English, Early Childhood Education, Continuing Professional Development
B.Ed. (NUI), Dip Remedial Ed., Dip Ed Admin., M.Ed.
English Methods/Emergent Literacy (Bliain 1) English Methods (Post Graduate Diploma in Education) Elective Study: Gaelic Games in the Primary School
Conference Papers Mehigan, G (2008) Best Practices in Building Reading Vocabulary, Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) Annual Conference, Dublin (September 26th) Mehigan, G. & Delaney S. (2007) Researching Characteristics of Teacher Educators, Colleges Of Education Research Consortium (CERC) Annual Meeting, Dublin (June 20th) Mehigan, G. & Delaney, S. (2007) Teacher educators in the Republic of Ireland: Report on pilot study, Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Annual Conference, Cavan, (March 30th) Mehigan, G. (2000)Emergent literacy: "Will I read it with my eyes shut?", International Reading Conference (RAI, DES, National Reading Initiative), Dublin (September 29th) Reports Mehigan, G. (2005)Education in the Republic of The Gambia, West Africa: Report on Teacher Education (Inservice, World Bank, Banjul Mehigan, G. (2004) Education in the Republic of The Gambia, West Africa: Report on Teaching of Literacy, World Bank, Banjul
Gene Mehigan is Principal Lecturer at Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Institute of Education, with leadership responsibilities for English, Early Childhood Education and Continuing Professional Development. As Head of the English Department his lecturing responsibilities include the teaching of English methods to undergraduate and post graduate students. His research interests are in the teaching of reading, education provision in disadvantaged settings and in teacher education. Much of his early research into the teaching of reading was carried out while working as a learning support and special needs teacher in Darndale Junior School. More recently his research has focused on the impact of the revised curriculum on teaching reading in the early years in primary school. In 1994 Gene was commissioned by the INTO to head up a team to design courses for teachers in Learning Difficulties in Literacy and has since adapted this material for online provision. Prior to joining the staff at Marino he worked as coordinator of the Common Inservice Remedial Course in Church of Ireland College Rathmines and the Primary Curriculum Support Programme. A past president of the Association of Remedial Teachers of Ireland (ARTI) he is currently a member of the Project Team on Child Literacy and Social Inclusion for the National Economic and Social Forum. He is also a steering committee member for a number of National Programmes including the National Pilot Project for Teacher Induction (NPPTI), Reading Recovery and An Scrúdú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge (S.C.G). In recent years he has worked with the World Bank as a Government advisor to the Department of State for Education in The Gambia on the development of a sector wide approach for the reform of literacy education.