Dr Elaine Keane

B.A., H.Dip.Ed.M.Ed., PhD.

Contact Details

Lecturer Above The Bar. Director MEd. Chair of Research Committee. Co-Ordinator MLitt & PhD
Education
Nun's Island
School of Education
National University of Ireland, Galway
University Road, Galway city
Ireland

T: +35391493032
E: elaine.keane@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Dr Elaine Keane is a Lecturer in Sociology of Education & Research Methods in the School of Education at NUI Galway since 2006, where she is also Director of the Master of Education programme, Co-ordinator of PhD & MLitt programmes, and Chair of the Research Committee. She previously worked as a researcher in the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (NUI Galway), as Project Co-ordinator of open distance learning access programmes (Lionra, Regional Higher Education Network), and as a post-primary school teacher of languages and Civic, Social and Political Education.

Her research focus is widening participation in higher education, including in initial teacher education, and she has particular interests in social class in education and grounded theory. She is Principal Investigator on two research projects; the Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Employment Experiences of NUI Galway Access Students, and the Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE) national project (exploring the socio-demographic profiles, career motivations, and experiences with diversity of applicants and entrants to initial teacher education programmes in Ireland), funded by the Irish Research Council (RPG2013-1).

She has published in a range of journals, and in 2013 she authored the Ireland report for a six-country study of widening participation effectiveness, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). She is one of the co-authors of the forthcoming Reflective Teaching in Higher Education (Bloomsbury, February 2015), and also of a chapter on constructivist grounded theory in social justice research (with Professors Kathy Charmaz & Robert Thornberg) in the fifth edition of the Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research (eds. Norman Denzin and Yvonna Lincoln, 2016).

Elaine is an invited reviewer for The Journal of Education Policy, Studies in Higher Education, and of the Editorial Board of The Adult Learner Journal (Aontas). She is also an invited member of the Editorial Board of Teaching in Higher Education

Research Interests

Widening Participation in Higher Education (Principal Investogator of NUIG-funded Access research project)
Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE) (Principal Investigator of IRC-funded DITE national project)
Social class and 'race'/ethnicity in education at school and higher education levels
Qualitative research methodologies, including constructivist grounded theory.

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
DIVERSITY PROFILING INITIAL TEACHER EDUCATION DITE IN IRELAND ELAINE KEANE 02-DEC-13 31-JUL-16
IRC POSTGRADUATE DEVON GOODWIN ELAINE KEANE 01-OCT-13 30-SEP-17
Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Early Labour Market Experiences of NUI Galway Access and Foundation Course Students 18-MAY-12 01-JAN-16
MF07-P29 WIDENING PARTICIPATION IN HIGHER EDUCATIO 01-OCT-07 31-MAR-09
LEARNING TO TEACH FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE THROUGH CIVIC 01-SEP-08 31-DEC-15
From Engaging the 'Margins' to Transforming the Core: Considering International Best Practice in Embedding Inclusivity in Higher Education.
Global Citizenship and Diversity Literacies Project:
The Education, Diversity and Social Justice Workshop for Teachers 27-JAN-12
Gender, Education and the Knowledge Economy 30-DEC-11

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Considering the ‘Impact’ of Widening Participation: The Employment Experiences of Access Graduates from an Irish University'
Keane, E. (2016) 'Considering the ‘Impact’ of Widening Participation: The Employment Experiences of Access Graduates from an Irish University'. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 18 (2) [Details]
(2016) 'Excavating an Injustice?: Nationality/ies, Ethnicity/ies, and Experiences with Diversity of Initial Teacher Education Applicants and Entrants in Ireland in 2014'
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, [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE) in Ireland: The Socio-demographic Backgrounds of Postgraduate Post-primary Entrants in 2013 & 2014'
Keane, E.; Heinz, M. (2015) 'Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE) in Ireland: The Socio-demographic Backgrounds of Postgraduate Post-primary Entrants in 2013 & 2014'. Irish Educational Studies, Forthcoming [Details]
(2014) 'Considering the practical implementation of constructivist grounded theory in a study of widening participation in Irish higher education'
Keane, E. (2014) 'Considering the practical implementation of constructivist grounded theory in a study of widening participation in Irish higher education'. International Journal Of Social Research Methodology, [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Doing 'at least as well?' Considering the research evidence about access students' undergraduate, postgraduate and early labour market experiences in Ireland'
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]
(2012) 'Differential prioritising: Orientations to higher education and widening participation'
Keane, E. (2012) 'Differential prioritising: Orientations to higher education and widening participation'. International Journal of Educational Research, 53 :150-159 [Details]
(2011) 'Distancing to self-protect: the perpetuation of inequality in higher education through socio-relational dis/engagement'
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]
(2011) 'Dependence-deconstruction: widening participation and traditional-entry students transitioning from school to higher education in Ireland'
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]
(2009) ''Frictional' relationships tension in the camp: focusing on the relational in under-represented students' experiences in higher education'
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]

Books

  Year Publication
(2015) Reflective Teaching in Higher Education.
Ashwin, P., Boud, D., Coate, K., Hallett, F., Keane, E. Krause, K., Leibowitz, B., Mclaren, I., McArthur, J., McCune, V; and Tooher, M. (2015) Reflective Teaching in Higher Education. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Career Motivations of Student Teachers in the Republic of Ireland: Continuity and Change during Educational Reform and 'Boom to Bust' Economic Times'
Heinz, M., Keane, E., and Foley, C, (2016) 'Career Motivations of Student Teachers in the Republic of Ireland: Continuity and Change during Educational Reform and 'Boom to Bust' Economic Times' In: Why Teach? How Teachers' Motivations Matter around the World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2016) 'Evolving grounded theory and social justice inquiry'
Charmaz, K., Keane, E., Thornberg, R. (2016) 'Evolving grounded theory and social justice inquiry' In: The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research. New York: Sage. [Details]
(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'
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]
(2004) 'Introduction to Humanities'
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]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2015) Gender Advanced Research Consortium (ARC): 2015 Seminar Series - Invited Paper
Keane, E. (2015) ‘Some done - A lot more to do’: Lessons from Research on Widening Participation in Higher Education & to the Professions Gender Advanced Research Consortium (ARC): 2015 Seminar Series - Invited Paper [Details]
(2015) Galway University Integration through Drama & Education (GUIDE) symposium
Keane, E., and Heinz, M. (2015) Exploring Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE) in Ireland - A National Project: Exploring Nationality/ies & Ethnicity/ies Galway University Integration through Drama & Education (GUIDE) symposium [Details]
(2015) International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), University of Urbana Champaign, IL, USA
Saldana, J., Keane, E., Vanover, C., Mihas, P. (2015) Coding for Interpretation and Performance International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), University of Urbana Champaign, IL, USA [Details]
(2015) International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Urbana Champaign, IL, USA
Keane, E. (2015) An Introduction to Social Justice Inquiry using Kathy Charmaz’s Constructivist Grounded Theory (Invited Workshop) International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Urbana Champaign, IL, USA [Details]
(2015) Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) National Committees Meeting: Invited Paper
Keane, E., Heinz, M. (2015) Examining Diversity in Primary and Post-primary Teacher Applicants & Entrants in Ireland Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) National Committees Meeting: Invited Paper [Details]
(2015) American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference: Toward Justice; Culture, Language & Heritage n Education Research & Praxis . Chicago, IL. USA
Heinz, M., Keane, E. (2015) Exploring Ethnicity in Initial Teacher Education: The Nationality/ies, Ethnicity/ies & Experiences with Diversity of Student Teachers in Ireland American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference: Toward Justice; Culture, Language & Heritage n Education Research & Praxis . Chicago, IL. USA [Details]
(2015) Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Annual Conference
Heinz, M., Keane, E., Davison, K. (2015) Exploring Gender and Sexuality in Initial Teacher Education in Ireland Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Annual Conference [Details]
(2015) Gender Advanced Research Consortium (ARC): 2015 Seminar Series
Heinz, M., Keane, E., 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 [Details]
(2014) International Sociological Association XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology: Facing an Unequal World - Challenges for Global Sociology, Yokohama
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]
(2014) Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong: Policy and Educational Development in a Global Context (University of Hong Kong)
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]
(2014) 2014 Association for Teacher Education in Europe Winter Conference - Social Justice and Diversity in Teacher Education (Bulgaria)
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]
(2014) Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Annual Conference
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]
(2014) Widening Participation through Curriculum, Open University, Milton Keynes, May 2014
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]
(2014) Society for Research into Higher Education conference, Inspiring future generations; embracing plurality and difference in higher education
Keane, E. and Heinz, M. (2014) Social class in initial teacher education in Ireland: Formal categorisations and self-classifications Society for Research into Higher Education conference, Inspiring future generations; embracing plurality and difference in higher education [Details]
(2013) How Equal? HEA Conference on Access to Higher Education in Ireland, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, November 7th
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]
(2013) University of Lincoln, UK, Research Methods Summer School
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]
(2012) FACE 2012 Annual Conference, Widening Access to Higher Education in ‘Divided Communities’
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]
(2011) Educational Studies Association of Ireland annual conference, Dublin
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]
(2011) International Research Methods Summer School (IRMSS)
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]
(2010) Higher Education Close-Up 5 Questioning Theory-Method Relations in Higher Education Research
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]
(2008) Annual Conference of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)
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]
(2008) Annual Conference of the Educational Studies of Ireland Association (ESAI)
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]
(2007) Annual Conference of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)
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]
(2006) 'Higher Education Close-Up 3, Qualitative Research into Higher Education’ Conference
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]
(2006) All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE) Annual Conference, 'Creating and Sustaining an Effective Learning Environment’
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]
(2005) Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Annual Conference ’New Perspectives on Research into Higher Education’
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]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2013) International Review of the Effectiveness of Widening Participation: Ireland Report.
Keane, E. (2013) International Review of the Effectiveness of Widening Participation: Ireland Report. Higher Education Funding Council for England, Bristol, UK. [Details]

Consultancy

  Year Publication
(2007) International Review and Synthesis of Initiatives to Widen Participation in Higher Education. Department for Education and Skills (DfES).
Keane, E. (2007) International Review and Synthesis of Initiatives to Widen Participation in Higher Education. Department for Education and Skills (DfES). (UK): Consultancy [Details]

Other Item

  Year Publication
(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.
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

  Year Publication
(2006) Barriers experienced by non-traditional students at NUI Galway: Summary report of student focus group interviews . CELT Briefing Paper 5.
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]
(2005) Widening participation in higher education. Report of research with institutional student officers, CELT Briefing Paper 4.
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]
(2005) Obtaining student feedback on teaching and course quality. Briefing paper II for academic staff, Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT).
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]
(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).
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]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
1993 Ford Award (Highest degree result in Political Science and Sociology) Ford and NUI Galway (then University College, Galway)
2005 Dr. Mary L. Thornton Scholarship in Education (for PhD research) National University of Ireland

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Teaching in Higher Education (High Impact, Peer-Reviewed, Academic Journal - UK) Editorial Board member (invited) 23-FEB-15 /
AONTAS Editorial Board Member /
Ubuntu Network Steering Committee Member /
Access, Equality and Lifelong Learning Research Network - Higher Education Authority Steering Committee Member /
The Grounded Theory Institute (USA) Member /
All Ireland Society for Higher Education Member /
Educational Studies Association of Ireland Member /
Society for Research into Higher Education (UK) Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
NUI Galway Research Ethics Committee Member /
Galway Traveller Movement Education Group member /
Aontas Editorial board member for Journa /
Ubuntu Steering Committee Steering Committee member /

Consultancy

  Client Description
Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) & Office for Fair Access (OFFA)
Writing of Ireland report for a six-country study of widening participation effectiveness.Invited by Professor Liz Thomas (Project Lead) (EdgeHill University, UK) 

Outreach Activities

  Description

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 Galway Traveller Movement in 2008 for delivery to practising teachers, this workshop is being re-designed by the School of Education (Elaine Keane) and a number of community partners to include numerous ’forms’ of diversity and for wider implementation. A working group, comprising representatives from the School of Education, the Galway Traveller Movement, the Galway Refugee Support Group, the Galway One World Centre, SHOUT (a local LBGT group), the St. Vincent de Paul and the Galway City Partnership has been formed and meets regularly to collaboratively plan and design the workshop. The aim of the workshop is to support teachers’ development as educators committed to a social justice ethos, through an interrogation of their own class, ethnic, gender and dis/ability positionality and through an exploration of pedagogies for social justice.

Reviews

  Journal Role
Teaching in Higher Education Editoral Board
Studies In Higher Education Reviewer
International Journal of Education and Culture Editoral Board
The Adult Learner (Aontas) Editoral Board
Journal Of Education Policy Reviewer

Teaching Interests

I am the Director of the MEd, Chair of the SoE Research Committee, and Co-ordinator of MLitt & PhD Programmes

I am currently teaching the following modules: 
 

Professional Master in Education (Educational Sciences, Education, Diversity & Social Justice
Professional Master in Education (Professional Studies, Catering for Diversity)       
Professional Master in Education (Professional Practice)                                                                              
Professional Master in Education (Teaching Practice, Supervisor)                                               
Master of Education (Sociology of Education) 
Master of Education (General Research Methods)                            
Master of Education (Qualitative Research Methods)
Master of Education (Thesis Supervision)         
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (1. Widening Participation in Higher Education, 2. Service Learning) (CELT) 
BA Mathematics & Education (Introduction to Educational Sciences)   (not 2014-2015)                                       
BA Mathematics & Education (Sociology, Psychology & Catering for Diversity)      (not 2014-2015) 

Internal Collaborators

  Name Description of Collaboration
Internal Collaborators
Dr. Manuela Heinz (co-researcher (Associate Investigator) on Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE), School of Education

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country Description of Collaboration
External Collaborators
Professor Kathy Charmaz, Sonoma State University, USA, originator of constructivist grounded theoryhttp://www.sonoma.edu/sociology/faculty/kathy-charmaz.html