Special Educational Needs in Initial Teacher Education (SENITE)

22 – 23 March 2004 Trinity college, Dublin In the context of Special Educational Needs and Initial Teacher Education the conference sought to conduct a shared review and assessment of practice in the North and South of Ireland, to establish a supportive network of researchers and practitioners and to develop a rationale for future action. …
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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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Teaching controversial history: A symposium on the teaching of 1916 and the battle of the Somme

Project Aims 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.


Teachers’ views on the factors influencing their professional development: perceptions, experiences and motivation

Project Aims Identify teachers’ perceptions and experiences of university level professional development and the motivating factors that influenced that uptake and the subsequent implementation/non-implementation of learning by the use of a survey and focus group interviews.    


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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Science enhancement and learning through exchange and collaboration among teachers (SELECT)

Project Aims 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 …
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Assessment in Teacher Education North and South (ATENS)

Explore the nature and conduct of school-based work assessments within a sample of Primary and Post-Primary Initial Teacher Education degree courses drawn from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Investigate the links between various school-based assessment techniques and subsequent planning, teaching and learning at degree and post-graduate diploma level. Examine the extent to …
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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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