Participant Info

First Name*
Middle Initials
Last Name*
Role in the Network*
WG Vice--leader
Scientific Area
Year of PhD Award
Name of organisation*
Dublin City University
Area of Work*
DCU is a young, dynamic and ambitious university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation. Since admitting its first students in 1980, DCU has grown in both student numbers and size and is now a multi campus environment Glasnevin, located just north of Dublin city. DCU is recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of academic excellence with over 16,000 students.
Expertise Contributions*
Whilst much research uses play as a means to achieve a set goal for all children, including children with disabilities e.g educational attainment,, physical development and so forth. Children do not play for these reasons. Play is ‘fun’ and is intrinsically motivated for the children themselves. Thus, I am a strong supporter of play for the sake of play, in and of itself without an adult defined function to the process. I am an experienced child researcher in the area of children’s play and participatory research methodologies with children to enable their ‘voice’ within research findings and policy reviews