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Third volume of the STER e-journal launched in Marino Institute of Education


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The third volume of the Student Teacher Educational Research (STER) e-journal has been launched in Marino Institute of Education. The e-journal is a core output of the STER project, an exciting higher education initiative that supports and encourages education students to share their dissertation research through an annual conference, e-journal and podcast series. In 2020, the STER project was run in partnership with a team of student volunteers in Marino Institute of Education.

The project founder and coordinator, Dr Aimie Brennan, said ‘the renewed interest in teacher-research and the emphasis on evidence in education mean that it has never been more important to get students excited about research during their programme of study. The STER project actively contributes to building students’ research capacity by helping them to articulate the impact of research on practice using a variety of accessible platforms. Students participation in an interdisciplinary group has given them a unique opportunity to learn from each other and gain an appreciation for the importance of research across a wide variety of education settings.’

This third volume of the STER e-Journal includes nine articles prepared by education students and graduates of Marino Institute of Education and Mary Immaculate College. These articles showcase quality research projects on a diversity of themes including, inclusive education, curriculum and planning, station-teaching, emergent literacy. Mirroring the academic research dissemination process, all student articles in the STER e-journal went through a blind peer review process conducted by student volunteers from across the Institute. Students enrolled on the B.Ed., PME, Education Studies, and Early Years programmes worked together to provide constructive feedback for authors, ensuring that this third volume would be thought-provoking, practice-based and engaging for readers.

President of Marino Institute of Education, Dr Teresa O’Doherty, said ‘I am delighted to launch the third volume of the STER e-journal which was prepared in partnership with MIE students. The papers demonstrate students’ competence and capacity to investigate their practice, to critically appraise the work of others, and to contribute to debate and discussion about education research. The level of teamwork involved and the commitment to quality assurance processes is impressive. I wish to congratulate the students on their wonderful achievement, and to acknowledge the valuable contribution of the research supervisors who supported the research. I would also like to thank Dr Aimie Brennan for her leadership of the STER project, it has provided MIE students with a unique opportunity to extend their research capacity and I look forward to our continued involvement.’

Today’s launch marks the culmination of months of preparation by student volunteers; Lucy Cullen, Michelle Duffy, Seán Evans, Erica Keogh, Gráinne Logue, Niamh O’Neill, Lucy Quinlan-O’Rourke and Lauren Shannon. Dr Brennan said, ‘it was a privilege to work closely with the STER team who brought wonderful energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to contribute to the college community. Working in partnership with students on STER has contributed to my own professional development and continues to be the highlight of my year. I would like to thank the team sincerely for their contribution and the MIE community for supporting the expansion of the project within the Institute.’

The STER e-journal can be accessed from the STER website: http://www.ster.ie/journal.html

With thanks to Genevieve Larkin and the MIE library team, all articles in the STER e-journal can be accessed from a new STER collection on TARA, Trinity’s Access to Research Archive: http://www.tara.tcd.ie/handle/2262/92340 and directly from the MIE library homepage: https://www.mie.ie/en/library/

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