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Dr. Melanie Ni Dhuinn
Assistant Professor, Education

Biography

Dr. Melanie Ní Dhuinn is Assistant Professor of Teacher Education in the School of Education, Trinity College, Dublin. Melanie works across Teacher Education (B.Mus Ed and PME), Master of Education (M.Ed) and Doctorate (D.Ed and PhD) courses in the School of Education and is a research supervisor and examiner for PME, M.Ed, Ph. D and D.Ed candidates. She is also a School Placement tutor across various strands of the PME. Melanie lectures in Teaching Pedagogies, School Placement, Research Methods and in the Sociology of Education. She is module coordinator for the Academic Literacy and Research Methods (ALRM) module on the M.Ed course. Her research interests include Teacher Education, Technology in Education, Assessment, Curriculum design, Teaching Pedagogy, An Ghaeilge Mar Mheán Teagaisc, and Research Methodology. She is also a member of the Research Ethics Committee of the School of Education. Prior to working in Teacher Education Melanie worked as a Teacher of Physical Education and Gaeilge before being seconded by the Department of Education and Skills. Melanie is an invited conference speaker at national and international education conferences and is a published author nationally and internationally. She is currently Cathaoirleach ar Bhord Bainistíochta Gaelscoil Moshíológ, Guaire and is a representative of An Foras Patrúnachta on the Board of Management Creagh College, Gorey.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

'Reflective practice in a teacher education programme in Ireland' in, editor(s)Joanna Madalińska-Michalak, Maria Assunção Flores, Ee Ling Low, Shirley Van Nuland , "Recruting and Educating the Best Teachers; Policy, Professionalism and Pedagogy'. Teacher Education, Learning Innovation and Accountability, Singapore, Springer, 2020, [Jennifer Liston, Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Mark Prendergast, Tandeep Kaur] Book Chapter, 2020

Jennifer Liston, Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Mark Prendergast, Tandeep Kaur, Reflective Practice in ITE-Exploring the Perspectives of University and School Based Teacher Educators, American Educational Research Association, The Power and Possibilities for the Public Good When Researchers and Organisational Stakeholders Collaborate, San Francisco, 17-21 April, 2020 Conference Paper, 2020 TARA - Full Text

Initial Teacher Education Provision in Ireland in, "Teacher Education Practicum/Internships", Iran, Farhangain Teacher Education University , 2020, pp22-45 - [Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Carmel O'Sullivan] Book Chapter, 2020

Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Jennifer Liston, Mark Prendergast, Tandeep Kaur, Capturing the Voice of the Teacher Educator on student-teacher reflective practice, Opening Up Education, Options, Obstacles and Opportunities . Educational Association of Ireland, Dublin City University , 2-4 April, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020

Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Jennifer Liston, Mark Prendergast, Tandeep Kaur, Reflective Practice in Initial Teacher Education, Clinical Fellows Association of Teacher Educators (US) Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, 15-19 February, 2020 Invited Talk, 2020

Teachers' and parents' perspectives on curriculum reform in, editor(s)Damian Murchan, Keith Johnston , Curriculum reform within policy and practice: the context of Ireland's secondary schools, Palgrave., 2020, [Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Chris Byrne, Mark Prendergast] Book Chapter, 2020

Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Julie Uí Choistealbha, The power and possibilities of an innovative research design: insights from the DEEPEN research project., American Educational Research Association, The Power and Possibilities for the Public Good When Researchers and Organisational Stakeholders Collaborate, San Francisco, 17-21 April, 2020 Conference Paper, 2020

Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Julie Uí Choistealbha, A Deep Dive into Teacher Induction Programmes- A Systematic Literature Review, Opening Up Education, Options, Obstacles and Opportunities . Educational Association of Ireland, Dublin City University , 2-4 April, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020

Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Mark Prendergast, Rose Dolan, Ann MacPhail, AnnMarie Young, Leveraging education research as an instrument in a "Post-Truth" Era to address national and infrastructural dilemmas in reconfiguring Initial Teacher Education programmes in Ireland, American Educational Research Association (AERA) Leveraging Education Research in a Post-Truth era: Multi-modal narratives to democratise evidence, Toronto, Canada, 5-7 April, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019

Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Julie Uí Choistealbha, Insight and Impact, leading a professional learning network (Insights from the DEEPEN project), Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCOTENS). Leadership Across Boundaries: Challenges for Educators and Teacher Educators, Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan, 17 & 18 October , 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019 URL

Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Mark Prendergast, Andrew Loxley, "Minster, Can you Spare a Euro? The Financial and Emotional Costs of becoming a Teacher", American Educational Research Association (AERA) Leveraging Education Research in a Post-Truth era: Multi-modal narratives to democratise evidence, Toronto, 5-9 April, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019 TARA - Full Text URL URL

Jennifer Liston Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Mark Prendergast, Reflective Practice As A Space For Pre-Service Teachers To Engage With Critical Ideology Reflection, European Educational Research Association (ECER)., Hamburg, September, edited by European Educational Research Association , 2019 Conference Paper, 2019 URL TARA - Full Text

Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Ann MacPhail, Rose Dolan, The development of an Irish National Teacher Education and Teacher Educator Forum: the next steps , Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCOTENS). Leadership Across Boundaries: Challenges for Educators and Teacher Educators, Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan, 17 & 18 October, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019 URL

Jennifer Liston, Melanie Ni Dhuinn, and Mark Prendergast, Reflective practice; an opportunity to reinforce or re-evaluate beliefs and values, Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, University College Dublin , 5th - 7th April, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018 URL

Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Address to delegates attending the ASTI Annual Convention 2018 , ASTI Annual Convention , Clayton Silver Springs, 3 April, 2018, Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland Invited Talk, 2018 TARA - Full Text URL

Melanie Ní Dhuinn, "Perfect Storms" A Case Study of the introduction and implementation of a reconceptualised 120 credit Initial Teacher Education (ITE) consecutive programme utilising a reconceptualised Technology embedded Teaching, Learning and Assessment approach in an Irish Higher Education Institution (HEI)., MiTE Conference, NUIG, January 2018, edited by MiTE Scientific Committee , 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018 URL

Melanie Ni Dhuinn, Mark Prendergast and Andrew Loxley, "We're not in the money- Part Two, The Bigger Picture" Continuing to count the costs of being a PME student, Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, University College Dublin, 5th - 7th April, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018 URL

Jennifer Liston, Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Mark Prendergast, Fostering Critical Reflection in Student Teachers, Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE), Braga, Portugal, 17th-19th May, edited by TEPE Scientific Committee , 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018 URL

Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Maximising the blended benefits of an M-level Initial Teacher Education programme, ATEE Winter Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands, 15-17 February, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018 URL URL

Ann Devitt, Joe Condon, Gene Dalton, Jane O'Connell and Melanie Ní Dhuinn, An maith leat an Ghaeilge? An analysis of variation in primary pupil attitudes to Irish in the Growing Up in Ireland study, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 21, (1), 2018, p105 - 117 Journal Article, 2018 DOI TARA - Full Text

Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Mark Prendergast, Andrew Loxley, "Making ends meet", the real costs of becoming a teacher in Ireland, Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE) Annual Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia., 23rd - 25th October, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Melanie Ni Dhuinn, Mark Prendergast and Andrew Loxley, "We're not in the money" Counting the costs of being a PME student, Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, University College Cork, 20th - 22nd April, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Melanie Ni Dhuinn, Andrew Loxley, Pixel Possibilities- tales of using visual research instruments in educational research, Irish Educational Studies, Educational Research and Practice in Times of Transition: Looking to the Future, Maynooth University and Carton House , April , 2015 Published Abstract, 2015

Dr. Ann Devitt, Gene Dalton, Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Jane O'Toole ad Dr. Joe Condon, "Is maith liom Gaeilge". An analysis of variation in primary pupil attitudes to Gaeilge in the Growing up in Ireland study, focusing on the Teacher factor., ESAI 40th Annual Conference. "Educational Research and Practice in times of Transition: Looking to the Future", Maynooth University and Carton House , April 2015, 2015 Published Abstract, 2015

Ann Devitt,Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Brendan MacMahon, Multilingualism challenges and opportunities in the Irish Post-primary education sector, American Educational Research Association Conference, Chicago, US, 16-20 April , 2015, pppponline Conference Paper, 2015

Ann Devitt, Joe Condon, Gene Dalton, Jane O Connell and Melanie Ní Dhuinn, An maith leat an Ghaeilge, Growing Up in Ireland National Longitudinal Study Research Conference, Croke Park, November 2014, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Andrew Loxley, . "Pixel Power- Visual Ethnographies as a Research method in Social Science" , International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education (IJCDSE), Canada International Conference on Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, April 2011, Volume 2, (Issue 2), Infonomics , 2011, pp349 - 354 Conference Paper, 2011

Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Andrew Loxley, An evaluation of the influence of Families on Education and Schooling in Ireland, . London International Conference on Education, London, September , 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Murphy, N. M. and Ni Dhuinn, M. and Browne, P. A. and O'Rathaille, M. M. , Physical Activity for Bone Health in Inactive Teenage Girls: Is a Supervised, Teacher-Led Program or Self-Led Program Best, Journal of Adolescent Health official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, Elsevier Publications, Volume 39, (Issue 4), 2006 Journal Article, 2006

Murphy, N. M. Ni Dhuinn, M. Browne, P. A. O' Rathaille, M. M, Promoting Physical Activity in Irish Teenage girls: an intervention with a focus on bone health, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, International Physical Activity Conference , Melbourne Convention Centre Australia, October, 2005, Volume 8, (Issue 4), Sports Medicine, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Promoting Physical Activity in Irish Teenage girls: an intervention with a focus on bone health, Waterford Institute of Technology, 2003 Thesis, 2003

Melanie Ní Dhuinn , Múineadh an Phróis agus na Filíóchta don Teastas Sóisearach, University of Limerick , 1993 Thesis, 1993

Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Education review at the All-Island Conference on Combating Rural Poverty and Social Exclusion, New Ideas, New Directions Joint Conference Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland-an initiative of the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, Drogheda, Ireland, October 2010 Meeting Abstract,

Research Expertise

Projects

  • Title
    • DEEPEN- Droichead, Exploring and Eliciting Perspectives Experiences and Narratives
  • Summary
    • The DEEPEN project is a National project commissioned by the Teaching Council of Ireland. It seeks to report on and document the lived experiences and perspectives of teachers of the "Droichead" National induction programme for qualified primary and post-primary teachers in Ireland. Teacher induction can bring together all who have an interest in teacher quality (Bartell, 2005). Droichead is an integrated induction framework which is based on a whole school approach in supporting newly qualified teachers' professional learning. Droichead is currently in a growth phase and will be the sole route of induction for all primary and post-primary NQTs by 2021. The primary purpose of this project is to undertake research over a period of three years, into teachers' lived experience of the Droichead professional induction process, its contribution to their professional learning, and its impact on school culture. The researchers use a Case Study approach as the overarching research methodology in this research. In summary, this will involve the use of online questionnaires to all Droichead schools to construct an overall profile of the Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), Professional Support Team (PST) personnel and Whole School personnel. The data from the online questionnaires will also be used to form the sub-samples for the NQT focus groups, the PST focus groups, the Whole School focus groups and researcher- and participant-generated visual diaries. The project will focus specifically on the Droichead process in DEIS schools, SEN schools, Gaelscoileanna and Small schools. Research outputs will include a final report, exemplars of best practice, ebook/video, international conference, online sharing space for Newly Qualified Teachers.
  • Funding Agency
    • Teaching Council of Ireland
  • Date From
    • 2018
  • Date To
    • 2021
  • Title
    • Weaving the thread of School-University Partnership to support Student-Teachers' Reflective Practice.
  • Summary
    • This project builds on research conducted on 'Reflective Practice' within an overarching 'Research and Practice in Teacher Education' study at the School of Education in TCD. On examining student teachers' reflective writing the substantial influence of the peer lense was evident (Brookfield, 2017). Reflections included reference to the supportive role of cooperating teachers, set alongside guidance received which reinforces problematic lay theories in teaching (Liston, Ní Dhuinn & Prendergast, 2018). Building on this evidence, opportunities to engage school partners, particularly cooperating teachers more explicitly in the reflective practice process were created. The project aim was twofold, improving reflective practice and enhancing relationships for School-University partnership. This project provided individual and shared learning about and through the topic of 'reflective practice for student teachers'. Initial analysis of student teacher written reflection demonstrated the impact of guidance and advice from cooperating teachers, school placement tutors and pedagogy lecturers. The project challenged stakeholders to consider how they play a part in becoming the inner voice of the student teacher identity development. This project is of particular relevance to other teacher education providers and dissemination at education conferences such as ESAI, ECER will provide opportunities to engage and share research reports. An improved awareness of and ability to support student teachers reflective process was anticipated and an enhanced level of criticality emerged over the course of the project in student teacher reflective practice. Good teaching requires critically reflective teachers. The project findings will feed into future reflective practice work with student teachers undertaking the PME program in TCD. The school- university partnerships developed during this project will be actively maintained through communication, value-added initiatives for both partners and supporting school placement students in the future.
  • Funding Agency
    • Teaching Council of Ireland
  • Date From
    • December 2018
  • Date To
    • March 2020

Keywords

Continuous Professional Development for Practising Teachers; Information Technology in Teacher Education ; Teacher Education; Teacher Education Issues; Visual Research Methodologies

Recognition

Representations

Member of Teaching Council of Ireland/ An Chomhairle Mhúinteoireachta representing Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) Post-primary Member of Education committee, Disciplinary committee, Evidence of character committee, Registration Panel, Code of Practice working group. 2018

External Examiner on the Professional Master of Education Initial Teacher Education Programme (Postgraduate) at Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick 2018

External Examiner on the B.OIdeachais/B.Ed Initial Teacher Education Programme (Undergraduate) in the Institute of Education, Dublin City University. 2019

External Examiner on the Máistir Gairmiúil san OIdeachais (MGO) Initial Teacher Education Programme (Postgraduate) at National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) 2020

PhD External Examiner 2019

Steering group member of the National Teacher Educator and Teacher Education Forum 2018

Memberships

Nominated Member of Teaching Council of Ireland/ An Chomhairle Mhúinteoireachta - HEI representative 2018 – Current

Member of Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) 2014 – current

Registered post-primary teacher with the Teaching Council of Ireland/ An Comhairle Mhúinteoireachta – current