We often hear of people who become educators by following a long-held passion for children and teaching. However for others the journey to becoming an educator can be more recent, achieved following unexpected realisations and changes in outlook, which inspire a move from their existing career to that of education. Such people are often those who study a graduate teaching qualification. Not many though turn that passion further into a research career subsequent to their successful teaching.
Daniel Lovatt’s pathway to education (see link below) is an example of a discovery of a passion for the care and education of young children. Daniel was working as a successful electrical engineer when, following time spent with his young daughter at kindergarten, he came to recognise that working with children was a career he felt passionate about.
You have seen Daniel’s name often in my posts as he has been a teacher-researcher in Teaching and Learning Research Initiative projects, and as the link below shows, is now undertaking his PhD on working theories. Daniel is a real inspiration to others to do what Mark Twain suggested: Don’t dream your life but live your dream.
Daniel’s recent published research:
- Hedges, H., Weisz-Koves, T., Cooper, M., & Lovatt, D. (2017). Beyond activities: Exploring real questions for deeper understandings of children’s interests. Early Childhood Folio, 21 (2), 8-14.
- Lovatt, D., Cooper, M., & Hedges, H. (2017). Enhancing interactions: Understanding family pedagogy and funds of knowledge “on their turf”. In A. C. Gunn, C. A. Hruska (Eds.) Interactions in early childhood education: Recent research and emergent concepts (pp. 99-112). Singapore: Springer.
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