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The Student Teacher Educational Research(STER) Conference will take place at Marino Institute of Education on 9 April 2024.


Student Teacher Educational Research (STER) is an Irish Higher Education partnership project that supports education students to share their dissertation research with the wider education community. STER provides students with a unique opportunity to share and publish their dissertation research with the support and guidance of the STER team. Participants can present at the STER Conference, publish in the peer-reviewed e-Journal, or participate in a Podcast Interview. The aims of the project are to provide student teachers with an opportunity to share their research findings with peers, teachers and teacher educators; to create a positive, research-rich environment; to encourage mature appreciation for educational research and its role in the continuum of teacher education. We have achieved these aims by providing peer feedback, by increasing visibility and recognition for education research, and by providing networking opportunities for student and graduate researchers.

Now in its seventh year, the STER project has supported more than 100 students and graduates to share their dissertation research through our various platforms. It has been recognised as an innovative initiative supporting a culture of research in undergraduate and postgraduate education research, nationally and internationally. In 2023, STER received international recognition, winning a prestigious Teaching Innovation Award from Zurich University of Teacher Education, and funding to develop a Swiss version of the project – work that is currently being led by Dr Aimie Brennan, Dr Beatrice Kumin and Ms Franziska Detken.

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About the Conference: 

The Student Teacher Educational Research (STER) Conference will take place on 9 April 2024 from 15:00 to 18:30 at Marino Institute of Education, Dublin. The conference is organised by a team of students and staff and will feature presentations from education students across Ireland. Attendance at the STER Conference is open to anyone who would like to hear about the up-to-date research being conducted by undergraduate and masters students in Ireland. It is particularly valuable for education students who would like advice from peers about the research process; and ideas about their own areas of interest.

Our 2024 Conference will feature: 

  • Individual Presentations: Oral and poster presentations by students and graduates from education programmes across Ireland. Presentations will be 15 minutes and will allow time for Q&A. Presentations will focus on the findings of their dissertation research spanning early years, primary, post-primary and further education.
  • Keynote Presentation: For the first time, we will include a keynote presentation by Dr Máirín Glenn, co-convener of the Network for Educational Action Research in Ireland (NEARI) and co-author of Action Research for the Classroom: A Guide to values based research in practice. Dr Glenn will discuss how teachers can use action research to engage in research on their own practice, supported by case studies from teachers’ and student teachers’ practice.
  • Panel Discussion: A Panel discussion with education students and graduates who will give tips and advice based on their experience conducting research. Students and graduates from four colleges will participate in the panel discussion; which will be facilitated by Holly Smith (B.Sc. in Education Studies student). The panel will provide an opportunity for Q&As with students and graduates who have conducted research in education.
  • Journal Launch: Volume 6 of the STER e-Journal will be launched at the conference. This volume includes articles written by education students in Ireland.

Registration Details: 

Registration is free but places are limited. All in-person attendees will be entered into a draw for spot prizes. If you cannot attend the Conference in person, there may be an option to attend virtually, please contact [email protected] for more information.

Tips and Extra Information: 

  • Conference Registration is free, but space is limited. Register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/student-teacher-educational-research-ster-conference-tickets-858287028607
  • For more information, visit the Conference website: https://www.ster.ie/conference.html
  • Follow us for updates on our social media channels: Instagram: @ster_research  and Twitter: @STER_Ire
  • Read previous articles available through the STER e-Journal Collection on TARA: http://www.tara.tcd.ie/handle/2262/92361
  • Read a recent blog post on www.courses.ie encouraging students to get involved: https://www.courses.ie/blog/share-your-research-at-the-ster-2024-conference-on-9th-april-at-marino-institute/

Access the STER Podcast on Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/show/3P4zG1t09UBHqUJRrAvC7q?si=0c4fdbfed55a4c8a


If you have any queries, please contact:
Dr. Aimie Brennan
Dean of Education: Policy, Practice & Society at MIE, and
Second Level Schools Officer, Sociological Association of Ireland.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (01) 8057717