Our Current Research

The School of Education engages in and publishes research in the following three key areas:

  • Pedagogies, Learning and the Politics of Curriculum
  • Teacher Education and Professional Learning
  • Schooling, Inclusion and Changing Childhoods

Research policy in Education is closely linked to the role of the staff as teachers and educators. There has been a long tradition of individual research where each member of staff has a specific area of interest and focus for his/her research. This varies from theoretical research in areas such as philosophy, history, sociology, psychology, cultural politics, policy studies, teaching studies, etc. to more applied areas, e.g. language acquisition, teaching and learning styles, specific subject methodologies, adult learning, ICT in education, etc. The outcome of this personal research is documented in the UCC President's research report.

The Department actively promotes postgraduate research. Furthermore postgraduate studies are thriving in the department. All research degrees, M.Ed., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree are on-going in the department. In doctoral studies the following topics are being researched: Disadvantage, Assessment, Philosophy, Pre-school, IT, Early School Leavers, Linguistic studies, Visual Literacy, Language Development, Early Years Education and Care, Educational Leadership, Drama in Education, Reflective Portfolio, Autism, Development Education, Science, Able and Gifted Children, etc.

The department over the last 5 years has raised about 3 million euro in funded research and in educational projects, including Bridging the Gap: Enhancing the educational experience of young people from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds in Cork City, Howard Gardner’s Theory of MI. Staff also receive funding for projects of varying kinds from state agencies including the National Council for Curriculum & Assessment (NCCA), National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE), Department of Education & Science (Gender Equality Unit and In-Career Development). The Department has also completed projects for the TUI and INTO. Funding has also been received for projects from Intel, Pharmachem, Xilinx and for cross-border initiatives. The Department participates in the Teacher Induction Pilot Project co-ordinated by the UCD School of Education and Lifelong Learning.

Staff regularly present research papers at conferences at home and abroad and have been published in national and international educational journals. Staff members are interested in making contact with colleagues in other universities with a view to engaging in collaborative research initiatives.

News Archive

News Archive
Dr. Karl Kitching presents at Educaring for Asylum Seeker and Refugee Children and Young People Symposium

Dr. Karl Kitching presents at Educaring for Asylum Seeker and Refugee Children and Young People Symposium

  • 06 Jun 2017

The event, which took place on June 2nd in Marino Institute of Education, featured a range of national and international speakers on the education issues facing children and young people in Ireland who are living in Direct Provision or granted refugee status.

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OMEP Conference, UCC 20 May 2017

OMEP Conference, UCC 20 May 2017

  • 29 May 2017

OMEP Conference, UCC 20 May 2017

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Dr. Karl Kitching keynote at International Research Methods Summer School

Dr. Karl Kitching keynote at International Research Methods Summer School

  • 23 May 2017

The title of Dr. Kitching's keynote at Mary Immaculate College was 'What can research on education injustice represent? What does it do?'

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Tony Daly and Eimear Green present ‘Getting behind the facts and figures: Development Education in an age of extremes’

Tony Daly and Eimear Green present ‘Getting behind the facts and figures: Development Education in an age of extremes’

  • 15 May 2017

This event will take place in the Teaching Resource Lab, Donovan's Road, UCC on Thursday May 18th from 11.00am to 12.45pm.

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Dr Dan O’Sullivan, School of Education, presents two papers at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference 2017, held in San Antonio, Texas, April 27th – May 1st.

Dr Dan O’Sullivan, School of Education, presents two papers at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference 2017, held in San Antonio, Texas, April 27th – May 1st.

  • 05 May 2017

Considered as the premiere event in the educational research calendar, the AERA Conference attracts approximately 15,000 attendees annually.

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School of Education hosts Professional Research Seminar on May 18th, 5-7PM.

School of Education hosts Professional Research Seminar on May 18th, 5-7PM.

  • 27 Apr 2017

The event will showcase the research work undertaken by our PME Year 2 and PME Year 2 Art and Design students in their placement schools. 

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Dr. Kevin Cahill, Dr. Alicia Curtin, Prof. Kathy Hall and Dr. Dan O’Sullivan present at the Education Studies Association of Ireland 2017 conference in University College Cork.

Dr. Kevin Cahill, Dr. Alicia Curtin, Prof. Kathy Hall and Dr. Dan O’Sullivan present at the Education Studies Association of Ireland 2017 conference in University College Cork.

  • 24 Apr 2017

Their paper, Learning at the limits: teacher perspectives on learning and identity in post-primary alternative education settings, drew on data generated throughout their Adolescent Literacy, Identity and School (ALIAS) study.

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Education Studies Association of Ireland holds 2017 Conference in UCC

Education Studies Association of Ireland holds 2017 Conference in UCC

  • 18 Apr 2017

Six School of Education staff members are presenting papers at the conference, to be held between Thursday 20th and Saturday 22nd April.

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Dr. Máire Ní Riordáin and colleagues publish new research on the professional development needs of out-of-field mathematics teachers

Dr. Máire Ní Riordáin and colleagues publish new research on the professional development needs of out-of-field mathematics teachers

  • 12 Apr 2017

The study, published in the journal Teaching and Teacher Education, examined the needs of teachers teaching an area that is outside their field of training/education.

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Dr. Fiachra Long and Dr. Siobhán Dowling Long co-edit 'Reading the Sacred Scriptures' for publication in July 2017

Dr. Fiachra Long and Dr. Siobhán Dowling Long co-edit 'Reading the Sacred Scriptures' for publication in July 2017

  • 05 Apr 2017

This text draws together a range of international scholarly experts to examine how the scriptures came to be written and how their authority has been constructed and reinforced over time.

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UCC School of Education commended on significant progress in research quality over past 5 years by international panel

UCC School of Education commended on significant progress in research quality over past 5 years by international panel

  • 16 Dec 2016

The School was regarded as providing 'excellent' postgraduate research education, amongst other successes.

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Dr. Karl Kitching presents final 'Anti-racisms as Acts of Learner-Citizenship' talk for 2016 in UCC today.

Dr. Karl Kitching presents final 'Anti-racisms as Acts of Learner-Citizenship' talk for 2016 in UCC today.

  • 13 Dec 2016

Today marks the 4th in a national series of talks that Karl has given on anti-racisms in education.

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New editions of Minding Me: My Well-Being for Junior Cycle SPHE

New editions of Minding Me: My Well-Being for Junior Cycle SPHE

  • 09 Nov 2016

Co-authored by Dr. Fiona Chambers, Anne Jones and Anita Stackpoole, Minding Me: My Well-Being has been revised and republished by Mentor Books.

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Dr. Siobhán Dowling Long speaking on RTE Radio 1's 'Arena', 31st Oct

Dr. Siobhán Dowling Long speaking on RTE Radio 1's 'Arena', 31st Oct

  • 09 Nov 2016

Dr. Dowling Long speaks about her international award winning book The Bible in Music on RTE Radio 1's 'Arena' programme on Monday, 31st October 2016.

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