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Irish Research Council Director, Peter Brown, speaking at the SFI-IRC Research Summit, November 2023

Mind the Ladder

Exploring the lived experiences of women in senior leadership roles in higher education in Ireland

Women remain under-represented at senior levels in academia and continue to experience direct and indirect discrimination throughout their careers. The problem that my research sought to address is that there is no qualitative empirical data that looks at whether any change or movement towards gender equality has emerged as a result of the Gender Action Plan 2018–2020.

Lindsay Malone
Director of Further Education and Training, Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board, and Associate Lecturer, South East Technological University

The Impact of Generative Artificial Intelligence on Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

Some of the challenges and opportunities

This article offers a broad overview of some of the challenges and opportunities associated with generative artificial intelligence. Given the technology’s capabilities and availability, it is incumbent on us to consider our individual and collective response to the impact it could have in both formal and informal educational contexts.

Keith Young
Assistant Professor in Digital Education, Maynooth University

Meaningful Consultation with Autistic Children and Young People for Inclusive Education

What does meaningful consultation with autistic students look like? This article draws on contemporary research projects in Ireland which consult with autistic students about their educational experiences, from early childhood to primary and secondary school. It outlines why seeking these perspectives is critical for recognising children’s rights to be heard on matters which concern them and for identifying supports that are meaningful to autistic children and their families.

Dr Sinéad McNally
Associate Professor, Institute of Education, Dublin City University

Looking Beyond What You See

How can primary school teachers support children with acquired brain injury?

This article gives an overview of childhood acquired brain injury (ABI) and provides guidelines on how primary school teachers can support a child with ABI to participate inclusively in their classroom. Many consequences of ABI are invisible, so it is important for teachers to look beyond what they see to provide this support to children with ABI.

Dr Lorraine M. Duffy
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Galway

Exploratory Investigations of Immersive Digital Reality in Engineering Education

A reflection on virtual reality and initial study outcomes

Using virtual reality (VR) may have several benefits in the field of trainee education. For example it can allow them to test and deal with experiments that will be part of their future careers. This article explores how to best use VR, specifically the Oculus Quest 2 system, to improve and develop the level of contemporary training and enhance the educational experience.

Dr Haider M. Al-Juboori
Department of Electronic Engineering and Communications, South East Technological University

Steps+: Developing a New Career Guidance Platform in Oberstown Children Detention Campus

Skills, Training, Education and Person-Centred Support Project (Steps+) is a new, innovative career guidance platform developed for the young people and staff in Oberstown Children Detention Centre. It was designed collaboratively with key stakeholders through a three-year action-research pilot project. This article describes the platform’s development.

Bernadette Walsh
Guidance Counsellor and Researcher, CareersPortal
Dr Yvette Ennis
Steps+ Project Lead, Oberstown

Teaching as Creative Endeavour

An approach to foster positive wellbeing in education

This article explores the role of creativity in fostering wellbeing across the continuum of education. It draws on findings from the CreatEd study to interrogate how creativity is defined and supported in education and the potentialities it presents for nurturing wellbeing across our school communities, particularly in supporting how young people understand who they are as citizens in an increasingly complex and globalised world.

Dr Deirdre McGillicuddy
Primary School Teacher and Assistant Professor in Education, University College Dublin

Examining the Post-School Decision-Making and Self-Determination of Disabled Young Adults in Ireland

There is a dearth of research on how disabled young adults reflect on self-determination and post-school opportunities, and how school context shapes these. This article reports on a study of decision-making at this critical juncture. It shows that self-determination and decision-making are systemic phenomena, and certain risk factors tend to appear together. It makes recommendations for schools to ensure that all young adults can make self-determined choices and are prepared for post-school life.

Keyu Ye
Research Assistant, Economic and Social Research Institute
Selina McCoy
Head of Education Research, Economic and Social Research Institute

When the Mind Meets the Body

Health and wellbeing for schools

Most risk factors for developing non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, are established during adolescence. Urgent action is required to prevent the premature death of this cohort in Ireland as a result. We conducted a quasi-experiment combining positive psychology and lifestyle medicine to help students improve their sleep, nutrition, stress management, and physical activity. Here we reflect on our findings and the implications for school wellbeing policy and practice.

Jolanta Burke
Senior Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Padraic J. Dunne
Senior Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Annemarie Doran
Assistant Professor, Lecturer in Education, Hibernia College

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