Connecting, Challenging and Transforming Practice in Schools
This project is a collaboration with practitioners and policy makers to develop classroom and school based strategies arising from a specific line of relatively new research highly relevant to catering for the emerging diversity in Irish schools. This research points to the following:
- Relationships are fundamental to education
- Learning is not confined to schools and classrooms
- Learning occurs in families, communities and schools, and the role of education is to facilitate smooth transitions across these settings
- Learning is about affirming, extending and challenging identities
This project seeks to help practitioners reflect on these issues. It aims to support our participants in meaningfully involving the learner in learning. It is based on a body of research that demonstrates the importance of smooth transitions between homes, schools and communities.
We begin with a core user group of 15 principals, teachers and practitioners working in primary, DEIS primary and secondary schools in Munster. This core user group will meet monthly and participants will share their own experiences of teaching and learning, drawing out and developing the above key ideas. This will form the basis of our research. There will also be a number of international speakers invited to speak in UCC on issues central to the project. We will also work in close contact with education policy makers, state bodies and organisations.
At this stage we would like to invite any interested principals, teachers or practitioners in Ireland to join the online component of The VIP Project, where we hope to develop a dialogic online community of learners. To join or for further information please send us your details in an email via our page.