Katherine Lally

Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education

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School of Education
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(01) 474 7413

Biography

Having completed my primary degree in the National College of Art & Design in 1982, I worked as a second-level teacher of Art for some years. My Higher Diploma in Teaching in 1990 led to a Master’s research study thesis (awarded 1993) exploring the value of the Visual Arts in a disadvantaged context- excerpts from this research thesis were published in “Solas” in 1996. I worked as a part-time lecturer and Teaching Practice Supervisor to B.Ed. and H.Dip. students in the National College of Art & Design from 1990 until 2001, and in a full-time capacity to Under-graduate, Post-graduate  and Masters in Education students in the Froebel College from 1998 to the present.  I have worked in Kenya and Zambia in development education partnerships and in Ireland as a board member for The National Museum of Childhood. I am now a full-time Senior Lecturer in Education in The Froebel Department of Primary & Early Childhood Education in Maynooth University.

My ongoing interest in the Froebelian ethos resulted in the creation of a documentary film on the life and times of Friedrich Froebel and the official opening of the Froebel Archive by President Mary McAleese in April 2009. I am a member of the Executive Committee of the International Froebel Society since 2010.  My research findings, exploring Froebelian approaches in Visual Arts Education, were presented at the International Froebel Society Conference (Boston, July2008), the International Conference on Educational Research and Innovation (Madrid, November 2009) and at the International Froebel Society Conference in Jena, (Germany, April 2010), Blackrock, (Dublin 2012), Canterbury, England (2014) and Kassel, (Germany in 2016). More recently, I have presented in Hiroshima, Japan, at the IFS conference on “The Froebel Gift Award”. This research initiative was established in 2011, and encourages graduating students to participate in a dual-mode of assessment, by submitting a paper on their development as a Froebelian practitioner, and in a Viva Voce.  

Research Interests

Visual Art and Disadvantage, Visual Art Methodologies in Primary Classroom, Froebelian theory and practice.
Katherine’s ongoing interest in the Froebelian ethos and related teacher education in Ireland led to the creation of a documentary film on the life and times of Friedrich Froebel, and the official opening of the Froebel Archive in Sion Hill, Blackrock by President Mary McAleese in April 2009. . Her research findings were presented at various international conferences, including many International Froebel Society Conferences.