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Gene Dalton

Thesis Title: Collaborative storytelling in a virtual world: a technology mediated approach to Irish language learning in the primary school

Supervisor: Dr Ann Devitt

Gene-Dalton

Biography

Gene Dalton is a qualified primary school teacher with experience of teaching at primary, secondary and third-level.

Gene obtained a first class honours degree in Chemistry with French from Dublin City University in 2004, coming first in her class. She was then awarded a postgraduate research scholarship by the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology and carried out research in Chemistry to Masters level in the National Centre for Sensor Research, investigating amino acid interactions of spiropyran molecules.

Subsequently Gene decided to embark on a career in teaching, graduating with first class honours from the Postgraduate Diploma in Education in Trinity College Dublin and Marino Institute of Education. After spending several years teaching in a primary school in Dublin and running language and technology clubs after school, her interest in languages and passion for research led her to undertake a PhD in the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin.

Gene was awarded a Government of Ireland postgraduate research scholarship by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences in 2012 for the duration of her PhD studies. Her research involves children learning Irish in primary school and explores how 3D Virtual Environments can be used as platforms for effective language teaching. Gene was elected Co-Chairperson of the EuroCALL Virtual Worlds and Serious Games Special Interest Group.

Research interests

The Irish language in primary school, second language acquisition, Computer Assisted Language Learning, 3D Virtual Environments, task-based language teaching, co-operative learning, storytelling.

Publications

Devitt, A., Dalton, G., O’Connell, J., Ní Dhuinn, M., & Condon, J. (accepted). An maith leat an Ghaeilge?  An analysis of variation in primary pupil attitudes to Irish in the Growing Up in Ireland study. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.
Dalton, G., & Devitt, A. (forthcoming). Gaeilge Gaming. Presented at the Doctoral Consortium, European Conference for Technology Enhanced Learning, 2014, Graz, Austria.
Devitt, A., Brady, M, Lamest, M, Dalton, Gene, Newman, N, & Gomez, S. (2015). Serious Games in Marketing Education: Developing Higher Order Cognitive Skills through collaboration in a Simulation Game. INTED 2015, 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Madrid. Conference Paper.
Dalton, G., & Diamond, D. (2005). New Methods for Studying the Optical Transduction of Molecular Binding Events. In National Symposium of The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (p. 52).

Conferences

  • Dalton, Gene. (2015). Gaeilge Gaming – the potential for children to learn Irish through games. Presented at the Irish Symposium on Game Based Learning, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin
  • Dalton, G., & Devitt, A. (2015a). The best of both worlds - drawing together gaming and virtual worlds for children’s language learning. Presented at the European Conference of Computer Assisted Language Learning (EuroCALL), 2015, University of Padova, Italy
  • Dalton, G., & Devitt, A. (2015b). Sin scéal eile: Using technology to support Irish language learning in primary school. Presented at the Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference, Maynooth
  • Devitt, A., Dalton, G., O’Connell, J., Ní Dhuinn, M., & Condon, J. (2015). “Is maith liom Gaeilge”. An analysis of variation in primary pupil attitudes to Gaeilge in the Growing Up in Ireland study, focusing on the Teacher factor. Presented at the Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference, Maynooth
  • Nocchi, S., Dalton, G., Panichi, L., Gul, A. & Kamali Arslantas, T. (2015). ‘Of other spaces’; language learning in 3D Virtual Environments, a critical appraisal. Virtual World and Serious Games Special Interest Group workshop. Presented at the European Conference of Computer Assisted Language Learning (EuroCALL), 2015, University of Padova, Italy
  • Devitt, A., Brady, M, Lamest, M, Dalton, Gene, Newman, N, & Gomez, S. (2015). Serious Games in Marketing Education: Developing Higher Order Cognitive Skills through collaboration in a Simulation Game. Presented at the INTED 2015, 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Madrid
  • Dalton, G., & Devitt, A. (2014a). Computer Games for Language Learning: The child’s perspective. Presented at the European Conference of Computer Assisted Language Learning (EuroCALL), 2014, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Dalton, G., & Devitt, A. (2014b). Gaeilge Gaming. Presented at the Doctoral Consortium, European Conference for Technology Enhanced Learning, 2014, Graz, Austria
  • Devitt, A., Dalton, G., O’Connell, J., Ní Dhuinn, M., & Condon, J. (2014). An maith leat an Ghaeilge? An analysis of primary pupil attitudes to Gaeilge in the Growing up in Ireland study. Presented at the Growing up in Ireland Conference, Dublin
  • Dalton, Gene. (2013a). Computer Games for Language Learning? Let’s ask the children. Presented at the TCD School of Education Postgraduate Research Conferene, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Dalton, Gene. (2013b). Learning Irish in a virtual world: Real potential for young learners. Presented at the TCD School of Education Postgraduate Research Conference, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Dalton, G., & Devitt, A. (2013a). Focus on form in a virtual world: Unlocking communicative competence in children learning Irish as a second language. Presented at the Conference of the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), 2013, Hawaii, USA
  • Dalton, G., & Devitt, A. (2013b). Learning Irish in a virtual world: Can new technologies be effective in bridging the motivation gap in the child’s language learning experience at school? Presented at the International Association of Applied Linguistics European Junior Researcher Meeting, 2013, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Dalton, G., & Diamond, D. (2005). New methods for studying the optical transduction of molecular binding events. Presented at the National Symposium of the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, Croke Park, Dublin
  • Dalton, G., Lau, K. T., Shepherd, R. L., & Diamond, D. (2005a). Colorimetric analysis of mixtures using an optical sensing platfrom based on an LED array. Presented at the 57th Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium, NUIM, Maynooth, Ireland
  • Dalton, G., Lau, K. T., Shepherd, R. L., & Diamond, D. (2005b). Development of a multi LED optical sensing system for the analysis of dye mixtures. Presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Sensor Science (IS3 2005), Juelich, Germany

Awards

  • Awarded €1,000 travel bursary for winning Irish Research Council Digital Poster competition, 2013
  • Best paper award at International Association of Applied Linguistics European Junior Research Meeting, Dublin, 2013
  • Awarded postgraduate research scholarship by Irish Research Council for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 2012
  • Awarded postgraduate research scholarship by Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, 2004
  • First in class, BSc in Chemistry with French, DCU, 2004
  • Won Eurachem Ireland National Analytical Measurement Competition, 2002
  • Won Hamilton Undergraduate Research Scholarship, DCU, 2002
  • Selected to represent DCU and be part of the Irish delegation to the London International Youth Science Forum, 2001

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