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  • Announcement of new collaborative research partnership – Learner Voice Research Study

    Dr. Paula Flynn is the principal investigator for a study involving the collaborative partnership of the IES Research Group, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD). This new collaborative project was launched at the Student Voice Seminar – 'I'm Me, Learner Voice Research; Partnership and Planning' recently. The event was attended by principals and teachers from schools involved in student voice research during different phases of study with Paula and provided opportunities to share the learning experience with the research partners and partnership schools. The overarching focus to this two year study is to determine how to include student voice in education planning such that there is an embedded culture of 'shared language', 'co-construction' and a strategy that will provide a sustainable structure and response to student voice both for schools and the NCCA ➤➤ More Information [PDF]
  • Conference | Early Intervention in Ireland - Where do we go from here?: National and International Perspectives - 21st November 2014

We would like to thank all those participants who attended the IES conference on Early Childhood Intervention on November 21st. Your contributions facilitated a wonderful and vibrant event.
We value your attendance and look forward to the development of new and exciting conversations relating to Early Childhood Intervention in Ireland. We would also like to thank all our speakers and believe that the knowledge they shared will help immensely in the development of this area which will ultimately help children and families. Their presentations have created new insights into this area.

Presentations: Early Intervention in Ireland - Where do we go from here?: National and International Perspectives - See below:


  • National Forum For The Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education | On Thursday 25th September, Dr. Esther Murphy with TCD's School of Education and AHEAD co-ordinated the National forum for the enhancement of teaching and learning funded seminar "Addressing access challenges for students with visual impairments making transition into further and higher education" >> Read More [PDF]

PowerPoint Slides | Rachel Hewett >>View Here [PDF] | NFB Resolutions >>View Here [PDF]

Fiona Smyth, Michael Shevlin and Paula Flynn from the School of Education have published an article with their colleagues from the European QualiTYDES project in the European Journal of Special Needs Education. "Inclusive education in progress: policy evolution in four European countries" looks at the status of inclusive education in Ireland, Austria, Spain and the Czech Republic and how it has developed in recent decades, as each country has attempted to align international policy with educational provision in their very different systems.

The QualiTYDES project has run over the past three years. In addition to this exploration of policy, it saw the participation of over eighty young people with disabilities across the four countries. Further publications from the project will look at the impact of policy and provision on educational and other opportunities for participants across the life course. Further details HERE.

Terence MacSwiney Community College in Knocknaheeny, Cork is one of the schools which has been involved in the' Learner Voice Research Study, I'm Me Programme' (Inclusive Methods in Mainstream Education) since September 2013. Dr. Paula Flynn is the primary investigator of this research which is situated within the Inclusion in Education and Society (IES) Research Group in collaboration with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and with the support of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).

Students in each of the participating schools identified an issue of concern or interest for their respective school and determined the research question specific to that school as the focus of data collection for the remainder of the school year. Subsequently, adult and student participants in schools have been participating in a learner voice process to elicit perspectives of their school experience from students. The objective of this process is to empower the participants and provide opportunities to identify, improve upon or generate supports that impact on learning, engagement and enjoyment of school. The primary aim of the project is to encourage insights from the student participants on any of the identified issues for enquiry and to facilitate opportunities for 'learner voice' that may encourage an experience of empowerment or 'leadership for learning/engagement' and/or improve the experience of school for the student participants.

As part of the process in their school, students from Terence MacSwiney Community College came together with their teacher, the project co-ordinator in their school Kathy O'Sullivan, and with Garry McCarthy who is a rap artist and music producer (Garry McCarthy Workshops to write the lyrics to 'Change Round Here'[PDF] and send out a message on how they would like to influence change in attitudes and practice in school. Listen and enjoy....rap to the music!

Dr. Michael Shevlin and Paula Flynn | published article in the International Journal of Inclusive Education >>>Read More

For the past decade colleagues in the School have been developing a focus on the educational and social inclusion of marginalized groups within society. Research outputs have included government sponsored reports, journal articles and Northern Ireland, UK and European collaborations. More recently colleagues in the School have formed a research consortium with Irish and UK colleagues and are working on several major research projects, including:

  • Project IES (Inclusive in Education and Society) (3 years).
  • Transitions for students with disabilities and/or SEN into third level and further education. (18 months)
  • Qualitative Tracking with Young Disabled People in European States. Quali-TYDES project (PDF)
  • Inclusive Research in Irish Schools (PDF) (Project IRIS)
  • The Special Class Model in Ireland: How is it working for pupils with special educational needs in mainstream schools? (With the ESRI)

International conferences have been targeted for dissemination of research and the consortium is actively seeking to establish a European network to address the issues of educational and social inclusion.

Staff Members of the Group

Dr Paula Flynn

Dr Michael Shevlin

Dr Fiona Smyth

Ph.D. students associated with IES;

Lucie Corcoran >>[PDF]Lucie Corcoran

Stella Long >>[PDF]

Peadar Donohoe >>[PDF]
Patricia Mc Carthy >>[PDF]Patricia Mc Carthy
Alison Doyle >>[PDF] Colin Mc Elroy >>[PDF]
Kate Carr-Fanning >>[PDF]Kate Carr Fanning
Aoife Mary O'Brien >>[PDF]Aoife O'Brien

Colleen Horn >>[PDF]

John O' Malley >>[PDF]
Dr. John Kubiak >>[PDF]  

Convenor: Dr. Michael Shevlin

Recent conferences: IES 25th April 2012, Trinity College Dublin 9am-4.15pm Conference News Update[PDF]


Last updated 9 January 2015