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Sean Delaney_Website Profile_2016



Mathematics, Curriculum and Research


B.Ed. (NUI) 
Dip. Curriculum Studies and Dip. Educational Management (University of Dublin) 
M.Ed. (Harvard University) 
Ph.D. (University of Michigan)


Teaching Primary Mathematics: Issues and Topics (Junior Sophister)
Mathematics for Teaching (Junior Freshmen) Teaching Children Mathematics (summer course, 2007) Reflecting on Teaching and Learning Mathematics (summer course 2004)


Journal Articles

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)

Charalambous, C.Y., Delaney, S., Hsu, H-Y., Mesa, V. (Under review) The addition and subtraction of fractions in the textbooks of three countries: A comparative analysis.
Delaney, S. (2003) Different ways to calculate, InTouch 46, p. 29
Delaney, S. (2008) Knowledge for practice: The mathematical demands of primary teaching, Intouch 98
Delaney, S. (2008) Unacknowledged expertise: Irish teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching, Intouch 98
Selected Conference Papers
Ball, D.L., Bass, H., Suzuka, K., Sleep, L., Delaney, S., & Goffney, I.M. (2007) The laboratory class: A multidisciplinary approach to studying the teaching and learning of mathematics, AERA annual meeting, Chicago, U.S.A. (April 10th)
Delaney, S. & Mehigan, G (2007) Teacher educators in the Republic of Ireland: Report on pilot study, Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) annual conference, Cavan, (March 30th)
Delaney, S. (2005) Mathematics professional development for primary teachers: Looking back and looking forward, Mathematics education in Ireland: A research perspective, St. Patrick’s College, Dublin (September). Paper published and proceedings available at:http://www.mie.ie/staff/sdelaney/PDF%20Docs/Delaney,%20_2005_.pdf
Delaney, S. (2008) The role of teacher knowledge in promoting attainment in mathematics, Invited address to the Department of Education – Department of Education and Science Conference on Numeracy in Primary Schools (November 13th)


Seán Delaney is a senior lecturer in Coláiste Mhuire Marino, in Dublin, with leadership responsibilities in the areas of teaching, learning and research. He has been lecturing in mathematics and mathematics education in Marino since 1999. 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. He is a member and has presented papers at annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the U.S. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Educational Studies Association of Ireland. He was a founder member and the first Chairperson of the Irish Primary Teachers’ Mathematics Association.


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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