Current Doctoral Students in Education

Meet our current research students in the School of Education in 2022 who have specific research areas of interest. Read more about their thesis subjects below or get in touch.

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KEHINDE CHARLES AKINWARERE | Title to follow. Read more

Supervisor: Dr. Damian Murchan

CATHERINE MARY BRUEN | Experience in the areas of Digital Learning, Online Education and Learning Design for Higher Level Education and Private Sector. Read more

Supervisor: Dr. Keith Johnston 

Clodagh ByrneCLODAGH BYRNE | A critical analysis of contemporary policies on widening participation in Ireland and their influence on HE policy and practices relating to mature students.

Supervisor: Dr. John Walsh

Stella W.W. CHOY | Effectiveness of block play in reducing anxiety for children with ASD and typically developing children. Read more

LinkedIn: stella-choy-005b667b

Supervisor: Dr. Conor Mc Guckin and Dr. Miriam Twomey

JOSEPH DALYOP DAVOU| What is Taught and What is Learnt: Understanding the Hidden Curriculum from a Non-Western Perspective. Read more

Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Loxley 

CLARA MARIA FIORENTINI | Language acquisition, transitions to formal literacy, unconstrained literacy skills and language development through playful pedagogy. Read more

Twitter: @/L_MissTeacher

Supervisor: Dr. Ann Devitt 

DANIEL GRIFFIN | Mixed Reality (XR) Tools for Distributed Teamwork. Read more

Supervisors: Dr. Jake Byrne and Professor Brendan Tangney

Sylvia HealySYLVIA HEALY | The role of informal public health education in the mitigation of infectious respiratory disease transmission.

Supervisor: Dr. Joseph Roche

VANESSA LONG HOGARTY | Vanessa’s research explores the lived experiences of learners entering higher education labour activation programmes (Springboard+) in Ireland. Read more

Supervisor: Dr. Conor Mc Guckin 

Jungmi-HurJUNGMI HUR | The effects of drama to promote learners’ creative writing in 1st-year secondary school in South Korea.

Supervisor: Dr. Erika Piazzoli

PAMELA KELLYPlaying the generation game? A Case Study exploring the experiences of Inter-generational Familial Participation in Higher EducationRead more

Supervisors: Dr. Aidan Seery and Dr. Andrew Loxley  

MARIA KENNEDY | Doctoral Research Title: Exploring the contribution that parent expert groups in a DEIS primary school make to developing workshops to promote family learning, home school links, and parental confidence. Read more

Supervisors: Dr. Ann Devitt and Dr. Joanne Banks

QINYUAN LI | Third Language Learning Strategies: How Do English (L1) and Irish (L2) Speaking Learners Learn Chinese?. Read more

Supervisors: Dr. Ann Devitt and Dr. Noel O Murchadha

DEREK MAHER | How can the Transition Year Mathematics Curriculum be developed to best prepare students for Senior Cycle Mathematics in Ireland?. Read more

Supervisor: Dr. Aibhin Bray

Ciara MathewsCIARA A. MATHEWS | Educating and Elevating the Digital Parent: The mediating role of risk perception on Internet-specific Parental Self-Efficacy.

Supervisor: Dr. Conor Mc Guckin

Robert MatthewsROBERT MATTHEWS | An evaluation of the implementation of 21st Century teaching and learning
approaches with an early school leaving cohort on the Youthreach programme. Read more

Supervisor: Dr. Keith Johnston

TARA MCGOWAN | An investigation into the perspectives of students and teachers on the use of Universal Design for Learning to support the Inclusion of Learners in Mainstream Classrooms. Read more

Twitter: @taramcgowan84 

Supervisor: Dr. Aibhín Bray and Dr. Joanne Banks

CAROLINE MCKEOWN | The Transition to Computer-Based Assessment in PISA 2015: A question of validity? Student ‎process and test-taking behaviour in relation to science achievement in Ireland. Read more

Twitter: @cazmckeown

Supervisor: Dr. Damian Murchan

Sinead-MoranSINÉAD MORAN | Sinéad's research looks at the role of the Early Years Professional with a particular focus on Early Intervention. The research examines the role from multiple perspectives. 

Supervisor: Dr. Conor Mc Guckin

ANNA ABSALOM MWAKITALU| Education, Education management and leadership, Higher Education, Gender and Quality Assurance and Control. Read more

Supervisors: Dr. Joseph Roche and Dr. Susan Murphy

 MÁIRÉAD NALLY| Interests include inquiry-based learning, habits of mind, children's agency, teacher's agency and curriculum development. Read more

Twitter: @MaireadNally

Supervisors: Professor Colette Murphy and Dr Karin Bacon

CATHERINE O’REILLY | Thinking and talking/talking and thinking: Exploring storytelling as pedagogy with young children to provoke emergent critical thinking skills. Read more

Twitter: @story4thinking


Supervisor:  Dr. Ann Devitt and Professor Nóirin Hayes 

Eva PerezEVA PEREZ | Eva's research focuses on the use of social media as a teaching and learning tool by academics within higher education. She is exploring how best to integrate Social Media platforms from a pedagogical perspective in order to enhance student's learning experiences.

LinkedIn: @pereze

Twitter: @perezgEva

Supervisor: Dr. Conor Mc Guckin

MARY QUIRKE | Research interests include Universal Design, Universal Design for Learning, Inclusion, Disability, Bronfenbrenner and Freire; an unlikely combination yet with similar philosophies of inclusivity; philosophies that take a human, emancipatory and empowering approach. Read more

Twitter: @msmaryquirke

Supervisor: Dr. Conor Mc Guckin 

DAVID REILLY | I am researching a mentoring programme operated in 20 Deis secondary schools around Dublin by the Trinity Access Programme. Read more

Twitter: @davereilly91

Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Loxley

JEAN REALE | Title to follow. Read more

Supervisor: Dr. Joanne Banks

MENGI WANG |  Read more

Twitter: @Mengdi20

Supervisor: Dr. An Devitt

XINING WANG | Title to follow. Read more

Supervisor: Dr. Conor Mc Guckin 

CHELSEA ANN WHITTAKER | Multilingualism and Hybridity: Language policy, proficiency and identity among children from new Irish backgrounds. Read more

Supervisors: Dr. Ann Devitt and Dr. Noel O Murchadha


Supervisors: Dr. Andrew Loxley and Dr. John Walsh