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3rd October 2014: Title | Name the change we are working towards - Ubuntu Network Dialogue Day 7

Venue | Trinity College Dublin from 9am-4pm

Keynote Speaker | Jan Van Ongevalle

Furhter details >> Here

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

An informal seminar by Tobias Buchner of the University of Vienna, is taking place in room 3105 (School of Education, Arts Building) at 5pm on Thursday October 2nd. Tobias is a visiting researcher with the IES group and the QualiTYDES research project. He will talk about the analysis methods used across the three qualitative research studies he runs in the Centre for Inclusive and Special Education in Vienna. Time will be allowed for questions on the features, pros and cons of the methodologies described. ALL WELCOME.

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

Book Launch

The recent special issue of Irish Educational Studies, co-edited by Dr. John Walsh, Dr. Selina McCoy, Dr. Aidan Seery and Prof. Paul Conway, on 'Investment in Education and the Intractability of Inequality', will be launched by Jan O'Sullivan TD, Minister for Education and Skills, on 8th October 2014.

The launch will take place in the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), Ely Place, on Wednesday 8th October from 3:45pm.

The issue is based on a research and policy conference hosted jointly by the CAVE Research Centre, School of Education, TCD and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in November 2012 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Investment in Education report.


















Current News

Certificate in in 21st Century Teaching and Learning

The new Postgraduate Certificate in in 21st Century Teaching and Learning offered by the School of Education in partnership with the Trinity Access Programmes (TAP) and the Bridge 21 project based at the Centre for Research in IT in Education (CRITE) commenced on Friday last with approximately 115 teachers participating in the first module which focused on leadership and change management in education. The certificate programme sponsored by Google is aimed at supporting cultural and pedagogical change within schools and building teacher capacity to better leverage technology in creating an active, engaged classroom. Under the project, 400 teachers nationwide are expected to take the postgraduate certificate in the coming three years and a further 600 teachers will have the option to take individual workshops or complete three modules to earn a certificate of participation.

Discover Research Night Dublin 2014

PhD research students Katherine Salvador, Catalina Villanueva & Denise Burns were pleased to attend visitors' enquiries about their research interests and why they pursue them. They represented the School of Education in the Discover Research Night, Friday, September 26th in the Arts Building Concourse.

How can Spanish speakers of South America prepare for success in Anglophone European universities?
Katherine Salvador, PhD Student, School of Education

Current Academic Literature on Critical Pedagogy: Is There Consensus?
Catalina Villanueva, PhD Student, and Dr Carmel O'Sullivan, School of Education

An investigation of the intellectual skill implicit in the aims and assessment of some subjects in the Leaving Certificate 2005 - 2010
Denise Burns, PhD student, School of Education

Dr Colette Murphy has been appointed a two year poition as visiting professor in Science and Maths Education in Halmstad University Sweden | Further details Here.

Dr. Fiona Smyth and Dr. Michael Shevlin from the School of Education have won funding to host the visit of researcher Tobias Buchner from the University of Vienna in early October (European Science Foundation European Collaborative Research Projects Exceptional Funds). Marking the end of the QualiTYDES study in Ireland and Austria, the research visit will facilitate additional analysis of project data in the areas of employment impacts and identity narration. International comparative analyses arising from the project were recently published in the European Journal of Special Needs Education and are forthcoming on the subjects of 'Pathways to Inclusion in European Higher Education Systems' and 'Paving the way through mainstream education: the interplay of families, schools and disabled students.

Even more money from the Continent!

The CAVE research centre is pleased to announce a second successful outcome to a joint bid on an Erasmus + Strategic Partnership with the title ‘Developing All-Round Education’ [DARE} in Higher Education. The study will examine and publish good practices in the field of informal undergraduate education. The project is being led by the University of Granada and the other partners are from Italy, Sweden, Spain, Holland and Belgium. The total funding allocated amounts to €240,000. The project will run for three years to 2017 and will be led in the first year by Dr. John Walsh, deputising for Dr. Aidan Seery who is currently on sabbatical leave.

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

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Last updated 30 September 2014