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TIME in Mathematics

A featured article in The Irish Times following the launch of the report 'Time in Mathematics Education', that took place in Trinity College Dublin, is the first of its kind to offer insights into the allocation of maths instruction time at second level. Research by Dr Mark Prendergast from School of Education and Dr Niamh O'Meara of University of Limerick ➤➤Read full article HERE.




23rd October 2017

Allianz Business to Arts Award 2017

Professor Carmel O'Sullivan has been working with ReCreate and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 2 years on the Heads Up study (2016) and more recently, the All Heads Together study (2017-18). At the recent Allianz Business to Arts award, ReCreate and the EPA were nominated in two categories, for the Best Large Sponsorship, and for the Allianz Community Art Award, which it won. Dr Carmel O'Sullivan is the principal investigator on both studies. More details are available HERE ➤➤Read More [PDF].



19th September 2017

Korea Visit

Prof Chan-Jong KIM, Dean of the School of Education of Seoul National University visited Trinity College Dublin yesterday and met with colleagues from the Trinity School of Education to discuss collaborations between our institutions.

L-R: Dr Victoria Bruce, Prof Andrew Loxley, Prof Chan-Jong KIM and Dr Joseph Roche.




18th August 2017

Education for vision impaired people

An article on 'opportunities and challenges in secondary education for blind/vision-impaired people in the Republic of Ireland' has recently been published by Prof Michael Shevlin and Dr Patricia McCarthy ➤➤Read article HERE.




18th August 2017

Homeless children relying on takeaways

Trinity research highlights negative impact of food poverty on health and wellbeing of homeless children. Thousands of homeless families are finding it enormously difficult to access healthy food and have normal family meals, according to new research conducted by Trinity academic Dr Michelle Share, senior research fellow in the School of Education. Press Release HERE.

Dr Michelle Share speaking on RTE Radio1 Drivetime with John Cooke ➤➤ Listen HERE




10th August 2017

Master in Education Applications for 2017-18

The deadline for applications to the Master in Education (M.Ed.) in Foundation Studies, Maths, Science and Higher Education has been extended to 14th August 2017.





28th July 2017

Drama and Music Summer Schools

A very big welcome to our International and National students attending our Master in Education Drama and Music Summer Schools for the start of their 100 hours of drama and music seminars, workshops, labs, events and more for the next two weeks.



7th July 2017

Summer Commencements

Congratulations to Dr Stella Long, superivised by Prof. Michael Shevlin and Dr Mark Kearns, supervised by Prof. Andrew Loxley who received their PhD at the summer commencements ceremony.






23rd June 2017

Éire: Land of a Hundred Thousand Welcomes

The School of Education in association with the Ubuntu Network Event showcased a Development Education play entitled Éire: Land of a Hundred Thousand Welcomes on Tuesday 13th June in the Samuel Beckett Theatre. The event incorporated drama and discussion to respond to the question: how do we address difficult issues with local and global implications through the curriculum and in the classroom?

The event incorporated a piece of original theatre from students at Mount Temple Comprehensive School addressing the theme of home and direct provision, a showcase of Professional Master of Education student teacher work using diverse media to embed development education themes within the curriculum and their practice and an audience discussion with students and educators. Press Release (PDF)

The event featured in the Irish Times Tuesday 13th June ➤➤Read More

Coteaching Research

Dr Colette Murphy and Ms Marita Kerin presented their coteaching research to colleagues in the University of Delaware, USA where their studies were received really well. They followed this with meetings with colleagues in New York (New York University, City University New York and Touro College, NY), in preparation for an international symposium in which they are presenters, at the ISCAR conference in Quebec in August.




8th June2017

New Book on Assessment

Congratulations to Dr Damian Murchan and colleague Dr Gerry Shiel on their new book: Understanding and Applying Assessment in Education. "A brilliantly organised, practical and in-depth book on all the key aspects of assessment that teachers are likely to encounter throughout their professional careers" (Prof M. O'Leary, DCU). Further details from SAGE Publishers.







19th May 2017

Newsletter 2016-17

Catch up on what's been happening in the School of Education, from teaching and research to major developments ➤➤ READ HERE




8th May 2017

ESAI 42nd Annual Conference

This year's Education Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) annual conference was held in UCC and the theme was Changing Research: working the spaces between education policy and practice. This theme invited participants to consider the challenges and expectations driving education research in contemporary Ireland and beyond. "Research is a lived activity; it has its origins in curiosity or concern". Dr. Conor Galvin (ESAI President). The School of Education was represented by Dr Mark Prendergast, Ms Melanie Ni Dhuinn, Dr Miriam Twomey, Ms Mary Mullaghy and Ms Carol-Ann O'Siorain ➤➤ Programme details HERE [PDF].

25th April 2017

Special Talk by Dr Susan Fuhrman

Leading US Academic Speaks on Educational Reform Dr Susan Fuhrman, President of Teachers College Columbia University spoke in TCD today about educational reform. Her talk, hosted by the School of Education, highlighted key lessons learned from 4 decades of research on reform in the United States. She urged caution about placing faith in any one effort, favouring instead a careful balancing of coherent and complementary policy instruments to build teacher capacity.


L-R: Dr Damian Murchan, Dr Susan Fuhrman, Dr Bob Furhman, Dr Andrew Loxley & Dr Keith Johnston.

15th March 2017

New Publication in CAVE

The conclusion of the ‘Developing All-round Education’ [DARE] research project funded by the European Commission’s ‘Erasmus+’ programme and carried out by seven European universities including TCD [CAVE/CAPSL] was marked by the publication of ‘Developing Generic Competences outside the University Classroom'. Co-edited by Dr. Aidan Seery of CAVE, with colleagues from the universities of Duesto [Maria Yarosh] and Padova [Anna Serbati], it provides theoretical background and practical examples and reflections on the learning that takes place in universities outside classrooms. In TCD, this study focussed on the informal learning among Student Union officers and representatives and Ms Molly Kenny [SU Welfare 2015/16] and Dr. Gianna Hegarty [GSU Vice-President 2015/16] were instrumental in the implementation of the project together with Dr. John Walsh and Dr. Ciara O’Farrell of CAPSL. The book was launched in Brussels at an event for the Coimbra group of universities on 27th February with Aidan Seery and Molly Kenny in attendance.


14th March 2017

The Irish Times

The Professional Master's in Education (PME) programme featured in The Irish Times as one of the best and most well-regarded programmes in the country. [07/03/2017]

READ full article HERE (PDF).






8th March 2017

Social Skills from Social Drama

A featured article in The Irish Times on Dr Carmel O'Sullivan's research on her approach to working with young people with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder ➤➤ Read full article HERE [PDF].


3rd March 2017

Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Our PhD candidates Jillian Kellough, (supervised by Dr. Damian Murchan), Katherine Salvador and Ashling Ryan-Mangan (supervised by Dr. David Limond), received their Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The programme run by The Innovation Academy is a partnership with QUB and UCD that educates PhD students to recognise the innovation potential of their research and exploit their ideas in a competitive world will also be expanded as an exciting intellectual space that promotes creativity and innovative thinking in postgraduate students and provides transferable skills in design thinking, communication, project planning and funding.

L-R: Katherine Salvador, Jillian Kellough & Ashling Ryan-Mangan


28th February 2017

Access and Participation in Irish Higher Education

Co-written with colleagues from NUI Maynooth (Dr Fergal Finnegan), the Teachers College, Columbia (Prof Ted Fleming), Dr Andrew Loxley in this book explore the access and participation issues present within Higher Education in Ireland. It examines policy, pedagogy and practices in relation to widening participation and documents the progress and challenges encountered in furthering the 'access agenda' over the past two decades. Access has become an integral part of how Higher Education understands itself and how it explains the value of what it does for society as a whole. Improving access to education strengthens social cohesion, lessens inequality, guarantees the future vitality of tertiary institutions and ensures economic competitiveness and flexibility in the era of the "Knowledge Based Economy". Offering a coherent, critical account of recent developments in Irish Higher Education and the implications for Irish society as a whole.

14th February 2017

Newstalk | Talking Point Show

Dr John Walsh of School of Education speaking about the place of religion in primary education and the shortcomings of the school patronage model in a diverse twenty-first century society: Dr Walsh contributed to the panel discussion on Talking Point with Sarah Carey on Newstalk (Saturday 9am-10am 11th February). Other guests included Senator Aodhán O Riordáin and Dr Joanna Fortune.

Listen to the discussion HERE

13th February 2017

Educational psychologist warns of future challenges of cyberbullying in new book

Cyberbullying expert, Dr Conor Mc Guckin warns that we must begin to prepare for future challenges of cyberbullying including an age where robotics and artificial intelligence will be the norm. A new book on cyberbullying co-edited by Dr Mc Guckin Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology of School of Education looks at the prevalence of the behaviour, female and male roles, coping strategies and interventions, as well as future challenges ➤➤ Further details HERE.


9th February 2017

RTE Radio1- increasing diversity of students at third level.

Emma McNamara from RTE Radio One interviewed Hugh O'Callaghan, a first year student in the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities about his experience on the newly accredited Level 5 Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice. Hugh spoke about how he feels the course prepares students for the workforce upon graduation. Emma also spoke with Rod McManus in Bank of Ireland, one of the Business Partners of the TCPID about Bank of Ireland's inclusive recruitment policies and how it benefits the staff involved to have a student or graduate with intellectual disabilities on work placement with them. The positive experience of the Bank of Ireland team was further supported by Trinity graduate Kieran Biddulph who completed his work placement with Bank of Ireland earlier this year ➤➤Listen HERE

19th December 2016

Launch of Heads Up Publication

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, launched ReCreates' first publication ‘Heads Up’ a research study into the educational potential of reuse materials in inclusive settings, which has been funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Adopting an ‘artist in residence’ model within educational and community based groups where children, young people and adults with diverse learning needs, ‘Heads Up’ examined whether reuse materials encouraged greater flexibility and creativity in classrooms. Throughout this project, ReCreate teamed up with Trinity College Dublin to document the findings and research of this study, which were presented at the launch.

This presentation, delivered by  Professor Carmel O’ Sullivan who is Head of the school of Education and Director of the Arts Education Research Group (AERG) in Trinity College, reported on the major findings from this partnership pilot study which examined the role of visual arts integration in an inclusive society, and the creative connections between visual arts, ecology and environmentalism ➤➤Full Press Release HERE.

L-R: Prof. Jane Ohlmeyer, Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, Dr Carmel O'Sullivan & Dr Nicholas Johnson (Photograph courtesy of Mark Stedman Photography).

16th December 2016

Professional Master in Education (PME) Graduation

PME graduates Peter Mc Dunphy & Jennifer Moynihan received the ASTI prize from Vice President Mr Ger Curtin at the Winter Commencements. Peter also received the Crawford Memorial Prize.



L-R: ASTI Vice President Mr. Ger Curtin, Dr. Ann Devitt, Mr. Peter McDumphy & Ms.Melanie Ni Dhuinn.



8th December 2016

B.Mus.Ed. Graduation

Congratulations to our Bachelor in Music Education graduates who received their parchments at today's Winter Commencements and to Hayley Anne O'Sullivan on receiving a Gold Medal.





L-R: Sophie O'Carroll, Jessica Sinclair, Rachel Duffy, Caroline Mary Richards, Cara Brannigan & Hayley Anne O'Sullivan.


2nd December 2016

Career LEAP Launch

A NEW EDUCATIONAL programme designed to equip young, unemployed people in Dublin's north inner city with the skills they need to get ahead in the workplace has seen its first participants succeed in finding work. The research led programme was developed by Trinity College Dublin's Head of School of Education, Professor Carmel O'Sullivan in conjunction with Swan Youth Service, East Wall Youth, Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), along with 18 prominent businesses in the area ➤➤ Further details HERE.

The launch received media coverage from The under the headline of "I felt like I had a mountain to climb": How these young Dubliners got back to work [27.11.16].

24th November 2016

Autumn Commencements

Congratulations to Dr Denise Burns (supervised by Dr Ann Devitt) who received her 'Doctores in Philosophia' and Dr Ann Marie O'Reilly (supervised by Dr Damian Murchan) in 'Doctor In Education' at the Autumn Commencement ceremony.



L-R: Dr Denise Burns, Dr Ann O'Reilly & Dr Damian Murchan

11th November 2016

TCPID Business Partner Programme - Work Placements for students

Paula Conradie and Kieran Biddulph, students from the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID), along with graduate Tomás Murphy tell us about their experience on work placement with some of the TCPID Business Partners.


9th November 2016

Annual Review 2015-2016

A research case study on Researching Arts in Education by Dr Carmel O'Sullivan features in the Annual Review 2015-2016 ➤➤Featured article HERE [PDF].


7th November 2016

International Journal of Student Voice

Dr Paula Flynn, is delighted to announce the inaugural issue of the International Journal of Student Voice and can be accessed HERE. The International Journal of Student Voice (IJSV) is a peer-reviewed, open access e-journal publishing on the ways in which students co-lead their schools and communities by collaborating with teachers, administrators, and community stakeholders to define problems and develop potential solutions and/or take the lead on making change in their schools and communities ➤➤ Further details HERE [PDF].



4th November 2016



App Award 'Get Smart'

Dr Mark Prendergast and former DIT colleagues received a prestigious award from the European Award Conference on E-Learning. Mark has been working recently on the design, development and evaluation of apps for higher education orientation. Their app 'GetSmart' was awarded 1st place in the e-learning excellence awards. There were originally over 60 entries from around the world and the shortlisted finalists had to present their work at the conference in which was held in Prague's Charles University last week, before the winner was selected. Their work is also featuring in 2 book chapters, one located HERE.


3rd November 2016

Mental Health Matters

A report on Mental Health Matters was launched by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton in the Department of Education on examining experience of students with mental health difficulties in third level and support provision in place.

The author of the report Esther Murphy, a Visiting Research Fellow from School of Education ➤➤Press details HERE.


L-R: Dr Esther Murphy & Anne Heelin, AHEAD Executive Director

2nd November 2016

European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education Publication

A new publication in the European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education by Dr Arlene O'Neill, School of Physics, Dr Joseph Roche and Dr Mark Prendergast of School of Education on 'An inquiry-based learning intervention to support post-primary engagement with science, technology, engineering and mathematics' ➤➤ Full details HERE



27th October 2016

TCPID Business Partners Programme Launched to Promote Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace

The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID) and School of Education launched a Business Partners programme, promoting inclusion and diversity in the workplace on Monday the 24th of October 2016. The launch event was hosted by Bank of Ireland at a special breakfast briefing in the House of Lords with a number of companies in attendance ➤➤ Full details HERE.




26th October 2016

MLE5 International Conference on Language & Education

PhD graduate Dr Colm Ross has recently returned from Bangkok having presented at the 5th International Conference on Language and Education 'Sustainable Development Through Multilingual Education'. Dr Ross's presentation entitled 'The relationship between Adult Basic Education (ABE) and accessing poverty alleviation resources in ethnolinguistic minority communities in Vietnam' was very well received at the conference ➤➤View presentation HERE [PDF].


24th October 2016

Celtic Sociolinguistics Symposium

The School hosted the Celtic Sociolinguistics Symposium recently. Researchers working on Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Manx Gaelic, Welsh, Cornish and Breton gathered in the Trinity Long Room Hub to discuss their current work in the area of sociolinguistics of the Celtic languages. Research on the current status of the Celtic languages in education featured strongly. The event was co-hosted with COST Action IS1306 on New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe and featured a meeting between researchers and government and voluntary organisations working on the promotion of the Irish language. The Symposium was jointly funded by an Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta, Colmcille, the Research in School Education group, and Oifig na Gaeilge.

20th October 2016

Coteaching in Teacher Education

A new book by Dr Colette Murphy has recently been published on Coteaching in Teacher Education - Innovative pedagogy for excellence. The book provides a concise and comprehensive overview of the practice of coteaching, including its benefits and educational and social implications. Further details of the book HERE.





20th October 2016

The Funding in the Higher Education System in Ireland

L-R: Mr Kieran McNulty, Dr John Walsh, Senator Ivana Bacik, Vice Provost Prof. Chris Morash, Senator Lynn Ruane, Thomas Byrne TD, & Dr Aidan Seery.

The Vice-Provost, Prof Chris Morash, and the Trinity Research Centre for Cultures Academic Values and Education hosted a one day seminar on the funding of the higher education system in Ireland. Dr John Walsh chaired the first discussion panel 'A broken system of higher education funding?' with Thomas Byrne TD, Fianna Fail Spokesperson for Education, Senator Lynn Ruane, Seanad Eireann, Senator Ivana Bacik, Seanad Eireann, and Kieran McNulty, TCDSU President. The keynote speaker Prof. Bruce Chapman, Australian National University discussed the topic 'Higher Education Funding and the Cassells Report in an international context' and Mr Ruairi Quinn, former Minister for Education responded to Prof. Chapman.

5th October 2016

Front Page News!

A research study by PhD candidate Denise Burns featured in The Irish Times [26.09.2016] on 'Study questions quality of Leaving Certificate'. Ms Burn's research found crucial skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving were 'starkly absent' from the exams over a five-year period. Full article HERE





5th October 2016

Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation

Dr Maija Salokangas was recently interviewed for the Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation Souli magazine. In the interview she reflects on current education trends in Finland and raises concerns on recent higher education cuts. The interview is in Finnish.



26th September 2016

'Week of International Scientific Young Talents'

The French Embassy is launching a call for applications for the "Week of International Scientific Young Talents" organised in Paris from January 29 to February 3, 2017.

The "Week of International Scientific Young Talents" is a mobility program proposed by Universcience Paris, with two venues in Paris, Cité des sciences et de l'industrie and the Palais de la découverte.

The program is open to young people in the scientific field from all around the world, who must be under 28 years old.

The French embassy in Ireland is looking for Irish applicants (PhDs, post-docs or young researchers). The applicant selected by the Embassy will be invited, along with about 40 young people, to a week of activities, meetings and exchanges with stakeholders in the scientific community in Paris, and in the two museums of Universcience, from January 29 to February 3, 2017. The French Embassy will cover the round-trip air ticket and the accommodation. Universcience will pay for the activities organised in the program in Paris. Only the diners and the personal expenses will be at the expense of the participant.

Application form HERE (PDF). Please return form before Friday 25th November to

23rd September 2016

Scientists are not always right, but they do their best!

A new article featured in the School Science Review, in which Dr Colette Murphy, PhD candidate Mary Mullaghy are two of the authors, with Alice D'Arcy from UCC ➤➤Read full article HERE.


19th September 2016

PhD candidate Geraldine Nolan presented a paper entitled 'Leading Towards Professionalism in Early Childhood Education' at the EECERA 2016 (European Early Childhood Education Research Association) in DCU. The EECERA Annual Conference is the largest and most significant early years' research conference in Europe, regularly attracting more than 600 researcher delegates from all over the world.

19th September 2016

Time spent on maths at schools varies by more than 100 hours

Some second-level school children are getting more than 100 extra hours of maths tuition than others, a new study reveals. This study is co-authored by Dr Mark Prendergast from the School of Edcuation and Dr Niamh O'Meara of EPI-Stem, the National Centre for Science, Teaching, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Education ➤➤Read full article on the Irish Independent.

14th September 2016

Taking Education from the 19th Century to the 21st

For the first time ever, the leaders of education studies centres from some of the world's leading research universities met at the HSE Academic Centre in Pushkin, Russia. At the meeting, the researchers, along with a representative from OECD, discussed how education studies departments should change to meet the global challenges that face the sphere of education. The meeting was held on the initiative of the HSE Institute of Education and the Graduate School of Education at Peking University with the support of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr Carmel O'Sullivan, Head of School represented the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin ➤➤ Further details HERE.

8th September 2016

New learning tool can boost girls in 'stem' subjects

A featured article in The Irish News on a joint project exploring how to improve first year post-primary girls' relationships with maths by Dr Mark Prendergast of the School of Education and Dr Ian Cantley from Queen's University Belfast. They found that using the Izak9 resource, which encourages pupil interaction, resulted in a "significant" increase in girls' enjoyment of the subject both in the north and Republic ➤➤ Read full article HERE.

8th September 2016


Journal of Research in Special Education Needs

Professor Michael Shevlin and Dr. Miriam Twomey's manuscript entitled "Parenting, autism spectrum disorders and inner journeys: Early Intervention through a parental lens in the Republic of Ireland" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs (JORSEN).



7th September 2016

The Association for Teacher Education in Europe

The Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE) conferred an honorary membership to five long-serving members, one of these being Elizabeth Oldham. Elizabeth was a full-time lecturer in the School of Education from 1973 to 2010, and is still associated with the work of the School through her membership of the RISE and STEM-ERC research groups. She has attended ATEE conferences since 1981, and is a co-chair of ATEE Research and Development Community 'Science and Mathematics Education'.

7th September 2016


Dr. Aidan Seery has been appointed one of two delegates to represent Ireland on the newly constituted Council of Europe Platform on Ethics, Transparency and Integrity in Education (ETINED). This is a pan-European platform of exchange of information and best practices on ethics and integrity in education with special attention to the fight against corruption and fraud in education and research with a view to furthering the 'Helsinki agenda for quality education in Europe". The ETINED Platform was launched on the occasion of the 7th Session of the Prague Forum in 2015 and ETINED will meet for the first time on 24 and 25 November 2016 in Strasbourg.'

5th September 2016

Marginalisation and Aggression from Bullying to Genocide

Dr Stephen James Minton's new book, Marginalisation and Aggression from Bullying to Genocide: Critical Educational and Psychological Perspectives has been published by Sense Publishers (Rotterdam), and is available now ➤➤ Further details HERE


30th August 2016

Berkeley Language Center, University of California

Dr Erika Piazzoli has been invited by the Berkeley Language Center, University of California to give a seminar later this month on 'The Aesthetic Experience in Process Drama in Second Language Learning: Voice, Identity and Intercultural Awareness' ➤➤Full details HERE.

18th August 2016

Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities

The students from the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities produced a wonderful video discussing their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) class with the assistance of Dr Joseph Roche, Dr Mark Prendergast and Dr Natasha Spassiani. This video would not have been possible without the support of the Trinity Equality Fund and the Trinity Long Room Hub Research Incentive Scheme. Full details of course on The Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice HERE.


15th August 2016

National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health

Helen McEntee TD, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, announced the membership of the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health, a key priority in the first 100 days of Partnership Government. The Minister confirmed "This is a significant milestone in our work to empower and support young people to strengthen their resilience, mental health and wellbeing. To invest as much leadership and support as I can to this important work, I will chair the Taskforce myself."

The newly formed national taskforce on youth mental health will meet for the first time on September 6. The minister is also to establish a Young Persons' Reference Group which will be co-chaired by singer Niall Breslin of a Lust for Life and Emma Farrell, who was previously a youth advisor to the Jigsaw youth mental health charity, in addition to an inclusive national consultative forum that will involve key stakeholders in testing and shaping the work of the taskforce at key stages.

Emma Farrell is a PhD candidate with the School of Education and is supervised by Prof Michael Shevlin and Dr Paula Flynn ➤➤ Press Release

8th August 2016

Early Years Conference 2106

Ph.D. candidate Geraldine Nolan and Masters student Andrew Dineen recently presented papers at the Early Years Conference in the National College of Ireland. Both students are supervised by Dr Maija Salokangas, Dr Andrew Loxley and Melanie Ni Dhuinn.

The conference aimed to raise awareness of the vital role of Home Learning Environment for children, and highlight quality practice-based research projects from across Ireland. Further details HERE [PDF].




5th July 2016

Summer Commencements 2016













Congratulations to our recent doctoral students Dr Jolanta Burke and Dr Majella Dempsey who received their parchments from Mary Robinson, Chancellor of Trinity College. Joe is lecturing at University of East London in her subject area of ‎Positive Psychology. Joe was supervised by Dr Stephen James Minton. Dr Majella Dempsey is lecturing in the School of Education NUI and her subject area is Curriculum Development, Research Methods and Teaching, Learning and Assessment. Majella was supervised by Dr Damian Murchan.

27th June 2016

International Primary Science Conference

Dr Colette Murphy presented at the inaugural International Primary Science Conference in Belfast - 'Co-teaching in school science'. The presentation comprised of a discussion and demonstration of how co-teaching has led to improvements in science learning for children in nursery and primary schools. Delegates had the opportunity to discover how to make the most of co-teaching, whether this is with a school teaching colleague, co-teaching between pre-service and inservice teachers during school experience, or co-teaching between a visiting expert and a school teacher. The session included practical science activities, critical discussion, and an introduction to the theoretical basis of co-teaching, which centres on the work of Vygotsky on child development.

10th June 2016


International Network for Hate Studies conference

Dr Stephen James Minton, of the School of Education, presented a paper entitled 'Alterophobia and Hate Crime' at the International Network for Hate Studies conference, 'The Politics of Hate: Community, Societal and Global Responses', held at the University of Limerick, on Wednesday 24th May, 2016.

7th June 2016

Book Launch

There was a very good attendance at the book launch of 'The Pedagogics of Unlearning', edited by Éamonn Dunne and Aidan Seery in the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute.

"'If you think you know what education and learning are doing, what teaching strategies do, and what learning outcomes are, then this book asks you to think again, to unlearn what you have learned, to learn to unlearn''. Details of the book HERE.

3rd June 2016

NALA Numeracy Conference 2016

Over 70 delegates from around the country attended The National Adults Literacy Agency (NALA) conference in collaboration with the RISE Research Group in the School of Education, Wednesday 1st June. There were many interesting parallel workshops on various topics throughout the day ➤➤Programme Details HERE.

L-R: Tony Hayes (Project Maths), Lorraine Harbison (CICE), Patrick Johnson (University of Limerick) & Terry Maguire (The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning).


1st June 2016

Concern over 'soft barriers' towards students with special needs

Dr Carmel O'Sullivan speaking on RTE 1 O'Clock News (14:20 timeline) on Special Educational needs ➤➤More Details HERE




1st June 2016

Quavers to Quadratics at the NCH

Students and staff from Trinity College Dublin (School of Education, Marita Kerin & School of Physics, Dr Shane Bergin) shared their experiences and skills with primary school students last week at the National Concert Hall through play, song and scientific investigation.

The workshops were kindly supported by Science Foundation Ireland's Discover Programme and Dublin Port Company.





Masterclass in Rome

Ph.D. candidate Katie Guinnane has been accepted to Professor Rosi Braidotti's masterclass in Rome this summer. The Masterclass is organised by and hosted at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR), in conjunction with the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA), the Netherlands Research School for Media Studies (RMes) and the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL). It is highly competitive with only 10 places and its funded by the Royal Institute.

27th May 2016

Irish Association of Science Education Lectures

Ph.D. candidate Ms. Mary Mullaghy convened a revival meeting of the Irish Association of Science Education Lecturers (IASEL), which took place in the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday 17th May.  Dr Michael Shevlin (Head of School) welcomed the national gathering of Science Education Lecturers from across the country.

This recent meeting invited presentations on best practice and evaluation strategies in science education from seven universities in relation to Initial Teacher Education on their respective concurrent and consecutive programmes. 

IASEL was founded by Dr Peter Childs and held its inaugural meeting on 15th May 2000 in UL, and since then it has provided an opportunity for science educators to network, share best practice, and contribute to science education policy development. 

L -R: Dr. James Lovatt (Dublin City University), Dr. Veronica McCauley (NUI Galway), Dr. Odilla Finlayson (Dublin City University), Dr. Alison Graham (University College Dublin), Dr. Declan Kennedy (University College Cork), Dr Majella Dempsey (NUI Maynooth), Mr. Rory Geoghegan (University College Cork), Dr. Colette Murphy (Trinity College Dublin), Dr. Peter Childs (University of Limerick) and Ms. Mary Mullaghy (Trinity College Dublin)

24th May 2016

Latest Video

Bachelor in Music Education Senior Sophister Ms. Cara Bannigan reflects her experience on the Bachelor in Music Education to watch!


3rd May 2016

Music Recital

A special recital took place in the Common Room under the guidance of music coordinator Ms Marita Kerin, Trinity College Dublin on Thursday 28th April as part of the Arts Education Research Group (AERG) - School of Education TCD.

Seven Senior Sophister students from the Bachelor in Music Education, our four-year degree course which develops the duel identity of teacher and performer presented a selection from their final year performance programme.

Jessica Sinclair, Recorder | Naoise Dack, Violin | Sophie O'Carroll, Voice | Rachel Duffy, Harp | Cara Bannigan, Voice | Hayley O'Sullivan, Flute | Caroline Richards, Choral Conducting.












29th April 2016

Honorary Fellowship of the Institution of Engineers Ireland

Prof Emeritus, John Heywood received a very prestigious award on the 22nd April. He was made an honorary Fellow, alongside the likes of President Higgins, by the Institution of Engineers Ireland.

John Heywood’s research interests are in engineering education, its philosophy, curriculum and instruction. He came to Trinity College Dublin, where he was Professor of Teacher Education, from the Faculty of Engineering of Liverpool University where he lectured in industrial studies and management. Prior to that he conducted research at Lancaster University into examinations and assessment, and designed new models of assessment for engineering science in schools. ➤➤More Details HERE.


27th April 2016



Dr Damian Murchan presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Washington. The paper, 'Return to Sender: Policy Borrowing and Contestation in Reforming Assessment in Lower Secondary Education,' framed challenges with junior cycle reform within the context of internationalisation of educational policy development.

20th April 2016

Turn the volume up!

Recent graduate of Bachelor in Music Education Luke Duffy, a Dublin based composer and arranger has been keenly pursuing his compositional interest since he finished his Bachelor in Music Education degree in Trinity College. Having specialised in composition in his final year, Luke went on to complete a masters in Music Composition from Trinity College Dublin. At the moment, Luke is working on further releases with Variant Sea with Shell Dooley's multi-layered guitars, an ‎ambient post-rock duo from Dublin. All sounds heard have been made with Luke's melodic piano paired with Shell Dooley's multi-layered guitars.


15th April 2016

Dr Aidan Seery of the Cultures, Academic Values and Education CAVE research centre in higher education in the School is co-editor of a new volume on Ludwig Wittgenstein’s remarks on Frazer’s important work on the cultures of rituals, magic and religion. The volume was prepared with colleagues, Lars Albinus of Aarhus University and Josef Rothhaupt of the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich and is published by De Gruyter in Berlin.


12th April 2016

ESAI Conference 2016

The ESAI (Education Studies Association of Ireland) annual conference was held in the Radisson Blu Hotel and in NUIG in Galway from Thursday 31st March to Saturday 2nd April.

Student presenters from TCD School of Education L-R: Dr Joseph Vellanal, Carol-Ann Siorain, Jillian Kellough, Denise Burns and Mary Mullaghy.



11th April 2016

Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research

School of Education Ph.D. candidate Jerry Lynch, and academic staff member, Dr Stephen James Minton, have written an article that has been published in the Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research recently. The article is entitled, 'Peer abuse and its contexts in industrial schools in Ireland'. It draws on the accounts of survivors, the results of research conducted by academics and journalists and recent reports compiled by legislative enquiries into industrial schools in Ireland, with particular reference being made to the six industrial schools run by the Christian Brothers. The specific parameters of how the industrial school system (in which over 105,000 children were detained between 1868 to 1969) developed in Ireland, and rendered detainees powerless and voiceless, are examined. The peer physical and sexual abuse that went on in these schools are understood as occurring within the psychosocial contexts of primary adjustment, collaboration and re-enactment. The article can be viewed Here.

11th April 2016

TCD School of Education in the top 100 QS Subject Rankings

We are delighted to announce the School of Education has made it once again into the top 100 in the newly announced 2016 QS subject rankings.

11th April 2016

Hats off to all our Graduates!

Congraulations to our graduates who graduated at the Spring Commencements today.







More photographs HERE

As part of the Trinity College Dublin Medical and Health Humanities Initiative Seminar Series 2015-16, Dr Carmel O'Sullivan gave a public lecture on 'Social Drama' as an Artistic Engagement for Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder'.


7th April 2016


Congratulations to three of our B.Mus.Ed. students, Ami Hewitt, Aisling Quaid and Niamh Parkes who did outstandingly well in the recent Feis season competitions.

Aisling Quaid was the winner of the The Paramount Jewellers trophy and the ladies committee cup for the senior repertoire strings and senior repertoire piano at the Arklow Music Festival 2016. Ami Hewitt winner of the Michael McCarthy memorial cup for solo performance of a song from a musical or light opera. Ami also received 2nd place in two other competitions at the musical festival.

Ami Hewitt received a VHC in the soprano solo at the Feis Ceoil 2016 and Niamh Parkes and Ami both received a commended in the R&R competition.

Niamh Parkes received the LEO MAGUIRE CUP at the in-house DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama.


24th March 2016

Publication of articles

Asia -Pacific Journal of Teacher Education Edition - Coteaching in teacher education: research and practice by Dr Colette Murphy and colleague Sonya N. Martin. Article on using Vygotsky's zone of proximal development to propose and test an explanatory model for conceptualising coteaching in pre-service science teacher education by Dr Colette Murphy and colleagues and 'Exploring the impact of coteaching on pre-service music teachers' by Marita Kerin and Dr Colette Murphy.




15th March 2016


Dr. Keith Johnston attended the recent INTED conference in Valencia where he presented a paper entitled ''NEVER LET THE FACTS GET IN THE WAY OF A GOOD STORY': EXPLORING PREVALENT DISCOURSES IN THE REPORTING OF THE OECD STUDENTS, COMPUTERS AND LEARNING STUDY IN THE NATIONAL MEDIA IN IRELAND'. The paper was co-authored with Dr. Oliver McGarr from the University of Limerick.




15th March 2016

Digimaths Erasmus+ Project Up and Running

Dr Mark Prendergast has recently returned from Zurich where the first Erasmus+ funded Digimaths meeting took place. The meeting as attended by project partners from six countries. The aim of the project is to visit each other’s countries to study the use of digital technologies in schools, universities, vocational colleges and adult learning.  A series of resources will be developed and published in August 2017. These resources will include guidance for teachers on how to use digital technologies to teach mathematics, a training course and teaching resources. The project will culminate in a multinational conference to be held in Scotland in the summer of 2017.

16th February 2016

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

Dr Joseph Roche speaking on RTE 1 Radio 'Morning Ireland' and RTE News discussing gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesised by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago.

View RTE News HERE

Listen RTE Morning Ireland HERE

12th February 2106

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

PhD candidates Jillian Kellough, supervised by Dr. Damian Murchan, Katherine Salvador and Ashling Ryan-Mangan, supervised by Dr. David Limond, attended the Innovation Academy Leadership Development module at the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute in Queen’s University Belfast from 25th to 29th January 2016. This module is part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship that the three students are pursuing.



10th February 2016

Trinity Equality Fund Awards

The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2015/16 Trinity Equality Fund Awards. The awards provide funds to staff and students on a competitive basis for a variety of equality initiatives and aim to raise awareness on equality issues and promote diversity in Trinity. The award will be used to aid the staff and students of the Centre to undertake a videography project to showcase the inclusive learning that takes place at Trinity College.

9th February 2016

Cyberbullying and Youth: From Theory to Interventions

Up to 20 per cent of young people are victims of cyberbullying however a much greater number of young people who witness cyberbullying as bystanders are also negatively affected, according a new book on cyberbullying edited by Conor Mc Guckin, Assistant Professor in Education at Trinity College Dublin ➤➤Video Release...


9th February 2016

A journal article by Dr Ann Devitt and PhD candidate Gene Dalton on "Irish in a 3D World: Engaging Primary School Children" was recently published in the Language Learning and Technology journal ➤➤Full article HERE.

5th February 2016

Constellations - Creative Arts Practice

Creative Arts Practices within Trinity College is a range of research activities and themes across all disciplines in Trinity: Humanities, Engineering, Science and Medicine. The publication 'Constellations' captures some activities of staff and postgraduate researchers who identifies their recent or current projects. Featuring in the publication is 'Raising the Curtain on Performance Pedagogy' [PDF] and 'How Do Artists Learn?'[PDF] by The Arts in Education Research Group (AERG).



3rd February 2016

Professor John Heywood - IEEE Fellow 2016

Professor John Heywood, from Bray, Co Wicklow, Ireland has been named an IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for contributions to engineering education research and the development of engineering education as a field of scientific inquiry. He is a Professional Fellow Emeritus of the School of Education and Trinity College Dublin – The University of Dublin and has previously been Head of School in the School of Education ➤➤More Details HERE [PDF].

Further information on Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) can be found HERE.


1st February 2016

Mr Scientist!

The current issue of 'Education in Science' features an article on Dr Joseph Roche on last year's BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition as he took to the stage with his long-time collaborator and comrade, Dr Ronan Cullen performing some amazing scientific demonstrations. Read full article HERE (PDF).



8th January 2016

An article by Dr Maija Salokangas and colleague Jaakko Kauko from the University of Helsinki was recently published in the 40th year special edition of Educação e Pesquisa. The article problematises international policy borrowing, using Finnish education system as an example. Full details HERE.

18th December 2015

The 20 top tech newsmakers who made the headlines in 2015

Dr Joseph Roche, science coordinator within the School of Education has been placed on a list of top 20 "Newsmakers" of 2015 by Silicon Republic. Read full article HERE.



16th December 2015


RTE Lyric FM Christmas Carol Competition

B.Mus.Ed. students Emily Boland and Cathal Kileen, coteachers with Ms. Meabh Coogan, Presentation School Terenure, prepared a choir for Lyric FM Christmas Carol competition. We are delighted to announce that they have been selected to perform their carol on RTE Lyric FM on December 23rd.

Listen HERE to 'Child Within'




15th December 2015

Think...Philosophy for everyone

An article by PhD candidate Gerry Dunne has recently been published by Cambridge University Press. The article is a critique of the concept of immutable truths within the epistemic traditions of scientism and Roman Catholic theology. Further details HERE.





10th December 2015

Education Matters

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan launched 'Education Matters 2015-2016' in the National University of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin on 8th December. Dr. Paula Flynn's thematic article 'Whose voice, who's listening? Student voices in research and practice; embedding a culture of listening in education discourse' and Prof. Nóirín Hayes' article 'Early Childhood Education: Evolution and impact over the course of the year' both feature in this publication.

L-R: Dr Paula Kennedy Flynn, The Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O'Sullivan & Prof. Nóirín Hayes.

9th December 2015

Science Education

Applications are NOW OPEN for M.Ed. Science Education. Full details HERE


8th December 2015

PhD candidate Sinead Burke speaking on RTE News highlighting Accessibility Week.

This week lectures and workshops are taking place across the country to mark Accessibility Week

Posted by RTÉ News on Thursday, December 3, 2015

4th December 2015

Policy Forum

Dr. Damian Murchan was a guest speaker at the Policy Forum for Northern Ireland seminar, Education in Northern Ireland: raising standards, school accountability and leadership, in Belfast on 2nd December. His talk highlighted the tensions between standards-driven education initiatives and the promotion of cross-curricular skills commonly associated with 21st Century Learning. The Policy Forum for Northern Ireland is a cross-party platform for interchange of ideas between legislators, regulators, government officials and other stakeholders on a range of public policy issues.


3rd December 2015


B.Mus.Ed. Graduation

Congratulations to all our B.Mus.Ed. graduates who were conferred at today's ceremony and to Brian Robert Dungan who received a gold medal award. View photographs HERE.





1st December 2015

Doctor in Philosophia

Congratulations to Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin who received her Doctorate in Philosophia at today's ceremony.







27th November 2015

Sports Scholarships 2015/16








Congratulations to our sports scholars from Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Maeve Phillips and Fiacra Costello. Maeve & Fiacra received their awards from Mr. Hugo MacNeill who funded the scholarships for students from Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities at the annual Trinity Sports Scholarships Awards 2015/16.

25th November 2015

Project IRIS | NCSE Research Report

A research report by Professor Michael Shevlin and his colleagues on 'A longitudinal study of the experiences of and outcomes for pupils with (SEN) in Irish Schools' has recently been published. Read full report HERE.

25th November 2015


Concert for Paris

DUBLIN WILL UNITE in solidarity with the French people tonight [20.11.2015] for a special concert under the baton of TCD Bachelor in Music Education graduate Mr. John Doyle. The orchestral production will take place at St Patrick's Cathedral from 8pm.



20th November 2015

Drama to increase levels of concentration in children with ADHD

Children with ADHD face difficulties on a daily basis in all aspects of their lives. A featured article published in the November issue of INTOUCH magazine by PhD candidate Elaine Clotworthy, supervised by Dr Carmel O'Sullivan, reports that drama in education strategies can be used at all class levels in all subjects to enhance levels of concentration in children with ADHD ➤➤Read full article INTOUCH

17th November 2015

Learning through Failure...

Learning through failure: Can we teach children to be smarter? Nurturing a 'growth mindset' in the classroom, where effort and persistence are valued, has dramatic effects ➤➤ Read full article on The Irish Times.


10th November 2015

Dr Maija Salokangas has won a competitive 3-year research funding from the Swedish Research Council. The project is a collaboration between Maija and Dr. Wieland Wermke from the University of Uppsala focussing on teacher autonomy in Sweden, Finland, England and Germany. They are currently looking at ways to expanding the research to Ireland.

5th November 2015

New Erasmus + Strategic Partnership

New Erasmus + strategic partnership will use digital technologies to improve mathematics learning. A Scottish voluntary organisation will lead a new, two year European project which Dr Mark Prendergast is particularly excited about to collaborate with our European partners. Learning Link Scotland will work with partners in four European countries to identify how teachers in all education sectors can use digital technologies to teach mathematics effectively ➤➤Press Release[PDF].

5th November 2015

Alumni Newsletter

The 2nd edition of the School's Alumni newsletter has just been published. Catch up on what's been happening in the School, from teaching and research to major developments. View HERE




29th October 2015


Symposium examines provision of Early Childhood Education

Budget announcements on the expansion of the free pre-school year programme were top of the agenda at a symposium focusing on early childhood education in Ireland held in Trinity College Dublin on Thursday, October 15th, 2015. Organised by the Researching Early Childhood Education Collaborative (RECEC) at the School of Education, Trinity in partnership with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), the event saw researchers and other stakeholders reflect on what early childhood education means and looks like for children and teachers in Ireland, and what implications this has for curriculum development and practice. ➤➤Full Press Release HERE

Publications and PowerPoint Presentations

Media Coverage

16th October 2015

Maths Week 2015

The Professional Master of Education mathematics students in the School of Education celebrated Maths Week 2015 with an Izak9 workshop in Regent House. The interactive and fun workshop was facilitated by the founder and developer of Izak9 Franz Schlindwein. Izak9 is an immersive, 3D mathematics-based active learning concept designed for children in Primary and Post Primary schools. There are 27 coloured cubes that display different combinations of colour, number and shape which offer pupils a fun, stimulating and engaging environment where they can share ideas and work together to solve a series of mathematical tasks. Some of our Year 2 students are evaluating the resource as part of their PME thesis and have been kindly sponsored sets of cubes to use on school placement by Franz. This is part of a larger SCoTENs funded project being carried out with our counterparts in the School of Education in Queens University Belfast. Franz Schlindwein demonstrates with Dr Mark Prendergast - Happy Maths Week to all!

16th October 2015

Sonic Boom

Dr. Paula Flynn was invited by Ms. Niamh Garvey to cut the ribbon at the official launch of 'Sonic Boom', a beautiful ceramic mural inspired by and to celebrate 'Student Voice' and Inclusion at St. Joseph's College, Lucan, Co. Dublin on Friday, 2nd October. Many congratulations to the artist Niamh Synnott and the student council of 2014/15 who supported her in discussing, brainstorming designing and planning all the various and important stages of the Sonic Boom project which was funded by Creative Engagement. The photographs are courtesy of The Echo who published a feature on the event in their edition on Thursday, 8th October 2015.

16th October 2015

Former Mars One candidate, Dr Joseph Roche, reviews The Martian

Once in line to be a potential Martian himself, astrophysicist Dr Joseph Roche gives his review of Ridley Scott's latest film, The Martian, citing it as one of the best efforts of scientific accuracy in Hollywood in some years ➤➤Full article HERE

9th October 2015


Thirty under 30 - it's a whole new generation shaping the future of business

Scattered around the globe, 30 super smart men and women are brimming with ideas to disrupt old industries or create market-changing new businesses. Our own Dr Joseph Roche is one of them! Read full article on The Irish Independent [05.10.2015]

5th October 2015

Floating water on Mars

Dr Joseph Roche speaking to Rachael English on Morning Ireland about NASA's announcement of finding flowing water on Mars ➤➤ Listen HERE


29th September 2015

Is Tusa an Múinteoir

Phd Candidate Jane O'Connell, supervised by Dr. Ann Devitt, will showcase her student-parent Irish language tutoring project entitled 'Is Tusa an Múinteoir' next Saturday October 3rd at Féilte 2015- an annual festival of education organised by the Irish Teaching Council which celebrates learning and teaching excellence ➤➤More details HERE [pdf]

For more information follow @TusaAnMuinteoir /@JaneO_Connell

L-R: Emer O'Reilly, Anna Huysmans & Jane O'Connell

29th September 2015

The iconic image designed for the Learner Voice Conference which took place at the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin in June 2015 is being used on the website of a new journal to celebrate the potentially empowering impact of student voice engagement and research. The website for the 'International Journal of Student Voice' (IJSV), established in 2015 by the Pennsylvania State University, is accessible from this link. Dr. Paula Flynn is an associate editor for the journal and a member of the advisory board.


24th September 2015

Critical Thinking in Education

PhD candidate Gerard Dunne recently had an article published in the 'The Learning Teacher Magazine'. The article is on 'Critical Thinking in Education. The purpose of the piece is to explain the topic in 500 words ➤➤ Article Here [PDF.]

10th September 2015





UKLA Conference

Helen Heneghan, final year PhD student, presented her research entitled 'Reassessing Differentiated Reading – Teachers' Perspectives' at the 51st UKLA (UK Literacy Association) Conference recently in the National College for Teaching and Leadership Nottingham, UK.


L-R: Professor Kathy Hall, Head of School of Education, University College Cork who gave the Closing Address, Andrew Lambirth, President of UKLA and Helen Heneghan


4th September 2015


Black Holes!

Dr Joseph Roche was speaking on FutureProof with Jonathan McCrea on NewsTalk Radio on Saturday. Dr Roche was discussing Prof Stephen Hawking's new theory about black holes. A podcast of the show is available HERE. (Dr Roche's piece is half way through the show, after the segment on torture!).

1st September 2015

Summer School

The school of education held a new summer in-service for primary teachers 'Teaching and Learning in a Classroom for Pupils with Autism'. This course provided academic and practical insights into teaching in an inclusive environment, non-verbal communications, social drama, and 'thinking outside the box' when teaching numeracy and literacy skills.


21st August 2015

Ray of Sunshine!

PhD candidate Jolanta Burke is one of 30 people working hard to make life a little happier for us all! Jolanta was acknowledged in The Irish Times Magazine [08.08.2015] as she shares wisdom on how to be upbeat and mentally well from her series of radio interviews and podcasts ➤ ➤Read full article HERE (PDF)

10th August 2015

Dr John Kubiak has a new publication in the INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LEARNER DIVERSITY AND IDENTITIES. The article is titled: Researching Inclusively with College Students with Intellectual Disabilities ➤➤ Further information HERE

22nd July 2015

Pluto, Love ...

As part of the Festival of Curiosity, Dr Joseph Roche joined host Áine Lawlor and fellow Trinity scientists Dr Shaun O'Boyle and Professor Aoife McLysaght on The Marian Finucane show on RTE Radio 1 on Sunday 19th July 2015 to talk about Pluto, Love and the upcoming Festival of Curiosity. Listen back here .

20th July 2015

Edulearn 15 Conference

PhD candidates Katherine Salvador and Clement Ryan, supervised by Dr. David Limond, presented two separate papers for the 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies EDULEARN15 in Barcelona from the 6th to the 8th of July, 2015.
Their papers are published in the conference’s proceedings which are already accepted and indexed in ISI Conference Proceedings Citation Index and in IATED Digital Library, as follows:

20th July 2015

Special Educational Needs in the mainstream class

PhD candidate Carol-Ann O'Síoráin provided a summer inservice in the School of Education addressing special educational needs in the mainstream class ➤ ➤ Read More.


17th July 2015

Dr Maija Salokangas recently co-edited a publication with a colleague Dr Wieland Wermke from the University of Uppsala for Nordic Journal of Studies in Education Policy, NordSTEP. The edited collection is titled 'Autonomy in education: theoretical and empirical approaches to a contested concept' ➤ ➤ Further details HERE.

9th July 2015

Learner Voice Conference

The Learner Voice Conference, 'Nothing about us without us'; listening to the voices of our students' which took place on 26th/27th June 2015, received extremely positive feedback from participants across a broad representation of stakeholders in education. This representation included students from primary, secondary and tertiary education; parents; teachers; principals; policy makers; researchers and academics. It was truly a learning community encompassing learner voice in action! ➤ ➤Read More. Full details of the programme HERE.

(Creative art design by Sarah Dempsey, Darren McPhail & Darren Byrne. A collaboration between students and their teacher, Mr Darren Byrne at St Joseph's Secondary School).

30th June 2015

Keough-Naughton Intership Programme

US Ambassador Kevin O'Malley invited Michelle Barlett and students from Keough-Naughton internship programme and Dublin Summer Programme for a reception at his home. Michelle Bartlett is an undergraduate student from the University of Notre Dame, interning for Dr Conor Mc Guckin at the School of Education Trinity College Dublin. Her research this summer is focusing on inclusive education practices for students with rare diseases, with a special focus on 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. She has hopes to attend medical school and is very excited to be allowed to take part in this new research.




30th June 2015

Conferring of doctoral students 2015

Warm congratulations are extended to our Doctoral graduates who were conferred at the summer commencements last week. We wish them continued happiness, fulfilment and success in their chosen areas of work and research ➤ ➤More photographs HERE

29th June 2015





Congratulations to our recent doctoral student Ludovic Highman who has secured a position as Academic Assistant in the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges.

25th June 2015

College lecturers say they are spending more time teaching 'basic skills'

Following from the launch of the TUI-IFUT report ‘Creating a Supportive Working Environment for Academics in Higher Education: Country report Ireland, a featured article was published in The Irish Times 23.06.2015 ➤➤FULL REPORT HERE.

23rd June 2015

Joint TUI-IFUT Report on Academic Working Conditions Launched in the Royal Irish Academy

A joint TUI-IFUT report entitled ‘Creating a Supportive Working Environment for Academics in Higher Education: Country report Ireland’ was launched in the Royal Irish Academy by the education journalist and ex-ministerial advisor John Walshe, along with IFUT general secretary Mike Jennings and John MacGabhann of the TUI.

The report was co-authored by Dr Marie Clarke, School of Education UCD, Dr Aidan Kenny, TUI and Dr Andrew Loxley, School of Education, TCD. The report represents the Irish contribution to the European Region of Education International (ECTUE) a consortium of 129 teacher unions across 45 countries. The report comprises of the findings from the Irish study which was based on semi-structured interviews and a national survey of TUI and IFUT members. The report focused on areas hours of work, physical working conditions, learning & teaching activities, workplace satisfaction, relationships with management and a whole raft of other work related issues ➤➤FULL REPORT HERE.

22nd June 2015

Can Education Change Society?

The School of Education hosted a public lecture by the highly distinguished educational theoretician & activist Professor Michael Apple, Tuesday 16th June 2015. Full details HERE.


17th June 2015




PhD candidate Denise Burns presented at the annual All-Ireland Doctoral Conference in Education 2015 in UCD School of Education. The annual event is organised jointly by the Schools of Education in UCD and Queens, Belfast. It comprises presenters who are PhD in education students from all universities in Ireland. The wide range of topics included linguistic diversity, policy discourse, alternative educational contexts, young people's views on assessment, ontological and epistemological beliefs of teachers, gender and early years education, the impact of student expulsion, education philosophy from quantum physics, home school contexts, international perspectives, demands on leadership at second level, citizenship education etc.

L -R: Dr Deirdre Raftery, Director of Research and PhD Studies in UCD School of Ed & Ms Denise Burns TCD

8th June 2015

Fulbright Award 2015

Congratulations to Dr Ann Devitt, one of 31 Irish recipients who was presented with a Fulbright Award to the USA at a reception in Iveagh House. Ann's husband, Dr Gareth Bennett, from School of Engineering also received a Fulbright award ➤➤Full details HERE


3rd June 2015

Launch of Volume XIV by Graduate Students' Union

PhD candidate Mr Youcef Sai's publication is featured in The Journal of Postgraduate Research, Volume XIV for his work titled ''Those who know and those who do not know: Muslim and Non-Muslim Religious Education in Contemporary Europe''.




3rd June 2015

RTE2 Vogue Does Straight A's

Dr John Walsh featured on RTE's 2 new series 'Vogue Does Straight A's' [27.05.2015]. Vogue Williams investigates what it takes to get 600 points in the Leaving Certificate Examinations, and decides to retake them to see if she can improve her original score. ➤➤View Here Timing 08.37


28th May 2015




Can a dual-currency solution deliver genuine Junior Cert reform

Featured article in the Irish Independent [27.05.2015] Dr. Damian Murchan analyses proposals for resolving the impasse over assessment at Junior Cycle. He discusses possible implications of keeping assessment by the State Examinations Commission separate from school-based coursework. The way that this reform initiative has evolved over time suggests the need for radical and creative rethinking. This includes possible abolition of Junior Cycle certification altogether in its present or proposed forms. ➤➤View Here

27th May 2015

UTV | 'In The Round'

Dr Joseph Roche been interviewed in 'In the Round' [18.05.2015] hosted by Pat Kenny speaking with astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to go into space. Chris shares his memories of his three missions to the international space station.



25th May 2015

Launch of the Centre for Inclusion & Intellectual Disability

To celebrate the move of the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) to the School of Education following ten productive years as part of the School of Social Work and Social Policy, the School of Education is delighted to announce the formal launch of the newly re-designed Centre for Inclusion and Intellectual Disability, or 'The Centre' as it will be more commonly known. ➤➤Full details HERE

20th May 2015

PhD candidate Gerry Dunne's publication has recently been published 'Beyond critical thinking to critical being: Criticality in higher education and life' ➤➤ View Here

18th May 2015

Gold Medal | European Down Syndrome Swimming Championships

CCL student Maeve Phillips recently won a gold medal in the European Down Syndrome Swimming Championships in Southampton, knocking an impressive 3 seconds off the previous record holder. She also won a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke. Maeve is a Trinity Sports Scholar and is training for the world games this year. Below is a copy of her official record certificate.



15th May 2015

Learner Voice Symposium

As part of the Learner Voice Research Study, Dr. Paula Flynn hosted a Learner Voice Symposium with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, (NCCA) on Thursday, 14th May, in the Printing House Hall, Trinity College Dublin, which was attended by students, teachers and school principals, representing schools from around the country as well as representatives from NCCA and the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD).

15th May 2015

Irish Times | Róisín Ingle meets Sinead Burke

Journalist Róisín Ingle meets Sinead Burke on life as a little person ➤➤Full article HERE

15th May 2015

The up-and-comers shaping the future | Irish Tatler Academy2015

PhD candidate Sinead Burke, one of three woman who have broken ground in their respective industries and who have helped to transform and evolve the way things are done and forging new perceptions of their industry. ➤➤Full story HERE [PDF]

15th May 2015


The increasingly precarious life of an academic

Concern is growing about exploitative employment practices at Irish third-level colleges, and the impact on learning.

A featured article in The Irish Times [13.05.2015] about the concern growing about exploitative employment practices at Irish third-level colleges, and the impact on learning. A study by Prof Andrew Loxley of Trinity's school of education found that 80 per cent of researchers in higher education are on temporary contracts, while Third Level Workplace Watch estimates 40 per cent of teaching hours are delivered by part-timers. The Teachers' Union of Ireland, representing institute of technology lecturers, has recorded 567 "whole-time equivalents", representing about 2,000 part-time lecturers, in that sector alone. ➤➤ Full article HERE

13th May 2015

AERA Conference 2015

Melanie Ni Dhuinn and Ann Devitt attending the AERA 2015 conference in Chicago.





7th May 2015

21st Century Education

Trinity College Dublin's innovative new postgraduate certificate course in 21st Centuary Education received a very nice mention in the Spring 2015 issue of Impact (Philanthropy in Trinity) ➤➤ Full article HERE

7th May 2015



TCD School of Education in the top 100 QS Subject Rankings

We are delighted to announce that the School of Education has made it into the top 100 in the newly announced 2015 QS subject rankings. We are the only School of Education on the island of Ireland to appear in the top 100. The School was ranked 123rd in 2014. Trinity is also ranked in the QS top 100 universities globally in each of nine other subjects: Chemistry, Computer Science and Information Systems, Education, Geography, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Philosophy and Psychology. In all of these subject areas but one, Trinity is the highest ranked university in Ireland.

7th May 2015

What have Music, Maths and Science got in common?

On April 25th, staff and students from the Schools of Education and Physics at Trinity College Dublin ran exciting workshops for young people at the National Concert Hall exploring the links between the worlds of quavers and quadratics. ➤➤ Further information HERE

6th May 2015

Irish Research Council and the Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund TCD

Dr Mark Prendergast (School of Education, TCD) and Dr Niamh O'Meara (EPI-STEM, UL) have recently received funding from the Irish Research Council and the Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund TCD to conduct a research project entitled "Is there TiME (Time in Mathematics Education)?" The project will run from April 2015 until October 2015 and will be conducted on a national scale involving deputy principals and teachers from 400 second level schools across the country. The main aim of the project is to investigate issues surrounding the amount of time allocated to teaching mathematics. The key objectives are to (a) establish the instructional time profile on an evidential basis showing the amount of time allocated to teaching mathematics in second level Irish schools and also how this time varies from school to school, (b) compare this time with other countries whose pupils are performing significantly better than Ireland in international comparison studies and (c) investigate the prevalence of the practice of mathematics teachers providing extra classes for their students to make up instructional time.

5th May 2015

Ph.D thesis results presented to the First Lady of Uganda

Former Ph.D student Sr Alice Drajea was invited to present the results of her PhD thesis to the First Lady of Uganda, Mrs Janet Museveni on April 15th, during a recent visit to Ireland. The event was organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Her research was enthusiastically received by the audience. Sr Alice highlighted the complex interplay between parents' education and literacy levels and their children's success in primary school education. Whilst a positive correlation was found, additional pressures relating to poverty and a lack of time and appropriate resources were found to have negative impacts across all levels of parental education on their children's achievements in primary school. Sr Alice was under the supervision of Dr Carmel O'Sullivan.

5th May 2015

New Publication

Dr Maija Salonkangas and her colleague from University of Helsinki, Dr. Jaakko Kauko have a new publication out in the British Educational Research Journal. The article is titled: The evaluation and steering of English academy schools through inspection and examinations: national visions and local practices ➤➤ Further information HERE

9th April 2015


6th International Storyline Conference Strathclyde University

Dr Carmel O'Sullivan gave the keynote address at the 6th International Storyline Conference at Strathclyde University in Glasgow (March 27-29th 2015). The conference was attended by delegates from over 30 countries worldwide who use the storyline approach in their teaching and learning practices at all levels of the formal and non-formal education system. Carmel's keynote addressed issues of inclusion in storyline education, and she spoke about the success of storyline and her unique approach called 'Social Drama' with children and young people with an autism spectrum disorder.

8th March 2015

New Book

'Inclusive Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities' A chapter entitled 'Experiences of Learning: Students With Intellectual Disabilities in Higher Education in Ireland' by John Kubiak and Michael Shevlin, has been included in the book Inclusive Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, A volume in International Advances in Education: Global Initiatives for Equity and Social Justice, (Series Editors: Elinor L. Brown, Rhonda G. Craven, and George F. McLean) ➤➤Read More

John Kubiak has recently published a journal on 'How Students with intellectual disabilities experience learning in one Irish university ➤➤ Further information HERE

8th April 2015


Award by the Irish Research Council

The Arts Education Research Group (AERG) in the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin, in partnership with the National Association for Youth Drama (NAYD), was recently awarded a 'New Foundations award: Engaging Civic Society' by the Irish Research Council (IRC). The research seeks to place youth theatre practice in Ireland within a cultural, educational, and societal context, on a national and international level ➤➤Read More

7th April 2015


Lord Puttman launches 'Shaping the future - How Technology Can Lead to Educational Transformation'

On Wednesday, 11th March, David Puttnam, Digital Champion of Ireland, was in St Patrick's College Drumcondra to officially launch: Shaping the future – How technology can lead to educational transformation. This newly launched book charts some of the significant developments in relation to the use of ICT in schools in Ireland. The books' chapters capture the perspectives of a cross-section of authors who have participated in the formulation of ICT policy and in the implementation of digital technologies in school systems in the north and south of Ireland over several decades. The book includes a contribution from the School of Educations Dr Keith Johnston as well as from colleagues in the Centre for Research in IT in Education (CRITE): Brendan Tangney, Claire Conneely and Elizabeth Oldham ➤➤Read More



25th March 2015

Solar Eclipse in Front Square

How solar eclipses helps us to discover new planets...Dr Joseph Roche speaking to in Front Square, Trinity College Dublin to mark the partial solar eclipse.


20th March 2015

Mars One Mission?

Dr Joseph Roche raises questions about the Mars One Mission ... an article featured in The Guardian newspaper.

Joseph speaking with broadcastor Rachel English on RTE Radio 1 Morning Ireland today

18th March 2015

Voices from the CAVE

Recently, two CAVE men emerged into the light to communicate on matters of Higher Education in Ireland at seminars held in UCC and the Department of Education, Marlborough St in Dublin. Dr. John Walsh gave a lecture on ‘collegiality in a an era of managerialism in higher education’ at the invitation of the Academic Staff Association in UCC, while Dr. Aidan Seery made a presentation and sat on a panel at the breakfast seminar ‘A Case for Publically Funded Higher Education’ organised by the Union of Students in Ireland in the Clock Tower building in the Department of Education and Skills. Both events took place on Thursday March 12th and a copy of Aidan Seery’s contribution can be found HERE [PDF].

16th March 2015

What is 'critical thinking' and can you teach it?

A cornerstone of proposed school reform is to get pupils thinking critically and creatively. But how can that be done? PhD candidate Gerry Dunne talks about what this means in practice for Irish schools and students. READ MORE...The Irish Times

10th March 2015

ISPCC Ambassador

The School of Education are delighted to announce our PhD candidate Sinead Burke has been appointed an ISPCC Shield Ambassador as part of the ISPCC Anti-Bullying Month 'We're standing up against bullying, are you?' from March 1st - 31st ➤➤Read More




4th March 2015


Water Polo Intervarsities

Swimming scholar Maeve Philips from the CCL programme launched the Water Polo Intervarsities Competition held in Trinity Sports Centre on Friday 30th January 2015.






3rd March 2015

Highlights from the School of Education website

Highlights from the School of Education over the last few months ➤➤Read More

23rd February 2015


We all want our children to be happy

PhD candidate Jolanta Burke, positive psychologist and PhD researcher in School of Education says that the kind of feedback you give a child is crucial. Featured article in the Irish Times [17.02.2015] ➤➤Read.


17th February 2015


Early Childhood Professionals Rally for Recognition

Prof Noirín Hayes, visiting professor with the School of Education at Trinity College Dublin, says people who work in childcare are qualified, and critical to children and families. Prof Noirín Hayes speaking on Morning Ireland prior to rally in the Dáil. [17.02.2015]


17th February 2015

Micro-Teaching North & South

A group of PME science education students from School of Education,Trinity College Dublin recently took part in micro-teaching alongside Year 1 BEd post-primary Science and Mathematics students during their recent visit to Stranmillis. In April the Stranmillis students will be coming to Dublin and students from School of Education will be hosting another day's work of micro-teaching.


17th February 2015


PhD candidate Susan-Kennedy Killian's article was published in inTouch magazine 'A detective drama for learners with Special Education Needs' (SEN). ➤➤Further Details HERE [Page 62-63]


10th February 2015

Recent article published

An article by Dr Paula Flynn has recently been published in the NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES | TE HAUTAKI MĀTAI MĀTAURANGA O AOTEAROA Volume 49, Number 2, 2014. The article is entitled 'Empowerment and transformation for young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties engaged with student voice research'. Further details HERE





10th February 2015

Book Launch

As part of the Arts Education Research Group (AERG), author Susanne Colleary's book 'Performance and Identity in Irish Stand-Up Comedy: iComic' was launched in the Trinity Long Room Hub. The book was introduced by Dr Eamonn Jordan with special Guest Appearance by Dr Gunther Gruhn! Press Release HERE [PDF].



Dr Susanne Colleary, Dr Carmel O'Sullivan, Prof. Dr Gunther Gruhn & Dr Eamonn Jordan

4th February 2015

Joseph Roche is an astrophysicist and assistant professor of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) education at Trinity College's School of Education. A article about the mission featured in The Irish Times [31.01.2015. ] Full story HERE.




2nd February 2015


PhD candidate Emma Farrell and Dr Patricia Mc Carthy have written articles for the first edition for the AHEAD Journal. Emma's article is titled 'Supporting Students with Mental Health Problems in Higher Education: The Challenge of Bearing Witness to Shame' [Page 11]. Dr Mc Carthy's article 'The Importance of Effective Access to the Curriculum for Transition Opportunities among Vision Impaired Pupils' [Page 33]. View HERE

Emma Farrell & Dr Patricia Mc Carthy

2nd February 2015

Coteaching and Primary Science

Vodcast series with Dr Colette Murphy describing the coteaching model.


27th January 2015

New Publication

Colette Murphy and Noirin Hayes (2015) Russia: Golden Key Schools in, editor(s)Janet Georgeson, International Perspectives on Workforce Development in Early Childhood Education and Care: History, Philosophy and Politics, UK, Critical Publishing, pp23 - 36. Further details HERE





27th January 2015


Launch of CAVE Research Centre

L-R: Dr John Walsh, Dr Carmel O'Sullivan, Prof. Darryl Jones, Jan O'Sullivan TD Minister for Education & Skills & Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast.

The Cultural Academic Values and Education Centre (CAVE) was launched on Wednesday 21st January by the Provost, Prof. Patrick Prendergast and the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan TD in the Trinity Long Room Hub. Provost' speech at the launch HERE.

Press Release [PDF]

22nd January 2015

KOFAC Science Creativity Conference

Dr Joseph Roche attended the annual KOFAC Science Creativity Conference in Seoul, South Korea, in December 2014 as a representative of the British Council's Famelab alumni. Dr Roche's keynote presentation described his reasons for choosing to study science and how his career path led him to work at NASA, a PhD using the Hubble Space Telescope to observe symbiotic stars and the need for creativity and communication skills as a scientist. He also shared his learnings from working at Science Gallery Dublin and his participation in the first Irish Famelab competition. He recounted how his career has since taken different turns through a potential Mars mission and finally to a lectureship in the School of Education at Trinity College Dublin. While at the conference Dr Roche also led a workshop for 80 Korean teachers on 21st Century STEM Skills and took part in a panel discussion on "The Future of Science Communication".

14th January 2015

TUI Ben Bishop PhD Scholarship

The School of Education is proud to announce the application process is open for the Teachers’ Union of Ireland ‘Ben Bishop PhD Scholarship’. This is a full-time scholarship in the area of higher education studies which will be awarded on a competitive basis. Please see HERE (PDF) for further details.

12th January 2015




Why using your smartphone can make you stupid

Dr Conor Mc Guckin, assistant professor in Educational Psychology in School of Education warns that people rely on their phones to store full article on The Irish Independent.




29th December 2014

Best practice in Maths Education

Dr Mark Prendergast has recently returned from the Department of Education in the University of Oxford where he spent a week with Professor Anne Watson observing and learning from best practice in mathematics education. Mark had the pleasure of attending a number of pedagogy lectures in the PGCE mathematic course and accompanied tutors on school visits to observe pre-serve teachers. There was also ample opportunity for discussion around his research with Professor Watson and her husband, Professor John Mason, both of whom are internationally renowned in the field of mathematics education. One of the many highlights of the trip was the opportunity to attend a lecture by Sir Andrew Wiles who is most notable for proving Fermat's Last Theorem.

L -R: Professor John Mason & Professor Anne Watson with Dr Mark Prendergast.

15th December 2014

The School of Education Bake Off!

PhD and M.Ed students in the School of Education joined forces to learn what Research Methods and baking have in common. Dean McDonnell, PhD representative, guided the group through an interactive metaphor that compared ingredients to research variables, and led to a delicious result!



15th December 2014



Students of the Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL) graduated at a ceremony in the Public Theatre recently. The sixteen students who were awarded their certificates are now the seventh cohort to graduate from this pioneering and innovative Trinity programme.

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9th December 2014



Two outstanding athletes from the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) were presented with the Trinity College Sports Scholarships at a ceremony in the Pavilion Bar. Fiachra Costello and Maeve Philips, who are both first year students on the Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL), were awarded the first ever Sport Scholarships for students on the CCL programme ➤➤Read More

4th December 2014

UK Charity Sophie Lancaster Foundation

Dr Stephen James Minton of the School of Education presented a paper entitled, 'Alterophobia, school bullying and membership of sub-cultures: Perspectives from Ireland' at the 'Alternative Solutions to Hate Crime Conference: A Holistic Approach For 2014' held in Burnley, Lancashire on 26th November, 2014 ➤➤Read More[PDF]

4th December 2014


Assessement at Junior Cycle

Against a backdrop of industrial relations unrest, Dr. Damian Murchan spoke with Pat Kenny on Newstalk about the perceptions and realities fuelling responses to Junior Cert reform. Damian proposed a widened participation from all stakeholders in the debate [Timing: 23:00].


2nd December 2014

Surpirse Surprise...The Finnish education system

Dr Maija Salokangas was an invited speaker on Newstalk with Sarah Carey discussing complexities embedded in international education policy borrowing [Timing 18.08].

2nd December 2014

Happiness in Schools

Ph.D. candidate Jolanta Burke, psychology researcher in School of Education in conversation on The John Murray Show speaking on the topic 'Happiness in Schools' ➤➤ Listen

Jolanta has been invited to be a key note speaker at the Annual Conference of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors in Waterford 28th February 2015.

1st December 2014

Announcement of new collaborative research partnership – Learner Voice Research Study

Dr Paula Flynn is the principal investigator for a study involving the collaborative partnership of the IES Research Group, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD). This new collaborative project was launched at the Student Voice Seminar – 'I'm Me, Learner Voice Research; Partnership and Planning' recently ➤➤More Information

A Trip of a Lifetime!

Astrophysicist and Mars One Candidate Dr Joseph Roche looks to the near future, and describes the likely experience of the first Martian settlers. Joseph's talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. What would it mean for a human to set foot on Mars?


If anyone is curious about the underlying science of the movie Intersteller, Dr Joseph Roche was asked by Silicon Republic to write an article giving a scientific review of the movie ➤➤ Read Here.



26th November 2014



Puttnam plays Puttnam

To celebrate the launch of Trinity Access 21 'College For Every Student' Mentoring Programme, B.Mus.Ed. students performed with the students from St.Vincent's Girls National School at the Convention Centre Dublin with Mr Sacha Puttnam on Tuesday 18th November ➤➤Read More






The School of Education is delighted to announce that Dr Maija Salokangas has been awarded a research fellowship for 2015 at the University of Helsinki by the Justice Through Education (JustEd) network which is a Nordic Centre of Excellence based in Helsinki ➤➤Read More.

19th November 2014




B.Mus Ed. Students

It was a huge treat and great fun for Junior Freshman Bachelor in Music Education students to workshop with internationally acclaimed composer/conductor Mr. Sacha Puttnam and the  girls from 5th class at St Vincent's GNS North William Street Dublin 1 >> Read More.

18th November 2014




The Last Of Our Students Graduating from the PDE Programme

Centre: Dr Carmel O'Sullivan Head of School & Dr Ann Devitt Course Coordinator

Family Day for Ciara Beatty with her proud Mum & Brother

13th November 2014

Memorial Bench for Prof. Raymond Houghton

A memorial bench has been carved and placed for Prof. Raymond W Houghton outside the Arts Block. Prof. Houghton was a visiting professor of Philosophy in the School of Education from 1985 – 1990. His two daughters Susan Clarke and Nancy from Rhode Island were in attendance along with colleagues and friends at the unveiling ceremony.


7th November 2014


Junior Cycle

Dr. Damian Murchan presented a paper on Junior Cycle examination reform at the Annual Conference of the Association for Educational Assessment – Europe, held in Tallinn, Estonia from 6-8 November. His paper was titled 'Opportunities, challenges and tensions associated with recalibrating teachers' role in public examinations.'

7th November 2014


A Critical Youth Studies for the 21st Century

Brill publishers have recently published a book 'A Critical Youth Studies for the 21st Century' with a chapter by Conor Mc Guckin, Michael Shevlin (Education, TCD) and Geraldine Scanlon (Education, DCU). Further details of the book can be found HERE.




31st October 2014

Single Irishman aiming for Mars!

Astrophysicist Dr. Joseph Roche is still hopeful that he will become the first Irishman on Mars… despite the very real possibility that his potential ticket to space is one-way. Dr Joseph Roche, who works at Trinity College's School of Education, has been whittled down to the final 705 out of 200,000 hopeful candidates on Mars One, a Dutch not-for-profit group hoping to beat a number of government space agencies to put a group of 300 Earthlings on Mars - permanently. Read full feature on The Irish Independent


31st October 2014


Science Outreach Website 'DARTofPhysics' Wins Prestigious Award

A team of researchers from Trinity College Dublin who were behind an innovative science outreach campaign that brought the weird and wonderful world of physics to Dublin's DART commuters have won the 2014 prize for producing the 'best education and third level website', which supported their 'DARTofPhysics' campaign.

24th October 2014

New Publication

Dr Maija Salokangas publication has recently been published | Reference: Salokangas, M. (2014) School - university partnerships: border crossings as 'a legal alien'. in, (editors) Helen Gunter, Dave Hall, Colin Mills , Education policy research: design and practice at a time of rapid reform, Bloomsbury, pp. 55-66.

Further details from Bloomsbury Publishing

...and a short review by Professor Stephen Ball: "This book is not just worthwhile, it is necessary. It asks difficult questions, transgresses boundaries and takes a stand. It is daring and careful, thoughtful and strident, focused and wide-ranging. It is more important than ever that we think about the what, how and why of educational research and this book will help us with that challenge and enable us as researchers to know who we want to be now." – Stephen J Ball, Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education, Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

22 October 2014

Junior Cycle Science

Junior Cycle Science is the latest specification to be developed by the NCCA as part of the developments at junior cycle. It is due to be introduced in schools from September, 2015 and, consequently, the specification is in the final stages of preparation >> Read More

16th October 2014

Talented Kelli-Ann Masterson

Bachelor in Music Education Senior Sophister, Ms Kelli-Ann Masterson, was invited to perform at the National Concert Hall, Dublin last month, in recognition of her outstanding achievement at Feis Ceoil 2014. The performance which was scheduled during the final school placement period was a tremendous success. We wish Kelli-Ann the very best of luck during her final year at Trinity College Dublin and look forward to following her career in the future.





16th October 2014

Trinity College launches 21st Century Teaching & Learning Course

The School of Education's innovative new postgraduate certificate course in 21st Century Teaching and Learning was formally launched on Saturday October 11th 2014 at The Foundry in Google, Dublin. The new postgraduate qualification is being delivered as part of a three year partnership programme between Trinity College and Google which was announced last year, and which aims to affect a significant long term change in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) education through a range of innovative interventions focused on the second level system. Google has provided funding of €1.5 million to Trinity College Dublin to support the programme. The first intake of 115 teachers from 16 schools have now commenced the year-long part-time study course aimed at supporting cultural and pedagogical change within schools and building teacher capacity to leverage technology in creating an active, engaged classroom. Further details HERE.

13th October 2014


L -R: Dr. Selina McCoy, Dr. John Walsh, Jan O'Sullivan TD, Minister for Education & Skills, Dr. Aidan Seery and Prof. Paul Conway.

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', was launched by Jan O'Sullivan TD, Minister for Education and Skills. The launch took place in the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), Ely Place, on Wednesday 8th October 2014.

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.

The event was hosted by the Educational Studies Association of Ireland.

9th October 2014


It's time to teach our kids happiness, says Ph.D student Jolanta Burke. An article featured in today's [08.10.2014] Irish Independent Education supplement. Full online article can be viewed Here.

8th October 2014

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

30th September 2014

Certificate in in 21st Century Teaching and Learning

The new Postgraduate Certificate 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.

30th September 2014

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.

29th September 2014

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

29th September 2014

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.

24th September 2014

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.


Kate Carr Fanning & Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin

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.

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.

August 2014

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.


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