ERC Online testing site launches

The Educational Research Centre draws on 40 years of experience in test development to provide research-based, reliable information to schools about their students. The online tests are currently available for post-primary schools only, but tests for primary schools will be added in the near future. All our tests have been specifically developed for an Irish population. Furthermore,Read more…

Publications 2015

Articles Cosgrove, J. (2015). Changes in achievement in PISA from 2000 to 2009 in Ireland: Beyond the test scores. Irish Journal of Education, 40, 29-44. Gilleece, L. (2015). Parental involvement and pupil reading achievement in Ireland: Findings from PIRLS 2011. International Journal of Educational Research, 73, pp.23-36. doi:10.1016/j.ijer.2015.08.001 Kavanagh, L. (2015). National assessments show increase inRead 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 2013

Articles Clerkin, A. (2013). Growth of the ‘Transition Year’ programme, nationally and in schools serving disadvantaged students, 1992-2011. Irish Educational Studies, 32(2), 197-215. Clerkin, A. (2013). Mathematics in fourth class: Achievement and contextual findings ‎from TIMSS 2011. In T. Dooley, S. Nic Mhuirí, M. O’Reilly, & R. Ward ‎‎(Eds), Mathematics education: Crossing boundaries. Proceedings ofRead more…

Publications 2012

Articles Clerkin, A. (2012). Personal development in secondary education: The Irish Transition Year. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 20(38). http://epaa.asu.edu/ojs/article/view/1061 Close, S., Oldham, E., Shiel, G., Dooley, T., & O’Leary, M. (2012). Effects of calculators on mathematics achievement and attitudes of ninth-grade students. Journal of Educational Research, 105(6), 377-390. Cosgrove, J., & Gilleece, L. (2012). AnRead more…

Publications 2011

Articles Close, S., Shiel, G., Kiniry, J., & Millar, D. (2011). Assessing reasoning and problem solving  in Junior Cycle mathematics: Lessons from a pilot study. In T. Dooley, D. Corcoran & M. Ryan ‎‎(Eds.), Proceedings of the fourth national conference on research in mathematics education ‎‎(MEI4). 104-116. Dublin: St Patrick’s College.‎ Cosgrove, J., & Cunningham,Read more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 39, 2011

SATISFYING THE ‘LEARNING IN DEPTH’ CRITERION Kieran Egan Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University It has long been argued that being educated entails satisfying two criteria: first, one must know many things about the world and, second, one must know something in significant depth. There have been a number of proposals for attaining the depthRead more…