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National Forum For The Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Seminar hosted by School of Education and AHEAD | Further details Here [PDF]

Date | 25th September 2014

Venue | Trinity College Dublin

Dr. Miriam Twomey post doctoral research associate at the School of Education presented a paper based on her doctoral research at the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) international conference in Crete. Presenting at the Children’s Mental Health and Vunerability stream of the conference, Miriam presented a paper entitled 'Spaces, places and identities; an exploration of Early Intervention for young children with Autism in Early Intervention and School settings’. Based on a forthcoming journal article, the presentation looked at the outcomes of using creative methodologies including the use of puppetry and movement. Miriam’s post doctoral work is under the Inclusion in Education and Society (IES) research group at the School of Education.

Title | The Pedagogics of Unlearning

The School of Education & Punctum Books are delighted to present a two-day international conference.

Synopisis details here [PDF]

Further information on their website.


  • Jacques Rancière (Emeritus, University of Paris-VIII, France)
  • Lauren Berlant (University of Chicago, USA)
  • Paul Bowman (University of Cardiff, UK)
  • Deborah Britzman (York University, Canada)
  • Samuel Chambers (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Aranye Fradenburg (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • J. Jack Halberstam (University of Southern California, USA)
  • Eileen A. Joy (punctum books and University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Nicholas Royle (University of Sussex, UK)

Dr. Fiona Smyth from the School of Education presented findings from the QualiTYDES research project at this week's European Educational Research Association (ECER) conference in Porto. Presenting in the Inclusive Education stream at the conference, Fiona and QualiTYDES colleague Tobias Buchner from the University of Vienna gave a joint paper entitled 'Learning resilience in mainstream school environments. The role of families, capitals and disability'. Based on a forthcoming journal article, the presentation looked at the experiences in mainstream education of QualiTYDES partipants in Ireland and Austria. QualiTYDES was funded in Ireland by the IRC and ESF and is run by Fiona Smyth and Michael Shevlin under the Inclusion in Education and Society (IES) research group in the School of Education.

PhD candidate Gene Dalton travelled to the University of Groningen in the Netherlands this August to present a paper entitled 'Computer games for language learning: the child's perspective' at EUROCALL 2014, the European Conference for Computer Assisted Language Learning. Gene will be presenting her PhD research at the Doctoral Consortium of the European Conference for Technology Enhanced Learning, taking place in Graz, Austria this September.


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Upcoming Events

Research Seminar Series

1st of the Lunchtime Seminar Series | 2nd October in Room 3105, Arts Block.

Title: A Perfect Pitch? The Pedagogy of Perfomance

Presented by Marita Kerin

Lón Gaeilge with John Sheahan!

Honorary doctorate John Sheahan of the Dubliners fame, while attending a meeting with Dr Carmel O'Sullivan & Marita Kerin in the Arts Education Research Group to organise the next event in the artists' biography series, popped in to the weekly School Lón Gaeilge (Irish Lunch) and delighted all with an imprompto performance.




















Current News

Big Money from the Continent!

European Research Funding Award for the CAVE

The CAVE, along with European partner institutions and organisations have been awarded a prestigious ‘Erasmus +’ research grant of €170,174 to develop a pedagogical framework to support supervision practices on professional doctorate programmes.
The project which is to be undertaken over a twenty-four month period, is entitled ‘Doctoral supervision of multi-disciplinary practice based doctorates: an appreciative inquiry into best practice in their design, development and delivery’. It is being jointly undertaken by Middlesex University (UK), University of Maastricht (Netherlands), EURODOC (Belgium) and Fondazione ADAPT (Italy).
Dr Andrew Loxley is the project’s Irish representative.

CAVE on the Move...

Dr Aidan Seery, Dr Andrew Loxley and Dr John Walsh recently gave a paper entitled ‘Postdoctoral Researchers’ Lives in the Entrepreneurial University: a perspective from Ireland’ at this year’s European Conference for Educational Research in Porto on September 5th.
They were reporting on the initial survey findings from their national study of Irish postdoctoral researchers who work in higher education which started in January 2014. The project is expected to run for another six months.


Well deserved Congratulations to our recent doctoral students who both have secured lectureships in their subject area. Kate Carr Fanning is taking up the position of Childhood and Youth Studies, in the Faculty of Health and Life Science, at Coventry University, UK.

Kate Carr Fanning

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin is taking up the position in Mathematics Education in the School of Mathematical Sciences, College of Science in UCD. Her role is lecturing undergraduate science students as part of a 5 year BSc. and Masters course for four pathways to become a Chemistry & Mathematics, Physics & Mathematics, Biology & Mathematics, or Applied Mathematics & Mathematics teacher. Aoibhinn will also be lecturing the PME students in the School of Education, UCD, as well as other parts of the role within the School of Mathematical Sciences.

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin

PhD candidate Sr Alice Drajea recently had an article published, entitled, 'The Influence of Parental Education and Family Income on Children's Education in Rural Uganda' by the Global Education Review in New York, Vol. 1, No 3 2014 with Dr Carmel O'Sullivan.

Alumni Newsletter

Take a look at the first edition of our Alumni Newsletter [PDF] which aims to provide our reader on what's happening in the School, from teaching and research to major developments. Further details on Alumni & Friends here.

Dr Andrew Loxley & Dr John Walsh have published a new publication on 'Studies in Higher Education' >>> Further Details

**For all recent publications from the School of Education academic staff, please refer to our web page on publications. >>> read more

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