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ga - Rory McDaid

Rory McDaid_Website Profle_2016







History of Education
Research Methods
Teaching and Learning in multi-ethnic and multi-lingual schools
Globalisation and Irish education

Research / Professional Interests

Recognition of first languages in schools
Qualitative research methodologies
Broad based concepts of inclusion at primary and post-primary level
Minority ethnic and minority language parental involvement in schools
Cultural mediation in schools
Sociology of Education
Children in state run institutions in Belarus


Recent Publications:


Ó Duibhir, P. McDaid, R. and O'Shea, A., 2011.All Changed? Culture and identity in contemporary Ireland.Dublin:Duras

Book Chapters
Mc Daid, R. and Walsh, T. (in press). Challenging the homogeneity of the elementary school teaching force in Ireland. In Schmidt, C and Schneider, J. (Eds.), Diversifying the teaching force in transational contexts: Critical perspectives. Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Ó Duibhir, P., McDaid, R., and O'Shea, A. 2011. Introduction. In: Ó Duibhir, P., McDaid, R., and O'Shea, A. eds.All Changed? Culture and identity in contemporary Ireland.Dublin: Duras, pp. 9-21.
Mc Daid, R. 2011. 2011. GŁOS, VOCE, VOICE: Minority Language Children Reflect on the Recognition of their First Languages in Irish Primary Schools. In: Darmody, M. Tyrrell, N. And Song, S. eds. The Changing Faces of Ireland: Exploring Immigrant and Ethnic Minority Children's Experiences. Rotterdam: Sense, pp. 17-33.
Mc Daid, R. 2007. New Kids on the Block. In Downes, P. and Gilligan, A.L. eds.Beyond Educational Disadvantage.IPA: Dublin, pp 268-279.,

Peer Reviewed Journals
Schmidt, Clea and McDaid, Rory. (2015). Linguistic barriers among internationally educated teachers in Ireland and Canada: A critical comparative analysis. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 38(3), 172-183.
Prunty, A. Dupont, M. and Mc Daid, R.Voices of students with special educational needs (SEN): Views on schooling. Support for Learning, 27(1), 29-36.

Educational Resources
Friend-Pereira, J.C. and Mc Daid, R., 2002.Anti-racism and Multiculturalism Campaign: Activity and resource pack for student co-ordinators.USI: Dublin.
Cullen, J. and Mc Daid, R., 2001.The Disability Handbook.USI: Dublin.

Research Reports
Merriman, B., Greene, S., Doyle, E., and McDaid, R. (2013) Growing up in Ireland: Report on the qualitative study of infants and their parent at wave 1. Dublin: Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Travers, J. Balfe, T. Butler, C. Day, T. Dupont, M. McDaid, R. O’Donnell, M. And Prunty, A., 2010. Addressing the challenges and barriers to inclusion in Irish schools, Report to the Research and Development Committee of the Department of Education and Skills.Dublin: St Patrick’s College, Special Education Department.
Ware, J. Balfe, T. Butler, C. Day, T. Dupont, M, Harten, C. Farrell, A. McDaid, R. O’Riordan, M., Prunty, A. and Travers, J., 2009.Research Report on the Role of Special Schools & Classes in Ireland (NCSE Research Reports No: 4). Trim: National Council for Special Education.

Mc Daid, R. 2015. Who is not in the classroom? Paper presented at Who is in the Classroom? Learners, Teachers, Identities. IDEC Annual Conference, Ennis, 10 December 2015.
Mc Daid, R. 2015. Struggling for legitimacy: The experiences of internationally educated teachers in Ireland. Paper presented at Education and Transition - Contributions from Educational Research. ECER Annual Conference, Budapest, 9 September 2015.
Schmidt, C. and Mc Daid, R. 2014. Linguistic Barriers among Internationally Educated Teachers in Ireland and Canada: A Critical Comparative Analysis. Paper presented at Diverse Teachers for Diverse Learners. Strachclyde, 29 May 2014.
Mc Daid, R. 2014. Know your place! Paper presented at Social Justice and Diversity in Teacher Education. ATEE Winter Conference, Budapest, 17 April 2014.
Mc Daid, R. 2013. Entry Criteria: Obstructing the path to becoming another brick in the wall? Entering Initial Teacher Education in Ireland. Paper presented at Educational Policy in Changing Times: Consultation, Implementation and Impact. ESAI Annual Conference, Radisson Hotel, Limerick, 22 March 2013.
Mc Daid, R. 2013. Supporting first languages in Irish schools. Paper presented at ELSTA Workshop Dublin, 21 March 2013
Mc Daid, R. 2012. First languages in Irish primary schools – some children’s reflections. Paper presented at Strengthening Irish education policy: Cross-community perspectives on supporting literacy and bilingual learners. The 2nd annual conference of the network of Polish schools in Ireland, University College Dublin, 24 November 2012.
Mc Daid, R. and O’Toole, B. 2012. Literacy Teaching through Sport: ‘Kicking off with English Language Skills’. Paper presented at From Literacy Research to Classroom Practice: Insights and Inspiration.38th Reading Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin 29 September 2012
Mc Daid, R. 2010. Promoting Multilingualism through a Trilingual literacy Camp in Ireland. Paper presented at Complementary Schools: Research, Policy and Practice.ESRC Seminar Series, Goldsmiths College, London, 4 December 2010.
Mc Daid, R., 2010. Pedagogues, Power and Perpetuation: The prioritisation of English language learning in Irish primary classrooms. Paper presented atBorders, Boundaries and Identities: Education in Challenging Times. ESAI Annual Conference, Dundalk, 27 March 2010.
Mc Daid, R., 2009. “Nomenclature”: How to talk about minority language and minority ethnic children. Paper presented atELSTA members meeting,Dublin, 28 February 2009.
Mc Daid, R., 2008. Meeting the Needs of Foreign National Young People in Irish Schools. Paper presented at Foreign National Young People at Risk Seminar.Dublin, 3 October 2008.
Mc Daid, R., 2008. Children Recruiting Teachers. Paper presented at Human Rights Education For a Sustainable Future: Celebrating 60 years of the UDHR. St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin, 20 September 2008.
Mc Daid, R., 2008. Tears, Trust and Transformation: Schools’ cultural mediation project. Paper presented at Research, Ethics and Diversity: Interrogating a new Ireland, ESAI Annual Conference, Galway, 8 September 2008.
Mc Daid, R., 2007. Fág ag an doras iad! – Critiquing Monolingual English-only Language Support for Minority Language Children in Ireland. Paper presented at LED Conference. University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, 23 November 2007.
Mc Daid, R., 2007. Recognising First Languages: moving beyond monolingual, English-only language support. Paper presented at IRAAL Public Seminar. Trinity College, Dublin, 19 April 2007.
Mc Daid, R., 2007. Tapor, Hirva and other Axes!. Paper presented at Compass EAL Seminar. Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin, 26 March 2007.
Mc Daid, R., 2007. Minority Ethnic and Minority Language Children in Irish Primary Schools: A practical vision for a better future'. Paper presented at Inservice Education Public Lecture. Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach, BAC 9, 5 March 2007
Mc Daid, R., 2007. Barbarus hic ego sum quia non intelligor ulli!. Paper presented at RAI,Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, 3 March 2007.
Mc Daid, R., 2006. Exploring the Commercialism in the International Classroom. Paper presented at Campaign for Commercial Free Education: Inaugural Meeting.INTO, Parnell Square, Dublin, November 2006.
Mc Daid, R., 2006. An Examination of the Involvement of Children in the Selection Process for Ireland’s First Ombudsman for Children. Paper presented at Investment and Citizenship: Towards a Transdisciplinary Dialogue on Child and Youth Rights.Brock University, St. Catherine’s, Canada, 19 May 2006.


I completed my BA (History & Human Development) in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra in 1999, following which I spent two very enjoyable years working with students unions, as President of the SU in St. Pats (1999-2000) and then national Equality Officer with the Union of Students in Ireland (2000-2001). I represented USI on a variety of national and international bodies and was one of the co-ordinators of the Students 10K Walk for Belarus, a successful fundraising venture spanning the island of Ireland. I returned to full-time education in 2001, reading for an MPhil (International Peace Studies) in the Irish School of Ecumenics, TCD, and then a H.Dip in Education in NUIG. I was appointed as a Children’s Consultation Officer with the ISPCC in 2003 and worked on an innovative project involved in the selection process for Ireland’s first Ombudsman for Children. In September 2004 I took up a position as an English Language Support Teacher in St. Gabriel’s N.S, Cowper St., Dublin 7. While in St. Gabriel’s I became a founding member and Chairperson of the Advisory Group to the Schools Cultural Mediation Project, which provided translation, interpretation and cultural mediation to ten schools in the D7 School Completion Programme Area. It was while working in St. Gabriel’s that I embarked on my doctorate in education through St. Patrick’s College, researching the experiences of minority language children in Irish primary schools with regard to the recognition of their first languages. While completing my doctorate, I worked as a researcher in the Special Education Department in St. Patrick’s College contributing to a number of national research projects. Upon completion of my doctorate, I travelled to Thailand where I worked as a teacher educator with World Education in the Umphiem Mai refugee camp on the Burmese border. I returned to Dublin in late 2009 and took up a position as a Research Fellow in the Children’s Research Centre, TCD working as a qualitative researcher on the National Longitudinal Study, Growing Up in Ireland. I worked as a teacher in London during the school year 2010/2011 and was appointed as a lecturer in Marino Institute of Education in August 2011.