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Julie Uí Choistealbha DEd

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01 805 7723
St Mary's, Room 231


Dean of Education: Policy, Practice and Society


Ed. D. Trinity College Dublin (2012)
M.Ed. (Educational Disadvantage) St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra (2005)
B.Ed. St Patrick's College, Drumcondra (2001)
Dip. Ed (Mentoring Newly Qualified Teachers) St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra (2006)


B.Ed/PME ( Primary) 

Advanced Professional Studies

Advanced School Placement 

Baitsiléir san Oideachas Trí Mheán na Gaeilge (Bunmhúinteoireacht)

Staidéir Ghairmiúla 1

B.Sc in Education Studies 

Second Language Teaching and Learning 

Research / Professional Interests

Current research Projects: 

DEEPEN: Droichead: Exploring and Eliciting Perspectives, Experiences and Narratives 


In 2018 a MIE/TCD research consortium, led by Dr Julie Uí Choistealbha and Dr Melanie Ní Dhuinn, was successful in the Teaching Council tender process for research into teachers’ experience of the Droichead professional induction process. This MIE/TCD consortium brings together the shared knowledge and expertise of two institutions who have long histories in Initial Teacher Education at both primary and post primary level, documented excellence in research in education nationally and internationally and a shared vision for a quality continuum of education in Ireland.

This is a 3-year research project (2018-2021)



Phase 1:

       A desk-based systematic literature review of research on induction


Phase 2:


a)      An online questionnaire to all Droichead schools


b)      Focus groups with Year 2 NQTs, Professional Support Teams, school management and school staff (DEIS, SEN and Gaelscoileanna)

c)      Visual data collection and NQT focus groups (DEIS, SEN and Gaelscoileanna)


Phase 3:

a)      Focus groups with Year 2 NQTs, Professional Support Teams, school management and school staff (small schools)

b)      Visual data collection and NQT focus groups (small schools)

c)      Research outputs: Final report, exemplars of best practice, ebook/video, international conference, online sharing space for NQTs

Previous Research Projects:

‘Empowering ePortfolio Processes’ Erasmus+ Project

September 2016- June 2018 


EPortfolio Ireland  @EportfolioIRL  A community of eportfolio practitioners and researchers based in Ireland.    

                                                                                                         Steering Committee member 2018-

Selected Seminars and Presentations:

  • Digital dilemmas - ePortfolio in theory and practice, in Ireland and Denmark, co-presented with  Bo Klindt Poulsen, Denmark at the Practices on ePortfolio dissemination event, Leuven, Belgium,  February  2018
  • Developing school/ higher education institute partnership through collaborative practicum design, AERA Annual Conference, April 2017
  • Stop the Clock: A timeout to explore professionalism in a 21st century teaching context INTO Consultative Conference on Education, November 2016
  • A Partnership Model for the Design and Implementation of an Innovative Model of Practicum 9th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville November 2016.
  • Using an ePortfolio as a catalyst for an auto-ethnographic study of researcher identity  London International Conference on Education 2015
  • Conceptualising Curriculum Change: Structuring the final year learning experience of a professionally orientated degree programme in education studies Irish International Conference on Education 2015
  • The Irish language in the 21st century primary school. Perceptions of teachers and children: Indications for a new strategy TCD-MIE-UCD-NCAD Research Symposium 2015
  • Location, Location, Location! Language Learning in Schools Serving Communities of Disadvantage in Ireland The Second European Conference on Language Learning (ECLL 2014)


Uí Choistealbha, J. (2018) The benefits and challenges of using ePortfolios  https://unlimited.hamk.fi/ammatillinen-osaaminen-ja-opetus/the-benefits-and-challenges-of-using-eportfolios

Uí Choistealbha, J. (2017) in  Kunnari, I. and Laurikainen, M. (eds.) Collection of Engaging Practices in ePortfolio Process   https://eepeu.wordpress.com/publications 

Uí Choistealbha, J., Donnelly, R. and Fitzmaurice, M. (2016) Exploring the Student Experience of the Final Year of a Professionally-Oriented Undergraduate Degree in Education Studies (2016) published online at  http://arrow.dit.ie/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1039&context=ltcart

Featured eBooks:

Institute of Teacher Education Dublin - Research & Collaboration eBook

The Irish language in the 21st century classroom. Perceptions of teachers and children: Indications for a new strategy ( pp. 24-27)


Teaching Council School Placement eBook


Dissertation Themes

Ed.D., University of Dublin, Trinity College
The Irish Language in the 21st Century Primary School - Perceptions of Teachers and Children: Indications for a new strategy (2012)
M.Ed (Educational Disadvantage), St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra
The Teaching and Learning of Irish in Schools Serving Areas of Disadvantage (2005)
Dip. Ed (Mentoring Newly Qualified Teachers) St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra - Professional Development
Distant Mentoring: A Context for Professional Development (2006)

Professional Interests

Work-based learning: School Placement/Work Placement

Working as a professional

Attitudes, perceptions and motivation

The teaching and learning processes

eportfolios as a mode of assessment