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Kelly, Regina; Erduran, Sibel – Irish Educational Studies, 2019
Irish science education is aiming to develop post-primary students' knowledge of and about science through the introduction of 'nature of science' (NOS) in the new junior cycle science specification. This study aimed to investigate pre-service science teachers' views about a particular aspect of NOS, namely the aims and values of science. Aims and…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Instruction
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Doyle, Gavin; Keane, Elaine – Irish Educational Studies, 2019
This paper examines early school leaving from the perspective of parents of early school leavers in an inner-city local authority housing estate in the Republic of Ireland living with the challenges of significant marginalisation. While the vast majority of post-primary pupils now sit a Leaving Certificate examination, and improvements in school…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Dropouts, Trauma, Urban Areas
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Lynch, Raymond; Hurley, Adrian; Cumiskey, Olivia; Nolan, Brian; McGlynn, Bridgeen – Irish Educational Studies, 2019
This article considers the relationship between differential homework task difficulty, student engagement and performance across four Irish post-primary school sites. A total of 236 participants completed all elements of this study. All participants were junior cycle students, aged between 12 and 16 years. The study employed a standardised…
Descriptors: Correlation, Learner Engagement, Homework, Difficulty Level
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Liddy, Mags; O'Flaherty, Joanne; McCormack, Orla – Irish Educational Studies, 2019
Using a mixed methods approach this study explores characteristic spirit in the post-primary publicly managed sector as understood by teachers and key school personnel of Education and Training Board (ETB) schools and ETB staff. Prior to the Education Act (1998), characteristic spirit did not apply to the ETB sector, resulting in an absence of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Legislation, Teacher Attitudes, School Administration
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de Paor, Cathal – Irish Educational Studies, 2019
Induction programmes for newly-qualified teachers generally involve some combination of four interlocking components: a mentoring system; an expert system; a peer system and a self-reflective system (European Commission 2010). One activity that is commonly used in the mentoring system is lesson observation. This article presents a comparative…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction, Faculty Development, Professional Identity
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Idris, Aida; Ion, Georgeta; Seery, Aidan – Irish Educational Studies, 2019
Some of the main concerns in international higher education are the feeling of isolation among international students and their inability to adapt to the host environment, which may result in sub-optimal academic performance. Theoretically, peer learning can be an effective method to reduce these problems since it has the capacity to address…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, International Education, Foreign Students, Higher Education
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Stynes, Martin; McNamara, Gerry – Irish Educational Studies, 2019
This paper presents a synopsis of selected findings from a co-constructed professional Doctorate in leadership in education. In Ireland, as elsewhere, primary school principals meet the challenges of teaching, community leadership and on-site management in an era of continual change. Formalised leadership acculturation processes are as yet…
Descriptors: Principals, Foreign Countries, Elementary Schools, Administrator Responsibility
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O'Leary, Mai; Rush, Elaine; Lacey, Seán; Burns, Con; Coppinger, Tara – Irish Educational Studies, 2019
We aimed to assess the impact of Project Spraoi: a school-based physical activity (PA) and nutrition intervention that reached 473 primary school children and 43 school staff in Cork (Ireland). Four primary schools (2 intervention, 2 control) with similar characteristics participated and for 2 school years, intervention schools were assigned an…
Descriptors: Physical Activity Level, Nutrition, Intervention, Elementary School Students
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McGarr, Oliver; McCormack, Orla; Comerford, Jason – Irish Educational Studies, 2019
Scaffolding pre-service teachers to critically reflect on their practice remains a challenging goal. Exploring the extent to which peer discussion facilitates this critical reflection is the focus of this paper. Using a series of three linked tasks, pre-service teachers 1) reflected on a classroom incident from a vignette of practice, 2) shared…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Preservice Teacher Education, Inquiry, Preservice Teachers
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Skerritt, Craig – Irish Educational Studies, 2019
Symbolic of the rise of neoliberal principles in Irish education policy, there is now a move towards advancing school autonomy and decentralizing decision-making to individual schools, possibly emulating the academy model that has become widespread in England. Increasing the freedom and independence of schools may involve using private actors to…
Descriptors: Privatization, Institutional Autonomy, Neoliberalism, Politics of Education
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Williams, Kevin – Irish Educational Studies, 2019
This article attempts to expand, and to add to, one important aspect of the rationale for including the study of languages as part of a liberal education. Following criticism of the profile of the vocational rationale for language learning in Irish curriculum policy, the article develops recent research on the work of L. V. Shcherba to defend the…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Criticism, National Curriculum, Public Policy
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Prendergast, Mark; Harbison, Lorraine; Miller, Sue; Trakulphadetkrai, Natthapoj Vincent – Irish Educational Studies, 2019
The beneficial role that children's literature plays in facilitating the meaningful integration and advancement of literacy and numeracy in the primary mathematics classroom has been well validated by research findings internationally. In Ireland, supporting the development of literacy and numeracy is a key educational priority. Consequently, a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Burke, Jolanta; Minton, Stephen James – Irish Educational Studies, 2019
Enhancing the well-being of primary and post-primary students is one of the priorities of the Department of Education and Skills in Ireland. Whilst interventions are being implemented across the board, little is known about the current levels of adolescents' well-being. Drawing from research on positive education, in the current study well-being…
Descriptors: Well Being, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Intervention
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Belton, SarahJane; Issartel, Johann; McGrane, Bronagh; Powell, Danielle; O'Brien, Wesley – Irish Educational Studies, 2019
The concept of physical literacy (PL) has been suggested as one that can offer a catalyst for a new emphasis in physical education (PE). In the broadest sense, a physically literate child is confident, active, and can maintain health enhancing physical activity (PA) for life. PL includes engagement in PA, physical competence, and PA motivation,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physical Education, Literacy, Knowledge Level
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Özdemir, Murat; Koçak, Seval – Irish Educational Studies, 2018
Human behaviours in organisations are closely associated with leadership styles. The main purpose of this study is to find out the relationship between teachers' perception about multi-frame leadership orientations of principals and teachers' emotional labour. The study is based on Bolman and Deal's Four Frames Model, and, therefore, the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Predictor Variables, Secondary School Teachers, High Schools
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