Funded Research Projects
Global Citizenship Education Intervention:
Investigating pedagogical activities that prepare Professional Master of Education students for active citizenship (Céim Standards for Initial Teacher Education, November 2020). This project seeks to acquire insights into how to help student teachers develop ’critical consciousness’ on sustainable development and related issues. Lectures and activities focused on the concept, discourse, philosophy, and critical issues related to Global Citizenship Education will be delivered that further enhances student teachers’ critical consciousness. UBUNTA (2020-2021) (UL/UBUNTA Network)
SCoTENS Seed Funding for Research Project: Teacher Well-Being and Diversity: Managing language and social diversity in classrooms (2016):
This project sought to develop innovative activities and share promising practices related to teacher well-being in schools characterized by diversity in terms of both multilingualism and socio-economic disadvantage. This research study was conducted through a collaboration between schools and universities North and South in Ireland. Research output: Teachers’ Pedagogical Work and Well-being Research Report. Seed Funded SCoTENS Research Project Report – published September 2019. Article in the ISI journal: Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. Accepted for publication, March 2021.
SCoTENS Seed & NISE Research Projects Steering Committee for the study entitled: Perceptions of Tertiary Student Stakeholders’ Awareness of Religious and Belief Diversity in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland’ (2017-Present):
The research focuses on students’ awareness of religions and beliefs across the island of Ireland in times of fear, growing intolerance and hate crime/speech; and how we can best respond to ‘difference’ in terms of policy impact and professional practice(s). This research is led by Prof. Dr. Marie Parker-Jenkins, University of Limerick & Dr Patricia Kieran, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
Religion, Education and Society: European Policy in Practice (National Institute for Studies in Education (NISE):
The starting point for this research is the considerable output of significant European projects and policy documents impacting on practice in the area of Education about Religions & Beliefs in Europe which position religion as a force for democracy, conflict resolution, active citizenship, intercultural engagement, social cohesion & anti-racist education (OECD 2007, Council of Europe 2014, 2016, Jackson 2018). The research aims to: 1) Review of key ROI & EU policy documents on the role of religion in society 2) Gather data on policy and practice on religion and education at three internationally recognised European Centres of Excellence (UK/Germany/Belgium) 3)Develop an innovative network of dialogue among policy makers and practitioners in Ireland and European countries, 4) Locate policy and practice in ROI in a wider European context while drawing on innovative findings from European policy and best practice, and finally disseminate the research findings at National and European level to facilitate on-going network and collaboration (Seed Fund for Research (2021-22). (UL/MIC)