Professor Gerry Mac Ruairc

B.Ed., M.Ed., PhD

 
researcher

Biography

Gerry Mac Ruairc is an Established Professor of Education and Head of School in the Schooling NUI Galway. Previously to taking up this role Gerry was a teacher, School Inspector and Associate Professor in the School of Education in University College Dublin. During his tenure at UCD, Gerry directed A
a number of programmes including the Master in Education (M.Ed), the Professional Diploma in Education (the forerunner to the current Professional Masters in Education PME). Most recently, he was director of two innovative, online/blended courses on school leadership - the one-year part-time Professional Diploma in Education Studies (PDES) (Leadership) and the newly accredited, two year, part-time M. Ed (Leadership). Gerry has also held a Fellowship in Teaching and Academic Development and chairs of Teaching and Learning and Taught Masters Programme Boards while at the School of Education in UCD.  He has published widely in the areas of leadership for inclusive schooling, language and social class, literacy as well as in the areas of leadership and school improvement for equity and social justice. He works extensively on a number of European projects including acting as an advisor to the review of Leadership Development in Poland under the direction of the Polish  Ministry of Education, and as a contributor and advisor to the work of the leadership development units of Lower Saxony, NLQ (Hildesheim) and LISUM (Berlin). He was appointed as expert advisor to the EU Commission European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSL) where he is currently working on the overall evaluation of the impact of the network. He has a strong track record in the area of funded research and leadership development work including projects funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, the World Bank and Erasmus. He is currently working on an online school leadership development platform as part of Erasmus+ with colleagues for Christchurch University Canterbury, Jageiellonian University Poland and the Universities of Oslo and Murica.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2012) 'Critical thinking in the university curriculum - the impact on engineering education''
Ahern A., O'Connor T., Mac Ruairc G., McNamara M. and O'Donnell D., (2012) 'Critical thinking in the university curriculum - the impact on engineering education''. European Journal of Engineering Education, [Details]
(2008) 'Engaging student teachers in meaningful reflective practice'
Mac Ruairc, G and Harford, H. (2008) 'Engaging student teachers in meaningful reflective practice'. Teaching And Teacher Education, 24 (1):1884-1892 [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Perspectives on leadership praxis and inclusion’'
Mac Ruairc, G (2017) 'Perspectives on leadership praxis and inclusion’' In: Inclusive Education: Global Issues and Controversies. Netherlands: SENSE. [Details]
(2004) ''Big Mad Words - Language Variation in Schools''
Mac Ruairc, G (2004) ''Big Mad Words - Language Variation in Schools'' In: Primary Voices. Dublin: IPA. [Details]
(2009) ''Language, Socio-economic class and educational underachievement''
Mac Ruairc, G (2009) ''Language, Socio-economic class and educational underachievement'' In: Education In Ireland: Challenge and Change. Dublin: Gill and Macmillian. [Details]
(2011) 'The PISA girls and ticking the boxes: An examination of students' perspectives on PISA testing''
Mac Ruairc, G (2011) 'The PISA girls and ticking the boxes: An examination of students' perspectives on PISA testing'' In: Pisa under examination: Changing knowledge changing tests and changing schools. Netherlands: SENSE. [Details]
(2011) 'Shifting models of school evaluation in the Republic of Ireland''
Mac Ruairc, G and Harford, H. (2011) 'Shifting models of school evaluation in the Republic of Ireland'' In: Quality Assurance and European Teacher Education Policy. Oxford: Peter Lang. [Details]
(2011) 'No parents beyond this point’: 'Una riflessione critica sulla partecipazione parentale in Irlanda''
Mac Ruairc, G. (2011) 'No parents beyond this point’: 'Una riflessione critica sulla partecipazione parentale in Irlanda'' In: Corresponsabilità educative. Scuola e famiglia nella sfida multiculturale. Una prospettiva Europea. Brescia: La Scuola Editrice. [Details]
(2011) 'Teacher leadership: Awakening the sleeping giant''
Mac Ruairc, G and Harford, H. (2011) 'Teacher leadership: Awakening the sleeping giant'' In: Beyond fragmentation: Didactics, learning and teaching. Opladen, Germany and Farmington Hills, USA: Verlag Barbara Budrich. [Details]
(2012) 'Working with partners and the external environment: System leadership in School Leadership:'
Mac Ruairc, G. and Schratz, M. (2012) 'Working with partners and the external environment: System leadership in School Leadership:' In: Country Background Reports, European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNSoL). Greece: European Commission and Foundation for Research and Technology. [Details]
(2013) 'Exploring inclusive education for school leadership'
Mac Ruairc, G. (2013) 'Exploring inclusive education for school leadership' In: School Leadership Policy Development. Greece: EPNSoL. [Details]
(2013) 'Exploring inclusive education for school leadership'
Mac Ruairc, G. (2013) 'Exploring inclusive education for school leadership' In: School Leadership Policy Development. Greece: EPNSoL. [Details]
(2013) 'Accountability for equity?'
Mac Ruairc, G. (2013) 'Accountability for equity?' In: School Leadership as a driving force for equity and learning. Comparative perspectives. Greece: EPNSo L. [Details]
(2013) ''Including who? Deconstructing the discourse''
Mac Ruairc, G. (2013) ''Including who? Deconstructing the discourse'' In: Leadership for Inclusive Education; Vision, Values, Voices. Netherlands: SENSE. [Details]
(2013) ''Inclusive education: In search of policy imperatives''
Mac Ruairc, G. (2013) ''Inclusive education: In search of policy imperatives'' In: Leadership for Inclusive Education; Vision, Values, Voices. Netherlands: SENSE. [Details]
(2013) ''Leadership for inclusive education: Setting the context''
Mac Ruairc, G (2013) ''Leadership for inclusive education: Setting the context'' In: Leadership for Inclusive Education; Vision, Values, Voices. Netherlands: SENSE. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2010) EAIR Forum
O’Connor T., Ahern A., Mac Ruairc G. and McNamara M. (2010) (2010) Developing critical thinking ability; the contribution of a university education EAIR Forum Valencia, Spain, [Details]
(2011) International Conference on Engineering Education
Ahern A., O'Connor T., Mac Ruairc G. and McNamara M. (2011) Interpreting critical thinking for engineering education - the views of employers and academics International Conference on Engineering Education Belfast, [Details]
(2011) International Nursing & Midwifery Conference
O'Connor, T; McNamara, M; Ahern, A; Mac Ruairc, G; O'Donnell, D. (2011) Theorising Critical Thinking in Nursing Education International Nursing & Midwifery Conference NUI Galway, [Details]
(2012) American Education Research Conference: To know is not enough
Mac Ruairc, G., Aherne, A., McNamara, M. and O'Connor, T. (2012) I'll know it when I see it: Explicating critical thinking in higher education curricula American Education Research Conference: To know is not enough [Details]
(2012) Literacy Education Conference INTO
Mac Ruairc, G (2012) Standardised Testing in Ireland, (invited keynote) . In: INTO eds. Literacy Education Conference INTO Proceedings of the INTO Education Conference, Athlone, Dublin: INTO, [Details]
(2013) Irish EU Presidency Conference
Mac Ruairc, G, Harford, H. and Meehan, M (2013) When Teacher Educators and Subject Specialists Collaborate: Issues around Emerging Professional Identities Irish EU Presidency Conference [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2014) EPNoSL Interim Evaluation Report External Evaluation Effectiveness and Efficiency of Work.
Lumby, J. and Mac Ruairc, G. (2014) EPNoSL Interim Evaluation Report External Evaluation Effectiveness and Efficiency of Work. EPNoSL, Greece. [Details]
(2015) EPNoSL Interim External Evaluation Report: Case Studies on Policy Impact.
Lumby, J. and Mac Ruairc, G. (2015) EPNoSL Interim External Evaluation Report: Case Studies on Policy Impact. EPNoSL, Greece. [Details]
(2015) Interim External Evaluation Report: Review of EPNoSl Documents, Articles and Other Published Material.
Lumby, J. and Mac Ruairc, G. (2015) Interim External Evaluation Report: Review of EPNoSl Documents, Articles and Other Published Material. EPNoSL, Greece. [Details]
(2015) Final Evaluation Report, External Evaluation Effectiveness and Efficiency of Work Processes. EPNoSl.
Mac Ruairc, G. and Lumby, J. (2015) Final Evaluation Report, External Evaluation Effectiveness and Efficiency of Work Processes. EPNoSl. EPNoSL, Greece. [Details]
(2016) Room for School: Examining the role of Early Focus in Supporting School Engagement.
Mac Ruairc, G. and Hayes, N. (2016) Room for School: Examining the role of Early Focus in Supporting School Engagement. UCD, Dublin. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2013) Leadership for Inclusive Education: Vision, Values, Voices.
Gerry Mac Ruairc, Eli Ottesen, Robin Precey (Ed.). (2013) Leadership for Inclusive Education: Vision, Values, Voices. Rotterdam: Sense. [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Different worlds: The cadences of context Exploring the emotional terrain of principals’ practice in schools in challenging circumstances'
Brennan, J. and Mac Ruairc, G. (2017) 'Different worlds: The cadences of context Exploring the emotional terrain of principals’ practice in schools in challenging circumstances' Educational Management Administration & Leadership (EMAL) (peer reviewed not on NUIG system), . [Details]
(2011) 'Destination Zero: Deconstructing the discourse of inclusion''
Mac Ruairc, G (2011) 'Destination Zero: Deconstructing the discourse of inclusion'' Contemporary Management Quarterly ( peer reviewed not on NUIG system), 9 (2) :23-35. [Details]
(2012) 'Leading the leaders: Exploring perspectives on the preparation and development of school leaders''
Mac Ruairc, G (2012) 'Leading the leaders: Exploring perspectives on the preparation and development of school leaders'' Public Management, 7 (4) :49-57. [Details]
(2013) ''Las chicas en PISA y el marcado de casillas. Un examen de la perspectiva de los estudiantes sobre las pruebas PISA''
Mac Ruairc, G (2013) ''Las chicas en PISA y el marcado de casillas. Un examen de la perspectiva de los estudiantes sobre las pruebas PISA'' Journal of Curriculum and Teacher Education (peer reviewed not on NUIG system), 17 (2) . [Details]
(2015) ''Accountability for Equity? A retrospective look at how neo-liberal models of accountability have impacted Irish Education'
Mac Ruairc, G (2015) ''Accountability for Equity? A retrospective look at how neo-liberal models of accountability have impacted Irish Education' Contemporary Educational Leadership (New journal peer reviewed not on NUIG System), 2 (1) :14-29. [Details]
(2011) 'They're my words - I'll talk how I like! Examining social class and linguistic practice among primary-school children''
Mac Ruairc, G (2011) 'They're my words - I'll talk how I like! Examining social class and linguistic practice among primary-school children'' Langauge and Education (peer reviewed not on NUIG list), 25 (6) :535-559. [Details]
(2010) 'Lights, Camera, Reflection: Using Peer Video to Promote Dialogue among Student Teachers''
Mac Ruairc, G and Harford, H. and McCartan, D. (2010) 'Lights, Camera, Reflection: Using Peer Video to Promote Dialogue among Student Teachers'' Teacher Development peer reviewed not on NUIG list), 14 (1) :57-68. [Details]
(2008) ''Researching the Contested Place of Reflective Practice in the Emerging Culture of Performativity in Schools: Views from the Republic of Ireland'
Mac Ruairc, G and Harford, H. (2008) ''Researching the Contested Place of Reflective Practice in the Emerging Culture of Performativity in Schools: Views from the Republic of Ireland' European Educational Research Journal peer reviewed not on NUIG list), 7 (4) :501-511. [Details]