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The Arts Education Research Group has a developing programme of activities across the arts generally, with several areas of specialism. It is concerned with research into the policy and practice of arts and aesthetic education. Its current areas of expertise include Drama and Theatre in Education, Music, Museum Studies, Artistic Biography, and the Visual Arts. It is particularly interested in teaching and learning issues with respect to inclusion and special needs. It is also currently building networks to bridge the arts and sciences, and exploring the ways in which the two can inter-relate in policy and practice.

The Arts Education Research Group aims to include public performance and academic events in the range of its activities.

Theoretical perspectives include the psychological, philosophical, historical and sociological. The group is currently actively involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning. It welcomes enquiries from any individual interested in conducting research into any aspect of the arts field from an educational perspective.


ETAI 'Encountering the Arts Ireland' Launch in The National Museum of Ireland.[27.11.2013]

Press Release

ETAI Launch ETAI Launch L-R Dr Carmel O'Sulllivan, Marita Kerin & Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn. Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan.


The Arts in Education Research Group hosted an evening with best-selling author Roisin Meaney and UK music sensation The Bookshop Band. The band performed a song inspired by Roisin's book [ and lots more songs too] at the Royal Irish Academy of Music on Thursday 25th April.

Roisin Meaney_Something in Common Organ Room Prof Grenfell, Marita Kerin, Book Shop Band


The Arts Education Research Group hosted a lecture on Thursday February 7th in the Neil Hoey Theatre. The guest speaker was Professor Lucy Green, University of London. Title: Informal Music Practices and Formal Music Education: Some Illustrations from the Classroom and the Instrumental Studio.

Professor Lucy Green

Professor Michael Grenfell Chair & Head of School / Dr Carmel O'Sullivan, Dr Tom Hayes, Prof Lucy Green & Ms Marita Kerin

A captive audience


Ralph Mc Tell

The Arts in Education Research Group hosted the first in a series of Arts Biography research seminars at the Printing House, Trinity College Dublin on Thursday 29th November, an Evening with Ralph McTell.

Music education lecturer Marita Kerin explored the concepts of informal learning and the biography of place (habitus and field) with singer songwriter Ralph McTell in advance of a more focused exploration the following morning of the notion of artistic biography and how it impacts on artistic output which was convened by the Chair and Head of the School of Education, Professor Michael Grenfell.

Guest - Ralph McTell.
Interviewer - Marita Kerin, School of Education

Audio on Ralph Mc Tell: Artist Biography Project by Trinity College Dublin

 

L-R Ralph Mc Tell, Jim Mc Cann, Michael Grenfell, Kieran Hanrahan, Ultan O'Brien & Marita Kerin

Dr Carmel O’Sullivan, director of The Arts in Education Research Group hosted the first in a series of Arts Biography research seminars at the Printing House, Trinity College Dublin on Thursday 29th November. Music education lecturer Marita Kerin explored the concepts of informal learning and the biography of place (habitus and field) with singer songwriter Ralph McTell in advance of a more focused exploration the following morning of the notion of artistic biography and how it impacts on artistic output which was convened by the Chair and Head of the School of Education, Professor Michael Grenfell. 

Ralph_Marita Mike-Ralph Carmel_Ralph


The Arts Education Research Group conducted a series of lunch-time concerts as part of an Arts Pedagogy research action. It is anticipated that this will result in a Performance Pedagogy unit which will be incorporated in the undergraduate Bachelor in Music Education degree programme.

1st series 19th November 2012 Theme - Hits from the Movies: Programme [PDF]

Hits from the Movies

Hits from the Movies

Hits from the Movies

2nd Series November 26th 2012 'Celticfuse'

3rd Series December 3rd 2012 'A Musical Lunchtime'

4th Series: Carol Singing in 'The Tunnel', Arts Block 10th December 2012

carol singers

carol singers

carol singers


Professor Michael Grenfell, on behalf of the Arts in Education Research Group, launched in Trinity College Dublin, a National Music Education Conference VOICING 2012: Quality, Inclusion & Participation in Music Education took place in September 2012.>>>Read More


The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaelteacht, Jimmy Deenihan T.D.launched the Arts Education Research Group on Tuesday 19th June in The Neil Hoey Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub. >>>Read More


Principal Staff

Ms Marita Kerin

Ms Marita Kerin

Prof Michael Grenfell

Prof Michael Grenfell

Dr Carmel O'Sullivan

Research Projects

Dates

Project Title

Summary

Funding Agency/
Collaborating partners

2012-2013

Exploring Minds: An early years arts pilot project Fingal County Council Arts Office, Fingal Traveller Organisation, community artists and the School of Education Arts Education Research Group, aim to pilot a unique Early Years Arts programme for Traveller children and their parents living in halting sites in Skerries and Swords. The programme will introduce young children and their parents to a quality arts experience, primarily through the media of Music and Visual Arts. Strand One will be developed as an 'Artist Residency Model for Arts Development and Parental Involvement’, and will involve the use of the DIEAC Framework in all aspects of its design, implementation and evaluation.

Fingal County Council Arts Office

The Arts Council

School of Education Arts Education Research Group

2011-2014

Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Arts in Context

In response to the diversity and significance of collaborative arts practices in a range of social and community contexts, TCD and Create in partnership with the Arts Council, propose to research and develop the DIEAC framework. This framework is proposed on the basis of providing an adaptive and flexible tool for designing, implementing and evaluating arts in context (DIEAC).

School of Education
(TCD)
Arts Council (Arts in the Community Scheme)
CREATE
Trinity Long Room Hub

2009-2012

Drama in Education in the holistic education of young people with Asperger Syndrome (Phase II)

Social skills education through drama for children and young people on the autistic spectrum.

ASPIRE (Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland)

National Lottery funding

2009-2012

Integrated Executive Function (IEF) Training

This study is investigating the effects of a novel form of brain training on children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is a collaborative study between researchers in Trinity College, DCU and ASPIRE, and is the first of its kind to take place in Ireland.

ASPIRE (Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland)

2009-2010

'Corduroy’ - a short film based on a young adult with high functioning autism

Consultant to a short film based on the life of a young adult with high functioning autism (written and directed by Hugh O'Connor). ‘Corduroy’ was selected for competition at the 60th Berlin Film Festival (2010) and at the Dublin Film Festival (2010).

Irish Film Board

2007-2009

Asperger Syndrome: A Practical Guide for Parents, Young People, Teachers and Other Professionals

This project was set up to research and create an educational DVD which has been distributed to every school in Ireland, and also to parents, professionals and other carers of young people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) nationally and internationally. Special features include video footage of the Drama in Education social skills education programme.

Department of Education and Science
ASPIRE
School of Education (TCD)
AVMS (TCD)

2006

Good Buzz - Bad Buzz

This theatre in education performance piece was researched and devised to launch the Task Force Report on Joyriding and raise awareness of the potential role of drama and theatre in education as a creative and educational tool to stimulate debate and discussion about issues of youth joyriding nationally.

Blue Drum: The Government Arts Specialist Support Agency

2004-2008

Drama and linguistic disadvantage

A funded research project to explore the role of drama in education in language development and social disadvantage.

National Children’s Strategy (Office for the Minister of Children)

2004-2009

Drama in Education in the holistic education of young people with Asperger Syndrome (Phase 1)

This project aims to investigate whether the sustained use of an integrated creative arts approach with specific focus on the use of drama in education will lead to a more successful social, personal, emotional and cognitive education of young people with AS. It aims to bring about a greater understanding of what it means to live with AS and the implications on one’s life.

Dormant Funds Account
Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland
The Ireland Fund
Dublin Bus

Research Students

Current PhD students

Peadar Donohoe - Drama as an approach to anti-bullying education
Martha O’Shaughnessy  - Shakespeare in the Primary School
Kate McCarthy – Applied Theatre
Louise Heeran Flynn – Language, Drama and Educational Disadvantage
Gaye Tanham – Dance Education
Jacqueline Fallon – Play in the Early Years
Kate Harris – Assessment of Community Arts

Recently graduated
Marian Forde (PhD) – Poetry in the Curriculum
Niamh Malone (PhD) – The Arts and Urban Regeneration
Celine Healy (PhD) – Second Language Learning through Drama

Masters students
More than 50 masters students have explored research topics on aesthetics, learning in and through the arts, creativity, music education, arts in prison, arts across the curriculum, drama and theatre in education, the visual arts, and the arts in museum education.

Over 100 students have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in the area of arts education and Drama in Education in the last 10 years.

Conference Presentations / Workshops [PDF]

Events Organised [PDF]

Courses

B.Mus. Ed. www.tcd.ie/Education/courses/b-mus-ed

PDE Music www.tcd.ie/Education/courses/pde

PDE Drama (Elective) www.tcd.ie/Education/courses/pde

M.Ed. Drama in Education www.tcd.ie/Education/courses/drama-summer-school
M.Ed. in Arts Education (Music, Drama and the Visual Arts) – in preparation

M.Litt. (by research only) www.tcd.ie/Education/research/degrees
Ph.D. (by research only) www.tcd.ie/Education/research/degrees

Publications [PDF]

 

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Last updated 27 November 2013 kellyva@tcd.ie.