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Our Research

The School is committed to the intrinsic value of research to further knowledge and improve educational practice

School of Education Research

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It is a core Committee of the School of Education which is responsible for bringing forward strategy, policy and supports for staff and postgraduate research students.

Research & Innovation Committee

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Research Areas

The research of the School strongly reflects its academic origins in the disciplines of sociology, psychology, philosophy, and history of education, and these along with newer, inter-disciplinary areas (e.g. curriculum, teaching, childhood, and sports studies) serve to enrich theorising and ground the foci of research projects. Collectively, the research of the School can be captured under the following:   

  • Pedagogy, Learning and Curriculum (encompassing elements such as learning cultures, literacies, numeracies, assessment, subject pedagogies, the Arts in Education, digital education, policy implementation and resistance) 
  • Teacher Education and Professional Learning (encompassing elements such as teacher identity formation, policy, reflective practice, School-University mentoring/partnership) 
  • Schooling, Inclusion and Changing Childhoods (encompassing elements such as globalised and digital childhoods, school and societal belonging and exclusion, diversity and identity; school cultures and whole school learning) 

While these overarching themes represent the research conducted in the School, academics also work on topics of individual interest, and the work of several staff members locates in more than one of the specified areas. 

Student Research

We offer a wide range of specialised research degrees including our M.Ed. (Modular) and Cohort PhD programmesWith almost 40 doctoral students, the impact of advanced postgraduate research in the School is felt at a national and international level.

The Student Journey

I have felt self-directed and supported in equal measure by my supervisors, encouraged to be authentic, creative, and daring within clear parameters.

Anne Marie Moylan

My Cohort Phd Journey: A Homecoming

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I was in the advantageous position of interacting on a daily basis with the post-primary school population while undertaking my PhD research,

Dr Diarmuid Lester

To design, develop, implement and evaluate the efficacy of Project FLAME (Fundamental and Functional Literacy for Activity and Movement Efficiency)

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Staff Research

Our academic staff are involved in a wide range of research activities across a variety of areas, for example:

Development and Global Citizenship Education 

• Hoy, S. and O’Brien, S. (2022). ‘Introducing Development and Global Citizenship Education: A Guide for Teachers’. Video production in conjunction with Chroma Films, Dec 1, 2022. 

• Donnelly, V., Hoy, S. and O’Brien, S. (2023). ‘Student teachers’ experiences of doing Development and Global Citizenship Education in the post-primary classroom’. Video production in conjunction with Chroma Films, June 1, 2023. 

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