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Dr. Michael Flannery

Michael Flannery 2


01 8057727
St Mary's, Art Room


Department Head of Arts and Religious Education 


PhD Education from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2010)
MSc in Technology and Learning from University of Dublin, Trinity College (2014)
H.Dip. Community Arts Education from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2003)
M.A. English Language Education from Canterbury Christ Church University (1996)
B.Ed. (Primary) from St. Patrick's College, NUI (1989)

Lecturing responsibilities 

Bachelor of Education: Visual Arts and Integrated art
Bachelor of Education: Curriculum Integration, Imagination & Innovation (C3i)
Professional Masters in Education: Visual Arts
Professional Masters in Education: Integrated Arts/ Arts Integration  
Masters in Education Studies: Visual Arts MESVA

School art links coordination 

Coordinator of school art links MIE with local DEIS schools. In partnership with class teachers, school links MIE aim to

  • extend children's understanding of visual art
  • expand their repertoire of techniques and related constructs
  • develop children's collaborative, communicative and creative skills 
  • extend related literacy skills 
  • exemplify high quality visual arts integration with other curriculum area
  • nurture studio/ creative habits of mind
  • Heighten self-efficacy 
  • demystify third level education

MIE visual artist in residence coordination 

Visual artist Kevin Gaffney (2017-2018)
Visual artist Mark Joyce (2018-2019)

Research / Professional Interests

Assessment in visual arts and arts based assessment
Exploring A/R/Tography - becoming (novice) artist, researcher, teacher with preservice teachers 
Collaborative creativity
Creative use of technologies in visual arts and teaching visual arts 
Imagination and imaginative education
Ideation self-efficacy in relation to creativity and innovation 
Integrated arts and co-equal visual Arts Integration  
Multi-literacy development through Visual Arts

Recent publications

Flannery, (2016). Evaluating the impact of Visual Arts on children’s procedural writing. In LAI (2017)
Granville, G. Ed. (2012) Art Education and Contemporary Culture Irish Experiences International perspectives, Bristol UK/ Chicago USA, Intellect Publications 
Scotens (1913) Online CPD: analysing primary teachers‟ perspectives on creativity, imagination and innovation in Creative Teachers for Creative Learners, Implications for Teacher Education

Recent conference presentations

(2018). IATSE. Dublin. Going with the flow: Exploring flow as a lens and tool to act, think and plan more inclusively in the classroom
(2018). WCE. Dublin. Nurturing Preservuce teachers’ ideation.
(2018). WERA. Cape Town. Combating the classroom imagination deficit: Increasing pre-service teachers’ ideation self-efficacy for more creative teaching and learning.
(2017). Edulearn. Evaluating Multi-user virtual environment technology for visual arts inquiry using action case research
(2017). RECEC Symposium. Dublin. Early Learning Experiences Symposium: Children, Creativity and Contexts - Reflecting on C3i in early education practice: Curriculum integration, imagination and innovation.
(2016). InAEA 2nd biennial virtual conference: Art education in the era of creativity, Evaluating MUVE technology for visual arts inquiry - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZT37AH9g5k&feature=youtu.be&t=7200 - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByeZMvPrsfAqb0d4ZEphbml3cHM/view
(2016) LAI Conference, Dublin. Evaluating the impact of Visual Arts on children’s procedural writing.
(2013) RAI Conference, Dublin.  Introducing VALID - Literacy development in Visual Arts
(2012) Scotens conference: Analysing primary teachers’ perspectives on imagination, creativity and innovation

Committee/ Organisation memberships

AERG: Arts in Education Research Group
ATAI: Art Teachers Association of Ireland 
CESI: Computers in Edcuation Society in Ireland 
IATSE: Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education 
INAEA: International Art Education Association 
INSEA: International Society of Education through the Arts
MERC: Marino Ethics in Reseach Committee
RHA: Royal Hibernia Academy