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Dr. Barbara O'Toole



353 1 853 5126
St Patrick's Building, Room P38


Inclusive Education / Intercultural Education / Development Education


B.Ed. (St. Patrick's College)
M.Ed. (University of Nottingham)
M.A. (Tavistock Clinic / University of East London)
Ed. D. (St. Patrick's College / Dublin City University)


Director of Master in Education Studies (Intercultural Education)
Lecturing: Language Studies, teaching English as an additional language, intercultural education, development education, religious diversity and intercultural education, human rights education.

MA Intercultural Education Promo Video from alegan on Vimeo.

Research / Professional Interests

Intercultural education; anti-racism; development education; human rights education; religious diversity and intercultural education

Teacher education 


O'Toole, B. (2015). 1831 to 2014: an opportunity to get it right this time? Some thoughts on the current debate on patronage and religious education in Irish primary schools. Irish Educational Studies, 34 (1).pp. 89-102.

Delaney, S., Ó Breacháin, A., Macken, S. and O'Toole, B. (2014). Innovation in practice: designing, implementing and evaluating course on approximations of practice. AERA annual meeting, Philadelphia PA (6 April).

Ryan, A., O'Toole, B. Quinn, F., Hagan, M. and Bracken, S. (2010). English as an Additional Language in Undergraduate Teacher Education Programmes North and South. Reflective Practice: Challenges for Teacher Education: 2009 Conference and Annual Reports (SCoTENS).

Bracken, S., Hagan, M., O'Toole, B. Quinn, F. and Ryan, A. (2009). English as an Additional Language in Undergraduate Teacher Education Programmes in Ireland: A Summary of the Report on Provision in Two Teacher Education Colleges. School Leadership Policy and Practice North and South: 2008 Conference and Annual Reports - (SCoTENS).

O'Toole, B. (2008). Separating 'Development and Intercultural Education' in Initial Teacher Education. In M. Fiedler and A. Perez-Pinan (eds.) Challenging Perspectives. Dublin: DICE e-book.

O'Toole, B. (2006). "What makes a Global Teacher?" Examining Student Responses to Development and Intercultural Education. Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review, Issue 3.

O'Toole, B. (2005). Using Fiction in Development and Intercultural Education. In L. Morris and S. Coghlan (Eds.). Cross-Currents: A Guide to Multicultural Books for Young People. Dublin: IBBY Ireland.


2017: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Copenhagen. 'From assistencialism to equality? Perceptions of the Global South in four primary school classrooms in Ireland'.  With Paula Murphy and Elaine Haverty, August 2017.

2015: With Dr Barbara Skinner of University of Ulster at Coleraine at SCoTENS Conference, Limerick. Title: 'Teaching English as an Additional Language: perspectives from North and South'.

2013: RE21 - Religious Education in a Global-Local World, at University College Cork. Title: 1831 to 2014: an opportunity to get it right this time?

2012: With Dr Rory Mc Daid at Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) conference at Marino Institute of Education. Title: ‘Kicking off with English language skills’: an evaluation of a pilot programme to develop literacy skills through sport.

2011: With Dr Rory Mc Daid and Lorraine Connaughton at DICE conference at St Patrick's College, Drumcondra. Title: My language - Pride in the skin I’m in’.

2009: Irish Learning Support Association (ILSA) conferences. Title: Reading Different Worlds: Literacy approaches with EAL learners’.


Funding received under Irish Aid 2017 Annual Development Education Grants round, to support resource design and research project: Teaching about trade in the primary school.

Funding received from Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS) in 2017 to support joint project with Dr Barbara Skinner at University of Ulster in Coleraine, with funding for two seminars: 'Minority language students and the curriculum - closing the achievement gap'.

Minority language students and the curriculum: closing the achievement gap

In April 2017, MIE held a one-day seminar entitled 'Minority language students and the curriculum: closing the achievement gap', which was supported by funding from SCoTENS. The initiative was organised in association with Dr Barbara Skinner at the University of Ulster in Coleraine. A one-day seminar on the same theme was held in Coleraine in February 2017.

Speakers at the MIE seminar included: Dr Piet Van Avermaet from the University of Ghent in Belgium, Dr Andrew Hancock from Edinburgh University, Dr Deirdre Kirwan, former principal of Scoil Bhríde Cailíní in Blanchardstown, Dublin, and Dr Jean Conteh from Leeds University. Dr Rory Mc Daid from MIE was the rapporteur for the day.

The seminars were filmed and the recordings have now been edited into a ten-minute digital resource: