Lecturer and Researcher

Lecturer and Researcher


B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Certificate in the Principles and Practice of Assessment
Diploma in Coaching and Behavioural Change
M.Sc. Management and Leadership (Year 2)


Kathryn McSweeney has worked both as a Lecturer in Home Economics and Lecturer in Education since 2007, thus holding unique initial teacher education experience in each of the home economics disciplinary areas: social studies and family resource management; food studies; textile, fashion, and design studies; and home economics education. Currently, Kathryn is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Education and focuses explicitly on home economics pedagogics
Kathryn’s B.Ed. and M.Ed. degrees were awarded by Trinity College, Dublin. Her postgraduate historical study examined the evolution of the subject of home economics in the curriculum from 1800. A synopsis of her work can be found in a book entitled Historical and Contemporary Reflections: St. Catherine’s College of Education for Home Economics, Sion Hill, Dublin, 1929 - 2007. She was awarded a Certificate in the Principles and Practice of Assessment by the University of Cambridge in 2008. Her Ph.D. study (2014) with the University of Stirling focused on assessment practices and their impact on home economics education in Ireland. In 2018, Kathryn excelled in the area of coaching and behavioural change. Currently, she is engaged in M.Sc. leadership and management studies, and her research focuses on leading improvement in home economics teacher knowledge and methods (pedagogical content knowledge).

Kathryn’s educational experience is varied and includes lecturing in St. Angela’s College, teaching home economics and Irish in post-primary schools, and assessment of state examinations, including advisory and monitoring activities. Kathryn has led various funded educational research projects on topics such as the application of formative assessment in the home economics classroom, the exploration of Japanese research lesson study as a model of peer-to-peer professional learning, and the integration of global citizenship education in teacher education. Kathryn has numerous publications, including book chapters and features, peer-reviewed articles, conference proceedings, and newspaper articles. She presents at national and international conferences, including the International Federation for Home Economics Congress in South Korea, 2016; International Lesson Study and Community Based Learning Conference in Tokyo, 2017; and REEP Conference, Latvia, 2018 to name but a few. 

ITE Programme Role

Lecturer in Education (Home Economics Pedagogics)
Modules taught: Subject Specific Pedagogy Home Economics, General Pedagogy, Microteaching, Professional Preparation and Development: Home Economics, Curriculum and Assessment Studies, History and Policy of Education, School Placement
Module Leader: PME School Placement, B.A./P.M.E. General Pedagogy and Understanding Education (Year 2), PME Professional Preparation and Development Home Economics, Access Education Module

Positions
  • Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Home Economics
  • Working group member on Global Citizenship Education in Initial Teacher Education, Ireland
  • Editorial Reviewer for the CEPS Journal, and Journal of Consumer Sciences
  • Judging Panellist of undergraduate work in Teacher Education with the Undergraduate Awards Organisation
  • Think Tank Steering Committee member of the International Federation for Home Economics
  • Health promoting campus member
  • Organiser of a Symposium on Development Education

 


Research Interest Areas
  • Home Economics Assessment Literacy
  • Home Economics Pedagogy
  • Lesson Study and Home Economics Teacher Professional Development
  • Global Citizenship Education in Home Economics
  • Home Economics Curriculum and Comparative Educational Studies
  • Human Ecological Studies
  • Gender Studies  
Research Projects

2021-2021
Enacting Home Economics Curriculum and Pedagogical Reform through Lesson Study in Initial Teacher Education. Funder: Department of Foreign Affairs, Ubuntu Network, €2,000.

2020-2021
Integrating Learning for Sustainability and Equity in the Home Economics Curriculum.
Funder: Department of Foreign Affairs, Ubuntu Network, €4,000.

2021
Developing effective Home Economics Pedagogy and Learning using a Lesson Study approach.
Research Partners: Dr. Kathryn McSweeney (PI), Vivian Barry, and Susanna Donohoe.
Funder: Teaching Council, €5,000.

2019-2020
Development Education in the Home Economics Curriculum.
Funder: Department of Foreign Affairs, Ubuntu Network, €3,000.

2018-2019
Embedding Development Education in Initial Teacher Education.
Research Partners: Dr. Kathryn Mc Sweeney (PI), Dr. Richéal Burns, Dr. Maria Campbell, Dr. Mairéad Conneely, Fiona Crowe, Dr. Louise Lehane, Helen Maguire, Amanda McCloat, Dr. Louise Mylotte, Breda O’Mahony, Ursula O’Shea, Dr. Carol Ann O'Síoráin, and Dr. Mary Shanahan.
Funder:  Department of Foreign Affairs, Ubuntu Network, €5,000.

2018
An exploration of the use of a Lesson Study model to promote learning.
Research Partners: Dr. Kathryn McSweeney (PI) and Olivia Gadd.
Funder: Teaching Council, €2,400.

2017
Expanding Development Education awareness in the ITE Home Economics Programme.
Research Partners: Dr. Kathryn McSweeney (PI), Dr. Louise Lehane (PI), Dr. Maria Campbell, Helen Maguire, Emer Maher Dowling, Amanda McCloat, Kate Mohan, Dr. Louise Mylotte, Breda O’Mahony, and Ursula O’Shea.
Funder: Department of Foreign Affairs, Ubuntu Network, €3,025. 

2016
Development education: Creating collaborative learning spaces within the school community.
Research Partners: Dr. Maria Campbell (PI), Dr. Hanna Kuusisaari, Dr. Louise Lehane, Helen Maguire, Kate Mohan, Dr. Louise Mylotte, Amanda McCloat, Breda O’Mahony
Ubuntu funded research, €4,240.

2012
Assessment for Learning: From theory to practice.
Funder: Teaching Council, €4,000.

2012
Exploring Japanese Research Lesson Study as a Model of Peer-to-Peer Professional Learning.
Research Partners: Prof. John Gardner (PI), Dr. Debbie Galanouli, Dr. Mary Magee, Kathryn McSweeney.
Funder: SCoTENS, £5,700.

Research Supervision

2021-2022

  • PhD - Continuous assessment in senior cycle home economics
  • PME - An investigation of home economics teachers’ readiness to teach GCE 
  • PME - An analysis of gender participation imbalance and access to home economics studies in all-boys schools

2020-2021

  • PME - Teachers’ perceptions of the value of Classroom Based Assessment 1, Creative Textiles, within the new junior cycle Home Economics programme
  • PME - An investigation into best practice for teaching and learning pedagogies to effectively address Development Education in the Home Economics classroom
  • MA - An examination of teaching strategies and environmental modifications to alleviate anxiety in children with autism in the Irish primary special class

2019

  • MA - Home-school-community partnerships in primary schools in the north west of Ireland

2017

  • M.Ed. - The benefits and challenges of assessment for learning in the home economics classroom

2013

  • M.Ed. - A cognitive demand analysis of homework practice in home economics

2010

  • MA (Youth and Family Studies) - Demystifying empowerment in home economics social studies at senior cycle

 

Chapters in Books

2021 (in press)
Mc Sweeney, K. (in press) An eco-centric and transformative approach to climate change education in the Home Economics classroom, in: Dolan, A. and Hogan, D., (Ed), Teaching Climate Change in Post-Primary Schools. London: Routledge.

2007
Mc Sweeney, K. (2007) Back to the Future: Home Economics, an evolving subject in Irish education 1800-1950 in: Moran, A. (ed), Historical and Contemporary Reflections: St. Catherine’s College of Education for Home Economics, Sion Hill. Dublin, 1929-2007: Linden Publishing Services, pp.35-57.

Journal Publications

2016
Byrne, F., McSweeney, K. & Gardner, J. (2016) An Analysis of Homework Assessment Practice in Ireland, International Journal of Home Economics, Vol. 9, No. 1. pp. 3 - 19.

2014
McSweeney, K. & Gardner, J. (2014) Desirable Classroom Ecology for Assessment for Learning Practice, International Journal of Home Economics, Vol. 7, No. 2. pp. 81-95.

2010
McSweeney, K. (2010) Generating more effective learning using Assessment for Learning Principles Part II, Home Economics Matters, Edition 3.    

2009
McSweeney, K. (2009) Generating more effective learning using Assessment for Learning Principles Part I, Home Economics Matters, Edition 2.

Conference Paper Presentations

2018
Gardner, J. & McSweeney, K. (2018), Lesson Study Matters in Ireland. Peer reviewed paper, Proceedings of the 11th Rural Environment, Education, Personality (REEP) International Scientific Conference, Volume 11, Jelgava, May 2018, pp. 304 – 313.

McSweeney, K. (2018), Lesson Study Developments in Home Economics Education in Ireland in Toward Quality Improvement in Home Economics Education: Bridging Japan and the world through perspectives on lesson study, International Lesson Study and Community Based Learning International Conference Report, Tokyo, August 2017.

2010
McSweeney, K. (2010) To marry or not to marry: formative and summative assessment. Peer reviewed paper NAIRTL Conference Proceedings 2009

2008
McSweeney, K. (2008) Demystifying Assessment for Learning.  L.I.N. Fostering a Student-Centred Learning Experience Conference Proceedings,2008.

Poster Sessions and Workshops

2019
McSweeney, K. 2019, Lesson Study and Critical Pedagogy, Development Education Symposium St Angela’s College, Sligo, February 2019.

2018
McSweeney, K. & Lehane, L. (PI) 2018, Promoting Development Education in Teacher Education, Ubuntu Network Teacher Education for Sustainable Development Dialogue Day, University College Cork, May 2018.

2017
McDonald, B. & McSweeney, K. (2017), Exploring Plant-based Dietary Trends and their Impact on Sport Performance and Health, Poster presented at the IFHE International Conference.

2013
McSweeney, K. & Magee, M. (2013), Exploring Japanese Research Lesson Study as a Model of Peer-to-Peer Professional learning, poster presented at the UCC Conference on Reform and Re-design of Initial Teacher Education: Deepening Engagement with Pedagogy.

Media Articles

2009-2015
McSweeney, K. (2009-2015) Fashion Trends, Elements and Principles of Fashion Design, Man-made Fibres, Natural Fibres, Fabric Construction,The Irish Fashion Industry,The Design Process,Food Labelling, Irish Country Living publications. 

Textiles:  Book Features and Exhibits

2017
McSweeney, K. (2017) Jacobean Leaf, IFHE International Conference, Sligo.

2016
McSweeney, K. (2016) Three Flowers, front cover feature, LilyLolly Craftfest brochure.

2014
McSweeney, K. (2014) Three Flowers (Textile Art), in Contemporary Appliqué by Triston, J. and Lombard, R.

Internationals and National Presentations

2021, Ubuntu Assembly Day, Petcha Kucha: GCE-related learning in Research Project ‘20/21.

2018, Promoting Development Education in Teacher Education, Ubuntu Network Teacher Education for Sustainable Development Dialogue Day, University College Cork, May 2018

2018, Lesson Study Matters in Ireland, Rural Environment, Education, Personality (REEP) Conference, Institute of Education and Home Economics, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Jelgava, May 2018

2017, Creative Home Economics Education, Department of Health, Physical Education and Consumer Studies/Faculty of Education, University of Malta

2017, International Lesson Study and Community Based Learning Symposium and Workshop – ‘Effective Paradigm of Education to strengthen and promote the value of Home Economics: focusing on lesson study and community-based learning’, Tokyo, August 2017

2017, Application of Social Marketing Principles in a Home Economics Context, ARAHE (Asian Regional Association for Home Economics) Congress, Tokyo, August 2017

2017, Conference Chairperson, Health and Well-being, ARAHE (Asian Regional Association for Home Economics) Congress, Tokyo, August 2017

2017, Establishing the Locus of Home Economics Practice, IFHE International Conference, Sligo

2017, Lesson Study Matters in Ireland, IFHE International Conference, Sligo

2017, Transforming Home Economics Educational Practice using Homework Assessment, Byrne, F. & McSweeney, K., IFHE International Conference, Sligo

2017, Development of Empowerment Attributes and Key Skills in Social Studies, O’Driscoll, K. & McSweeney, K., IFHE International Conference, Sligo

2017, Textile Art, IFHE International Conference, Sligo

2016, Assessment practices and their impact on home economics education in Ireland, ATHE Conference, Athlone

2016, Lesson Study: promoting a collaborative approach to professional development through lesson study, Workshop presentation, ATHE Conference 2016, Athlone

2016, Action for Happiness, XXIII International Federation for Home Economics World Congress on Hope and Happiness, Daejeon, Korea

2016, Chair of a concurrent session: Evaluation and the development of new food products, XXIII International Federation for Home Economics World Congress on Hope and Happiness, Daejeon, Korea

2016, Textile Art, Lilly Lolly Craftfest Northwest, Sligo, June 2016

2015, The Irish Education System, Guest Lecture at UCC, Cork, August 2015

2015, The Washback Effect of Summative Assessment Practices, All-Ireland Annual Doctoral Conference in Education: 2015, UCD

2015, The Assessment Washback Effect: an analysis of current practice, Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference, Kildare

2013, Exploring Japanese Research Lesson Study as a Model of Peer- to-Peer Professional learning, poster presented at the UCC Conference on Reform and Re-design of Initial Teacher Education: Deepening Engagement with Pedagogy

2012, Home economics: a savvy approach to societal well-being, Scottish Educational Research Association, Ayr

2012, Contemporary developments in Home Economics, Carrick Association of Teachers of Home Economics, Branch Meeting

2011, Contemporary developments in Home Economics, Carrick Association of Teachers of Home Economics, Branch Meeting

2010, Using Social Marketing as a Tool to Accomplish Optimal Living in a Globalized Society, International Federation of Home Economics Council, Sligo 

2010, Contemporary Developments in Education, Cork/Kerry Association of Teachers of Home Economics, Branch Meeting

2009, Demystifying Assessment for Learning, Cork/Kerry Association of Teachers of Home Economics, Branch Meeting

2009, Using Formative Assessment to Generate a High Value Return in Teaching and Learning, 34th E.S.A.I. Annual Conference on Professional Education, Research, Practice and Learning, Kilkenny

2008, Eat well and Live Well: Managing Type II Diabetes, Diabetes Federation of Ireland, Public Presentation

2008, ICT in the Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Home Economics, Association of Teachers of Home Economics, Annual General Meeting

2008, Formative Assessment and Summative Assessment, Views and Values of Key Stakeholders in Irish Post Primary Education, NAIRTL (National Academy for the Integration of Research and Teaching and Learning) Conference

2008, Demystifying Assessment for Learning, Learning Innovation Network, fostering a Student-Centred Learning Experience, 1st Annual Conference


Academic and Professional Membership
  • Association for Educational Assessment-Europe (AEA-Europe)
  • Association of Teachers of Home Economics (ATHE)
  • Education Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)
  • International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA)
  • International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE)
  • Member of the Textile Society
  • The Irish Development Education Association (IDEA)
  • The Teaching Council
  • Ubuntu Network Assembly
Professional Development
  • Digital badge in Universal Design for Teaching and Learning, 2021
  • Leading Change in Learning for Equity and Sustainability in Initial Teacher Education, TEESnet, the British Council and Learning for Sustainability, Scotland, 2020 - 2021
  • Child development, social and cultural diversity, Shaping Ourselves and Our Children (SOOC), 2019 - 2021
  • Discovering a sustainable mind-set and green pedagogy, ProfESus.eu Erasmus+, Vienna, 2018
  • Technical Embroidery, Royal School of Needlework, UK, 2012 – 2017
  • Design and stitched textiles, City and Guilds, Levels 1 – 3, 2013 – 2017
  • NVivo training, QSR International, Manchester, 2013
  • Conflict resolution training, mediation/peer mediation, Co-operative Learning Centre Ireland and the Curriculum Development Unit, 2011
Committees
  • B.A./P.M.E. Programme Board
  • Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Mitchell Curley Park Outdoor Gym Steering Group Chairperson