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International digital conference: Early childhood education and care in the 21 century – what’s next?

In this year of its 75 year anniversary, QMUC wants to celebrate its international partners and projects by making it an opportunity for knowledge sharing, networking and project presentations across institutions, countries and continents.

The international conference aims to bring together international research projects currently being conducted by QMUC scholars and their international partners, to exchange and share experiences and research results on various aspects of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Keynote speakers

Prof. Dr. Tim Rohrmann
Prof. Rohrmann is psychologist and educational scientist and has contributed to the process of professionalization of ECEC in Germany since 1995 in the fields of practice, policy, and research. Currently he focuses on gender issues in ECEC, and on language support in multilingual contexts. Moreover, he is engaged in international exchange and collaboration, and is co-coordinator of the EECERA special interest group “Gender Balance in the ECEC work force”.

Kerri-Lee Schneider
Kerri-Lee Schneider is the Disciplinary Leader of Early Childhood Education Studies (ECES) at STADIO, School of Education (SoE) in Johannesburg South Africa. Her work involves educating a diverse and wide cadre of knowledgeable, well skilled and highly qualified teachers for the sphere of early childhood care and education (birth to age 5).

Kerri-Lee has a Master’s in Education Degree, Honours Degree (Cam Laude) in Education and Bachelors of Education Degree with a specialization in Early Childhood Education and Foundation Phase (Grades R-3) from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa. She is currently pursuing a PHD on Curriculum design, development, and implementation for initial teacher education qualifications in early childhood care and education.

Lektor Emerita Herdis Toft
Herdis Toft is emerita associate professor at the Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, where she was co-founder and Head of Studies in a Master of Child- and Youth Culture. As researcher of culture by, with and for children, she focuses on the triangle play, art, and pedagogy in day care institutions and primary school. Through decades she has been initiator, appointed to advisory boards and steering committees and (monitoring) researcher in relation to projects concerning this triangle. She is author of a large number of publications, also, she is president of BUKS, which edits and publishes the open access, online journal “Tidsskrift for børne- og ungdomskultur” (Journal of Child and Youth Cultures) www.buks.dk

Marit Heldal

Marit Heldal is an associate professor in pedagogy at Queen Maud University College. She is a qualified speech therapist with a master's in counseling and has many years of practical experience from kindergarten and primary school. For the past six years she has worked on various topics related to migration. In 2017 she initiated and contributed to establish a kindergarten in a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. This work has been anchored in the UN's Agenda 2030 and in 2019 Marit received OMEP World's Commendation for Special Achievement in Education for Sustainable Development.


09.00    Official opening  
Else Berit Skagen, Rector, and Internationational office

ECE Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – A South African narrative
Ms. Kerri-Lee Schneider, Head of Department of Early Childhood Care and Education, STADIO School of Education, Durban, South Africa

  Plenary: The importance of ECEC in refugee camps.
Associate Prof. Marit Heldal, Queen Maud University College.
  Parallell Sessions:
Room 1 - ECE policy, technology and innovation
Room 2 - Inclusive education in ECE
Room 3 - Practices and methodologies
Parallell Sessions Schedule
  Plenary: Perspectives of ECEC in Germany – achievements and challenges
Dr. Tim Rohrmann, Programme leader for ECEC at Hildesheim University of Applied Sciences     and Arts
  Plenary: Play Perspectives on ECEC – using democratic and aesthetic lenses
Emerita Associate Prof. Herdis Toft, Department for the Study of Culture, University of     Southern Denmark, Odense
  Official closing