Teachers’ Beliefs about Education and Children’s Voice Practices in the Island of Ireland

This study, funded by SCOTENS, set out to explore the cultural orientations of primary school teachers in the Island of Ireland, and to examine how they affect their understandings and practices of children’s voice in schools. For example, in predominantly traditional cultures, children’s voice projects may be illusory, only allowing participation in marginal decisions and …
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Cyberbullying and the Law

This research project highlighted a previously unreported level of frustration on the part of school leaders in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in their struggle to deal with the growing and very complex problem of cyberbullying, especially in the absence of clear and up-to-date guidance from respective government departments.  Confusion surrounding the …
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The Creative Education Infrastructure of Ireland

To map the third level education infrastructure of the island of Ireland in an effort to gauge its preparedness to exploit creative economy growth. The particular focus will rest on courses and qualification geared at the future creative industry workers. The primary goal of this project is to map the Irish education system’s ability to match …
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Addressing fundamental movement skill training: Learning to move, moving to learn (LMML)

Project Aims (a) to prepare a summary of existing research on best practice in effective fundamental movement skill development in the work place (within and beyond education) (b) to analyse different models of fundamental movement skill training in physical education teacher education in two research sites, and to compare them with each other and the …
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Creative Classrooms: Insights from imaginative and innovative teaching in Ireland North and South (CCIT – Ireland)

Project Aims This project is a direct result of the 2012 Annual SCoTENS Conference, and aims to (a) Identify, investigate and case-report the nature and detail of teaching and learning activities within a number of creative classrooms, north and south and (b) contribute to developing better international understanding of the issue of creativity in the …
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Writing as a professional development activity in ITE

Project Aims Introduce professional writing as a professional development activity for a small group of supervisors of teaching practice in three university education schools/departments, two in the Republic and one in Northern Ireland. Hold a one day project conference for 50 people.  


Spiritual Education: New Challenge, New Opportunity

Project Aims Transfer knowledge from international researchers regarding the increased competency in focusing attention, the improved maintenance of emotional balance and the enriched resilience in the face of life’s challenges for children/young people who experience spiritual education. Familiarise educators with mediation practice that may provide a simple way to support the development of core emotional …
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A critical analysis of North-south Educational partnerships in development contexts

Project Aims Initiate a critical review of North/South teacher education partnerships involving Irish and African Institutions to assess the contribution of the principles and practice of the partnership model. Identify and itemise the key issues to be addressed within sustainable, mutually beneficial teacher education partnerships. Organise a conference of Irish and international experts to assess …
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Exploring and developing spaces among adult education practitioners for online and arts based reflection

Project Aims Identify current good practice in reflection. Create opportunities for showcasing and sharing effective examples of reflection through conferences and online opportunities. Develop effective online tools for promoting reflective practice. Develop and support arts-based reflection among adult educators in Ireland. Establish peer-led reflective practice networks for adult educators.  


Children exposed to domestic abuse

Children exposed to domestic abuse: Helping student teachers understand their role in primary school settings  This research project will undertake an audit in the participating institutions to identify the extent to which the topic of domestic abuse is included in the undergraduate education curriculum. Results from the audit will be used to inform the development …
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