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Gene Mehigan PhD

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Contact

Telephone
(01) 8057724
Location
M111

Rannóg/Section

English Methods, English Language, Literature and Literacy, Continuing Professional Development

Qualifications

B.Ed. (NUI), Dip Remedial Ed., Dip Ed Admin., M.Ed., PhD

Teaching

English Language, Literature and Literacy(B.Ed.1); English Methods (B.Ed. 3); English Literacy and Competency (PME)

Selected Conference Papers

Mehigan G. (2014) Reading Vocabulary: Practical Strategies for Vocabulary Instruction in the Primary  School St.Patrick’s College Thurles: RAI Spring Seminar (April 5th)

 

Mehigan, G. (2013) Reading Fluency: The Ultimate Goal of Reading Instruction in the Primary School? Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) Annual Meeting, City West Hotel, Dublin

 

Mehigan, G. (2012) Reading Fluency: A Vital Element of an Effective Literacy Programme, Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) Annual Conference, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin.

 

Mehigan, G. (2012) Literacy in Primary Schools: The Missing Link, Irish Primary Principals Network(IPPN) Deputy Principals’ Conference, City West Hotel, Dublin (May, 10th/11th)

 

Mehigan, G. (2012) Forging a Future: Teaching vocabulary as part of an effective literacy programme. Irish Primary Principals Network Annual Meeting, City West Hotel, Dublin.

                    

Mehigan, G. (2011) Principals Leading Literacy – Where are we now? Irish Primary Principals Network Annual Meeting, City West Hotel, Dublin (January, 28th)

 

Mehigan, G (2010) Words, Words, Words – Effective Vocabulary Instruction in the Primary School, Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) Annual Conf., Marino Institute of Education, Dublin.

 

Mehigan, G. (2009) Perspectives on Teaching Reading – Interventions and Professional Development, National Economic and Social Forum, Government Buildings, Dublin.

 

Mehigan G. & Delaney, S. (2009) Developing a mission, vision and agenda for the Irish Colleges of Education Research Consortium (CERC). AERA Annual Meeting, San Diego, USA.

 

Mehigan, G. & Delaney S. (2009) Perceptions of Pre-service Primary Teacher Educators on the Preparation of Prospective Teacher Educators, Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Annual Conference, Kilkenny, (April 3rd).

 

Mehigan, G. (2009) Teaching Vocabulary as Part of an Effective Literacy Programme, Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) Spring Conference, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin (May 20th)

 

Mehigan, G. (2008) Best Practices in Building Reading Vocabulary, Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) Annual Conference, CICE, Dublin (September 26th)

 

Morgan, M., O’Leary, M., Mehigan, G. (2007) Teachers’ Lives. AERA Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA (April 10th)

Mehigan, G. & Delaney S. (2007) Researching Characteristics of Teacher Educators, Colleges of Education Research Consortium (CERC) Annual Meeting, Dublin (June 20th)

 

Mehigan, G. & Delaney, S. (2007) Teacher educators in the Republic of Ireland: Report on Pilot Study, Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Annual Conference, Cavan, (March 30th)

 

Mehigan, G. (2000) Emergent literacy:"Will I read it with my eyes shut?” International Reading Conference (RAI, DES, National Reading Initiative), Dublin (September 29th)

 

Invited Keynote Addresses

2014, Sept.       Developing the Reading Habit: To juggle or to smuggle? Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) Annual Conference, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin (27th

 

2012, May        Inclusive Literacies, VIP Project: School of Education, University College Cork, Cork Education Support Centre (May 23rd)

 

2012, March   Thoughts in my head: Literacy and Physical Education, Irish Primary Physical Education Association Annual Conference, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin (March 3rd)

 

2011, May        Leading Literacy: Solution or Revolution? IPPN Deputy Principals’ Conference City West Hotel, Dublin (May, 20th)

 

2010, March     Literacy Standards in Ireland – Implications of Policy, Children’s Rights Alliance Roundtable Conference, European Union House, Dublin (March 15th).

Invited Presentations

2014, Feb.        Initial Teacher Education in Ireland: Crossroads or Spaghetti Junction? Invited by Irish National Teachers Organisation to address Norwegian Teacher Educators at Marino Institute of Education, Dublin (February, 20th).

 

2013, June        Reading in Recovery in Irish Schools. Invited address at Graduation of Reading Recovery Teachers at Marino Institute of Education, Dublin (June 12th)

 

2013, May        Vocabulary Instruction: Research to Practice. Invited address to teachers in St. Cronan’s NS, Swords and surrounding schools. (May 29th)

                        

2013, April       Reading Vocabulary: The Missing Link in Reading/Language Instruction in Our Schools? Laois Education Centre (April 10th)

 

2012, Nov.       Integrating Vocabulary Instruction in the Primary Classroom. Invited address to teachers at Donegal Education Centre (November 8th)

 

2012, Nov.       Vocabulary Instruction: Developing Word Consciousness in Primary School Children. Invited address to teachers at Sligo Education Centre (November 5th)

 

2012, June        Vocabulary Development and Instruction. Invited address to teachers in St. Kevin’s NS, Greystones. (June 6th)

 

20012,  May     Discovery of the Obvious: Vocabulary Acquisition as foundation to Reading Instruction. Invited address to the annual meeting of the Professional Development Service for Teachers at the Keadeen Hotel (25th May)

 

2012, April       Effective Teaching of Reading: From Phonics to Fluency. Invited address to the Professional Development Service for Teachers at Marino Institute of Education (April 24th)

 

2011, July         Contexts for Oral Language Development in the Primary School. Invited presentation to the Irish National Teachers Organisation Summer School for Teachers at Parnell Square, Dublin(July 6th)

 

2011, Sept.       A Whole School Approach to Teaching Literacy in Senior Primary Classes. Invited presentation to teachers in St. Thomas’ SNS, Tallaght (September 27th)

 

2009, Nov.       Improving Children’s Vocabulary Using Reading Material as a Stimulus. Invited presentation to reading instructors of Wizards Of Words (WOW) programme at Barnardos.(November 11th)

 

2009, Oct.        Degrees of Meaning: Comprehension Strategies for Struggling Readers. Invited presentation to teachers in Scoil Bhríde, Naas, Co. Kildare and surrounding schools (October 1st)

 

2009, June        Walking the Talk: Using Football as a Context and Stimulus for Language Development. Invited address to the Football Association of Ireland at Marino Institute of Education (June 20th)

 

2006, July        Developing Excellent Presentation and Facilitation Skills. Invited presentation to instructors of Discover Primary Science Programme at Blackrock Education Centre. (July 6th)

 

2005 Sept.      Supporting Text-Based Comprehension for Struggling Readers. Invited presentation to Cork Learning Support Teachers Autumn Seminar. Maryborough House Hotel , Cork (September, 20th)

 

Publications

Mehigan, G. (2014) Teacher Education in Ireland: Whither are we bound? InTouch (Issue No. 145, June 2014) Trends in Education (pp 27-33) Dublin: INTO.

 

Mehigan, G. (2013). Oral Reading Fluency: A Link from Word Reading Efficiency to From Literacy Research to Classroom Practice: Insights and Inspiration (pp 99-113). Dublin: RAI.

 

Mehigan, G., Willoughby, K., & Kelly, A. Eds.).(2013) From Literacy Research to Classroom Practice: Insights and Inspiration. Dublin: RAI.

 

Mehigan, G., Dwyer, B., Kelly, A. & Watson, G. (Eds.). (2012) Creating Multiple Pathways to Powerful Literacy in Challenging Times. Dublin: RAI.

 

Mehigan, G. (2010) Direct Vocabulary Instruction in the Primary Classroom. In Reading News. Dublin: RAI.

 

Mehigan, G. (2009) Word Knowledge and Vocabulary Development. In The Changing Lansdcape of Literacy – Building Best Practice (pp. 183-196). Dublin: RAI.

 

Mehigan, G. (1997) Learning Difficulties Literacy, Dublin: Irish National Teachers Organisation.

 

Mehigan, G. (1996) Inservice Education – The Irish Experience. Glasgow :The Journal of Scottish Support for Learning Association.

 

 

Reports

Mehigan, G. (2005) Education in the Republic of The Gambia, West Africa: Report on Teacher Education (Inservice), World Bank, Banjul.

 

Mehigan, G. (2004) Education in the Republic of The Gambia, West Africa: Report on Teaching of Literacy, World Bank, Banjul.

 

 

Text Book Publications

2015                 Ireland 1916 (C J Fallon, Dublin)

2012                 Educational Consultant to Wonderland Phonics Programme

2009-2012       Educational Consultant to Wonderland English Literacy Programme (C J Fallon, Dublin). Wonderland incorporates a complete range of readers, skills books, rhyme and

                       picture books, emergent readers plus ancillary, IT support material and oral language development programme.

 

 

Editorial Activity

2012                 From Literacy Research to Classroom Practice: Insights and Inspiration. Dublin: RAI

 

2012                 Creating Multiple Pathways to Powerful Literacy in Challenging Times. Dublin: RAI

1992-1994        Learn -Journal of Association of Remedial Teachers of Ireland

 

Biography

Gene Mehigan is Principal Lecturer at Marino Institute of Education, with leadership responsibilities for English and Continuing Professional Development. As Head of the English Department his lecturing responsibilities include the teaching of English methods to undergraduate and post graduate students. His research interests are in the teaching of reading, education provision in disadvantaged settings and in teacher education. Much of his early research into the teaching of reading was carried out while working as a learning support and special needs teacher in Darndale Junior School. More recently his research has focused on the impact of the revised curriculum on teaching reading in the early years in primary school. In 1994 Gene was commissioned by the INTO to head up a team to design courses for teachers in Learning Difficulties in Literacy and has since adapted this material for online provision. Prior to joining the staff at Marino he worked as coordinator of the Common Inservice Remedial Course in Church of Ireland College Rathmines and the Primary Curriculum Support Programme. A past president of the Association of Remedial Teachers of Ireland (ARTI) he is currently a member of the Project Team on Child Literacy and Social Inclusion for the National Economic and Social Forum. He is also a steering committee member for a number of National Programmes including the National Pilot Project for Teacher Induction (NPPTI), Reading Recovery and An Scrúdú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge (S.C.G). In recent years he has worked with the World Bank as a Government advisor to the Department of State for Education in The Gambia on the development of a sector wide approach for the reform of literacy education.