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Student Teachers Perceptions of their Competence to meet the needs of pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in mainstream Primary Schools

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  • To ascertain how competent BEd primary students in their respective institutions perceive themselves to be in identifying the characteristics of ASD through the teaching element of the BEd course
  • To establish how well prepared BEd primary students feel they are in addressing the needs of pupils with ASD through the teaching element of the BEd course.
  • To ascertain how much BEd primary student competence in the field of ASD is enhanced as a result of their time spent on school experience.
  • To investigate how BEd primary students could be helped to develop their teaching in the area of ASD whilst on school experience
  • To examine data gathered from the BEd primary students so as to establish whether there are observable differences between students in the two jurisdictions in order to make comparison.


An investigation into the experiences of primary school teachers with regard to their teaching of healthy eating guidelines within the curriculum

At the launch of the report were from left to right Elaine Mooney, Amanda McCloat and Eileen Kelly-Blakeney

To investigate/examine the perceptions, knowledge, attitudes and experiences of primary school teachers in their teaching of healthy eating.

  • To complete a comparative study of nutrition education with the primary level curricula in NI and R/I with regard to progression of key concepts from school entry age to completion of primary education stage.
  • To establish how teachers translate the syllabus into practice in their classrooms
  • To document teachers experiences of teaching healthy eating and nutrition within their respective SPHE syllabi
  • To determine levels of satisfaction with course content, teaching resources available, access to relevant information.
  • To identify barriers to effective teaching of the syllabus material and quantify issues of concern which are common to teachers within both jurisdictions.
  • To examine experiences in relation to implementation of related nutrition intervention programmes incorporated into the curriculum
  • To determine the supports required by teachers for enhanced teaching and learning of Healthy Eating Guidelines
Download the Primary School Teachers’ experiences of teaching healthy eating within the curriculum
Download the Primary School Teachers’ experiences of teaching healthy eating within the curriculum



A Cross-border comparison of Student Teachers’ Identities relating to Mathematics

The Project Aim is to ascertain and compare the mathematical identities of primary school student teachers.

Project Objectives:

  • To briefly compare the mathematics curricula (4-17) north and south and provide a comparison of mathematics in initial teacher education
  • To determine the mathematical identity of selected student teachers using a range of tools including the use of narrative.
  • To explore how narrative might inform good practice in mathematics education.




ICT and primary school

All of these ideas and lesson plans have been created and used by practising teachers.

Recognising and using speech in written work Teaching aspects of language and grammar.

Image of CD ROM Drive

Encouraging creative writing (pdf) Creating a character for Wellington Square
Teaching prepositions (particularly suitable for pupils with speech & language difficulties)(pdf) .Use Oxford Reading Tree CD ROM to teach positional words.
Teaching prepositions 2 (pdf) Uses digital camera in PE to help with prepositions.
Using a website to promote reading (pdf) An activity to introduce a new book in the Wellington Square series.
Animated Alphabet (pdf) Phonics activity
Phonic Rhymes (pdf) Using the Internet for a phonics activity.
Starspell (pdf) Use Starspell CD ROM to teach initial sounds
Matti Mole’s Summer Holiday(Zip) Language worksheets to use with CD ROM
Just Grandma and Me (pdf) Using CD ROM to reinforce reading for meaning
The Tortoise and the Hare (pdf) Using CD ROM to improve language and vocabulary
Superheroes Newspaper Report (pdf) Writing a fictional report

Factfile on 3d shapes (pdf) Using digital camera, scanner and Word.

Image of Blocks

Shape and direction (pdf) Using a Roamer/Pixie to learn about directions
Interactive Powerpoint programs A series of basic maths programs, downloadable from the Internet.

Autumn (pdf) Using a digital camera as a stimulus for observation, talking, listening and writing.

Image of Autumn Tree

Farm Visit (pdf) Using digital camera and CD ROM Reader Rabbit to learn about animal life on a farm.
Spring (pdf) Using DTP, digital camera, word processing for cross-curricular activity.

I’m a Star (pdf) Activity to raise self-esteem
Personal Profile (pdf) Using Pic a Picture to develop self-image KS1 (age5-7)