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Recognising action research as a powerful tool for change and improvement at local level, ELI uses it as its primary research methodology.  Its collaborative nature gives participants a voice and ensures that ELI's programmes meet the on-going educational needs of parents, professionals and students.  While best national and international practice informs the initial planning stage, action research allows ELI to continuously evaluate and amend its programmes during the implementation stage. This allows theory to emerge from practice and enables ELI's programmes to be effective in meeting their stated long- and short-term goals.

Conferences Hosted

On the 23rd June 2016, ELI hosted an early-years conference titled ‘Enriching the Home Learning Environment’.  

Current Publications

Published International Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Bleach, Margaret J. (2016) Improving Early Numeracy Outcomes, In B. Mooney (Ed) Education Matters Yearbook 2015-2016 Shaping Ireland’s Education Landscape, Dublin: Education Matters
  • Bleach, Margaret J. (2016) Sharing the Learning from Community Action Research. In J. McNiff (Ed.) Values and Virtues in Higher Education Research. Critical Perspectives. New York: Routledge
  • Bleach, Margaret J. (2014) "Supporting Parents". In: A Critical Companion to Early Childhood. SAGE Publications Ltd, pp. 228-239. ISBN 9781446259269


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