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Seminar in Arts Education

The Arts Education Research Group (AERG) will host a special seminar facilitated by international thought-leader in arts education Professor Marie McCarthy of Ann Arbor, University of Michigan on Friday 3rd March 2017. Professor McCarthy will present a topic entitled 'Educational Research in the Arts: Diverse Questions, Multiple Modes of Inquiry'.




Creative Arts Practice Publication

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. Included in the publication is 'Raising the Curtain on Performance Pedagogy' [PDF] and 'How Do Artists Learn?'[PDF]

AERG at the International Drama in Education Research Institute (IDIERI) 2015
AERG Director, Prof Carmel O'Sullivan, AERG members Kate McCarthy, Cao Xi, Catalina Villanueva, Susan Kennedy-Killian, Jackie Maguire, and Prof Nóirín Hayes, as well as Master in Drama Education graduate Sarah Clarke, presented their research at this pre-eminent drama education conference.
IDIERI 2015 took place from the 29th of June to the 5th of July at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

AERG member Peadar Donohoe presenting at The School of Education Learner Voice Conference
AERG member and PhD in Education Candidate Peadar Donohue presented at the Learner Voice Conference, which took place on the 26th and 27th of June, 2015 at TCD's School of Education. His presentation was entitled "Role-play as a Method to Empower Student Voices in bullying prevention".

Research Seminar 'Artful Dodgers: Arts Education in Early Years Settings'
On the 25th of June, AERG member Prof Nóirín Hayes spoke about Artful Dodgers, a project she has been conducting together with AERG member and Research Associate Jackie Maguire and AERG Director, Prof Carmel O'Sullivan. Prof Hayes' talk, titled 'Artful Dodgers: Arts Education in Early Years Settings' was part of the Research Seminar Series of TCD's School of Education.

SPACE INVADERS: An early years arts seminar & festival
On the 9th of May, 2015, AERG Director Prof Carmel O'Sullivan and AERG members Prof Nóirín Hayes and Research Associate Jackie Maguire presented this seminar in Farmleigh State. The seminar focused on Artful Dodgers, a unique music and visual arts programme located in two crèche services in Fingal that has been researched by TCD's AERG since 2013. Fantastic relationships have been established between the artists, children, early years teachers, researchers and funders through this journey, the outcomes of which were shared that day.

The event also included a Family Day for children aged 0-5 years on the 10th of May who were treated to artistic performances from around the world. There were also free experiential workshops offered to those either working in or with an interest in early childhood arts.

AERG at the Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Conference 2015
AERG was present at the ESAI Conference 2015. Research by AERG Director, Prof Carmel O'Sullivan, AERG members Noírín Hayes, Susan Kennedy-Killian and Catalina Villanueva was presented, as well as research by MA in Drama in Education at TCD graduates Sarah Clarke, Martin Murphy, and Elaine Clotworthy! More Information

On April 25th 2015, 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. Representing the Arts in Education Research Group (AERG), Bachelor in Music Education course co-ordinator Marita Kerin (Education) with Dr. Shane Bergin (Physics) and Dr. Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain (from UCD's School of Mathematical Sciences) to bring the links between music, maths and science alive for the children attending. Undergraduate students from music education and physics smashed wine glasses with sound, questioned why musical instruments have their special shapes and pared the science of music right back to the anatomy of a simple sound wave.

The team of academics and students will develop these fascinating connections when they return to the National Concert Hall in the autumn.

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].

The Arts in Education Research Group hosted the first in a series of Arts Biography research seminars at the Printing House, Trinity College Dublin - November 2012, an Evening with Ralph McTell.

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.

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

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


The Arts Education Research Group hosted a lecture, 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.


Last updated 2 August 2017