Open Seminar on ‘Natural Born Learners’ Early Years Education and Inquiry Throughout Life

Monday 26th June


4.30 – 6pm

Workshop/Group Inquiry: The Nature and Purpose of Learning – Posing Questions and Stimulating Inquiry

When we inquire as to the ‘nature of learning’ we look to ‘how’ and ‘why’ humans have developed such a powerful capacity to learn. Perhaps this highly developed ability to learn is what makes us stand apart from other species. Additional questions spin out from this inquiry: is there one form or many forms of learning? And, if there are many, what are the characteristics of each? The answers to these questions are important for educators everywhere and they lay the foundation for further investigation on what makes a good teacher.

Contributors/Leaders:

  • Dr Leo Casey, Director of Learning & Teaching and Education Programmes, National College of Ireland
  • Bertram (Chip) Bruce, Professor Emeritus in the School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Location: NCI, Kelly Theatre


6.30 – 8pm 

Open Seminar: ‘Natural Born Learners’ Early Years Education and Inquiry Throughout Life

We will explore Early Childhood Education from the perspectives of inquiry, play, rights and purpose of early learning. Participants are invited to discuss competing discourses on Early Years Education. Contributors will critically deliberate the unique nature and purpose of Early Childhood Education and trace its relevance through the life span. The seminar will also be of interest to all those who educate and train persons working with children as well all those who directly educate, teach and care for children.

Contributors/Leaders

  • Professor Nóirín Hayes, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Meera Oke, Education Programmes, National College of Ireland

Location: NCI, Kelly Theatre


To register for the workshop and open seminar on ‘Natural Born Learners’ Early Years Education and Inquiry Throughout Life click here


* To view Professor Nóirín Haye’s presentation on Natural Born Learners please click here.

* To view Bertram (Chip) Bruce, Professor Emeritus, presentation on Natural Born Learners please click here.