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Seán Delaney PhD



01 805 7722
St Mary's, Room 115


Dr Seán Delaney is Registrar and Vice President (Academic Affairs)

Seán Delaney has been a teacher educator in Marino Institute of Education in Dublin since 1999. He is Vice President (Academic Affairs) and Registrar. His teacher education and research activities are informed by his primary teaching experience which spanned eleven years; during that time he taught all primary class levels and spent one year as principal of a nine-teacher school in Kilkenny City. He was a member of the English (primary) sub-committee of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. In 1998 he was named the Fulbright-Ireland Boyer Scholar in Education and he studied at Harvard University where he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Education. In 2008 he received his PhD in Teaching and Teacher Education from the University of Michigan. His dissertation, entitled “Adapting and Using U.S. Measures to Study Irish Teachers’ Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching,” was supervised by Professor Deborah Ball. He subsequently authored a report for the Irish Department of Education and Science on “Irish Primary Teachers’ Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching.” His research interests are in the practice of teaching, teacher education, mathematics education, teacher knowledge, and comparing professional knowledge across countries.


B.Ed. (NUI)  Dip. Curriculum Studies and Dip. Educational Management (University of Dublin) 

M.Ed. (Harvard University) 

M.Sc. (NUI)

Ph.D. (University of Michigan)



Teaching & Learning 2 – Approximations of Practice (B.Ed. 3)

Teaching & Learning – Approximations of Practice (B.Ed. 1 and PME 2)



Delaney, S. (2020). Number in the senior primary classes: Commissioned research paper . Dublin: NCCA.

Delaney, S. (2017). Become the Primary Teacher Everyone Wants to Have: A Guide to Career Success . Book published by Routledge.

Delaney, S. (2017). Children’s Performance on a problem they were not taught to solve: A case study . Presentation at CERME 10, February 2017, Dublin

Delaney, S. (2012). Maths Teaching in Your School: Questions to Clarify and Change Practice. Leadership+ 70, p. 6.

Delaney, S. (2012). A validation study of the use of mathematical knowledge for teaching measures in Ireland. ZDM 44 (3), 427-441. The final publication is available at www.springerlink.com at http://www.springerlink.com/content/u56175kt040q4578/

Blömeke, S. & Delaney, S. (2012). Assessment of teacher knowledge across countries: A review of the state of research. ZDM 44 (3), 223-247. The final publication is available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/w7214t0124j75835/

Delaney, S. (2010) Knowing what counts: Irish primary teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching. Dublin, Ireland: Marino Institute of Education & Department of Education and Science

Delaney, S. (2010) The absent voice of (primary) teachers. Intouch, 114, October 2010

Charalambous, C.Y., Delaney, S., Hsu, H., & Mesa, V. (2010) A Comparative Analysis of the Addition and Subtraction of Fractions in Textbooks from Three Countries. Mathematical Thinking and Learning 12 (2), 117-151. The original publication is available here.

Delaney, S. (2008) Knowledge for practice: The mathematical demands of primary teaching. Intouch, 99, November 2008

Delaney, S. (2008) Unacknowledged Expertise: Irish Teachers’ Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching. Intouch, 98, October 2008

Delaney, S., Ball, D.L., Hill, H.C., Schilling, S.G., & Zopf, D., (2008) “Mathematical knowledge for teaching”: Adapting U.S. measures for use in Ireland. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 11(3), 171-197. The original publication is available here.

Delaney S., 2008, Adapting and using U.S. measures to study Irish teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching. Unpublished doctoral dissertation: University of Michigan

Delaney, S. (2005). Mathematics professional development for primary teachers: Looking back and looking forward. In Close, S., Dooley, T., & Corcoran, D., (Eds.) Proceedings of the first national conference on research in mathematics education (p. 235 – 249). Dublin, Ireland: St. Patrick’s College.

Delaney, S. (2003) Different Ways to Calculate. Intouch, 46, January/February 2003, Dublin, Ireland: Irish National Teachers’ Organisation

Delaney, S. (2002) Using Gaelic Games to Teach Mathematics Primary teachers’ mathematics association newsletter. Dublin, Ireland.



1998 Named Fulbright-Ireland Boyer Scholar in Education (US$10,000)
2008 Awarded a Rackham One-term dissertation fellowship by the University of Michigan for the winter semester.


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