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Denise Burns

Thesis Title: An investigation of the intellectual skill implicit in the aims and assessment of some subjects in the Leaving Certificate 2005 – 2010

Supervisor: Dr. Ann Devitt

Biography  

Denise obtained a Bachelor of Arts from James Cook University in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia, and a Diploma in Education from the University of Queensland in Brisbane.  While working in education, Denise obtained her Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Queensland.  Denise worked as a secondary teacher and Principal in Dublin.  For eight years, Denise was the researcher and report-writer for the Commission on School Accommodation which comprised all the partners in education and reported to the Minister for Education and Skills.  During that time Denise wrote reports on a wide number of policy issues such as the criteria for the recognition of new schools and amalgamation of schools.  In order to gain theoretical and practical appreciation for corpus analysis, Denise attended a workshop from 24 to 28 September 2012, in Galtür, Austria, conducted by Lexical Computing, a UK research company that produced a software programme for corpus analysis.    

Research interests

Assessment policy and practice; document analysis including corpus analysis; aims and objectives in education; educational leadership; amalgamation of schools; trusteeship of schools; selection of principals; staff decision-making and professional development.     

Conference Presentations

Burns, D.  (June 15, 2013).  Learning and Knowing in the 16 to 20+ Student Group:  What the literature says.   Unpublished paper presented at the 4th Annual Postgraduate School of Education Research Conference, Swift Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin. 

Burns, D.  (June 9, 2012).   An investigation of the intellectual activity in the aims and assessment of selected subjects in the 2010 Leaving Certificate.  Unpublished paper presented at the 3rd Annual Postgraduate School of Education Research Conference, Swift Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin. 

Other Presentations

1994 – 2012: On the story of Catherine McAuley as a vehicle for personal reflection on leadership to:

        • members of Mercy schools Boards of Management (1994)
        • Groups of Mercy Sisters in Donnybrook and Baggot Street (1995)
        • Mercy School and Health Service Administrators from Australia in Baggot Street  Dublin (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)

1996 – 2004: On the work of the Commission on School Accommodation to: 

        • students of Masters in Education in Trinity College, NUI Maynooth and University College Cork
        • the staff members of the Planning and Building section of the Department of Education and Science in Tullamore

2002: On re-visiting educational theories such as learning styles, stages of teacher careers, role of the tutor to the staff of Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach, Irish medium second level school in Carlow

2001: On the work of the Commission on School Accommodation and developments in Australia on trusteeship of Catholic schools to members of CORI (Conference of Religious of Ireland)

1999: On the role of trustees to members of the Central Executive of Educate Together. 

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