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School of Education hosts successful Literacy Symposium

13 Feb 2015

The School of Education UCC and the Reading Association of Ireland jointly hosted a very successful literacy research symposium entitled ‘Improving Literacy Pedagogy: Key Insights from Contemporary Irish School and Classroom Research’ on Saturday February 7th . The event was very well attended with over 60 teachers participating, coming from primary and post-primary schools from West Cork across to West Waterford. This 3rd annual symposium, a key continuing professional development event for teachers in the region, was organised and chaired by Dr Brian Murphy of the School of Education, on behalf of the School of Education, UCC & the Executive Committee of the Reading Association of Ireland.

‌‌The event was very well attended with over 60 teachers participating, coming from primary and post-primary schools from West Cork across to West Waterford. This 3rd annual symposium, a key continuing professional development event for teachers in the region, was organised and chaired by Dr Brian Murphy of the School of Education, on behalf of the School of Education, UCC & the Executive Committee of the Reading Association of Ireland.

In the context of an enhanced emphasis on literacy development in all Irish classrooms and a strong desire for continuous professional development with respect to literacy in schools, the research symposium sought to disseminate to teachers at all levels pertinent school and classroom-focused literacy research undertaken by teacher researchers who have completed or are in the process of completing MEd degrees at UCC. The symposium provided a forum for the sharing of best practice with respect to literacy development in key areas ranging from poetry pedagogy to vocabulary, to the teaching of English and automatic word recognition.

Dr Brian Murphy gave the opening address, ‘Current Policy Developments Impinging on Literacy Development in Schools’, setting the context for the morning. Three MEd students then presented their current research: Ali Geary presented on ‘The Poetry/Pop Music Mash-Up – A Teaching Strategy to Aid Academic Literacy Development in Post-Primary Students’; Maria Healy’s paper was ‘An Examination of Teachers’ Understandings and Practices of Vocabulary Instruction’ and these were followed by Niamh Dennehy, MEd student and Scholarship Holder, on the topical issue of  'An Investigation of the Position of English as a Language in the Post-Primary School Curriculum through an Examination of Policy and Practice’. The final presentation was by Máiréad Quinn, MEd graduate, on ‘Teaching Word Recognition at Early Primary School: A Study of the Understandings and Practices of Primary Teachers’. The closing session was chaired by Professor Kathy Hall, Head of the School of Education, UCC, where she brought together the key themes of the presentations and facilitated discussion on some of the key issues. The symposium was very well received by all participants and feedback was extremely positive.

 Literacy Symposium February 2015 Brian Murphy gives address‌‌    

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