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Dr Elaine Keane B.A., H.Dip.Ed.M.Ed., PhD.
|Dr. Elaine Keane is a lecturer in the School of Education, NUI Galway. A former post-primary teacher of French and Civic, Social and Political Education (1997-2003), she also has experience of local, national and transnational project work in the area of access and diversity in higher education, through Lionra (the Regional Higher Education Network, 2003-2004) and her work as researcher in the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at NUI Galway (2004-2006).
A lecturer in the School of Education since 2006, Elaine's teaching and research focus on sociology of education and qualitative research methods. She teaches various modules across the School's programmes in these and related areas. Elaine is also Director of the Master of Education programme, and Chair of the School's Research Committee. In terms of research, Elaine's main interests and publications are on the topic of widening participation in higher education (with a particularl focus on social class), and she is a member of the Steering Committee of the new national research network in the Higher Education Authority pertaining to Access, Equality and Lifelong Learning. Elaine is also very active in the area of intercultural education and schooling, and has established significant community and NGO group links locally and nationally. This work has included the development of a service learning module within initial teacher education, linked to local community and NGO groups.
Elaine is an invited reviewer for 'The Journal of Education Policy' http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/tedp. and an invited member of the Editorial Board for ‘The Adult Learner Journal’ (Aontas) http://www.aontas.com/pubsandlinks/theadultlearner.html and an invited member of the Editorial Board for the 'International Journal of Education and Culture' http://www.untestedideas.com/ijec.html
| Widening participation in higher education.
Social class and education at both school and higher education levels.
Intercultural education and schooling.
Qualitative research methodologies.
Constructivist grounded theory.
Project: DIVERSITY PROFILING INITIAL TEACHER EDUCATION DITE IN IRELAND ELAINE KEANE ( RCS1254)
Role: Principal Investigator
Description: Examining the diversity profiles and motivations of all appicants and entrants to initial teacher education in Ireland
Start/End Dates: 02-DEC-13 / 01-MAR-15
Project: IRC POSTGRADUATE DEVON GOODWIN ELAINE KEANE ( RCS1211)
Role: Principal Investogator
Description: Supervising Devon's PhD - the qualitative aspect of the DITE project
Start/End Dates: 01-OCT-13 / 30-SEP-17
Project: Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Early Labour Market Experiences of NUI Galway Access and Foundation Course Students ( x)
Role: Principal Investigator
Start/End Dates: / 01-JAN-16
Project: MF07-P29 WIDENING PARTICIPATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION ( RM7014)
Role: Principal Investigator
Description: Interview-based constructivist grounded theory
Start/End Dates: 01-OCT-07 / 31-MAR-09
Project: LEARNING TO TEACH FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE THROUGH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ( RNR969)
Role: Principal Investigator
Description: Service learning
Start/End Dates: 01-SEP-08 / 31-DEC-15
Project: From Engaging the 'Margins' to Transforming the Core: Considering International Best Practice in Embedding Inclusivity in Higher Education. ( x)
Start/End Dates: /
Project: Global Citizenship and Diversity Literacies Project: ( ?)
Start/End Dates: /
Project: The Education, Diversity and Social Justice Workshop for Teachers ( x)
Start/End Dates: / 27-JAN-12
Project: Gender, Education and the Knowledge Economy ( x)
Start/End Dates: / 30-DEC-11
|Ashwin, P., Keane, E. and international colleagues (2014) Reflective Teaching in Higher Education. London: Continuum. [Details]|
|Charmaz, K., Keane, E., Thornberg, R. (2015) 'Evolving grounded theory and social justice inquiry' In: The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research. New York: Sage. [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2004) 'Introduction to Humanities' In: Líonra/Equal Ireland Open Distance Learning ’Access to Third-Level (A3L) Programme’, Galway: Líonra (Regional Higher Education Network). Galway: Lionra, Regional Higher Education Network. [Details]|
|Keane, Elaine; Boland, Josephine (2013) 'The transformative potential of service/community-based learning as a pedagogy for diversity and social justice in teacher education: A case study from Ireland' In: Service learning and educating in challenging contexts: International perspectives. London: Continuum books. [Details]|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Keane, E (2009) ''Frictional' relationships tension in the camp: focusing on the relational in under-represented students' experiences in higher education'. Irish Educational Studies, 28 :85-102. [DOI] [Details]|
|Keane, E (2011) 'Distancing to self-protect: the perpetuation of inequality in higher education through socio-relational dis/engagement'. British Journal Of Sociology Of Education, 32 :449-466. [DOI] [Details]|
|Keane, E (2011) 'Dependence-deconstruction: widening participation and traditional-entry students transitioning from school to higher education in Ireland'. Teaching in Higher Education, 16 :707-718. [DOI] [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2012) 'Differential prioritising: Orientations to higher education and widening participation'. International Journal of Educational Research, 53 :150-159. [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2013) 'Doing 'at least as well?' Considering the research evidence about access students' undergraduate, postgraduate and early labour market experiences in Ireland'. Trinity Education Papers, 3 (1). [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2014) ‘Successfully’ Widening Participation in Irish Higher Education? Critically Examining the Concept and Indicators of, and Evidence for, ‘Impact’ Widening Participation through Curriculum, Open University, Milton Keynes, May 2014 [Details]|
|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 [Details]|
|Keane, E. and Heinz, M. (2014) Continuity and Change: Examining the Diversity Profile of Initial Teacher Education Applicants and Entrants in Ireland 2006-2013 2014 Association for Teacher Education in Europe Winter Conference - Social Justice and Diversity in Teacher Education (Bulgaria) [Details]|
|Heinz, M. and Keane, E. (2014) Initial Teacher Education: Who Gets in and What Are the Implications for Students, Schools and Society? International Sociological Association XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology: Facing an Unequal World - Challenges for Global Sociology, Yokohama [Details]|
|Heinz, M. and Keane, E. (2014) Diversity Profiling the Irish Student Teacher Body: Research Design & Analysis of Participants’ Socio-Demographic Positionalities Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong: Policy and Educational Development in a Global Context (University of Hong Kong) [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2006) Diversity & inclusivity: Academic staff views of the implications of increasing student diversity in higher education All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE) Annual Conference, 'Creating and Sustaining an Effective Learning Environment’ NUI Maynooth, [Details]|
|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 [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2013) Invited Keynote Address: Wresting with the 'ologies' and paradigmatic 'situatedness'? Considering their practical relevance through an example of a constructivist grounded theory study of widening participation and higher education University of Lincoln, UK, Research Methods Summer School [Details]|
|Keane, E.; Byrne, I. (2012) Widening Participation and Students’ Higher Education and Employment Experiences: Evidence from Research and Practice at NUI Galway FACE 2012 Annual Conference, Widening Access to Higher Education in ‘Divided Communities’ University of Ulster, Magee campus, Derry, , 05-JUL-12 - 06-JUL-12 [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2005) Learning, teaching, assessment and academic culture: Former school-leaver access students’ experiences of university Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Annual Conference ’New Perspectives on Research into Higher Education’ [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2006) The views & experiences of academic staff in the context of increasing student diversity: A post-positivist grounded theory approach 'Higher Education Close-Up 3, Qualitative Research into Higher Education’ Conference [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2007) ‘In college everything is left up to you': An exploration & comparison of 'former access’ and 'traditional-entry’ students’ perspectives on learning at university Annual Conference of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2008) Exploring similarities and differences in the reported academic experiences of ’former access’ and 'traditional-entry’ university students: a constructivist grounded theory approach Annual Conference of the Educational Studies of Ireland Association (ESAI) [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2008) Valuing higher education? The genesis, nature and implications of 'conscious' and 'unconscious' progression to higher education Annual Conference of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Liverpool, UK, [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2010) Distancing to self-protect: The perpetuation of inequality in higher education through socio-relational dis/engagement Higher Education Close-Up 5 Questioning Theory-Method Relations in Higher Education Research Lancaster University, UK, , 20-JUL-10 - 22-JUL-10 [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2011) The Value of Constructivist Grounded Theory in Equity-Based Research: Constructing a Grounded Theory of the Student Experience and Widening Participation International Research Methods Summer School (IRMSS) [Details]|
|Keane, E., Davison, K., and Khoo, S. (2011) Researching higher education students' global citizenship and diversity literacies in partnership with international colleagues Educational Studies Association of Ireland annual conference, Dublin [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2013) International Review of the Effectiveness of Widening Participation: Ireland Report. Higher Education Funding Council for England, Bristol, UK. [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2007) International Review and Synthesis of Initiatives to Widen Participation in Higher Education. Department for Education and Skills (DfES). (UK): Consultancy [Details]|
|Keane, E, Farrell, A, Harvey, J, Coughlan, A. (2006) Every student matters' Activities for engagement and widening participation in higher education:a preliminary collection. Resource developed as a result of collaborative NUI Galway, DIT and NUI Maynooth publication, supported by the HEA Strategic Initiatives. Other Item [Details]|
Non Published Reports
|Keane, E. (2004) A review of the key literature on the nature of student learning in higher education and its relationship to approaches to teaching. Briefing paper I for academic staff, Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT). NUI Galway: Non Published Reports [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2005) Obtaining student feedback on teaching and course quality. Briefing paper II for academic staff, Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT). NUI Galway: Non Published Reports [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2005) Widening participation in higher education. Report of research with institutional student officers, CELT Briefing Paper 4. NUI Galway: Non Published Reports [Details]|
|Keane, E. (2006) Barriers experienced by non-traditional students at NUI Galway: Summary report of student focus group interviews . CELT Briefing Paper 5. NUI Galway: Non Published Reports [Details]|
Honours and Awards
| Year: 1993.
Title: Ford Award (Highest degree result in Political Science and Sociology)
| Year: 2005.
Title: Dr. Mary L. Thornton Scholarship in Education (for PhD research)
|Association: AONTAS, Function/Role: Editorial Board Member|
|Association: Ubuntu Network, Function/Role: Steering Committee Member|
|Association: Access, Equality and Lifelong Learning Research Network - Higher Education Authority, Function/Role: Steering Committee Member|
|Association: The Grounded Theory Institute (USA), Function/Role: Member|
|Association: All Ireland Society for Higher Education, Function/Role: Member|
|Association: Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Function/Role: Member|
|Association: Society for Research into Higher Education (UK), Function/Role: Member|
|Davison, K., Khoo, S. and Keane, E. (2011) Methodological Challenges of International, Multi-Site, Research on Higher Education Students' Global Citizenship and Diversity Literacies. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], International Research Methods Summer School (IRMSS), Mary Immaculate College Limerick , 24-JUN-11 - 26-JUN-11.|
|Keane, E. (2003) The Líonra/Equal Ireland open distance learning access programme: Access to higher education for the unemployed and those in low-paid employment. [Oral Presentation], The ICC Transnational Conference, 'Matching Supply and Demand in the Labour Market’, Hamburg, Germany , 15-APR-03 - 18-APR-03.|
|Keane, E. (2003) 'Accessing higher education without having to give up your job’. The Líonra/Equal Ireland Open Distance Learning Access Programme, 'Dochas for Women’ Conference, 'Employment and Education Opportunities’. [Invited Oral Presentation], 'Dochas for Women’ Conference, 'Employment and Education Opportunities’, Monaghan , 17-JUN-03 - 17-MAR-04.|
|Keane, E. (2006) Experiencing the challenge: The views & experiences of staff & students in the context of increasing student diversity. [Oral Presentation], NUI Galway’s 4th Annual Conference in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education,'The Challenge of Diversity: Teaching, Support and Student Learning’, Galway , 08-JUN-06 - 08-JUN-06.|
|Keane, E (2006) Barriers Experienced by 'Non-Traditional' Students at NUI Galway: Research Findings. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Presentation to Philosophy Department, NUI Galway , 17-FEB-06 - 17-FEB-06.|
|Keane, E (2006) Addressing the Challenge of Diversity: Research and Practice at NUI Galway. [Invited Oral Presentation], Embracing Diversity at the DIT Campaign, Dublin Institute of Technology , 13-MAR-06 - 13-FEB-06.|
|Keane, E. (2006) Diversity & inclusivity: Academic staff views of the implications of increasing student diversity in higher education. [National Refereed Conference Paper], All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE) Annual Conference 'Creating and Sustaining an Effective Learning Environment’, Maynooth , 31-AUG-06 - 31-AUG-06.|
|Keane, E. (2007) Copping on' to the system & 'frictional’ relationships: Under-represented students’ experiences of barriers at one Irish university. [Oral Presentation], 16th European Access Network Annual Conference, Access to Success: The Student Experience from Pre-Entry to Employment, Galway , 16-JUL-07 - 16-JUL-07.|
|Keane, E (2008) Student Diversity in HE: Strategies for Inclusive Teaching. [Invited Oral Presentation], NUI Maynooth’s Postgraduate Diploma for Lecturers in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, NUI Maynooth , 27-FEB-08 - 27-FEB-08.|
|KEANE,E. (2008) Intercultural Education as an Entry Point for Development Education in Initial Teacher Education. [Invited Oral Presentation], Ubuntu Network Dialogue Day 2, Limerick , 13-MAR-08 - 13-MAR-08.|
|Keane, E. (2008) The Diversity Seminar Group: Teacher education students' views and experiences in the context of increasing student diversity in post-primary education. Poster presented at the Ubuntu Network Dialogue Day I. [Poster Presentation], Ubuntu Network Dialogue Day I, Limerick , 12-MAR-08 - 12-MAR-08.|
|Keane, E, Boland, J. (2009) Learning to teach for social justice: Lessons from the 'Pavee Study' service-learning project in initial teacher education in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Second International Conference on Service-Learning in Teacher Education, NUI Galway , 25-JUN-09 - 27-JUN-09.|
|Keane, E. (2009) Privilege, entitlement and instrumentalism: Differential orientations to higher education progression and implications for teaching and course design. [Oral Presentation], All Ireland Society for Higher Education Annual Conference, Valuing Complexity: Celebrating Diverse Approaches to Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, NUI Maynooth, Maynooth , 27-AUG-09 - 27-AUG-09.|
|Keane, E, Boland, J. (2009) A pedagogy for diversity in higher education? The transformative potential of service/community-based learning in initial teacher education. [Oral Presentation], All Ireland Society for Higher Education Annual Conference, Valuing Complexity: Celebrating Diverse Approaches to Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Maynooth , 27-AUG-09 - 28-AUG-09.|
|Keane, E. (2010) Civic Engagement in Teacher Education at NUI Galway: Partnering with Community and Non-Governmental Organisations. [Oral Presentation], Ubuntu Dialogue Day 4, St. Angela's College, Sligo , 10-FEB-10 - 10-FEB-10.|
|Keane, E. (2011) Widening Access and Participation and the Student Experience in Higher Education:. [Oral Presentation], Research Seminar Series, School of Education, NUI Galway , 09-NOV-11 - 11-FEB-11.|
|Keane, E. (2012) Presentation of Research Findings: Widening Participation and the Student Experience in Higher Education. [Invited Oral Presentation], Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, NUI Galway , 06-MAR-12 - 07-MAR-12.|
|Keane, E., Maclaren, I. (2006) See http://www.nuigalway.ie/celt/conference/conference2006.html. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], NUI Galway’s 4th Annual Learning & Teaching Conference: ' The Challenge of Diversity: Teaching, Support & Student Learning' (June 8th-9th, 2006), CELT, NUI Galway , 08-JUN-06 - 09-JUN-06.|
|Committee : NUI Galway Research Ethics Committee|
|Committee : Galway Traveller Movement|
|Committee : Aontas|
|Committee : Ubuntu Steering Committee|
|Steering Committee Education Group Galway Traveller Movement|
|Learning to Teach for Social Justice Service Learning Module in the PDE|
|The Education, Diversity and Social Justice Workshop for Teachers: Initially developed by the|
|International Journal Of Education And Culture: Editoral Board.|
|The Adult Learner (Aontas): Editor.|
|Journal Of Education Policy: Reviewer.|
I am currently teaching the following modules. (Sabbatical 2013/2014)
|I have supervised to compeltion the MEd theses of a range of students since 2006|
Current Postgraduate Students
|Hannagh Mc Ginley, Doctorate - Structured Ph.D. in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences - Supervisor|
|Maeve Dunne, Doctorate - Structured Ph.D. in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences - Supervisor|
|Úna Ní Sheanáin, Doctorate - Ph.D.(Arts) - Supervisor|
|Dr. Manuela Heinz (co-researcher on Diversity Profiling Initial Teacher Education), School of Education|
| Professor Kathy Charmaz, Sonoma State University, USA, originator of constructivist grounded theory