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.