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Evaluation of Trinity Access Programmes Primary School Initiatives

Resarch Staff

Dr. Audrey Bryan, Prof. Sheila Greene

About the Project

The Trinity Access Programme (TAP) provides a number of initiatives at first, second and third level whose aim is to tackle educational disadvantage and increase the participation rate of those who are under-represented in third level education. Although it initially offered support to third level and secondary school students, in 2000 TAP started working with primary schools initiating a pilot Maths/Physics project with two schools. Since then an additional thirteen schools have been added to the project and now TAP run a successful Maths/Science week which involves primary students visiting the School of Mathematics and Department of Science in the college. This year TAP initiated 'Take the Lead', a mentoring programme involving 5th class students and Trinity undergraduates. Alongside this programme TAP conduct an 'awards' ceremony in Trinity College for students, their parents and their mentors. The Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education and Science fully support and endorse such initiatives.

In light of this, TAP has asked the Children's Research Centre to evaluate its current primary school initiatives in order to measure the success of these programmes and to assess its impact on students, teachers, parents and the school communities they are partnered with. The evaluation was funded by the TAP office.

What did the research focus on?

The research aimed to assess the impact of the TAP Primary School Initiatives and focused on the views, insights and experiences of those people associated with the programmes. These included students, parents, teachers, voluntary personnel such as mentors, and staff within the TAP office and various Maths/Science departments.

What did the research involve?

The research employed qualitative methods of data collection and involved one-one interviews and focus groups with the relevant people.

Last updated 15 March 2010 by The Children′s Research Centre (Email).