Dr EILIS FLANAGAN

Ph.D., PGDE (qualified teacher), M.A., B.A.

Contact Details

Post-doctoral Research Fellow
 
researcher
 

Biography

Dr Eílis Flanagan lectures in Education and is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Mathematics Education with the School of Education, NUI Galway.  Her research interests include English education, innovative pedagogies, technology-enhanced education, narrative in education, Design-Based Research (DBR), and Discourse and Video analysis. Having previously been employed as a post-primary teacher, Eílis’ unique and timely Ph.D. investigated the educational design of drama-based, technology-enhanced learning (Digital Ensemble) in English education at post-primary level, with senior cycle pupils. Her four-year participatory study culminated in the development of a model for designing Digital Ensemble to enhance pupils’ engagement with English literature and learning. Eilis’ research has been funded by the Galway Doctoral Research Scholarship and the Irish Research Council. 

Eílis is the Post-doctoral Research Fellow with the M²EID project: Mathematical Meta-level developments in English and Irish language Discourses. Funded by the Irish Research Council, this study is being undertaken with first year, undergraduate students, who opt to study Mathematics through a bilingual approach (Irish and English) during their first year of undergraduate education. The project aims to evaluate whether differences in languages, and their use, by bilingual mathematical learners have a differential impact upon cognitive mathematical processing, when engaged in meta-level (conceptual) mathematical activity. Eílis’ roles in the project include data collection, synthesis and analysis as well as budget management, management of research assistant, liaising with key stakeholders and research dissemination.

Her qualifications also include a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, a Master of Arts in English (Literature and Publishing) and a Bachelor of Arts (English and Classics). She was an invited attendee and speaker at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) Season School conference in Norway and at the International Meeting of Erasmus coordinators in Initial Teacher Education at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Austria. Eílis’ experiences in education and educational research have founded her interests in advancing a cross-disciplinary approach to designing for educational innovation and reform in order to enhance teaching, learning and assessment practices across all stages and sectors of education.   

Research Interests

1. English education and STEAM integration:

The need for English education to emphasise the development of learners' creativity, imagination and personal growth through engaging with rich literary and multimodal texts is a key interest of mine both as a teacher and a researcher. My Ph.D. explored learners' meaning-making processes when engaging with literature in different ways – personally, silently, actively, through embodiment and when using technologies in learning. My current research project with the PME students at NUI Galway will focus on pre-service teachers' experiences of using digital ensemble to teach English literature at post-primary level. Additionally, I am passionate about attending to the role of the Arts within the STEM research field. I am interested in advancing the integration of STEAM across teaching, learning and assessment. My doctoral studies explored the use of mobile technologies and drama pedagogies within English education and inspired the design of a short course for the Junior Cycle, entitled ENaCT-IT. I believe such a course is adaptable and adoptable by teachers and educationist across science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics as an embodied pedagogical approach to learning across the curriculum. The design and provision of such educationally comprehensive open courses at second level could potentially address current educational transition concerns while also encouraging further participation in these areas at third level.

2. Language use and Mathematics education:


I am a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with an Irish Research Council-funded project, under the leadership of principal investigator, Dr. Máire Ní Ríordáin, which investigates bilingual learning in Mathematics education with a particular focus on the English and Irish languages. The study, M
²EID, explores Mathematical Meta-level developments in English and Irish language Discourses with third level students who opt to study Mathematics through a bilingual approach. Of particular interest to me is the study's emphasis on learners' language use and discourse development when engaged with conceptual learning in Mathematics. The project employs an extensive video research component as part of its methodological approach, which enables me to build on my expertise in this particular research method. Also, having utilised Conversation Analysis as part of my doctoral research and I am developing these research skills into a comprehensive Discourse Analysis skill set as part of my role within this research project. 

3. Video research and analysis:

Video research in educational settings proves to be an insightful and extensive method of documenting and analysing pupils' authentic learning processes, constructive and honest feedback and the products of their learning. Therefore, since my doctoral studies explored learning in context, I employed an extensive video research method to capture and analyse pupils' learning when engaging with English literature. The first research project of its kind in Ireland to employ such a comprehensive videographic method, this study gathered in excess of 107 hours of video data, inclusive of pupils' learning processes and their creative learning artefacts. I am advancing these video research and analysis skills and expertise throughout my current post-doctoral research study, M²EID, which utilises videographic evidence such as video-recorded lectures in an undergraduate Mathematics context and video-recorded cognitive interviews.

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
MEID: Mathematical Meta-level developments in English and Irish language Discourses 01-JUN-16 31-MAY-17

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Digital Ensemble: The ENaCT design-based research framework for technology-enhanced embodied assessment in English education'
Flanagan, E., & Hall, T. (2017) 'Digital Ensemble: The ENaCT design-based research framework for technology-enhanced embodied assessment in English education'. English in Education, 51 (1):76-99 [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Design-Based Research as Intelligent Experimentation: Towards Systematising the Conceptualisation, Development and Evaluation of Digital Learning in Schools'
Hall, T., Thompson Long, B., Flanagan, E., Flynn, P., & Lenaghan, J. (2017) 'Design-Based Research as Intelligent Experimentation: Towards Systematising the Conceptualisation, Development and Evaluation of Digital Learning in Schools' In: Handbook on Digital Learning for K-12 Schools. US: Springer International Publishing. [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Notes by Eilis Flanagan'
Flanagan, E. (2014) 'Notes by Eilis Flanagan' In: Big Maggie. Cork: Mercier Press. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2013) The European Conference on Technology in the Classroom
Flanagan, E. (2013) Animating Shakespeare: engaging students through embodied and virtual learning . In: International Academic Forum eds. The European Conference on Technology in the Classroom Brighton, UK, , pp.309-316 [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Integrating Technology into Post-Primary English Education'
Flanagan, E. (2015) 'Integrating Technology into Post-Primary English Education' Education Matters Yearbook 8: Review of 2014 and Guide to 2015, 8 :255-258. [Details]
(2014) 'Exploring the potential of narrative technology to augment ensemble pedagogical approaches to enhancing secondary school students' engagement with literature'
Flanagan, E. (2014) 'Exploring the potential of narrative technology to augment ensemble pedagogical approaches to enhancing secondary school students' engagement with literature' Current Issues in Education Research, 4 . [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2016) EdTech 2016: ReConstituting TEL: Rising to the Challenge,
Hall, T., Flanagan, E., Thompson Long, B., Flynn, P., McHugh, M., McHugh, S. McCauley, V., Higgins, M. (2016) Design Rising: Exemplifying the provenance and emergence of design-based research as intelligent experimentation in Irish education. [Conference Paper], EdTech 2016: ReConstituting TEL: Rising to the Challenge, Dublin , 26-MAY-16. [Details]
(2016) Teaching Council: FÉILTE (Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence) 2016,
Flanagan, E. (2016) Designing Technology-Enhanced Learning to Augment Pupils’ Engagement with English. [Conference Paper], Teaching Council: FÉILTE (Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence) 2016, Dublin , 01-OCT-16. [Details]
(2016) Exploring the Literacy Landscape: Celebrating 40 years of Research and Practice,
Flanagan, E. (2016) The Literacy Association of Ireland 40th International Conference. [Conference Paper], Exploring the Literacy Landscape: Celebrating 40 years of Research and Practice, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin , 30-SEP-16. [Details]
(2016) Education Association of Ireland (ESAI) Symposium: Education as a Public Good,
Flanagan, E., Hall, T., Flynn, P., McHugh, M., McCauley, V. (2016) The Naturalistic Context of Design-Based Research - Education for Public Good. [Conference Paper], Education Association of Ireland (ESAI) Symposium: Education as a Public Good, Galway, Ireland , 02-APR-16. [Details]
(2016) 3rd International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference,
Hall, T., Flanagan, E., Thompson Long, B., Flynn, P, Higgins, M. (2016) Generative Genres: The ubiquity and utility of narrative in the design-based research of educational technology. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 3rd International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference, NUI Galway, Ireland , 11-MAR-16. [Details]
(2014) Annual School of Education Research Seminar Series: Postgraduate Research Conference,
Flanagan, E. (2014) Micro-ensembling: an innovative pedagogical approach to embedding educational technology in poetry education to enhance learning. [Oral Presentation], Annual School of Education Research Seminar Series: Postgraduate Research Conference, NUI Galway, Ireland , 21-APR-14. [Details]
(2014) European Educational Research Association (EERA) Season School conference: Educational Research as Craft: Data, Theory and Analyses,
Flanagan, E. (2014) The Irish Education System: History, Structure and Developments. [Conference Paper], European Educational Research Association (EERA) Season School conference: Educational Research as Craft: Data, Theory and Analyses, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway , 11-JUN-14. [Details]
(2014) European Educational Research Association (EERA) Season School conference: Educational Research as Craft: Data, Theory and Analyses,
Flanagan, E. (2014) A DBR Approach to Exploring Narrative Technologies in English Education. [Conference Paper], European Educational Research Association (EERA) Season School conference: Educational Research as Craft: Data, Theory and Analyses, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway , 09-JUN-14. [Details]
(2014) 4th Annual Mid-West Education Research conference: Current Issues in Education Research and Practice,
Flanagan, E. (2014) Technology-enhanced Ensemble Education. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 4th Annual Mid-West Education Research conference: Current Issues in Education Research and Practice, Clare Education Centre, Co. Clare, Ireland , 01-MAR-14. [Details]
(2013) The European Conference on Technology in the Classroom: The Impact of Innovation: Technology and You,
Flanagan, E. (2013) Micro-ensembling: innovative English pedagogy and social-emotional approach to learning. [Oral Presentation], The European Conference on Technology in the Classroom: The Impact of Innovation: Technology and You, Brighton, UK , 11-JUL-13. [Details]
(2013) Threesis 2013 Challenge,
Flanagan, E. (2013) Micro-Ensembling to enhance students' engagement with English education. [Oral Presentation], Threesis 2013 Challenge, Moore Institute, NUI Galway, Ireland , 01-NOV-13. [Details]
(2013) Annual School of Education Research Seminar Series: Postgraduate Research Conference,
Flanagan, E. (2013) Animating Shakespeare. [Oral Presentation], Annual School of Education Research Seminar Series: Postgraduate Research Conference, Education NUI Galway, Ireland , 01-MAY-13. [Details]
(2012) Synergy Project: Research Poster Presentation,
Flanagan, E. (2012) The Digitally Remastered Learner. [Poster Presentation], Synergy Project: Research Poster Presentation, NUI Galway, Ireland , 01-JUN-12. [Details]
(2012) All Ireland Conference for Doctoral Researchers in Education: Expanding the Horizons of Doctoral Research in Education – Comparing, Adapting, Advancing,
Flanagan, E. (2012) The Digitally Remastered Learner: a qualitative investigation of a learner-centred approach to innovative pedagogy. [Oral Presentation], All Ireland Conference for Doctoral Researchers in Education: Expanding the Horizons of Doctoral Research in Education – Comparing, Adapting, Advancing, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland , 14-MAY-12. [Details]
(2012) 10th Annual Galway Symposium: The Written Word – writing, publishing and communication in Higher Education,
Flanagan, E. (2012) A Digitally Remastered Story. [Conference Paper], 10th Annual Galway Symposium: The Written Word – writing, publishing and communication in Higher Education, NUI Galway, Ireland , 11-JUN-12. [Details]
(2012) Annual School of Education Research Seminar Series: Postgraduate Research Conference,
Flanagan, E. (2012) The Digitally Remastered Learner. [Oral Presentation], Annual School of Education Research Seminar Series: Postgraduate Research Conference, School of Education NUI Galway, Ireland , 01-APR-12. [Details]
(2012) 6th International Meeting of Erasmus coordinators,
Flanagan, E. (2012) Digital Ensemble in English Education. [Oral Presentation], 6th International Meeting of Erasmus coordinators, University College of Teacher Education (UCTE)/Pädagogische Hochschule, Klagenfurt, Austria , 12-NOV-12 - 16-NOV-12. [Details]
(2012) 6th International Meeting of Erasmus coordinators,
Flanagan, E. (2012) The Irish Education System and The School of Education, NUI Galway. [Invited Oral Presentation], 6th International Meeting of Erasmus coordinators, University College of Teacher Education (UCTE)/Pädagogische Hochschule, Klagenfurt, Austria , 12-NOV-12 - 16-NOV-12. [Details]

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
National university of Ireland Galway Post-doctoral Research Fellow 01-JUN-16 / 31-MAY-17
National University of Ireland Galway Lecturer in Education (P/T) 03-AUG-15 / 31-MAY-16

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2003 National University of Ireland Galway MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) MA in English Literature & Publishing
2015 National University of Ireland Galway DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY Education
2006 National University of Ireland Galway Postgraduate Diploma Postgraduate Diploma in Education (1st class honours)
2002 National University of Ireland Galway Bachelor of Arts English and Classics

Languages

  Language
Irish
English

Teaching Interests

English Pedagogy
Teaching and Learning Methodologies
Design-based research (DBR)
The use of technologies in education 
Theories of Learning
New Perspectives on Learning 
Curricular Innovation
Assessment Practices
Creative Classroom Practices 
Literacy and Writing Skills for Mathematics Teachers  


Current Postgraduate Students (Taught)

  Name Degree Primary Supervisor
Elaine Gantly Master of Education Y

Recent Postgraduate Students

  Graduation Name Degree Primary Supervisor
2016 Suzanne Kiely Master of Education Y
2015 Emer Whyte Master of Education Y

Internal Collaborators

  Name Description of Collaboration
Dr Tony Hall
Designing technology-enhanced learning in English education.
Dr Bonnie Thompson Long
Design-Based Research (DBR) in education, Digital Storytelling.
Martin McHugh
Design-Based Research (DBR) in education.
Dr Paul Flynn
Design-Based Research (DBR) in education.

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country Description of Collaboration
Dr Máire Ní Ríordáin Univsersity College Cork IRELAND
Bilingualism in Mathematics education, researching learning in situ, Video Analysis, Discourse Analysis