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7th Feb 2015: 3rd Annual Literacy Research Symposium

About the Teacher Researcher Literacy Symposium

This is a key continuing professional development event for all teachers at all levels organised and chaired by Dr Brian Murphy, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, on behalf of the School of Education, UCC & the Executive Committee of the Reading Association of Ireland (RAI).

In the context of an enhanced emphasis on literacy development in all classrooms and a strong desire for continuous professional development with respect to literacy in Irish schools, this research symposium seeks to disseminate to teachers at all levels key school and classroom-focused literacy research completed by teacher researchers who are in the process of completing or who have recently completed MEd degrees at the School of Education, UCC. The symposium will provide a forum for the sharing of best practice with respect to key aspects of literacy development.

Programme for Teacher Literacy Research Symposium: Saturday February 7th 2015

9.00-9.30 Registration, Room G10, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC

9.30-10.00 Opening Address, Dr Brian Murphy, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, UCC
‘Current Policy Developments Impinging on Literacy Development in Schools’

10.00-10.30 Ali Geary, MEd student
‘The Poetry/Pop Music Mash-Up – A Teaching Strategy to Aid Academic Literacy Development in Post-Primary Students’

10.30-11.00 Maria Healy, MEd student
‘An Examination of Teachers’ Understandings and Practices of Vocabulary Instruction’

11.00-11.30 BREAK

11.30-12.00 Niamh Dennehy, MEd student
'An Investigation of the Position of English as a Language in the Post-Primary School Curriculum through an Examination of Policy and Practice’

12.00-12.30 Máiréad Quinn, MEd graduate
‘Teaching Word Recognition at Early Primary School: A Study of the Understandings and Practices of Primary Teachers’

12.30-1.00 Questions, Comments and Closing Plenary Discussion
To Book a Place at the Research Symposium
This symposium is being offered free of charge to all teachers, but places are limited and must be reserved.
Please register for the symposium by emailing Carol Kennedy at education@ucc.ie indicating your name, school name and contact details before Friday January 30th 2015.

All registration queries should be directed to Carol Kenneday, Executive Assistant, School of Education, UCC on 021-4905465


1st - 4th July: Cohort PhD SUMMER SCHOOL


Previous Cohort PhD in Education Summer Schools were held in July 2009, 2011 and 2012 and attracted doctoral researchers (from UCC and other institutions in Ireland and UK) studying education, applied social studies, nursing, sociology and architecture. The focus of the ‘advanced’ doctoral researcher Summer School this July 2014 is on data analysis methods, presentation/sharing of initial/preliminary findings with the ultimate goal of writing for peer-reviewed academic publications and progressing the doctoral thesis in education/social sciences. The summer school is intended to provide a highly interactive data analysis and writing-focused forum for doctoral researchers in education and cognate areas in the latter part of their doctoral studies. Emphasis will be on doctoral researchers’ active engagement in the process of analysing data, writing and sharing their work (e.g. via poster session on day 1, individual writing, group work, plenary sessions). Invited staff for the summer school have been chosen both for their research profiles and particular expertise in fostering academic writing. As such, they are well placed to support the Cohort PhD planning team in creating a rich and generative summer school learning environment.

Summer School staff: The UCC Cohort PhD in Education planning team: Prof. Kathy Hall, Dr Siobhan Dowling, Dr. Karl Kitching, Dr Vanessa Rutherford, Dr Alicia Curtin, Dr. Paul Conway

Keynotes Speakers

  • Prof Tom O’Donoghue, University of Western Australia, Perth



To register: contact Ms Leah Neville, School of Education, Lee Holme, Donovan’s Road, UCC. Cork. L.Neville@ucc.ie before June 26th, 2014.

Non-School of Education Students: E70 or E20 per day for part thereof.



Unless indicated, all lectures/workshops/ seminars take place in the Western Gateway Building (WGB) on the Western Road. Room G02.



Tuesday, July 1st 2014

9.00-9.15. Welcome and Overview Dr Siobhan Dowling

9.15-11.00. Writing your PhD and Structured Poster Session. Chair: Dr Paul Conway

11.00-11.30. Coffee Break

11.30-13.00. Workshop: Grounded Theory Professor Tom O’Donoghue, UWA. Chair: Dr Karl Kitching

13.00-14.00. Lunch

14.00-15.30. Workshop: Grounded Theory (contin’d) Professor Tom O’Donoghue. Chair: Dr Karl Kitching

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break

16.00-17.00 Doctoral Showcase: Preparing posters & a Three Minute Thesis Talk Guests: Finalists of the Doctoral Showcase UCC. Chair: Dr Siobhan Dowling

17.30-18.30 Public Lecture:The Importance of Adopting a ‘Big Picture’ Perspective in the Pursuit of Excellence in one’s Research Projects in Education Professor Tom O’Donoghue Chair: Dr Paul Conway (Lecture Theatre: WGB G01)

18.45-19.30. BBQ at River Lee Hotel 


Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

9.00-10.30 Lecture-Seminar: Dr Joanne Banks, ESRI. Chair: Dr Karl Kitching

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break

11.00-13.00 Seminar:   ÉMIGRÉ Study Dr Piaras MacEinri. Chair Dr Karl Kitching

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00 -17.30 (15.30-16.00 Break) 4 x 45 min Roundtables 1-IV: Research analysis & writing on 4 different themes (Staff)

19.00-21.30pm @ Boole 3 OMEP opening: (i) Keynote: Professor Kathy Hall, Chair: Karl Kitching & (ii) Roundtable: Chair, Paul Conway


Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

9.00-11.00 Free Time

11.00- 13.00Writing the thesis, the viva and publishing (Staff)

13.00-14.00. Lunch

14.00-17.30 (Break 15.30-16.00) 4 x 45 min Roundtables V-VIII:Research analysis & writing on 4 different themes (Staff)


Friday, July 4th, 2014

9.00-10.30. Boole 4 OMEP Keynote: Professor Pio Rebello-Britto, Yale.  Child Development

10.30-11.30. Coffee Break

11.30-13.00. G02 Review and Reflection: Making Time to Write: Progressing your PhD in Year 4 (Staff)

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