This project aims to explore the role of primary education in the teaching of political history, with particular emphasis on teaching contested or controversial history in the context of the decade of commemorations
- Dr Fionnuala Waldron, St Patrick’s College , Drumcondra
- Dr Alan McCully, University of Ulster
- Examine issues relating to the teaching of 1916 and the Battle of the Somme and their implications for teacher education.
- Facilitate the development of a major North South project on the teaching of these and related events.
- Dr Fionnuala Waldron, St Patrick’s College Drumcondra
- Dr Pauric Travers, St Patrick’s College Drumcondra
- Dr Alan McCully, University of Ulster
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- Facilitate teacher exchange and collaboration with respect to best practice in science teaching and learning.
- Use exchange and collaboration to extend and develop the expertise of two groups of teachers. A group of Dublin-based teachers who, in partnership with science education staff from St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, have developed an expertise in classroom practice relating to the ‘Nature of Science’ (NoS) will disseminate and model their practice to a group of teachers from Belfast. The Belfast based teachers who in partnership with Queen’s University and Stranmillis University College Belfast, have developed an expertise in ‘Creative Science Investigations’ (CSI) will in a similar way work to develop this practice with their southern partners.
- Dr John McCullagh, Stranmillis UC Belfast
- Dr Colette Murphy, Queen’s University Belfast
- Dr Cliona Murphy, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra
- Mr Greg Smith, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra
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Becoming a Teacher - Primary Student Teachers as learners and teachers of History, Geography and Science: An All-Island Study
- To provide an opportunity for the dissemination of findings from the current longitudinal research project: Student Teachers’ Perceptions and Experiences of History, Geography and Science: An All-Ireland Survey
- To provide a forum for discussion of findings with policy makers and curriculum developers
- To provide a workshop involving senior researchers in which IASSEE members can consider ways to extend the level of analysis for phase 3 data
- To strengthen North/South links in pre-service teacher education and to support the development of this and other projects and research in an all-Ireland context.
Ms Colette Murphy, Queen’s University Belfast
Ms Susan Pike, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra
[SCoTENS Seed Funding 2008-2009 £1,260]
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In 2003, the Irish Association of Social, Scientific and Environmental Education (IASSEE) embarked on a four-year longitudinal study of how student teachers’ prior experiences and perceptions of history, geography and science interacted with their initial teacher education. The study was planned in three phases: an entry questionnaire to establish their ideas and attitudes at the beginning of their initial teacher education; case studies in the form of semi-structured interviews of a small number of students in each participating institutions mid-way through their course; an exit questionnaire to establish any development in perceptions, ideas and attitudes.
Phase II of the project took place over 12-18 months, at times appropriate to the structure of the BEd courses in each of the participating institutions. A sample of students were interviewed from each institution, to triangulate with data gathered via the initial questionnaire and to assess the impact of ITE curriculum courses and teaching practice experiences.
These students were drawn from the cohort originally surveyed in Autumn 2004.
See the report from Phase I
The third and final phase of the research focused on:
- Developing a research framework and procedures that enabled you to determining students’ knowledge and understanding of content and pedagogical issues relating to primary history, geography and science, and their experiences and attitudes towards teaching these subjects at primary level.
- Strengthening North/South links in initial teacher education and to support the development of projects and research in an all-Ireland context
- Working together to enhance the experience of initial teacher education North and South of the border through collaborative teaching initiatives.
See the report on the Third Annual Conference of IASSEE
Ms Susan Pike, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.
Mr Richard Greenwood, Stranmillis University College
[Funded 2004-2005, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007]