Dr Sheila Long

BA MA DChild


Carlow Campus

e: Sheila.long@itcarlow.ie      t: 059 9175386

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-7970-4016     ResearchGate  LinkedIn

  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision
  • Engagement and Collaboration

Research Interests

I hold a doctorate  in childhood studies at QUB, focusing on children’s rights education of ECEC students at undergraduate level.  I have developed a systematic model for embedding children’s rights education in the professional formation of ECEC students, and I am currently a convener of master’s level module on transformative children’s rights education at IT Carlow, which I designed specifically for ECEC mentors and leaders.  My aim is to build the capacity of professionals working with and for children to fulfil the legal obligations placed on the government under the UNCRC, with particular emphasis on articles 28, 29 and 42.  My research interests are therefore focused on three areas, children’s rights education of professionals who work with children; rights based approaches to education and care of young children in ECEC contexts, and rights based approaches to research with young children.

In addition to my Doctorate in Childhood Studies, I hold qualifications in Applied Social studies in Social Care, and I have a Masters in International studies from the University of Limerick.  I have experience of ECEC research supervision at undergraduate level and am currently supervising an MA postgraduate study on environment education in ECEC.


Conference Proceedings and Papers

Long, S. (2017) Valuing the Early Childhood Education and Care Professional, unpublished paper presented at: Early Childhood Ireland Conference, UCD, 31 March, 2017

Long, S. (2017) Children’s Rights Education: The Pivotal role of the Mentor, unpublished paper presented at:  European Early Childhood Education Research Conference, Bologna, 30-31 August, 2017

Long, S. (2017) Learning about the Principle of Participation: Barriers and Possibilities in the Professional Formation of Early Childhood Education and Care Students: unpublished paper presented at: Children’s Research Network Conference, Dublin, 29th-30th November, 2017. View online »

Book Chapters

Forthcoming, 2019:         ‘Children’s Rights Education for ECEC students’ in Press, F and Cheeseman, S. (Eds.) (Re) Conceptualising children’s rights in infant-toddler care and Education. London: Springer.

Long, S. (2019):         ‘Towards comprehensive and systematic children's rights education for early childhood education and care students: Experiences from Ireland' in Murray, J., Swadener, B.B and Smith, K. (Eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Rights. Adingdon: Routledge

Research Supervision

Muireann Ranta                                            Children’s rights education: Environment and sustainability education in ECEC


Areas of Interest as a Supervisor include-

  • Children’s rights education
  • Children’s rights in ECEC contexts
  • Rights-based approaches to the education and care of young children
  • Rights-based approaches to research with children
  • Social care workers understanding of children’s rights in social care practice
  • Environmental and sustainable education in ECEC contexts
  • Leadership and mentoring in ECEC
  • Children’s rights in East Africa.

Engagement and Collaboration