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  • School of Education represented at UCC ID+ Roundtable

    23 Nov 2022
    School of Education represented at UCC ID+ Roundtable

    The ID+ Project in UCC promotes the fundamental rights of people with intellectual disabilities to attend third-level education and to progress to paid employment (for more details see https://www.ucc.ie/en/idplus/)

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  • Cork IMTA – UCC PME Bursary

    23 Nov 2022
    Cork IMTA – UCC PME Bursary

    Congratulations to current PME 1 students Conor Mulcahy and Coleman Quin who were awarded bursaries from the Cork Branch of the Irish Mathematics Teachers Association (IMTA).

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  • "Quality of Teaching Physical Education" Erasmus+ project meeting

    07 Nov 2022

    School of Education colleagues Dr. João Costa and Dr. Wesley O'Brien attended the "Quality of Teaching in Physical Education" (QualiTePE) Erasmus+ project meeting representing UCC as project researchers. This project meeting took place between October 4th and 6th, in Zurich (Switzerland). At this meeting, the QualiTePE project team - involving researchers from Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, France, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Spain, Sweden, and Ireland - advanced on the project's conceptual framework based on the "Main Teach Model" (Charalambous and Praetorius, 2020) with a view to develop a formative assessment tool that captures data on the teaching practices to be used in PE teacher education programmes by teacher educators, student teachers, and the school pupils. Ms. Úna Kingston, a UCC PhD candidate, is also a working member in the QualiTePE project.

     

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  • B.Ed. Sports Studies and Physical Education First Year's Outdoor Activity

    07 Nov 2022
    B.Ed. Sports Studies and Physical Education First Year's Outdoor Activity

    On the 25th of October, the School of Education SSPE First Year students, assisted by Physical Activity Coordinator Dr. João Mota, and Adventure Education tutor Ms. Fiona Harrington, embraced the rain and wind to explore the beautiful outdoor setting of West Cork Secret. There were a range of different team challenges that allowed the group to develop a stronger bond as they all get to know each other during the first semester. Despite the weather, there were lots of memories to remember!

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  • Annual B.Ed. Sports Studies and Physical Education Student Awards

    07 Nov 2022
    Annual B.Ed. Sports Studies and Physical Education Student Awards

    On the 19th October (2022), the Annual B.Ed. Sports Studies and Physical Education (BEDSSPE) Student Awards took place in the Múscraí room at 2pm, attended by many of our full and part-time colleagues within the School of Education.

     

     

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  • AIESEP Motor Competence Seminar Italy - 28th to 30th September 2022

    07 Nov 2022
    AIESEP Motor Competence Seminar Italy - 28th to 30th September 2022

    At the end of September, Dr. Wesley O'Brien, Dr. Diarmuid Lester and Dr. Fiona Chambers (President AIESEP) each travelled to Brixen/ Bressanone for the AIESEP motor competence seminar held in Italy. This was an excellent 3-day interactive seminar, whereby the sessions comprised of keynote discussions, breakout room activities, position statement developments and poster presentations.

     

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  • School of Education Represented at UCC Good Practice Symposium

    20 Oct 2022
    School of Education Represented at UCC Good Practice Symposium

    Well done to colleagues for representing the School of Education at the UCC Case Study of Good Practice Symposium which took place on Thursday October 20th in the Glucksman Gallery. The symposium was organised by UCC’s Quality Enhancement Unit and the overall aim was to highlight the great work that is carried out by the UCC community that are considered instances of Good Practice from which others can learn from.

     

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  • B.A. (Hons) Early Years and Childhood Studies (EYCS) Student Awards 2022

    19 Oct 2022
    B.A. (Hons) Early Years and Childhood Studies (EYCS) Student Awards 2022

    The B.A. (Hons) in Early Years and Childhood Studies Student Awards for 2022 took place on Wednesday 19th October.

    A small reception and prize-giving award ceremony was held on campus in UCC. 

    Recipients received awards in the following categories:

    Top Student Award 2022: Rachel O'Sullivan
    Top Placement Mark Award 2022: Junior Brosnan

    Well done to both Rachel and Junior on these commendable achievements!

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  • Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity 2022

    10 Oct 2022
    Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity 2022

    Dr Fiona Chambers is founder of the Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity. Now in its third year and under UNESCO patronage, the GDC 2022 is a free competition (10th - 14th October) that uses design thinking to crowdsource ideas that reimagine sport and physical activity for both incubation and impact. Registrants have access to free webinars on design thinking, UN SDGs and pitching. The Intellectual Property remains with the teams, with winners receiving 15k in incubation tokens to advance their idea. See: https://gdc2022.devpost.com/

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  • Rethinking Educational Disadvantage Symposium

    06 Oct 2022
    Rethinking Educational Disadvantage Symposium

    Dr Kevin Cahill and Dr Dan O'Sullivan participated in the launch of an Irish Educational Studies special issue on Rethinking Educational Disadvantage. The launch took place on the 6th of October in the Royal Irish Academy and was accompanied by a wonderful conference on Educational Disadvantage featuring leading academics from Ireland, the UK and the USA. Kevin and Dan's article features in the special issue and is entitled: Making a difference in educational inequality: reflections from research and practice.

     

     

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  • STEM Teacher Internship (STInt) Programme

    10 Oct 2022
    STEM Teacher Internship (STInt) Programme

    The STEM Teacher Internship (STInt) Programme offers future post-primary STEM teachers experience of 12-week paid internships in STEM roles https://stemteacherinternships.ie/ In the summer of 2022, nine UCC School of Education student teachers and graduates completed internships in companies such as Stryker, Apple, Vistamilk, and MSD.

     

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  • New PME Professional Research Paper Symposium 2022

    03 Oct 2022
    New PME Professional Research Paper Symposium 2022

    The School of Education’s PME Professional Research Paper Symposium took place on the 9th of May 2022. This annual event is an important opportunity to showcase the research work of our Professional Master of Education (PME) Year 2 students in their placement schools. The research was undertaken by students in their own classrooms with the invaluable support and advice of principals, deputy principals, and Treoraithe from our partner schools, and support from many School of Education supervising staff. All research was classroom–based and presented practical and relevant insights on a range of educational and pedagogical issues, across an array of subject areas and in a variety of school contexts. This annual Symposium celebrates the rich and vibrant professional association between the PME programme and our partner schools.

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  • EDFEST 22: Assessment in Second Level Education: Challenges and Opportunities

    03 Oct 2022
    EDFEST 22: Assessment in Second Level Education: Challenges and Opportunities

    EDFEST 22 took place in the School of Education on the 11th of May 2022. EDFEST is a Community Engagement Seminar organised by the School of Education for schools and the wider education community. The theme of EDFEST 22 was Assessment in Second-Level Education: Challenges and Opportunities.

    The event included a keynote address from Professor Áine Hyland on current assessment issues in post-primary schools, alongside inputs on research and practice from the School of Education’s staff and PhD students working in the area of assessment.

     

     

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  • Nurture through nature: fostering early childhood students’ understanding of outdoor learning spaces through a Froebelian lens

    03 Oct 2022
    Nurture through nature: fostering early childhood students’ understanding of outdoor learning spaces through a Froebelian lens

    School of Education colleagues Dr Alison Moore and Marcella Towler were recently awarded research funding from the Froebel Trust UK. This small-scale research pilot project investigates Early Years and Childhood Studies students’ developing understanding of outdoor learning spaces. The study will foster a reimagination of the indoor/outdoor learning environment. This is the only Irish research project to be funded by the Froebel Trust UK [funding round 2021/2022]. The research project, delivered in two phases is supported by the School of Education and the outdoor space in UCC provides the site for phase one of the study. This will enable students to understand Froebel’s pedagogy through their own lived experiences in the outdoor space. 

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  • The Fusion of Theory and Practice: Reflection on the Early Years & Childhood Studies Professional Practice Placement through a Community of Practice [CoP] Experience

    03 Oct 2022
    The Fusion of Theory and Practice: Reflection on the Early Years & Childhood Studies Professional Practice Placement through a Community of Practice [CoP] Experience

    Dr Alison Moore and Marcella Towler are part of a project that is funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. A series of four Community of Practice Events were held between 4th November 2021 and May 2022, during which they explored the relationship between college staff, students and professional practice placements and how students can be best supported.

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