Research Projects (Current)

 

Value Orientations of Teacher Educators in Physical Education: Investigating Beliefs, Curricula and Programming in Two Jurisdictions

 

The College had success during 2021 in relation to securing funding from the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS) for a research project in collaboration with four other universities throughout Ireland.
The project involves Dr Elaine McLaughlin and Ciaran Walsh and is titled “Value Orientations of Teacher Educators in Physical Education: Investigating Beliefs, Curricula and Programming in Two Jurisdictions”. It is a collaborative piece of research with the Institute of Education at Dublin City University, Marino Institute of Education, Stranmillis University College and Maynooth University. The project’s three associated research questions are: Are the value orientations of physical education teacher educators (PETEs) displayed in their professional practices and programmes of study? To what extent are these values and practices compatible with those found within their respective national curricula for physical education? Can a shared understanding of these value orientations help PETEs to foster deeper understanding of curriculum texts and, in turn, support their practice with pre-service teachers? For further details, please contact Ciaran Walsh.

 

 

Determining Student Teachers’ Engagement With, and Application of, Educational Research to Enhance Professional Practice in Two North and South Teacher Education Institutions

 

The College secured funding in 2021 from the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS) for research in collaboration with Marino Institute of Education. The project involves Dr Claire Connolly and Dr Martin Hagan and is titled “Determining Student Teachers’ Engagement with, and Application of, Educational Research to Enhance Professional Practice in Two North and South Teacher Education Institutions”. It is a collaborative piece of research with A. Brennan and J. Uí Chositealbha from Marino Institute of Education. The project’s three associated research questions are: How do student teachers engage with, and in, educational research during their teacher education programmes? How do student teachers apply their research knowledge and experience during professional placement? How can teacher education programmes best support students to apply their research during professional placement? For further details, please contact Claire Connolly.

 

 

Developing Teacher and Leadership Capacity in Irish-Medium Education: An Analysis of Immersion-Specific Competences

 

During 2021, funding from the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS) was provided to the College in collaboration with Mary Immaculate College for a new research project.
The project involves Dr Gabrielle Nig Uidhir and is titled “Developing Teacher and Leadership Capacity in Irish-Medium Education: An Analysis of Immersion-Specific Competences”. It is a collaborative piece of research with T.J. Ó Ceallaigh from Mary Immaculate College. The project’s two associated research questions are: What are the distinctive professional competences that are considered essential for Irish-medium teachers? How are the identified immersion-specific competences manifested in Irish-medium classrooms? For further details, please contact Gabrielle Nig Uidhir.

 

 

Standing Together for Autism and Neuro-Developmental Difference

 

One of the College’s Associate Lecturers, Dr Craig Goodall, is part of a research team that was awarded funding during 2021 from the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South for a project titled “Standing Together for Autism and Neuro-Developmental Difference”. The research team includes academic staff from the schools of education at Hibernia College, Dublin City University, Trinity College and Ulster University.
The aims of this project are to investigate how schools and teachers can better support families during pandemics/crises. The project explores the experiences and impact of ‘lock down’ throughout the island of Ireland on the education of children and young people with autism and neuro-developmental differences (A/ND). The project seeks to pursue a depth of understanding of effect of Covid-19 on parenting roles in the context of teaching and learning.
Research questions include: What was/is ‘education’ during this pandemic for learners with A/ND in primary and post-primary education? What can educators, policy makers and other stakeholders learn from the pandemic? Did the pupil/student learn personally relevant skills that fulfil their personal ambitions in life? How can we ensure quality education, for pupils/students with A/ND, going forward and in preparation for other pandemics or crises? If we could make one change to how we teach/learn, what would that be? For further details, please contact Craig Goodall.