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Professor Teresa O'Doherty



01 805 7703
St. Mary's, Room 113


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Prof. Teresa O’Doherty was appointed President of Marino Institute of Education in May 2018 and an Adjunct Professor, School of Education, Trinity College Dublin in 2020.

A teacher educator and scholar for more than thirty years, Prof  O’Doherty qualified as a primary teacher in 1984 (Mary Immaculate College Limerick).

She completed her Master’s in Education at NUI Maynooth in 1989 and was awarded her PhD in Education from the University of Limerick in 1997. She taught initially in O’Hely and O’Rourke Girls’ National School, Kilmallock (1984-1991) before being appointed to An Mhodh Scoil, Bealach Uí Chonaill, Luimneach (1991-1997). 

Prof O’Doherty held a permanent lectureship in Education and the position of Assistant Dean, Research for the College of Education at the University of Limerick from 1997-2003 and was appointed Senior Lecturer at Mary Immaculate College Limerick in 2003. She became Principal Lecturer and Head/Dean of the Faculty of Education there in 2005, a position she held until her appointment to MIE.

Prof. O’Doherty is a member of a wide range of academic, professional and administrative committees at national and international levels.  She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHS) in recognition of her contribution to historical scholarship in February 2023, and was elected to the Academic Council of the Association of Teacher Education in Europe, July 2022.  She was appointed by the Minister for Education to the Teaching Council in April 2022, and previously held the position of member of the State Examinations’ Commission (2015-2022).  She was the President of the Education Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) (2020-2022) and a former Co-Chair of the Standing Conference of Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENS, 2009-2013).  

She has held external examiner appointments in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Ireland, and most recently was an External Examiner at the Institute of Education, University College London.   She is a member of the Institute of Directors and holds a postgraduate Diploma in Company Direction.

Prof O’Doherty’s research interests are in the area of teacher education and the history of education.



Publications and other outputs




O’Doherty, T., & O’Donoghue, T. (2021). Radical reform in Irish schools, 1900-1922: The ‘New Education’ turn. Palgrave Macmillan.

O’Donoghue, T., & O’Doherty, T. (2019). Irish speakers and schooling in the Gaeltacht, 1900 to the present. Palgrave Macmillan.

Farren, S., Clarke, L. and O’Doherty, T. (2019). Teacher preparation in Northern Ireland: History, policy and future directions. Emerald Publishing.

O’Donoghue, T., Harford, J, and O’Doherty, T. (2017). Teacher education in Ireland: History, policy and future directions. Emerald Publishing.

Beauchamp, G., Clarke, L., Hulme, M., Jephcote, M., Kennedy, A., Magennis, G., Menter, I., Murray, J., Mutton, T., O'Doherty, T., & Peiser, G. (2016). Teacher education in times of change. Policy Press.


Book Chapters


O’Doherty, T. (2023). Overview of Primary Level Education in Ireland in 2023 in Ireland’s Education Yearbook (pp119-123). Education Matters.

O’Doherty, T. (2022). Contemporary Perspectives on Primary Education: A time for change? In Education Matters: Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2022 (pp. 97-101). https://irelandseducationyearbook.ie/irelands-education-yearbook-2022/primary/

O’Doherty, T. (2020). The mission of Catholic Education in a secularizing age: a view from Ireland. In Catholic Education: The mission of Catholic schools. Congregation for Catholic Education.

O’Doherty, T. (2019). Reconstructing teacher preparation in Ireland and the foundation disciplines of education. In O’Donoghue, T. and Clarke, S. (Eds), New directions in research on education reconstruction in challenging circumstances: The theory and history of Monograph Series Volume 1 (pp. 31-48). Queens University Library. PDF view of the file angelapietrobon, O'Donoghue – Monograph Series Book 1 – New Directions in Research on Education.pdf (scholarsportal.info)

Leonard, D. and O’Doherty, T. (2000). Action Research in Initial Teacher Education. In McNiff, J., McNamara, G. and Leonard, D (Eds) Action Research in Ireland. Routledge.


Journal Articles


O'Donoghue, T., & O'Doherty, T. (2021). Quietly contesting the hegemony of the Catholic clergy in secondary schooling in Ireland: The case of the Catholic lay secondary schools from Independence in 1922 to the early 1970s. Espacio Tiempo y Educacion, 8(1), 297-308. https://www.espaciotiempoyeducacion.com/ojs/index.php/ete/article/view/336

Clarke, L., Galvin, C., Campbell, M., Cowan, P., Hall, K., Magennis, G., O'Doherty, T., Purdy, N., & Abbott, L. (2021). Assessing the value of SCOTENS as a cross-border professional learning network in Ireland using the Wenger–Trayner value-creation framework. Oxford Review of Education, 47(1), 79-97. https://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2020.1835624

Clarke, L., & O'Doherty, T. (2021). The professional place of teachers on the island of Ireland: truth flourishes where the student's lamp has shone. European Journal of Teacher Education, 44(1), 62-79. https://doi.org/10.1080/02619768.2020.1844660

O’Doherty, T. (2019). Introduction to the Special Issue. Education Research and Perspectives: Studies on Aspects of Teacher Preparation, 46, 1-3. 00_Introduction.pdf (erpjournal.net)

O’Doherty, T. (2018). Introduction to the Special Issue. Education Research and Perspectives: Education for All, 45, 1-3. https://www.erpjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/00_Brief-Introduction-for-Special-Issue.pdf

Madalińska-Michalak, J., O'Doherty, T., & Assunção Flores, M. (2018). Teachers and teacher education in uncertain times. European Journal of Teacher Education, 41(5), 567-571. https://doi.org/10.1080/02619768.2018.1532024

O'Doherty, T., & Harford, J. (2018). Teacher recruitment: Reflections from Ireland on the current crisis in teacher supply. European Journal of Teacher Education, 41(5), 654-669.

Harford, J., & O'Doherty, T. (2016). The discourse of partnership and the reality of reform: Interrogating the recent reform agenda at initial teacher education and induction levels in Ireland. Centre for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 6(3), 37-58.

O'Doherty, T. (2014). Defining moments in policy development, direction, and implementation in Irish initial teacher education policy. Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 4(4), 29-49.

O'Doherty, T. (2009). Teacher competences – a core challenge for teacher educators. Oideas, 54, 68-81. OIDEAS _54_final_ 2 June 2010_gskel (ul.ie)

O'Doherty, T., & Deegan, J. (2009). Mentors, not models: Supporting teachers to be empowered in an Irish context. Research in Comparative and International Education, 4(1), 22-33. https://doi.org/10.2304/rcie.2009.4.1.22

O’Doherty, T. (1999). William Starkie: The teachers’ adversary? Irish Educational Studies, 18, 248-260.


Research Reports


DePaor, C., O’Doherty, T., & Deegan, J. (2008). An evaluation of the Regional Curriculum Support Service (RCSS). The Department of Education and Skills.

O’Doherty, T., Gleeson, J., Johnston, K., McGarr, O. and Moore, J. (2004). Computers and curriculum – difficulties and dichotomies: An investigation into the form, content and perceived impact of a new Leaving Certificate (established) computer-based subject. NCCA Research Report No. 2. National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. https://ncca.ie/media/1486/computers_and_curriculum_difficulties_and_dichotomies_rr4.pdf

O’Doherty, T., Gleeson, J., Moody, J., Johnston, K., Kiely, L. and McGarr, O. (2000). An investigation into the interest in and feasibility of introducing a computer-based subject to the Leaving Certificate (established). Unpublished report presented to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.


Conference Contributions


O’Doherty, T. (2022, September 14). Issues, Challenges and Innovative Approaches to Modern Education – An Overview of Perspectives from Ireland. [Paper presentation]. India-Ireland Friendship Lecture Series.

O’Doherty, T. (2022, September 2). Reform of second-level education in Ireland in the 1960s: Evolution or revolution? [Paper presentation].International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Milan, Italy.

O’Doherty, T. (2022, May 12). Keynote address: Education in the Gaeltacht 1922- 2022. [Paper presentation]. The Irish in Outlook conference, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

O’Doherty, T. (2022, April 11-13). Keynote address: Research in, on and of teacher education: implications for policy and practice. [Paper presentation]. Teacher Education Policy in Europe Conference,  Graz, Austria.

O’Doherty, T. (2022, April 7). Presidential keynote address: Looking back to look forward: the ESAI and Research in Education [Paper presentation] Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference 2022, Dublin, Ireland.

O’Doherty, T. (2021, Lunasa 18). An tOideachas agus Mórtas Cine i saol ilchultúrtha, iltheangacha an lae inniu.  Daonscoil na Mumhan.

O’Doherty, T. and O’Donoghue, T. (2020, September 4-5). Memories of first-language speakers of Irish on their schooling in Irish-speaking districts, 1922-1965. [Paper presentation]. Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference, on-line.

O’Donoghue, T. and O’Doherty, T. (2019, November 7-9). ‘You don’t want to be a Gaelic dafty in this town’: memories of first-language speakers of Irish on their schooling in Irish-speaking districts, 1922-1965. [Paper presentation]. UK History of Education Annual Conference, UCL, London.

O’Doherty, T. (2019, July 16-20). Teacher preparation in Ireland – the ‘universitisation’ and the geography of the initial teacher education. [Paper presentation]. International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Porto, Portugal.

Clarke, L., Campbell, M., Cowan, P., Galvin, C., O’Doherty, T., and Purdy, N. (2019, April 13). The value of a Cross-Border professional learning network in Ireland - from the Good Friday Agreement to Brexit: Looking backward to look forward. [Paper presentation]. The Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference, Sligo, Ireland.

O’Doherty, T. (2019, March 12-14). Invited keynote presentation: Given the growing cultural disengagement from faith-based institutions, what should be the unique value of a vibrant Catholic education? [Paper presentation]. The Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), conference on the Contemporary Issues Facing Catholic Schools (USA, England & Ireland), Notre Dame Global Gateway, London, England. 

O’Doherty, T. (2018, September 12). Reform of second level education in Ireland in the 1960s: evolution or revolution? [Paper presentation]. British Education Research Association, Northumbria University, Newcastle, England.

O’Doherty, T. (2018, July 9). Invited Keynote Address: European Perspectives on Quality in Teacher Education. [Paper presentation]. Policy dialogue on teacher education with Southern Mediterranean countries, European Commission DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Brussels, Belgium.

O’Doherty, T., Harford, J. and O’Donoghue, T. (2018, May 17). Recruiting and educating the best teachers: reflections from Ireland. [Paper presentation]. Minho University, Braga, Portugal,

O’Doherty, T. and Hall, K. (2018, April 13-17). SCoTENS as a learning organization; institutional and agency linkages to shape better understanding of principles and practice in teacher education. [Paper presentation]. American Education Research Association Conference, New York, United States of America.

O’Doherty, T. (2018, April 6). Teacher Education as a Form of Higher Learning: The Irish Experience in Retrospect and Prospect, 1960-2005. [Paper presentation]. Education Studies Association of Ireland, University College Dublin, Ireland.

O’Doherty, T. and Stephenson, J. (2018, February 21). European Methodological Framework for Facilitating Teachers’ Collaborative Learning (EFFeCT 2015- 2018): Presentation to the Working Party on Erasmus+ and student mobility, European Parliament.

O’Doherty, T. (2017). Reflections on school placement: Experiences, challenges and possibilities. In The proceeding of the Joint INTO-Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Seminar. Mary Immaculate College and Irish National Teachers’ Organisation.


Other outputs


Editor for Education Research and Perspectives: Special Issue Education for All, Volume 45.

O’Doherty, T., O’Donoghue, T. and Harford, J. Series editors of Emerald Studies in Teacher Preparation in National and Global Contexts.

Research/Professional Interests

History of Education; teacher education history, education policy and practice

Professional Activities

Special Issue Editor

European Journal of Teacher Education (2018) 41:5, Madalińska-Michalak, J., O’Doherty, T. and Assunção Flores, M.  (eds) ‘Teachers and teacher education in uncertain times’. DOI: 10.1080/02619768.2018.1532024

Education Research and Perspectives (2018) Vol. 45. O’Doherty, T. ‘Education for all’. www.erpjournal.net.

Education Research and Perspectives (2019) Vol. 46. O’Doherty, T. ‘Studies on Aspects of Teacher Education’. www.erpjournal.net

Editor of Book Series

Kolodny, K. and Breitborde, M.L. (2022) Teacher Preparation in the United States: History, Current Conditions, and Policy. Bingley: Emerald Publishing.

Chia, T-T., Chew, A., and Tan, J. (2021) Teacher Preparation in Singapore: A Concise Critical History. Bingley: Emerald Publishing.

O’Doherty, T., O’Donoghue, T. and Harford, J. Series editors of Emerald Studies in Teacher Preparation in National and Global Contexts.

Teacher preparation is currently one of the most pressing and topical issue in the field of education research. This series deals with questions such as how teachers are prepared, what the content of their programmes of preparation is; how their effectiveness is assessed, and what the role of the ‘good’ teacher is in society. These questions are at the forefront of policy agendas around the world.   This series presents robust, critical research studies in the broad field of teacher preparation historically, with attention also being given to current policy and future directions. Most books in the series will focus on an individual country, providing a comprehensive overview of the history of teacher preparation in that country while also making connections between the past and present and informing discussions on possible future directions.

Publications within this series include

Ávalos, B. (2020). Historical Development of Teacher Education in Chile: Facts, Policies and Issues. Emerald Publishing.

Bruno-Jofré, R. &Stafford, J. (2020). The Peripatetic Journey of Teacher Preparation in Canada. Emerald Publishing.

Shanks, R. (2020). Teacher Preparation in Scotland. Emerald Publishing.

Carmody, B.P. (2020). The Emergence of Teacher Education in Zambia. BiEmerald Publishing.

O’Donoghue, T. and Moore, K. (2019). Teacher Preparation in Australia: History, Policy and Future Directions. Emerald Publishing.

Chisholm, L. (2019). Teacher Preparation in South Africa: History, Policy and Future Directions.  Emerald Publishing.

Rymarz, R. (2019). Catholic Teacher Preparation: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Preparing for Mission. Emerald Publishing.

Farren, S., Clarke, L., O’Doherty, T. (2019). Teacher Preparation in Northern Ireland: History, Policy and Future Directions. Emerald Publishing.

Fitzgerald, T. & Knipe, S. (2019). Historical Perspectives on Teacher Preparation in Aotearoa New Zealand: Tensions and Continuities. Emerald Publishing.