John Coolahan Award 2019

John Coolahan Award In recognition of John’s contribution to the foundation of SCoTENS, the John Coolahan award is made to the authors of the Seed Funding Report which is recognised to be most in line with the values and ideals of SCoTENS.  This award is awarded annually at the SCoTENS Annual Conference. Through his pioneering …
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John Coolahan Award 2018

John Coolahan Award In recognition of John’s contribution to the foundation of SCoTENS, the John Coolahan award is made to the authors of the Seed Funding Report which is recognised to be most in line with the values and ideals of SCoTENS.  This award is awarded annually at the SCoTENS Annual Conference. Through his pioneering …
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Exploring Teacher Confidence in the Teaching of Poetry at Leaving Certificate and A level

Employing a two-phased mixed methods approach, this project aimed to explore teacher confidence in the teaching of post-16 poetry across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland with a view to informing teachers’ professional development needs in this field. In so doing, it seeks to establish: How confident do English teachers assert themselves to be …
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Writing and iPads in the Early Years

The aims of this small scale study on writing and iPads in the early years were: To ascertain the views of teachers who are using iPads in the classroom for writing, on how the iPad changes children’s engagement in and enjoyment of the writing process. To investigate teachers’ views on the benefits and challenges of …
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Teacher Education Tutors’ Practice in ICT

The overall aim of this project is to investigate Initial Teacher Education (ITE) tutors’ perceptions of purpose and practice in the use of ICT. Two key research questions will be the focus of this study: • What are the models of practice utilised in the ITE provision? • What challenges are faced by ITE tutors …
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Teacher assistant partnerships in special schools

The number of assistants in schools in Ireland and Northern Ireland has increased significantly over the years in response to changes in educational policy and although the role of the assistant has been the focus of many research studies, ambiguity still surrounds the role.  There is also a notable gap in the research on the …
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Sharing Beliefs: Sharing Education

This project had three main aims. First, to facilitate cross-border interprofessional learning for stakeholders in policy and teacher education contexts around recent developments in policy and practice of teaching about religion and beliefs in schools. Second, to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to develop responses to current challenges in this area. Third, to investigate in particular …
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Pre-service Teachers’ Understanding of Information and Digital Literacy

This study focused on students undertaking teacher training courses and aimed to examine preservice teachers’ knowledge and awareness of IL and the presence of these skills on their initial teacher education (ITE) courses. The views of the teacher educators were also explored. Data was collected using two online surveys which were distributed to students and …
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Playful Learning Across Ireland: a student teacher intervention in Early Years Education

In an attempt to resolve some of the lingering tensions involved in implementing play as learning in early years classrooms across the island of Ireland, a shared form of professional development known as ‘Playful Learning’ was delivered together to a group of student teachers in the final years of their degree programme both in Northern …
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Minority language pupils and the curriculum – closing the achievement gap

The aim of this project was to hold two seminars on teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL), one at Ulster University in Coleraine and the other at Marino Institute of Education in Dublin, and to produce a digital resource based on these events. The seminars were entitled Minority language pupils and the curriculum – …
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