Make an Impact with Research in Education
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.
We offer a wide range of specialised research degrees including our M.Ed. (Modular) and Cohort PhD programmes. With almost 40 doctoral students, the impact of advanced postgraduate research in the School is felt at a national and international level.
The Student Journey
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.