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Dr Thomas Kellaghan (1933-2017): An Appreciation

Tom Kellaghan, founding Director of the Educational Research Centre, has died aged 83 years on March 10 after a short illness.  Born in Mullingar, he lived in Tralee for several years before returning to Mullingar to complete his secondary schooling.  He spent time as a seminarian in the African Society of Missions before studying atRead more…

Evaluation of DEIS: The latest in a series of reports concerning the evaluation of DEIS has been released.

The current report describes the results of testing in reading and maths among 17,000 second, third, fifth and sixth class students in 118 urban DEIS schools in 2016. Data on these students’ attitudes to school and school work are also described. The findings indicate that achievement in reading and maths has continued to improve inRead more…

ERC – Minister Bruton joins the DOTS

On March 10th, Minister Richard Bruton, launched the new Drumcondra Online Testing System (DOTS) and a suite of standardised “Drumcondra” tests for post-primary schools.  The DOTS is a cloud-based, fully integrated, secure system for the delivery of standardised tests to Irish students. In parallel with the development of the testing platform, three new standardised testsRead more…

ERC – Impact of DEIS on Class Size (Primary) Report

The ERC has been conducting an independent evaluation of the DEIS programme in primary and post-primary schools since 2007. As well as assessing the programme’s effects on participants in a range of areas including student outcomes, much of the evaluation effort has been aimed at ‎monitoring implementation of the programme in key areas. These includeRead more…

ERC – PISA 2015 results launched

The science, mathematics and reading literacy results from PISA 2015 were launched by the Department of Education and Skills, on December 6th. The major domain for this cycle of PISA was Science. Reading literacy and Mathematics were minor domains. PISA 2015 marks the first time PISA was administered entirely on computers. For the full report please click here. ForRead more…

ERC – TIMSS 2015 in Ireland: Report on initial results launched

A report on the first set of results from TIMSS 2015 for Ireland was launched by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., on November 29th. The report provides trend information on student achievement in mathematics and science at Fourth Class (primary) and Second Year (post-primary) as well as international comparisons. Click hereRead more…

ERC – Two new reports on PISA 2012 released

Two new reports on PISA 2012 mathematics were released on October 7th. The first, A Teacher’s Guide to PISA Mathematics and Problem Solving: Findings from PISA 2012, describes findings from the mathematics and problem-solving assessments in PISA 2012 and reflects on how these findings are relevant to the teaching and learning of mathematics in Ireland.Read 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…

ERC – Research Assistant vacancies

Vacancies exist for Research Assistant Posts –  Applicants should have an honours degree (1 or 2:1) in a relevant discipline (e.g., psychology, statistics, education, social science). Advantages will include a post-graduate degree, experience of research, (especially research involving large-scale data gathering and the statistical analysis of large-scale survey data) and/or knowledge of the development ofRead more…

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On the occasion of our 50th anniversary the Educational Research Centre presents its latest newsletter.

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