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Lusby, Sinead; Heinz, Manuela – Irish Educational Studies, 2020
Shared reading, a key component of the home literacy environment, has well documented potential for the development of emergent literacy skills. This study explored shared reading interactions between parents and their young children (aged one to six years) with Down syndrome in Ireland. 191 parents completed an online questionnaire, providing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Down Syndrome, Family Environment, Emergent Literacy
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McCormack, Orla; Gleeson, Jim; O'Donoghue, Tom – Irish Educational Studies, 2020
The Leaving Certificate programme in Ireland is a two year programme for upper second-level students and culminates in them sitting externally-set high stakes State examinations. Students' experiences of the programme are dominated by these assessment demands and the level of media coverage of these examinations has been deemed 'extraordinary' by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Newspapers, News Reporting, Exit Examinations
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Leonard, Shane – Irish Educational Studies, 2020
Underpinning all literacy skills in English is a clear, and explicit, Knowledge about Language (KAL), including grammar and genre. This paper promotes a language-focused perspective of teaching, looking at one, distinct area of KAL within Irish schooling. This paper details an explicit English language intervention with young pupils (aged 6-7) in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Schools, Elementary School Students, English Instruction
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Ryan, Deirdre; Faulkner, Fiona; Dillane, Dominic; Flood, Robert V. – Irish Educational Studies, 2020
The educational value of internationalisation in higher education is of critical importance for both domestic and international students. While national and institutional policies globally are increasingly prioritising internationalisation, the resultant consequences for the teaching and learning context are not adequately being explored.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Global Approach, College Curriculum, College Faculty
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Curran, Conor – Irish Educational Studies, 2020
This article assesses the rates of third-level degree obtainment amongst Republic of Ireland-born football migrants who played league football in England in the period from 1945 until 2010. It will illustrate that despite a general widening of access and participation at university level in the Republic of Ireland in the late twentieth century,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Athletes, Team Sports, Immigrants
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Delaney, Lorraine; Brown, Mark – Irish Educational Studies, 2020
While access to higher education (HE) has substantially increased over the past number of years, the evidence suggests that social inequalities continue to be reproduced in terms of course level, field of study and institutional status. This paper examines, through the lens of Social Reproduction Theory, the socio-economic background and HE access…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Background, Access to Education, Higher Education, Reentry Students
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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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