Five new education projects have been awarded funding under the partnership between the Shared Island unit in the Department of the Taoiseach and the Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENS).
A call for research on the themes of “Enhancing educational attainment: sharing experience and learning on a shared island” and “How we teach: acknowledging, understanding and learning with others and from others on a shared island” was issued with funding of up to €25,000 per project available. Projects are North-South research partnerships, with contributions from international experts, which will undertake action-based research on enhancing understanding across communities through education.
The five projects which have been awarded funding are:
- BUDDIES – led by Dr Glenda Walsh, Stranmillis University College, Belfast, in collaboration with Dr Seaneen Sloan, University College Dublin and Clíodhna Martin, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin. Building on discussions of the role of Home-School Community Liaison at the Shared Island Dialogue on education, this study will seek to gain a clearer understanding of the valuable but under-researched work of HSCLs across the island.
- SHARED – led by Dr Melanie Ní Dhuinn and Dr. Julie Uí Choistealbha from Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, in collaboration with Julie Hamilton, from St. Mary’s University College, Belfast. This project explores how teacher educators can prepare and support student teachers to negotiate and engage with the challenges of educational underachievement while on their school placement.
- SRASI: Shared Responsibility Across a Shared Island: Teaching social justice in initial teacher education – led by Prof. Ann MacPhail, University of Limerick, and Dr. Paul Mc Flynn, Ulster University, Coleraine. This project will develop and share, through practitioner research, a teaching approach to social justice across the initial teacher education programmes in UL and UU.
- CRiTERiA: Cultural Responsivity in Teacher Education: Research in Action – led by Dr. Patricia Eaton, Stranmillis University College, Belfast, and Dr. Martin Brown and Dr. Paddy Shevlin, Dublin City University, in collaboration with Dr. Manuela Heinz, National University of Ireland, Galway, and Prof. Joanne Hughes, Queen’s University Belfast. This project will work with teacher educators and student teachers to design and develop an Open Access Online course (for teachers of all levels of experience, including student teachers) to enhance culturally responsive educational skills and competencies, recognising that teaching takes place in culturally diverse learning environments. This Open Access Online course will benefit education professionals on the island of Ireland and internationally.
- EDUCATE: Educating about Difference Uniting Classrooms and Teacher Education – led by Dr. Patricia Kieran, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, and Dr. Stephen Roulston, Ulster University, Coleraine, in collaboration with Dr. Emer Nowlan, Sandra Irwin Gowran and Vera Shanahan, Educate Together, Séamus Conboy and Megan Whyte, Education and Training Boards Ireland, Cliodhna Scott-Wills, Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education, and Dr. Matthew Milliken, Ulster University, Coleraine. This project will equip primary school initial teacher education students with the teaching skills, knowledge, and resources to explore and teach, in diverse primary classrooms, about respect for identity, difference, and fostering mutual understanding.
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