Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 46, 2023

Peer Mentoring and Interaction Among Mature Students: A Qualitative Study Cheyenne Downey, Caitriona Cunningham, and Conor Buggy Using original qualitative data obtained through a series of online focus groups, and informed by a review of literature, this article examines peer mentoring and peer interaction amongst mature university students. A combination of students and recent alumniRead more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 45, 2022

Dealing with and Reporting Child Protection Concerns: A Snapshot of Irish Primary Schools Margaret Nohilly & Mia Treacy The research reported in this paper aimed to capture the experiences of primary-school teachers at a pivotal time in 2018, following the introduction of statutory obligations on primary schools in Ireland to comply with mandatory child protectionRead more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 44, 2021

Educational Inequality in Primary Schools in Ireland in the Early Years of the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy: An Analysis of National Assessment Data Anastasios Karakolidis, Alice Duggan, Gerry Shiel and Joanne Kiniry Drawing on data from the National Assessments of Mathematics and English Reading (NAMER) 2009 and 2014, the current study compares inequalities inRead more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 43, 2020

Editorial for Volume 43 Gerry Shiel, Mary Lewis and Jude Cosgrove [DOWNLOAD PDF] Tom Kellaghan and the Irish Journal of Education: Works of a leader and a pioneer in educational research Mary Lewis and Gerry Shiel This article describes the contributions of Thomas Kellaghan (1933-2017) to the Irish Journal of Education between 1967 and 2015,Read more…

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…

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…

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…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 38, 2010

CLASS SIZE AND PUPIL-TEACHER RATIO: POLICY AND PROGRESS Susan Weir, Peter Archer, and Laura McAvinue Educational Research Centre, St Patrick’s College, Dublin Government policy relating to reduction in class size and pupil-teacher ratio over the past 50 years is outlined. Since the 1980s, the policy has focused on positive discrimination towards schools serving pupils inRead more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 37, 2006

AN OVERVIEW OF THE MAIN FINDINGS OF PISA 2003 IN IRELAND Gerry Shiel, Nick Sofroniou, and Judith Cosgrove Educational Research Centre, St Patrick’s College, Dublin In PISA 2003, 15-year olds in Ireland achieved a mean score on the major assessment domain, mathematics, that is not significantly different from the OECD country average. Irish mean scoresRead more…