Research

Research Library and Sky

The School of Education is highly active in educational research and development. Our work focuses on five key themes.

  1. Initial and professional teacher education
  2. Educational leadership
  3. Socio-cultural issues in education
  4. Civic engagement and community engaged research
  5. Science, Technology and Mathematics Education (STEM)

Within each theme, the School has a number of active, funded (nationally and internationally), research projects.

If you are interested in any of the research themes, and/or the specific projects and/or sub-themes contained therein, please contact the theme leader.

Theme

Initial and professional teacher education

Sub Themes

  • Best practice at initial and continuing stages
  • Mentoring student teachers
  • Drama in initial teacher education
  • Promoting literacy at post-primary level
  • Irish language teacher education/CLIL
  • Partnering with schools
  • Policy
  • Continuous professional development (CPD)
  • Modern Language Education, and TEFL/TESOL.

Initial Contact

Research Theme Members

  • Dr. Manuela Heinz
  • Dr. Mary Fleming
  • Sinead Ni Ghuidhir
  • Brendan MacMahon
  • Sean O’Gradaigh
  • Dr Patrick Farren

 Projects

  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): Project to develop a module to enable teachers of primary, secondary and third level to teach a variety of subjects through a second language. Contact sinead.nighuidhir@nuigalway.ie or brendan.macmahon@nuigalway.ie
  •  Supporting Student Teachers during Teaching Practice: Collaborative development of guidelines for schools and universities. This project envisages bringing together key players in initial teacher education to develop guidelines to support co-operating teachers (and other school staff) and teaching practice supervisors/tutors (and SoE staff more generally) in their work with student teachers during teaching practice. Contact manuela.heinz@nuigalway.ie
  •  Image-Based Pedagogy: Enhancing Critical Reflective Practice in Teacher Education through Student use of Teaching Technology and Image Space : This inter-institutional research between the University of Limerick and NUI Galway examines the use of images and new teaching technologies in teacher education as a tool to enhance personal and professional critical reflective practice so as to encourage a greater connection between theory and practice in teacher education. Contact: kevin.davison@nuigalway.ie or tony.hall@nuigalway.ie or mary.fleming@nuigalway.ie or manuela.heinz@nuigalway.ie

Theme

Educational leadership

Sub Themes

  • School planning
  • Leadership
  • School development planning
  • Mentoring

 Initial Contact

  • Dr. Mary Fleming

Research Theme Members

  • Dr. Manuela Heinz
  • Dr. Mary Fleming
  • Dr. Patrick Farren 

Projects

A new PhD programme for school leaders and other personnel is currently being devised by the School of Education at NUI Galway, in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and other key stakeholders. Contact: mary.fleming@nuigalway.ie

Theme

Socio-cultural issues in education

Sub Themes

  • ’Race’/ethnicity, class, gender and education
  • Widening participation in higher education
  • Special educational needs
  • Inclusion and intercultural education
  • Development education

Initial Contact

  • Dr. Elaine Keane

Research Theme Members

  • Dr. Elaine Keane
  • Dr. Kevin Davison
  • Dr. Pat Eaton
  • Dr. Manuela Heinz

Theme

Civic engagement and community engaged research

Sub Themes

  • Community-based/service learning
  • Community-university partnerships
  • Researching/partnering with schools

Initial Contact

Dr. Elaine Keane

Research Theme Members

  • Dr. Pat Eaton
  • Dr. Elaine Keane

Theme

Science, Technology and Mathematics Education (STEM)

Sub Themes

  • Science education
  • Learning sciences
  • Educational technology
  • Mathematics education

Initial Contact

  • Dr. Tony Hall 

Research Theme Members

  • Dr. Veronica McCauley
  • Dr. Tony Hall
  • Dr. Catherine Paolucci
  • Dr. Kevin Davison