Research

In MIE, research and publications by staff members reflect a commitment to addressing educational needs. This includes pursuing basic research and scholarship, conducting practice-based research in light of national concerns, producing resources for teachers, and designing feedback and evaluations of courses and programmes. Recent projects have focused on inclusive education, educational disadvantage, special needs, continuing professional development, teacher education and teaching practice, mathematical knowledge for teaching, and the characteristics of teacher educators. Other research areas explored include parental involvement, early years, Gaeilge, children’s literature, religion, visual arts, SESE, physical education, and information and communications technology in education. 




 

Research Profiles

 

Ms Claire Dunne

Is léachtóir le Gaeilge í Claire M. Dunne in Institiúid Oideachais Marino. Múineann sí ar na modúil seo a leanas freisin: Classroom Organisation and Communication; Curriculum Integration, Imagination and Innovation; Language Study. Tá céim aici sa bhunmhúinteoireacht. Tá MA aici sa Staidéar Idirchultúrachais freisin. Thug Foras na Gaeilge creidiúnú mar aistritheoir cáilithe sa bhliain 2008. Faoi láthair tá dochtúireacht idir lámha aici sa Teangeolaíocht Fheidhmeach. Ón mbliain 2011 ar aghaidh, tá sí ina heagarthóir Gaeilge don irisleabhar Inis. Tá spéis aici sna réimsí taighde seo a leanas: Sochtheangeolaíocht na Gaeilge; Litríocht Ghaeilge na n-óg; Cur chuige idirchultúrtha san oideachas agus sa litríocht; Tagairtí cultúrtha in aistriúcháin agus i gcomheagráin).

Foilseacháin

Dunne, C. (2013) Inis: Léargas ar Luach Litríocht na Gaeilge don Óige in R. Nic Congáil agus Nic Lochlainn, C. (Eag). in Laethanta Gréine agus Oícheanta Sí: Aistí ar Litríocht agus ar Chultúr na nÓg, Baile Átha Cliath: LeabhairCOMHAR, pp.149 - 172.

Beidh sí ina comheagarthóir ar an tríú cnuasach d’aistí acadúla ar litríocht agus ar chultúr na n-óg a fhoilseofar sa bhliain 2014.

 

 

Dr Patricia Slevin

Patricia Slevin holds a B. Ed. degree in Education and Geography. She has both an M. Sc. and a D. Ed. from Trinity College Dublin. Her doctoral thesis used a Bourdieusian-informed framework to analyse student teacher learning on placement in DEIS schools (Schools serving communities designated as disadvantaged). Other areas of interest include student teacher learning on placement, co-teaching on placement, classroom teachers as mentors, the development of school-institute partnerships, educational disadvantage and leadership in education.

 

 

Ms Alison Egan

Alison’s research interests are focused on the use of technology by students, their attitudes to technology, their ‘digital’ lives as 21st century learners and online learning tools, such as virtual learning environments and e-portfolios. Her master’s thesis was on the use of podcasting as a tool for peer learning, and she is currently undertaking her PhD.

She is involved in the Centre for Research in IT in Education (CRITE) collaboration between the School of Education and the School of Computer Science and Statistics, and Research in School Education (RISE), both located in Trinity College Dublin.

She was awarded an ICT Excellence Award in 2006 “Best use of Open Source Software” – an ‘Equal Status’ online project, using Moodle as a method of delivery, in the early days of blended and online learning.

Recent publications include:

Egan, A., FitzGibbon, A., Oldham, E., Girvan, C. & Hallissy, M. (2013) A Vision for Education in 2026 – the Views of a Cohort of Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013 (pp. 1275-1282). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

 

Dr Barbara O’Toole

Barbara O’Toole holds an M.Ed. from the University of Nottingham, an M.A. in ‘Consultation and the Organisation: Psychoanalytic Approaches’ from the Tavistock Clinic / University of East London, and an Ed.D. from St Patrick’s College. Her research work is in the field of intercultural education. She has a particular interest in language education (Teaching English as an Additional Language) within a framework of critical multiculturalism. She completed her doctoral studies in this area. Current areas of research include church and state in Irish education, and examining religious diversity in Irish primary schools from a human rights perspective.

 

 

Ms Jennifer O’Sullivan

Jennifer’s research interests are in the teaching of reading, writing and oral language. She has a particular interest in visual literacy and using wordless picture books with children. As a regular contributor to Children’s Books Ireland’s Inis Magazine, and, as a past judge for both the CBI and the Reading Association of Ireland book awards,Jennifer has a passion for children’s literature. Other research interests include teacher induction and mentoring, having worked for a number of years with the National Induction Programme for Teachers.

 

 

Ms Anne McMorrough

Anne McMorrough lectures on the following modules: Information and Communications Technology (ICT); Creative Technologies; Classroom Organisation and Communication; Teaching and Learning: Approximations of Practice. Prior to joining the staff at Marino Institute of Education, Anne worked as a primary school teacher in Tallaght, Dublin. Her research explores the changing nature of European education; the affordances of digital technologies; and creativity / innovation in primary classrooms. She is currently leading a SCoTENS funded project that explores 'Creative Classrooms' in Ireland, North and South. She is an Ambassador for eTwinning (European Commission initiative) and has co-ordinated a wide range of pan-European projects and teacher professional workshops. In 2010 she began her doctoral studies at the School of Education, University College Dublin.

Publications include:

 McMorrough, A. (2011) The Potential of eTwinning to Enhance Learning In: O'Leary, R.(Ed.) Enhancing Literacy & Numeracy with ICTs. Dublin West Education Centre, Dublin 

 Galvin, C., Anderson, J., Gardner, J., Moyle, K., McMorrough, A., & Mitchell, S.(2010) Valuing education technology in schools in Ireland, North and South: A Report for Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South. ScoTENS: Armagh, Northern Ireland

 

 

Dr Marie Whelton

Marie Whelton holds a first-class degree in Nua-Ghaeilge and Theology along with an MA (research) degree and a PhD in Nua-Ghaeilge.  Her research interests include Literary Theory, Irish Bardic Poetry, Narrative in Irish Short Stories and Children’s Literature.  Here is a selection of her latest publications:

 

Books

2008 Teagmháil agus Tnúthán: Staidéar ar an Apastróf i bhFilíocht na Nua-Ghaeilge, An Sagart, An Daingean, 2008.

2009 Sruth na Maoile: Ábhar Tacaíochta d’Oiriúnú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge, comhúdar le hAodán Mac Suibhne, IOM, Baile Átha Cliath, 2009.

2008 Í a Labhairt: Cúrsa Gaeilge Idirmheánach do Mhúinteoirí Bunscoile, comhúdar le hAodán Mac Suibhne, IOM, Baile Átha Cliath, 2008.

2006 Cóir Ghaoithe: Cúrsa Ullmhúcháin Don Scrúdú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge, comhúdar le hAodán Mac Suibhne, IOM, Baile Átha Cliath, 2006.

 

Articles

2014 ‘Dea-Scéala nó Scéalta Deasa? An Dílseacht do na “bunscéalta” i leaganacha Gaeilge den Bhíobla do pháistí (forthcoming in Proceedings of An Tríú Comhdháil ar Litríocht na nÓg).

2013 ‘An Ginmhilleadh agus Foirm an Réalachais i nGearrscéal le Seán Mac Mathúna’ (forthcoming in Bliainiris 11, 2013).

2012 ‘Irish Bardic Poetry and Rhetorical Reality (O Riordan)’, Studia Hibernica 38, 2012, 256-259.

2012 ‘Lá na bPáistí: An Teagasc agus an Fhoghlaim i Seanfhocail na Gaeilge’, InTouch, Mí na Nollag, 2012, lgh. 58-59.

2011 ‘Nature as Listener and Consoler in Post-Classical Irish Poetry’, Studia Hibernica 37, 2011, 121-132.

2011 ‘Forbairt Shóisialta agus Phearsanta an Pháiste: Téama i Leabhair Ghaeilge Nua-fhoilsithe do Pháistí’, Alt Léirmheasa, InTouch, Meitheamh, 2011, lgh. 58-59.

 

 

Ms Ciara Ní Bhroin

Ciara Ní Bhroin is a founder member and former president of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature. Her areas of special interest are literary constructions and representations of childhood and nationhood, identity and ideology in children’s fiction, mythology and contemporary fantasy fiction, the history of Irish children’s literature, the representation of the past in children’s fiction, visual literacy and critical thinking, and the interaction of picture and word in children’s writing. She has published a range of peer reviewed articles and book chapters and has presented at conferences on these topics. She is co-editor of a collection of critical essays on children’s literature with particular focus on the representation of sexuality, gender and the body; the treatment of death and trauma; concepts of race, prejudice and national identity; and the use of children’s literature as a means of socializing, acculturating, politicizing and educating children. Her most recent publications include:

(2011)Mythologizing Ireland in V. Coghlan and K.O’Sullivan (eds) Irish Children’s Literature and Culture: New Perspectives on Literary Criticism. London and New York: Routledge.

(2011) Recovering a Heroic Past: the Táin Retold in M. Shine Thompson (ed) Young Irelands: Studies in Children’s Literature. Dublin: Four Courts Press.

Ní Bhroin, C. and Kennon, P. (eds)(2012) What Do We Tell the Children? Critical Essays on Children’s Literature. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 

(forthcoming) Recovery of Origins: Identity and Ideology in the Work of O.R. Melling in M. Keyes and A. McGillicuddy (eds) Politics and Ideology in Children’s Literature. Dublin: Four Court Press.

 

 

Ms Aiveen Mullally

Aiveen’s research interest is in the area of religious diversity in education. 

She wrote the JMB Guidelines on the Inclusion of Students of Other Faiths in Catholic Secondary Schools (2010) and is currently writing guidelines for the second-level sector within the Reformed Traditions. 

She is conducting doctoral research into the current challenges within the VEC / ETB sector regarding religious diversity and their approach to Religious Education. 

 

 

Ms Annie Ó Breacháin

Annie Ó Breacháin lectures in the areas of both Drama Education and Professional Studies at Marino Institute of Education.  Her research interests include Drama in Education, the marketisation of education, complexity theory, "good" teaching, pupil motivation, Early Years Education and dramatic inquiry approaches to teaching and learning (especially Mantle of the Expert).

She is currently reading for a Doctorate in Education at the University of Exeter under the guidance of Professor Anna Craft and her thesis will examine children’s perceptions of ‘good’ teachingusing Mantle of the Expert as the principal research method.

Ó Breacháin, A. and A. Glavey (2013, July) ‘Motivation, Mantle and Me.’ Paper presented at National Drama Conference ‘Heathcote Reconsidered’, London, U.K.

 Ó Breacháin, A. (2012, July) ‘Transcending the Borders of Subject Disciplines: Using Drama to Integrate Teaching and Learning in the Early Years’.  Poster presented at the International Drama in Education Research Institute (IDEIRI), Limerick,

Ó Breacháin, A. and L. O’ Toole (forthcoming, Irish Educational Studies) Pedagogy or Politics?: Cyclical Trends in Literacy and Numeracy in Ireland and Beyond.

Annie is vice chairperson of the Association for Drama in Education in Ireland (ADEI).  ADEI organise workshops and research events for those interested in Drama Education.  

 

Dr. Anne O’ Gara

Anne is a B. Ed graduate of St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra / NUI. Her postgraduate studies were undertaken at The School of Education, Trinity College. She was awarded an M. St. (School Leadership) in 1999 and a Ph.D. in 2005. Anne has conducted research in the areas of education and the law, inclusive education with particular reference to educational disadvantage and parents in education. Her research interests also include teaching and learning, leadership and change management.    

 

Dr Karin Bacon

Karin Bacon has recently completed a D.Ed degree in Children’s Inquiry at Trinity College Dublin.  She holds a Masters in Science Education.  Her other research interests include comparative education with an emphasis on International schools; Early Childhood Curriculum – particularly within the areas of SESE and Continuing Professional Development with an emphasis on reflective practice.

 

Ms Leah O’Toole

Leah O’Toole holds a B.A in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin, and an M.Phil in Early Childhood Education from Dublin Institute of Education. She is currently working towards the award of PhD through DIT under the supervision of Prof Nóirín Hayes and Dr Máire Mhic Mathúna.

Her current research interests include:

Cooperative learning, integration and ‘theory-to-practice’ in the context of Initial Teacher Education [for example, Ryan, A. and O’Toole, L. (2013). Towards Integrated Learning: Linking Psychology, Sociology and School Experience in Initial Teacher Education. Association for Teacher Education in Europe Spring Conference: Teacher of the 21st Century, Quality Education for Quality Teaching, Riga, 10th-12th May, 2013.]

Holistic and relational approaches to education, in the context of the move towards a standardised and marketised conception of education in Ireland [for example, O’Breacháin, A. and O’Toole, L. (2013). Pedagogy or Politics?: Cyclical Trends in Literacy and Numeracy in Ireland and Beyond. Irish Educational Studies (In press, October, 2013)]

Bio-ecological approaches to understanding educational transition, with particular focus on parental involvement [for example, O’Toole, L. (2013). A Bioecological Perspective on Educational Transition. World Conference on Psychology and Sociology, Brussels, 27th-29th November 2013]

 

Dr Michael Flannery

Michael Flannery holds a degree in Education (Primary), a Higher Diploma in Community Arts Education, a Masters in English Language Education and a PhD in Education (Visual Arts). He is currently completing year two of an M Sc in Technology and learning. His research interests include visual arts education, literacies development (visual, critical, cultural and digital), Curriculum integration, imagination and innovation, Nurturing creativity, Online learning and Co-teaching.

 

Ms Joan Kiely

Joan is currently in year 3 of doctoral studies where she is conducting an internal process evaluation of a dialogic story-reading programme in an area of economic disadvantage. Joan’s Masters is in Early Childhood Education (DCU) and she also has a B.A. in English literature and theatre studies (UCD), a diploma in theatre studies from Trinity College, Dublin and a B.Ed from St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.

Joan’s research interests are teacher education, play, oral language and literacy in the early years. Her most recent conference presentation was at the Reading Association of Ireland, September 2013 where she presented on dialogic story-reading. She has written a book chapter published by Gill and MacMillan (2012) called Early Childhood Education & Care: An introduction for students in Ireland by Maire Mhic Mhathúna & Mark Taylor (eds). Joan has also written a number of online courses for teachers on the following themes: Teaching and Learning in the Early Years; The work of the learning support/resource teacher and a history module for junior and senior infants which can be viewed at www.askaboutireland.ie

 

Mr Gerry O’Connell

Gerry’s Masters Degree (First Class Honours) was in Religious Education (Primary), where his Thesis was on Jesus the Parabler. He subsequently wrote a chapter based on that thesis in (2004) ‘Nurturing Children’s Religious Imagination’ (Topley & Byrne Eds). Currently writing up his Doctoral Thesis, based on a study of students’ experience of an RE Course (with a strong emphasis on students’ inner lives) that he teaches in MIE, Gerry’s research interests would include the question of spirituality, religious education, space for reflection in higher education, and aesthetic and extra-rational approaches to education, including the extra-rational turn in transformative learning.

He has presented, based on his doctoral research, at the Staff-Student Conference in Exeter University (2011) under the theme of Wrestling with Angels – RE with Teacher Education Students, and at the Mater Dei – University of Exeter – Bangor University Colloquium (2011) under the theme of A Surfing Year - an Investigation of Students ’ Experience of my Professional Practice.

 

Dr Seán Delaney

Seán Delaney is a primary teacher with a broad range of interests relating to primary education ranging from literacy to technology. He is interested in mathematics education, specifically in teachers’ mathematical knowledge and in the quality of mathematics textbooks. In 2012, he co-edited an issue of ZDM: The International Journal of Mathematics Education (Vol 44, Issue 3) on the topic of Measuring Teacher Knowledge – Approaches and Results from a Cross-National Perspective. His current area of research is in the practice of teaching and how prospective and practising teachers learn to teach.

 

An tUasal Aodán Mac Suibhne

Aodán Mac Suibhne holds an M.Litt. from Coláiste na Tríonóide, a B.Oid. from Coláiste Phadraig, Droim Conrach and  An tArdteastas Gaeilge.  His research interests include Curriculum Design and Planning, Language Teaching and Learning, Second-Language Acquisition, Revival IrishLiterature.  Here is a selection of his latest publications

Primary school textbooks:

2006 Fuaimeanna agus Focail 3-6, (Eagarthóir agus Comhúdar), Folens, 2006.

2008 Am Don Léamh, leabhair léitheoireachta, (Eagarthóir agus Údar leabhar Rang 3), Folens, 2008.

Books:

2009 Sruth na Maoile: Ábhar Tacaíochta d’Oiriúnú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge, comhúdar le Marie Whelton, Baile Átha Cliath, 2009.

2008 Í a Labhairt: Cúrsa Gaeilge Idirmheánach do Mhúinteoirí Bunscoile, comhúdar le Marie Whelton, Baile Átha Cliath, 2008.

2006 Cóir Ghaoithe: Cúrsa Ullmhúcháin Don Scrúdú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge, comhúdar le Marie Whelton, Baile Átha Cliath, 2006.

Articles:

2011 ‘Fulfilling Irish Language Requirement - An Cháilíocht sa Ghaeilge’, comhúdar le Marie Whelton agus Peadar Mac Giolla Bhríghde, InTouch, Meán Fómhair, 2011, lgh 38-39.

2010 ‘Oiriúnú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge’, comhúdar Marie Whelton agus Peadar Mac Giolla Bhríghde, InTouch, Eanáir/Feabhra, 2010, lgh 26-27

2008 ‘An Scrúdú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge’, comhúdar le Marie Whelton agus Peadar Mac Giolla Bhríghde, InTouch, Meán Fómhair, 2008, lgh 32-33.   

Invited talk:

2011 Aoiléachtóir (Guest Lecturer) Cúrsa Inseirbhíse do Mhúinteoirí ar Churaclam Ghaeilge na Bunscoile, Schola Europaea (Scoileanna Eorpacha), An Bhruiséil, 17, 18 Mí na Samhna 2011.

 

 

Dr Anne Ryan

Anne Ryan lectures in Inclusive Education (Special Education) and in the Sociology of Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from UCD (2003) -   Thesis title: ‘Teacher Development and Educational Change: Empowerment Through Structured Reflection’. Her M.Ed. thesis (UCD, 1996) was titled ‘Teachers, Travellers and Education: A Sociological Perspective’. Her research interests and publications incorporate the areas of Teacher Development, Reflective Practice, Inclusion and Social Justice in Education. She has a particular interest in, and is currently researching, the Theory - Practice link /disconnect in Initial Teacher Education.

 

 

Dr Julie Uí Choistealbha

Julie’s research interests are the teaching and learning processes, in particular the teaching and learning of languages, the Irish language, attitudes, perceptions and motivation and the role they play in the teaching and learning processes, working as a professional, school placement and work placement.

 

 

Dr Rory Mc Daid

Rory Mc Daid currently teaches across six programmes in MIE, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is a former Research Fellow in the Children’s Research Centre, TCD, where he worked on the Growing Up in Ireland project, and a former Research Associate in the Special Education Department, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, where he worked on two national projects, investigating the future of Special Schools and Classes (NCSE funded) and Inclusion in Irish Education (DES funded). His current research focuses on the experiences of migrant teachers in the Irish education system.

Selected Publications

Books
Ó Duibhir, P. McDaid, R. and O'Shea, A., 2011. All Changed? Culture and identity in contemporary Ireland. Dublin: Duras.

Book Chapters
Ó Duibhir, P., McDaid, R., and O'Shea, A. 2011. Introduction. In: Ó Duibhir, P., McDaid, R., and O'Shea, A. eds. All Changed? Culture and identity in contemporary Ireland.Dublin: Duras, pp. 9-21.
Mc Daid, R. 2011. 2011. GŁOS, VOCE, VOICE: Minority Language Children Reflect on the Recognition of their First Languages in Irish Primary Schools. In: Darmody, M. Tyrrell, N. And Song, S. eds. The Changing Faces of Ireland: Exploring Immigrant and Ethnic Minority Children's Experiences. Rotterdam: Sense, pp. 17-33.
Mc Daid, R. 2007. New Kids on the Block. In Downes, P. and Gilligan, A.L. eds. Beyond Educational Disadvantage.IPA: Dublin, pp 268-279.,

Peer Reviewed Journals
Prunty, A. Dupont, M. and Mc Daid, R. 2012. Voices of students with special educational needs (SEN): Views on schooling. Support for Learning, 27(1), 29-36.

Research Reports
Travers, J. Balfe, T. Butler, C. Day, T. Dupont, M. McDaid, R. O’Donnell, M. And Prunty, A., 2010.Addressing the challenges and barriers to inclusion in Irish schools, Report to the Research and Development Committee of the Department of Education and Skills. Dublin: St Patrick’s College, Special Education Department.
Ware, J. Balfe, T. Butler, C. Day, T. Dupont, M, Harten, C. Farrell, A. McDaid, R. O’Riordan, M., Prunty, A. and Travers, J., 2009. Research Report on the Role of Special Schools & Classes in Ireland (NCSE Research Reports No: 4). Trim: National Council for Special Education.

 

 

Ms Suzy Macken

Suzy Macken holds a BA (QTS) degree in Primary teacher Education and a Diploma and Masters in Education with her chosen specialism being Physical Education. Her research interests focus mainly on Assessment practices in the primary school and in particular how teachers can effectively assess children in Physical Education through using learning objectives, success criteria and audio devices.

Her study into the effectiveness of using learning objectives and success criteria to assess children in Physical Education was presented at the PE Pays Conference in the University of Limerick and subsequently published in the proceedings publication.

 

 

Mr Gene Mehigan

Gene Mehigan is Principal Lecturer and Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) at Marino Institute of Education, with leadership responsibilities for Literacy Education and Continuing Professional Development. His lecturing responsibilities include teaching English Methods courses to undergraduate and post graduate initial teacher education students. His research interests are in the teaching of reading, education provision in disadvantaged settings and in teacher education. Currently a member of the national executive of the Reading Association of Ireland he is also a member of the Early Childhood and Primary Language Advisory Group of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.

 

 

Ms Máire Nuinseann

Máire Nuinseann (B.Ed, M.Mus, Adv.dip Kodaly Institute of the Lizst Academy, LTCL, ALCM) is currently completing a doctorate in Music Education. Her research interests are in musicology and music education with particular emphasis on teaching and learning, instrumental music practices, the contrasting pedagogies of world musics, folk music, Irish traditional music, choral and liturgical music.


Publications:

Tin Whistle, The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (2013) UCD Press, Dublin

Competitions: traditional music, The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (2013) UCD Press, Dublin

‘What counts as Music Education? Proceedings of the Voicings Conference 2011 (www.irishmusic education.ie)

A Syllabus of Traditional Irish Music Examination, (1998). RIAM/CCÉ, Dublin.

Confirm Us Today (2006) compiled and edited by Mary Nugent and Patricia Hegarty

Beo Go Deo (1996 - 2005) Musical Director, Composer and Editor for the Primary Schools series (Veritas, Dublin)

Music to Honour God’s Name, (2000) Compiled and edited by Patricia Hegarty and Mary Nugent

An Edition and Commentary of the Early Works of Isabella Leonarda (1620 – 1704), MA Thesis (1995) Mary Nugent, The Queens University of Belfast.

Music for Slow Learners, H.Dip Special Ed, Diploma Thesis, (1988). Mary Nugent, St Patrick’s College of Education, Dublin.

 

An tUasal Treasa Uí hÉimhrín

Léachtóir san Oideachas, Múineadh na Gaeilge.

B. Oid. (Coláiste Phádraig), Ard-dioplóma sa Bhainistíocht san Oideachas (OE Magh Nuad), M.Oid. (Ceannasaíocht Scoile) OE Magh Nuad.

Spéiseanna Taighde/Gairimiúla: Iar-Phríomhoide bunscoile T1 le suim i Modhanna Múinte teangacha. Gach gné de mhúineadh na Gaeilge agus de mhúineadh trí mheán na Gaeilge sa bhunscoil. Tá suim agam chomh maith sa taighde ar dhátheangachas, ar thumoideachas agus ar mhúineadh an dara teanga i gcoitinne. Tá taighde déanta agam ar na   cúiseanna a bhaineann le fás líon na ngaelscoileanna.

Suim sa reachtaíocht a bhaineann leis an nGaeilge agus an tumoideachas agus an tionchar atá aige sin ar an gcóras oideachais.

Tá ábhar curaclam ullmhaithe agam atá ar fáil do mhúinteoirí, ar shuíomh idirlín www.ppds.ie, chun tacaíocht a thabhairt dóibh an Ghaeilge a mhúineadh sa bhunscoil agus chun an curaclam a chur i bhfeidhm

Sraith leabhair do pháistí óga le foilsiú idir lámha.

 

 

 

Ms Valerie O’Dowd

Valerie’s masters (DCU) focussed on the role of parents in their children’s mathematics education. She was previously seconded full-time from her teaching position to the NCCA where she worked as an Education Officer on the development of the revised primary mathematics curriculum. She also acted as NCCA representative on many national advisory committees including the National Assessment of Mathematical Achievement 1999 and 2004.

She subsequently co-ordinated, developed and implemented the national in-service programme in primary mathematics. Over her career Valerie has designed and delivered many courses, including primary mathematics summer courses for teachers and computer courses on using the computer language LOGO.

Her current research interests are in the areas of parental involvement in children’s mathematical learning and assessment for learning in maths. She recently developed a comprehensive series of videos and accompanying materials for the NCCA http://www.ncca.ie/en/Curriculum_and_Assessment/Parents/Primary/