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Helen Heneghan

Thesis Title: Exploring Teachers’ Understanding and Implementation of Differentiated Reading in relation to the Zone of Proximal Development - Two Case Studies in Irish and Texan Primary/Elementary Schools.

Supervisor: Dr Damian Murchan


Biography    

Helen has broad experience in education as a teacher and lecturer in Ireland, in Scotland and in the US.

Whilst working as a PhD researcher in Trinity College Dublin, Helen tutored PME students in M Ed Research Methods workshops in Trinity College Dublin, assessed PME and B Ed students in ‘Teaching and Learning’ in Marino College of Education, supervised students on School Placement with St Nicholas Montessori School of Ireland (SNMCI) and worked in the PIRLS study in the Educational Research Centre, Drumcondra.

Helen obtained a B Ed and Higher Diploma in Educational Administration (hons) from University College Dublin. Helen taught all classes in the primary school from Junior Infants to Sixth Class and graduated with L.L.S.M. (hons) - Diploma Licentiate of Piano Proficiency and Instruction from the Leinster School of Music (now part of Griffith College of Education.)

While working as a primary teacher and management training consultant Helen obtained a Diploma in Curriculum Studies (hons) in 1996, a Diploma in Management in Education (Hons) in 1997 and a Master of Studies in Educational Leadership (Hons) in 1999 from Trinity College Dublin.

In July 1999 Helen moved to Aberdeen, Scotland, where she lectured HND courses in Media Studies and Communication in Aberdeen Further Education College whilst also obtaining D 32, 33 and 34 Certificates in FE course design, delivery and assessment competencies.

On completion of the Teaching Qualification in Further Education, (TQFE) from Aberdeen University, Scotland, Helen became a permanent lecturer in Lifelong Learning Studies, School of Education, University of Aberdeen in May 2001. Helen taught M Ed; B Ed; Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) and Beyond TQFE. This involved lectures; tutorial work; practical classes; moderating online workshops, chats and discussions; providing individual coaching and support through face to face tutorials, phone, email and WebCT facilitating staff development workshops. Helen was Course Coordinator for the M Ed ‘Learning, Teaching and Assessment’ and ‘Delivery and Evaluation’ courses and TQFE ‘Facilitating Learners in FE’.

Delivery of M.Ed., B.Ed. and TQFE programmes and school placement supervision in Scotland and in Ireland helped develop Helen’s interest in application of theory into practice in the classroom. She is passionate about promoting teacher-facilitated learner-responsive activities to develop meaningful learning and promote confident, self-reliant learners.

M Ed and B Ed - Helen supervised and assessed students’ research projects at postgraduate level on eight different courses including Learning, Teaching and Assessment; Delivery and Evaluation; Professional Development; Research Design; Understanding and Using Research; Curriculum Design and M.Ed. dissertations. She also delivered workshops to B Ed students on learning and learner needs in the Learning how to learn and Learning how others learn courses.

TQFE topics included Understanding Learners; Learning Theories; Reflective Practice; Facilitating Learners; Classroom Management and Methodology; Assessment and Evaluation; Inclusiveness/Diversity and Legislation, Professional issues in Further Education (FE) and Policies and procedures in FE.  In collaboration with the TQFE team, Helen designed and delivered four TQFE courses – Understanding Learners, Facilitating Learners, Professional Issues in FE and Teaching Experience in FE – as well as the single Beyond TQFE course. 

Research interests

Differentiated instruction; reading; literacy; teaching methodologies; understanding and facilitating learners; classroom  management; reflective practice; assessment and evaluation; curriculum development and professional development of teachers and lecturers.

Publications

Heneghan, H.  (2013). Differentiated Reading in Primary/Elementary Schools: Official Journal of the Reading Association of Ireland, Reading, September 2013.

Conference Participation

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES
Heneghan, H. (2015). Exploring Teachers’ Capacity to Implement Effective Differentiated Reading in Irish Primary Schools and in Texan Elementary Schools – Two Case Studies. -  BERA Conference, (British Educational Research Association) – September 15-17 2015. Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Heneghan, H. (2015). Meaningful Learning and Transitions - Primary/Elementary Teachers’ Self-reported Implementation of Differentiated Reading in relation to the Zone of Proximal Development – ECER Conference, Budapest. September 8-11, 2015.
Heneghan, H. (2015). Re-assessing Differentiated Reading – Teachers’ Perspectives – UKLA Conference, (United Kingdom Literacy Association) July 12, 2015.  Nottingham, UK.
Heneghan, H. (2014). Teachers’ Understanding and Implementation of Differentiated Reading in Irish and US Primary/Elementary Schools  - 2014 BERA Conference, (British Educational Research Association) – Sep 25 London, UK.
Heneghan, H. (2014). Differentiated Reading - Responding to Diversity – 2014 UKLA Conference, (United Kingdom Literacy Association) July 4-6 on behalf of Sussex University, Brighton, UK.

NATIONAL CONFERENCES
Heneghan, H. (2015). To what extent is the implementation of Differentiated Reading impacted by Teachers’ Understanding of Meaningful Learning and Transition in relation to the Zone of Proximal Development? - LAI Conference (Literacy Association of Ireland), Marino College of Education, Sep 24-26, 2015.
Heneghan, H. (2015). Presentation and Panel Discussion – Teaching, Learning and Assessment – Hibernia Research Conference Day in University College Dublin (Elan Theatre) on June 27, 2015.
Heneghan, H. (2015). Meaningful Learning and Promoting Confidence and Self-reliance in all Students –Teachers’ Self-reported Differentiated Reading Implementation in Primary/Elementary Schools – IATSE Conference 2015, All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin  June 12, 2015.
Heneghan, H. (2014).Differentiated Reading in Primary and Elementary Schools – Two Case Studies in Ireland and in the US - 2014 RAI Conference, (Reading Association of Ireland), Marino College of Education, Sep 26, 2014.
Heneghan, H. (2014). Enhancing Teachers’ Capacity to Implement Effective Differentiated Reading in Irish and American Primary/Elementary Schools. - IRMSS Conference, (Irish Research Management of Social Studies), Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick, June 7 2014. 
Heneghan, H. & Murchan, D. (2014). Enhancing Teachers Capacity to Implement Effective Differentiated Reading in Irish Primary Schools. – ESAI Annual Conference, (Educational Studies Association of Ireland) – April 10-12, 2014, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland.
Heneghan, H. (2013). Differentiated Reading? – RAI Conference, (Reading Association of Ireland), Marino College of Education, Sep 28 2013.

TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCES
Heneghan, H. (2015). Differentiated Reading Implementation – Responding to Diversity and Meaningful Learning through the Zone of Proximal Development. Postgraduate Research Conference, TCD – June 20 2015.

Heneghan, H. (2015). Teachers’ Perspectives on Differentiated Reading – Three minute research presentation – Postgraduate Research Conference -  April 28 2015.

Heneghan, H. (2014). Teachers’ Perspectives on Implementation of Differentiated Reading in Irish Primary and US Elementary Schools. Postgraduate Research Conference, TCD – June 21 2014.

Heneghan, H. (2014). Exploring Teachers’ Perspectives on Differentiated Reading in Irish Primary Schools – Three minute research presentation – Postgraduate Research Conference, -  May 7 2014.

Heneghan, H. (2013). Differentiated Reading Instruction – Utopia or Reality? – Postgraduate Research Conference – TCD - June 15 2013.

OTHER
Member of Irish National Teachers Association, Teaching Council of Ireland, Literacy Association of Ireland (LAI), United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA), Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI), World Education Research Association (WERA), British Educational Research Association (BERA), and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

Helen is a former member of GTCS (General Teaching Council of Scotland), SERA (Scottish Educational Research Association) and the RTE Philharmonic Choir.
As a PGR committee member Helen helped organize the PGR Conference in Trinity College Dublin on June 20 2015.
Helen chaired sessions at the 2014 Annual BERA Conference and 2014 ESAI Conference.

As a Management Training Consultant with Dale Carnegie Training, Helen contributed to the instruction of Management Courses and provided support and consultancy for teams and individuals in Management Training, in Effective Communication, in Leadership Motivation, in Strategic Planning, in Aligning Culture to Vision, in Problem Solving and in Decision Making and in Maximising Team Performance to achieve goals. Co-ordination and Presentation of Senior Executive Seminars and Business Development Workshops formed part of Helen’s consultancy as well as internal instructional courses.

Presentations: - Helen was the winner of the British and Irish (District 71) Toastmasters International “Table Topics” Contest in November 1997 in Shannon, Co. Clare. She presented over 40 speeches in club meetings and competitions. She was awarded the Accomplished Toastmaster Bronze and Silver Awards from Toastmasters International. She also adjudicated Public Speaking Competitions in Toastmasters and in UCD. Helen was also President and Vice President Education of Society Toastmasters, Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, 1996 - 1998.

As Area 26 Governor in Toastmasters International, Helen organised Club Officer training sessions for over 30 clubs and co-ordinated Area Contests in Ireland from Dublin to Belfast from1998 – 1999.   Helen co-ordinated and presented two Speechcraft (Public Speaking and Evaluation) Courses in the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 between 1996–1997.    

 


Last updated 4 June 2015 kellyva@tcd.ie.