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2015 North-South Student Exchange Project

The 2015 North-South Student Exchange Project, which took place between 9 and 27 March 2015, involved 14 students from seven colleges of education:

  • Stranmillis University College, Belfast;
  • St Mary’s University College, Belfast;
  • St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin;
  • Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin;
  • Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, NUI Maynooth;
  • Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick; and
  • Marino Institute of Education.


Children’s Research Network for Ireland and Northern Ireland

The Children’s Research Network for Ireland and Northern Ireland aims to support the research community in Ireland and Northern Ireland to better understand and improve the lives of children and young people, by creating and maintaining an inclusive, independent, non-profit network through which information, knowledge, experience, learning and skills can be shared. The Network brings together a wide range of professionals with an interest in research on child and family issues across the island of Ireland.

SCoTENS International Conference – 15/16 October 2015

The 13th SCoTENs annual conference on the theme, Teacher Education for Social Justice will take place on Thursday 15th & Friday 16th October 2015 in the Strand Hotel, Limerick. As always, the conference will also offer panel discussions and a variety of cross-border workshops involving practitioners presenting their work related to educating for social justice.

For further information, to download a programme or book a place please visit our Conference Section

A study of Higher Education Initial Educator courses offered by Higher Education Institutions in Ireland.

A number of Higher Education Institutions in Ireland offer compulsory course for new lecturers in the Higher and Further Education sectors. For example the Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHET) which is delivered here in the Queen’s University of Belfast and it is mainly a course for new lecturers to the University.

The aim of this study is to compare the methodological and pedagogical approaches taken by the various Higher Education Institutions who are involved in delivery of these courses and thereby identify ‘good practice’ in the Teaching of future Higher Education educators.

Further, the role of the professional bodies, for example, The Higher Education Academy in the design, content and delivery of these courses will be examined. Further possible areas of study are the quality assurance procedures for these courses as well as nouvelle methods of course delivery – such as distance learning, mobile learning, e-learning.

Evaluation of the use of MyMaths in secondary mathematics ITE

MyMaths is a fully interactive web-based teaching and learning environment for mathematics at all levels from primary school to A Level standard. This subscription-based service provides access to a large bank of interactive lessons, worksheets and games that have been written and designed by experienced mathematics teachers. The lessons are easy to navigate and are designed to encourage pupils to focus on the mathematics, whilst still being engaging and motivating.
This project seeks to evaluate the use of the MyMaths resource in secondary mathematics ITE courses. In particular, it will seek to examine the impact of MyMaths use on lesson delivery by student teachers of secondary mathematics.