environments for young children
  • Engagement and Interaction
  • Documenting young children's learning
  • Literacy and the young child
  • Pushing Play into P2
  • Reflections and Developments 

My focus in Knowledge Exchange has its foundations in strong, active and innovative networks that operate in local, regional and national contexts. This character is a strength and essential to the pedagogic, collaborative and research aims that underpin it.  Within these contexts, I have a strong and recognised track record specifically in the field of early years education. This has resulted in successfully securing a range of contracts, including in this academic year, which are clearly set to development further across Local Authorities in Scotland. My reputation is as an academic who develops new knowledge exchange programmes driven by robust research methodologies and innovative techniques. Over the last 3 years (2016-2019) I have worked closely with a research assistant to ensure that key findings are embedded in my training. 

I have tracked different methods of documenting young children's learning within the nursery sector and early primary to establish the effect on children's thinking. I work with educators to continually develop new creative ways of documenting learning - successful examples include learning walls, documentation stories, profiles.

I have been commissioned by various Local Authorities to deliver key note presentations focussing on my research into play based learning.  

My training and research combines to impact early years education in Scotland. 

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Professional Activities

4th Strathclyde Early Years Educational Research Conference
Organiser
26/10/2019
The magic of make believe - creative thinking and the young child
Speaker
2018
Play in Primary 1
Speaker
2018
3rd Strathclyde Early Years Educational Research Conference
Organiser
28/10/2017
How Young Children learn
Speaker
2017
Voice of the Child
Speaker
2017

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Projects

Exploring Pedagogy in Primary 1 - Phase 4
Grogan, Deirdre (Principal Investigator)
19-Jan-2019 - 26-Jan-2020
Pedagogy in Primary 1 : Cohort 4 : Renfrewshire Council
Grogan, Deirdre (Principal Investigator)
This is the final cohort of teachers within Renfrewshire Council to explore how to implement play within the class setting. These include how young children learn, the role of the learning environment and effective interaction.
05-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
ABC does it with Deirdre Grogan
Grogan, Deirdre (Principal Investigator)
21-Jan-2019 - 21-Jan-2019
Renfrewshire Graduates Training
Grogan, Deirdre (Principal Investigator)
This course combines research, knowledge exchange and support visits to staff across 26 early years establishments in Renfrewshire Council.
18-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
Working Together for the Early Years : Scottish Story Telling Centre, Edinburgh
Grogan, Deirdre (Principal Investigator)
Title "There are no high heels or a home corner in primary 1" - This keynote explores a recent research project carried out with Dr Pauline Duncan in Renfrewshire Council.
09-Jan-2019 - 09-Jan-2019
Literacy through Play : East Dunbartonshire Council
Grogan, Deirdre (Principal Investigator)
This course explores how to develop young children's literacy through play. Examples of resources and provocations will be central to this training.
04-Jan-2019 - 29-Jan-2019

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Contact

Ms Deirdre Grogan
Principal Knowledge Exchange Fellow
Education

Email: d.grogan@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 444 8055