Dr Charmaine Bonello

Dr Charmaine Bonello

Dr Charmaine Bonello



Room 234
Old Humanities Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2404
Charmaine Bonello is a Resident Academic Lecturer in Early Childhood and Primary education at the University of Malta. Since 1997, she has worked in and studied early and primary education. She finished her doctoral and master's degrees in early childhood education at the University of Sheffield in the UK. Her current research interest in Early Childhood Education and Care is Early Literacy, Children’s Rights, Postcolonialism, Quality Interactions, and the Emergent Curriculum. She is also the co-founder and Vice President of the Early Childhood Development Association of Malta (ECDAM), a member of the Board of Administrators of the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, and the Early Childhood and Primary Education (ECPE) Research Group, University of Malta. In addition to being the author of the Routledge book "Boys, Early Literacy, and Children's Rights in a Postcolonial Context" (Bonello, 2022), she has been appointed co-editor of the international refereed journal Postcolonial Directions in Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Early Literacy
  • Children's Rights
  • Emergent Curriculum
  • Quality Interactions (early years)
  • Early years policy
  • Postcolonial impact on ECEC
  • EPE1019 - An Emergent Curriculum in the Primary Classroom
  • EPE3003 - The Early Childhood Practitioner
  • EPE3009 - Leadership in Early Years Setting
  • EPE3010 - The Emergent Curriculum in Action
  • LLI5009 - Subject-based Pedagogy and Methodology
Research work in progress:

An Emergent Curriculum for the Early Years (0-7 years): Seven Case Studies in Maltese
Settings (2022-2024). (Principal
Investigator). Book to be published in 2024 - Authors Charmaine Bonello, Anna
Baldacchino, and Carmen Dalli.

Quality Interactions (early years) - A Mother's Intentional use of Serve and Return
interactions with her daughter (10 months - 2 years).

The Emergent Curriculum and project-based learning in Kindergarten: An Educator's and
Parent's perspective on the experience of a four-year-old.

Edited Books (works in progress):

MRER Special Collection: Editors Carmel Borg and Charmaine Bonello
Leadership in Malta's Contemporary Educational Sector: Editors Mario Cutajar and
Charmaine Bonello

Involvement in projects: Collaborative research UM; ERASMUS projects; Horizon

As a member of the ECPE Research Group, Faculty of Education, University of Malta -
The Cov-EM study.
This study explored the impact of COVID-19 on six stakeholders in Maltese Education:

University Students in Initial Teacher Education
Primary Educators
Early Childhood Educators
Leaders in Early and Primary Education
Parents in Early and Primary Education
Children in Early and Primary Education (works in progress)

Reports are published and available online

SELFIE PROJECT: STEAM Educational approach
The main objective of SELFIE is to improve the bilingual Primary teachers´
competencies and their trainers; moreover, to improve
the science teaching and foreign language competence of Primary children. The
integration of the CLIL, IBSE and EDP in Primary
Education will be analysed in order to define a bilingual teacher profile, training
and supporting in-service and pre-service
teachers in the new methodologies and models developed for learning a second language
through STEAM topics.

Horizon 2020: SCIREARLY
The main objective of SCIREARLY is to determine successful policy approaches and
practices based on scientific research to
reduce underachievement in basic skills, including digital skills, while fostering
psycho-emotional aspects and well-being, thus
contributing to reducing early school leaving in Europe.