Keynote Speakers

Paolo Fochi

Paolo Fochi

University of Unisinos, Brazil

Paolo Sergio Fochi is currently a doctoral student within the Faculty of Teaching and Teacher Education at Unisinos Jesuit University in Southern Brazil. He has a M.Sc. in Education (Childhood Studies, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) and an underg..

Paolo Sergio Fochi is currently a doctoral student within the Faculty of Teaching and Teacher Education at Unisinos Jesuit University in Southern Brazil. He has a M.Sc. in Education (Childhood Studies, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) and an undergraduate degree in Pedagogy (Unopar). Paulo is a specialist professor in Early Childhood Education at Unisinos. 

He has taught young children for over a decade. He will speak as a collaborating researcher within the Integrated Contexts in Early Childhood Education (University of São Paulo / The Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) project.

He was a consultant in the construction of the Brazilian Common National Curriculum for Early Childhood Education commissioned by the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC).

He coordinates the training work of the Observatory of the Childhood Culture (OBECI). In South America, a public policy observatory is an information system that produces, systematizes, and provides knowledge about a specific area or areas that are of interest and use to public administrators.

He is a member of the EECERA Special Interest Group: ‘Birth to Three’.

This keynote will be a joint presentation with Joana de Sousa of the Aga Khan Foundation and Childhood Association, Portugal.

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Joana de Sousa

Joana de Sousa

AKF Foundation and Childhood Association, Portugal

Joana is an early years’ educator and member of Childhood Association working with Júlia Formosinho and João Formosinho, and their Childhood Association team on the development of ‘Pedagogy-in-Participation’ approach. She worked as early years’ educat..

Joana is an early years’ educator and member of Childhood Association working with Júlia Formosinho and João Formosinho, and their Childhood Association team on the development of ‘Pedagogy-in-Participation’ approach. 

She worked as early years’ educator for five years (2009-2013) in the Olivais Sul Early Years Centre, a centre managed by the Aga Khan Foundation and pedagogically oriented by Childhood Association. Currently she is working as context-based educator supporting practitioners.

Since 2010 she has been co-authoring research articles with members of Childhood Association’s team, which has primarily focused on praxeological research.

She has been a regular delegate at EECERA’s annual conferences since 2010 and was a keynote speaker at the British Early Childhood Education Research Association (BECERA) Conference in 2015.

Joana co-authored a chapter in the new EECERA Book Series “Towards and Ethical Praxis in Early Childhood”(Assessment and Evaluation for Transformation in Early Childhood). Her most recent publication is on transitions from crèche to pre-school as part of a book on a seven year long research project on children’s transitions within early years settings.

Recently, she concluded her Master’s thesis on Early Childhood Education at the Portuguese Catholic University, focusing on the pedagogical mediator’s role in the transformation of praxis.

This will be a joint keynote with Paolo Fochi.

 

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Michel Vandenbroeck

Michel Vandenbroeck

Ghent University, Belgium

Michel Vandenbroeck is head of the Department of Social Work and Social pedagogy at Ghent University, Belgium. He is also president of the Board of VBJK, Centre for Innovation in the Early Years (www.vbjk.be/en (http://www.vbjk.be/en)). He started to..

 

Michel Vandenbroeck is head of the Department of Social Work and Social pedagogy at Ghent University, Belgium. He is also president of the Board of VBJK, Centre for Innovation in the Early Years (www.vbjk.be/en). He started to work on early childhood care and education at VBJK in 1986, where he focused on action research projects on diversity.

In 2004 he made his PhD on a Foucauldian genealogy of discourses on childcare from the 19th century to the present. His teaching and research is focused on ECEC and family policies, with a special interest in processes of inclusion and exclusion.

Together with Liselott Olson, he took over the editorial coordination of the “Contesting early Childhood” series (Routledge) from Peter Moss and Gunilla Dahlberg. He is co-editor of the book “Pathways to Professionalism in ECEC”, published in the EECERA series of Routledge and of the upcoming book on “Constructions of neuroscience in early childhood”.


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Susan Grieshaber

Susan Grieshaber

Monash University, Australia

Sue Grieshaber is Professor of Early Years at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests include early childhood curriculum, policy, play, gender, and research methodologies. Sue worked as an early childhood classroom teacher for ..

Sue Grieshaber is Professor of Early Years at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests include early childhood curriculum, policy, play, gender, and research methodologies.

Sue worked as an early childhood classroom teacher for 14 years and has held leadership positions in universities involving research capacity building. Much of her work is informed by principles of social justice and equity.

She is Foundation Co-editor of the international journal Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood (SAGE) and has published widely including books such as The Trouble with Play (Grieshaber & McArdle, 2010; Open University Press); Rethinking parent and child conflict (Grieshaber, 2004; Routledge); and the edited collections Practical Transformations and Transformational Practices (Ryan & Grieshaber, 2005; Elsevier); and Embracing Identifies in Early Childhood Education (Grieshaber & Cannella, 2001; Teachers College Press).

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Susanna Mantovani

Susanna Mantovani

University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Susanna Mantovani is a Professor of General and Social Pedagogy at the University of Milano-Bicocca where she teaches Pedagogy and Cultures of Education. Her national and international research activity has been focused in the past 40 years on ECEC a..

Susanna Mantovani is a Professor of General and Social Pedagogy at the University of Milano-Bicocca where she teaches Pedagogy and Cultures of Education.

Her national and international research activity has been focused in the past 40 years on ECEC and its developments, early child development and education, early childhood policies.

She has served in many national committees on ECEC and has been involved in many national and international projects, among others OCDE Starting Strong 1, Children Crossing Borders; Children of Immigrants in Early Childhood settings in Five Countries and CARE; Curriculum Quality and Impact review of European Early Childhood Education and Care.

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