Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 42, 2017

A co-professional approach to inspection for accountability and improvement: Progress and prospects in the Irish context Harold Hislop Inspectorate, Department of Education and Skills, Dublin This paper examines developments in inspection and school self-evaluation in primary and post-primary schools in Ireland since 2010, and looks ahead to how aspects of these processes can be furtherRead more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 41, 2016

HOMEWORK AND STUDY BEHAVIOURS BEFORE THE LEAVING CERTIFICATE AMONG TRANSITION YEAR PARTICIPANTS AND NON-PARTICIPANTS Aidan Clerkin Educational Research Centre This article describes the self-reported homework and study behaviours of almost 5500 students from Third Year to Sixth Year in a representative sample of 20 Irish schools. In particular, the studying habits of Fifth Year andRead more…

ERC – National Assessments 2014: 2nd Report Launched

The second report on the 2014 National Assessments of English Reading and Mathematics was launched on September 28th. The report presents analyses of data from questionnaires administered to pupils, parents, teachers and principals in conjunction with the assessments. The report aims to provide a context in which the English reading and mathematics performance outcomes outlinedRead more…

NA 2004

In 2004, a National Assessment of English Reading (NAER) and a National Assessment of Mathematics Achievement (NAMA) were implemented in parallel.  For NAER, over 4000 First and Fifth class pupils completed a test of English reading based on the revised Primary School English Curriculum. For NAMA, over 4000 Fourth class pupils completed a test ofRead more…

NA 2014

This page provides links to the results of NA 2014, and the theoretical and methodological frameworks upon which the assessments are based. There are two main reports: Click here to download Volume 1: Performance Report. Click here to download Volume 2: Context Report. Click here to view additional tables related to the Performance Report. (e-appendix)Read more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 40, 2015

LITERACY AND NUMERACY IN NORTHERN IRELAND AND THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES Gerry Shiel and Lorraine Gilleece Educational Research Centre, St Patrick’s College, Dublin Recent international assessments of educational achievement at primary, post-primary, and adult levels allow for comparisons of performance in reading literacy and numeracy/mathematics between Northern Ireland and the Republic ofRead more…

Publications 2014

Articles Brozo, B., Sulkunen, S., Shiel, G., Garbe, C., Pandian, A., & Valtin, R. (2014). ‎Reading, gender and engagement: Lessons from five PISA countries. Journal ‎of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 57(7), 584-593. ‎ Cosgrove, J., & Cartwright, F. (2014). Changes in achievement on PISA: The case of ‎Ireland and implications for international assessment practice. Large-ScaleRead more…

Publications 2004

Articles Cosgrove, J. (2004). Procedure used to adjust for non-response in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA 2000) and implications for the interpretation of student achievement outcomes in Ireland. In M. Murphy, & L. McHugh (Eds.), NUI Maynooth: Postgraduate Research Record: Proceedings of the Colloquium 2004. Maynooth: NUI Maynooth. Pp. 55-59. Cosgrove, J.,Read more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 35, 2004

TEACHING AND LEARNING IN MULTIGRADE CLASSROOMS: WHAT TEACHERS SAY Catherine Mulryan-Kyne St Patrick’s College, Dublin This paper presents the results of an exploratory study which examined the perceptions and beliefs of 75 teachers regarding four-grade multigrade classes in two-teacher schools. The study investigated the degree to which positive and negative perceptions of the multigrade settingRead more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 34, 2003

DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS TAKING LEAVING CERTIFICATE ACCOUNTING: TEACHERS’ PERSPECTIVES Marann Byrne and Pauline Willis Dublin City University Business School Over the last decade there has been a sharp decrease in the number of students choosing to take Accounting in the Leaving Certificate Examination. In the study described in this paper, teachers’ viewsRead more…