Understanding the potential for research capacity in initial teacher education programmes north and south

Phase I: A baseline comparative study This project aims to: To create a comprehensive baseline understanding of how research awareness, understanding and skills are incorporated and developed during the initial stages of teacher education. To provide a ‘force-field analysis’ of the views, perspectives and resources of key actors/stakeholders in teacher education with regard to the factors …
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A comparative study into further education north and south of Ireland

Towards a framework for further education teaching  qualifications The purpose of this research project is to: Establish an expert consultative forum of key stakeholders to advise on Teacher Education in North and South of Ireland Investigate models of Teacher Education for FE that currently exist in the North and south of Ireland Devise a joint …
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Exploring Japanese research lessons study as a model of peer to peer professional learning

This study seeks to explore the use of Research Lesson Study (RLS), a long-established professional development strategy in Japan, as a model of school-based and peer-to-peer professional development for teachers which is new to Northern Ireland and the Republic. Broadly stated, RLS involves between 3-5 teachers forming a group that plans lessons, observes them being …
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Continuing professional development for teaching practice supervisors

DIRECTORS OF TEACHING PRACTICE RESEARCH GROUP Achieving consistency in the supervision of student teachers by a range of tutors who come to teaching practice with a variety of backgrounds and agendas, is a challenging issue for those of us who organise and co-ordinate this essential aspect of the BEd degree. This project aims to consider …
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Images and Identity – Collaborative art and design education project within teacher education

The aim of this research work is to pilot and develop a collaborative art and design education project within initial teacher education North and South which will support the teaching of Citizenship Education across the whole island. By examining how exploring personal and national identities through Art and Design can change student teachers and learners …
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Doctoral research in education – links, challenges and opportunities

The purpose of this application is to seek funding which will allow University College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast to organise an All-Ireland research conference for doctoral students pursuing their studies in education in any of the Higher Education institutions in Ireland. It is expected that the conference will take place in Spring 2011 at …
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An evaluation of the implementation of realistic mathematics education (RME)

An evaluation of the implementation of realistic mathematics education (RME) within primary schools in the north and south of Ireland Since 1971, the Freudenthal Institute (FI) in the Netherlands has developed a theoretical approach towards the teaching and learning of mathematics known as Realistic Mathematics Education (RME). In practice, the Dutch reform of mathematics education …
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Effective mentoring within physical education teacher education

The aim of this research project is to: Prepare a summary of existing research on best practice in effective mentoring in the work place, within and beyond education Analyse three different models of mentoring in PETE (physical education teacher education) in three research sites, and to compare them with each other and the existing literature …
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Disablist bullying: An investigation of student teachers’ knowledge and confidence

The aim of the research project is to investigate: The knowledge of disablist bullying by student teachers’ in both jurisdictions, The confidence of student teachers’ in both jurisdictions in dealing with disablist bullying. Looking at priorities for North/South Initial Teacher Education in moving towards improving the preparation of teachers to address effectively the issue of …
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How can post-primary religious education do academic development and personal development, do them together and do them both well?

This project will focus on: Bringing together Teacher Educators and Post-Primary Teachers, school principals and other interested stakeholders from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to explore together the integration of academic and personal development within Post-Primary Religious Education. Exploring both theoretically and practically, the thesis that academic scholarship supported by public examination certification …
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