With over twenty five years experience I began my professional career as an early years teacher and have taught in a range of Foundation Stage settings both in Italy and the UK. I moved in to HIgher Education in 1996 at Hugh Baird College, Bootle and then at St Helens College where I ran the Higher National Diploma and Foundation Degree in Early Years
I joined MMU in September 2014 moving from LIverpool Hope University where I was a Senior Lecturer in both Teacher Education and Early Childhood Studies from 2004 -2014 . I now work on a part time basis to allow more time for academic writing and research and all important grandparenting duties.
I am passionate about the importance of quality early childhood education and provision. I am committed to working with and developing excellent education and child care professionals who will be ready to enter the profession with confidence and equiped to make a significant contribution to the lived experiences of children now and in the future
At undergraduate and postgraduate level I support the students’ critical examination of key concepts in childhood and youth studies which includes consideration of the changing social and cultural constructions
of childhood and young people and its impact on lived realities in diverse and differing contexts. For example the impact of the UNCRC (UN, 1989) is critically considered using in depth examinations of evidence from children’s and young people’s everyday lives emphasising the importance of meaningful
participation. The universalised idealisms of children’s rights and notions of place in a globalised world
are questioned. At the heart of my philosophy for teaching is a view that knowledge and meaning about ways in which children learn and develop is co constructed in conversation with others and through discoursive practices.
My research expertise, gained through my study at doctoral level and through involvement in international education projects in Sri Lanka,Bulgaria, Finland, Italy, Holland and Spain, complements my well established
expertise in teaching, learning and assessment.
Doctor of Education, University of Sheffield , 2011
My doctoral research in to the bedrock principles of early childhood education and the work of the pioneers has resulted in various publications and presentations at national and international conferences
Cert Ed: PGCE Edge Hill University
Masters of Art ( Early Childhood Education ) University of Lancaster
Senior Lecturer at Liverpool Hope University
I am an External Examiner for Early Childhood Studies degree at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln.
I am bilingual Italian /English and speak good Spanish and French
In 2014 I accepted the invitation to externally examine a Doctoral Thesis and Viva examination at the Graduate School, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
P. Giardiello, N. McCleod (2019). Empowering Early Childhood Educators: International Pedagogies as Provocation. P. Giardiello. Routledge.
N. McLeod, P. Giardiello (2019). Empowering Early Childhood Educators International Pedagogies as Provocation.
. Patricia Giardiello, . Joanne McNulty, . Babs Anderson (2013). Observation, Assessment and Planning Practices in a Children's Centre. Child Care in Practice. 19(2), pp.118-137.
PC. Giardiello (2018). Youth Identities; Media Discourses in the Formation of Youth. D. Evans. In: Language. Identity and Symbolic Culture.. Bloomsbury, pp.85-103.
PC. Giardiello (2015). Maria Montessori. T. David, K. Goouch, S. Powell. In: The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophies and Theories of Early Childhood Education and Care. Routledge,
P. Giardiello, . Parr, Elisabeth, . Naomi McLeod, C. Redman (2014). Handbook for Teacher Educators. S. Rodrigues. In: Handbook for Teacher Educators: Transfer, Translate or Transform. SensePublishers, pp.15-32.
P. Giardiello (2013). Pioneers in Early Childhood Education The roots and legacies of Rachel and Margaret McMillan, Maria Montessori and Susan Isaacs. Routledge,
W. Bignold, L. Gayton (2009). Global Issues and Comparative Education. SAGE,
PC. Giardiello, . Joanne McNulty (2009). Back to the Future of Early Childhood Education. In: Global Issues and Comparative Education. Learning Matters,
I review papers for the Journal of Early Childhood Research. Editor : Professor Cathy Nutbrown University of Sheffield
I regulary carry out manuscript reviews for Pearson Publications, Paul Chapman Publications ,Sage and Routledge
In 2010/11, I was appointed Project Manager of Research in collaboration
with a Liverpool Children’s Centre. I was successful in acquiring funding of
£12,500 to carry out research with two other colleagues in a local Children’s
Centre on the use observation, assessment and planning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. This resulted in the publication of a peer
reviewed article in the journal Child Care in Practice ( see publications
In 2007/8, together with two other colleagues, I was successful in putting a bid
together, acquiring £18.345 to carry out research involving three Early Years settings in Knowsley. (Funding sources: Knowsley MBA, and Creative Partnerships)
The project, named ‘Creativity Speaks for Itself’ was a study of how selected aspects within creativity impact upon the early interaction skills within oracy of children
I acted as consultant to St Austin’s Catholic
Primary School, Aigburth, in 2010-11 providing early years pedagogical guidance
on the design of indoor and outdoor provision in light of new building work
being carried out on the site. I also participated in further team meetings with the staff to ensure smooth
transition for the children and staff to the new building.
Honorary Fellow of Early Childhood at Liverpool Hope University
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy