Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE) in Ireland Research Project

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Project Team:

Principal Investigators - Dr Elaine Keane Email and Dr Manuela Heinz Email

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Background to the DITE Project:

During the 'Celtic Tiger' years, many of Ireland's schools evolved from being relatively homogeneous to having a heterogeneous student intake.  By contrast, the teaching population has remained homogeneous, being predominantly white, female and of the majority ethnic and social class groups.  While research and policy documents emphasise the necessity of diversifying the teaching population, we are lacking data adequately describing our national context in relation to diversity in initial teacher education.  The gathering of comprehensive data on those applying to enter, and entering, initial teacher education is crucial in informing future directions in policy and research on teacher diversity in Ireland.  The DITE project has been funded by a starter grant from the Irish Research Council (RPG2013-1).

Aims and Methodology:

The overall aim of this longitudinal, mixed-methods study, is to gather and analyse background data from all applicants and entrants to initial teacher education (ITE) programmes in Ireland in order to explore their diversity profiles.  This enables us to make recommendations regarding reviewing entry procedures and selection criteria for ITE programmes and to explore ways of facilitating entry to the profession by under-represented groups, a key aim of national ITE policy, as well as national higher education (HE) policy, in terms of widening participation in HE and in ITE.  Data has been collected from applicants to the 2013 Professional Diploma in Education (PDE), and, subsequently, the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Professional Master of Education (PME) post-primary ITE programmes (via the Postgraduate Application Centre) as well as from 2014, 2015 and 2016 applicants to undergraduate primary and post-primary initial teacher education programmes (via the Central Applications Office).  The questionnaire is administered annually. In-depth interviews have also been conducted with a sub-sample of successful and unsuccessful applicants and analysis of this qualitative data is ongoing.

Publications:

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:
Heinz, M., Keane, E. and Davison, K. (in press) ‘Sexualities of initial teacher education applicants in the Republic of Ireland: Addressing the hidden dimension of diversity in teaching’.  Journal of Education for Teaching, 43, 1. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2017.1251103
Keane, E., and Heinz, M. (2016) ‘Excavating an injustice?: Nationality/ies, ethnicity/ies and experiences with diversity of initial teacher education applicants and entrants in Ireland in 2014’.  European Journal of Teacher Education, 1-21. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02619768.2016.1194392
Keane, E. and Heinz, M. (2015) ‘Diversity in initial teacher education in Ireland: the socio-demographic backgrounds of postgraduate post-primary entrants in 2013 and 2014’, Irish Educational Studies, 34 (3): 281-301.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03323315.2015.1067637

Book Chapters:

Heinz, M., Keane, E. and Foley, C. (in press).  ‘Career Motivations of Student Teachers in the Republic of Ireland: Continuity and Change during Educational Reform and ‘Boom to Bust’ Economic Times’.  In Helen M. G. Watt, Paul W. Richardson & Kari Smith (Eds).Global Perspectives on Teacher Motivation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Reports:

Heinz, M. and Keane, E. (2015) Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE) in Ireland: Briefing Paper, Galway, NUI Galway.
Heinz, M. and Keane, E. (in press).  Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE) in Ireland – A National Research Project Calling for Action. In. Who is in the Classroom? Learners, Teachers, Identities. IDEC Human Rights and Responsibility Conference Report. Intercultural and Diversity Education Centre Ireland.

Conference Papers and Presentations:

Heinz, M., Davison, K. and Keane, E. (2016) Catholic missionaries for Irish schools? Exploring religious affiliations and convictions of initial teacher education applicants and entrants in the Republic of Ireland. European Conference of Educational Research. University College Dublin, 23-26 August.

Heinz, M. and Keane, E. (2016) Examining barriers to diversity in teaching: A critical exploration of initial teacher education admission criteria in Ireland. Retrospective for Perspective - Access and Widening Participation 1991-2014. European Access Network (EAN) 25th Annual Conference. University College Dublin, 29-31 May.

Heinz, M. and Keane, E. (2016) Spotlights on the diversity gap: An examination of the socio-demographic backgrounds of applicants and entrants to primary teacher education programmes in Ireland. Educational Studies Association of Ireland 41st Annual Conference, NUI Galway, 31 March – 2 April.

Heinz, M. and Keane, E. (2015) ‘Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE): The Socio-demographic profile of applicants and entrants to initial teacher education in Ireland in 2014’. Invited presentation at the Conference in the Humanising Rights and Responsibilities Series, Ennis, Co. Clare, December 10th 2015.

Keane, E. and Heinz, M. (2015) ‘The Socio-demographic Profile of Applicants and Entrants to Primary and Post-primary Initial Teacher Education in Ireland in 2014’, Invited presentation to the Galway County Intercultural Forum, Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS), NUI Galway, November 5th 2015.

Heinz, M. and Keane, E. (2015) ‘The career motivations & socio-demographic profiles of initial teacher education applicants in Ireland: Connecting teacher motivation and teacher diversity research’, British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, Queen’s College, Belfast, 15-17 September.

Keane, E. and Heinz, M. (2015) ‘Primary Teacher Education in Ireland: The Socio-demographic Profile of Applicants and Entrants to Primary Initial Teacher Education in Ireland in 2014’, Invited presentation to Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) National Committees Annual Meeting, Clayton Hotel Galway, May 15th 2015.

Keane, E. and Heinz, M. (2015) ‘Exploring Ethnicity in Initial Teacher Education: The Nationality/ies, Ethnicity/ies & Experiences with Diversity of Student Teachers in Ireland’, Presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual conference, ‘Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis’. Chicago, Illinois, USA, April 2015.

Heinz, M., Keane, E. and Davison, K. (2015) ‘Exploring Gender and Sexuality in Initial Teacher Education in Ireland’. Educational Studies Association of Ireland 40th Annual Conference. Maynooth, 9-11 April.

Heinz, M., Keane, E. and Davison, K. (2015) ‘Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE) in Ireland: Critical Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality’. Gender Advanced Research Consortium (ARC): 2015 Seminar Series, National University of Ireland Galway, 8th April.

Keane, E. and Heinz, M. (2015) ‘Exploring Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE) in Ireland - A National Project’, Invited presentation to the Galway University Integration through Drama & Education (GUIDE) symposium (IRC-funded, led by Dr. Charlotte McIvor, NUI Galway), Saturday, January 31st 2015.

Keane, E. and Heinz, M. (2014) ‘Social class in initial teacher education in Ireland: Formal categorisations and self-classifications’, Paper presented at the annual Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) conference, Inspiring future generations; embracing plurality and difference in higher education, Newport, Wales, December 10th-12th.

Keane, E., Heinz, M. and Foley, C. (2014) ‘Diversity in initial teacher education (DITE) in Ireland: A rationale and initial analysis’, Paper presented at the Diversity in Initial Teacher Education & Teaching Research Seminar, School of Education, NUI Galway, October 24th.

Heinz, M. and Keane, E. (2014) ‘Initial Teacher Education: Who gets in and what are the Implications for students, schools and society?’ Paper presented at the International Sociological Association XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology: Facing an Unequal World - Challenges for Global Sociology, Yokohama, July 2014.

Keane, E. and Heinz, M. (2014) ‘Researching Inequalities in Higher Education: The Case of Initial Teacher Education in Ireland’, British Educational Research Association (BERA) Special Interest Group (SiG): Researching Higher Education: Investigating Inequalities, Institute of Education, University of London, May 2014.

Keane, E. and Heinz, M. (2014) ‘Diverse Teachers for Diverse Learners? Initial Findings from Ireland's National Diversity Profiling Initial Teacher Education (DITE) Research Project’, Diverse Teachers for Diverse Learners Conference, Strathclyde, May 2014.

Keane, E. and Heinz, M. (2014) ‘Homogeneity and Diversity: A First National Study of the Socio-Demographic Profile of Applicants and Entrants to Initial Teacher Education in Ireland’, Invited presentation to academic staff at King’s Learning Institute, King’s College London, May 2014.

Heinz, M. and Keane, E. (2014) ‘Diversity Profiling Applicants and Entrants to Initial Teacher Education Programmes in the Republic of Ireland - Design, First Implementation and Findings from the 'DITE' questionnaire’, Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, April 2014.

Keane, E., Heinz, M. and Foley, C. (2014) ‘Continuity and Change: Examining the Diversity Profile of Initial Teacher Education Applicants and Entrants in Ireland 2006-2013’, Association for Teacher Education in Europe, Winter Conference - Social Justice and Diversity in Teacher Education, Budapest, April 2014.

Heinz, M. and Keane, E. (2014) ‘Diversity Profiling the Irish Student Teacher Body: Research Design & Analysis of Participants' Socio-Demographic Positionalities’, Conference of the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong: Policy and Educational Development in a Global Context, University of Hong Kong, February 2014.

Keane, E. and Heinz, M. (2013) ‘Diversity Profiling Initial Teacher Education in Ireland: An Initial Analysis’, How Equal? HEA Conference on Access to Higher Education in Ireland, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, November 7th 2014.

DITE References (IRRP 2016 Case Study)

School of Education Staff Present Paper at AERA Conference Chicago

April 2015
 
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AERA Conferece 2015 Theme Logo

Dr Elaine Keane and Dr Manuela Heinz of the School of Education, NUI Galway, recently presented a paper on their IRC-funded Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE) project, on the topic of nationality and ethnicity in Irish initial teacher education, at the American Educational Research Assocation (AERA) 2015 annual conference.  The conference this year was entitled 'Toward Justice, Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Practice' (April 15-20th, Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Elaine and Manuela at AERA 2015 Conference

L-R Dr Elaine Keane and Dr Manuela Heinz at the Special Interest Group (SiG) Critical Examination of Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in Education (National and International Perspectives: Race, Ethnicity and Class) Session, just before presenting their paper. Friday, April 17th, Chicago.

Elaine and Manuela with Special Interest Group at AERA Conference 2015

Dr Manuela Heinz and Dr Elaine Keane, with other Special Interest Group (SiG) presenters, following presentation of their papers, Friday, April 17th, Chicago.

Congratulations to DITE Project 2014 Survey Winner!

April 2015

Pictured at the presentation to the winner of the iPad (Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE) project, 2014 survey implementation) on April 1st, generously funded by the Moore Institute.

DITE Survey Winner 2014

L-R Dr Manuela Heinz (School of Education, NUI Galway), Keith Bracken (PME DCU, winner of Apple iPad), Prof. Daniel Carey, Director Moore Institute and Dr Elaine Keane (School of Education, NUI Galway)

Irish Times Publish Article on DITE Research Project

November 2014

An article on the School of Education, NUI Galway Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE) research project features in the Irish Times today.

Well done to Drs Elaine Keane, Manuela Heinz, Conor Foley and IRC-Funded PhD Student - Ms. Devon Goodwin and all the team.

Diversity in Initial Teacher Education - Research Seminar Series Event

October 2014

On Friday, October 24th 2014, the School of Education, NUI Galway hosted a very well attended research seminar on Diversity in Initial Teacher Education, and in Teaching, which featured two presentations:

The Cultural Diversification of the Teaching Profession: How Effective is it?
Prof. Ninetta Santoro, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland

Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE) in Ireland: A Rationale and Initial Analysis.
Dr Elaine Keane, Dr Manuela Heinz, and Dr Conor Foley, School of Education, NUI Galway

 Ninetta Santoro,DITE Research Project

L-R Prof Ninetta Santoro, University of Strathclyde, Scotland; Dr Manuela Heinz and Dr Elaine Keane

Ninetta Santoro has held a chair of Education at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland since January 2013, having previously been a Professor of Education and Head of the School of Teacher Education at Charles Stuart University, Australia. She has extensive experience in the preparation of teachers for culturally diverse contexts having taught in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Australian, Scottish and Malaysian universities.

Ninetta's research falls into three interrelated areas: teacher ethnicity and race and how these positionings shape pedagogy and practice; teacher education and the preparation of teachers for ethnically and racially diverse contexts; internationalisation. Professor Santoro has been the recipient of several major research grants and has published widely in the areas of teacher and learner identity, ethnic and cultural identity, teacher education, and qualitative research methodologies.

She has a new edited book, Methodologies for Researching Cultural Diversity in Education: International Perspectives (with Smyth), published in September 2014.

Dr Conor Foley DITE Project

Dr Conor Foley commenting on the initial findings of the DITE research project.

Dublin City FM Interview School of Education Staff About DITE Research Project

October 2014

DITE Project Dublin City FM Podcast

L-R Dr Manuela Heinz, Dr Elaine Keane and Dr Sean Delaney

Dr Sean Delaney (Registrar, Marino Institute of Education) interviewing Dr Elaine Keane and Dr Manuela Heinz, School of Education, NUI Galway, on their Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE) in Ireland national research project, funded by the Irish Research Council, for the weekly education programme on Dublin City FM, in Dublin recently.

They talked about the DITE project and their upcoming research seminar which takes place next Friday 24th October in the School of Education building on the main campus.

DITE Project Dublin City FM Podcast Screenshot

Elaine and Manuela's contribution to the programme starts at 18.15 minutes. 

Minister for Education Briefed on the DITE Research Project

May 2014

 

Manuela Heinz with Minister Rory Quinn and President James Browne 

Dr. Manuela Heinz talking to the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn and NUI Galway President, Dr. James J. Browne about the aims of the DITE research project.

The School of Education’s DITE research project has recently been showcased by the Moore Institute during the official opening of the new state-of-the-art Hardiman Research Building officiated by Minister Ruairi Quinn. The DITE project is the first national research study on the topic of diversity in initial teacher education in Ireland.  It is led by Dr. Manuela Heinz and Dr. Elaine Keane from the School of Education and funded by the Irish Research Council.

School of Education Student Awarded Prestigious IRC Funded Scholarship

December 2013
 
Elaine Keane and Devon Goodwin

L - R  Dr Elaine Keane and Ms Devon Goodwin

Devon Goodwin commenced her doctoral studies in October 2013, under the supervision of Dr. Elaine Keane, School of Education, NUI Galway.  Devon will work on the qualitative aspect of the Diversity Profiling Initial Teacher Education (DITE) in Ireland project.  Devon is the second School of Education, NUI Galway PhD student to be fully funded by the IRC scholarship scheme, after Hannagh McGinley commenced in October 2011 (also supervised by Dr Elaine Keane).

Congratulations to DITE Project 2013 Survey Winner!

December 2013

DITE iPad Prize Winner

L - R, Dr Manuela Heinz, School of Education, NUI Galway, Mr Tom Callanan, Galmac Computers Ltd, Ms Holly Byrne, Dublin and Dr Elaine Keane, School of Education, NUI Galway.

Above, pictured at the presentation of an Apple iPad to Ms Holly Byrne, Dublin, the winner of the survey prize draw, open to all those who completed the 2013 Diversity Profiling Initial Teacher Education (DITE) Applicant Survey and kindly part sponsored by Galmac Computers, Galway.

School of Education Lecturers Present on Research Project (DITE) at HEA Access Conference

Elaine and Manuela at HEA Conference How Equal

In the photo (L - R) Dr Manuela Heinz and Dr Elaine Keane.

Dr Elaine Keane and Dr Manuela Heinz from the School of Education, NUI Galway at the Higher Education Authority’s ’How Equal?’ conference on widening participation in Irish higher education, November 7th, at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin. (See http://www.hea.ie/en/policy/national-access-office/how-equal-conference-access-higher-education-ireland-0).

Elaine and Manuela presented initial findings from their Diversity Profiling Initial Teacher Education in Ireland (DITE) research project. The project involves gathering and analysing data on the diversity profiles of applicants and entrants to initial teacher education programmes in Ireland.

DITE Research Team Group Photo

L - R  Dr Manuela Heinz, School of Education, Ms Devon Goodwin and Dr Elaine Keane, School of Education 

Above, pictured Dr. Elaine Keane, Dr. Manuela Heinz of the School of Education, NUI Galway and Ms. Devon Goodwin (IRC-Funded PhD Student - Ms. Devon Goodwin), the Diversity in Profiling Initial Teacher Education (DITE) in Ireland research project team.  The project was awarded over €96,000 from the Irish Research Council, under the Research Projects Grants Scheme.

Project Funding and Contact Information:

Funding: Irish Research Council Research (IRC) Project Grant (RPG2013-1) 

Contact: Elaine Keane Email or Manuela Heinz Email