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Project Title

Funding Agency/
Collaborating partners


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


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
Arts Council (Arts in the Community Scheme)
Trinity Long Room Hub


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


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)


'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


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
School of Education (TCD)


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


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)


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

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Last updated 23 July 2015