Social Research | Associate Research Professor
Dr Selina McCoy is joint Research Area Coordinator for Education Research at the ESRI and Adjunct Professor at Trinity College, Dublin.
Her main areas of interest are educational inequality, post-school transitions, special educational needs and the role of ICT in teaching and learning. She recently led the Leaving School in Ireland study, tracking how young people experience post-school transitions and the impact of earlier educational experiences and school context on such transitions. She has published extensively on the Growing Up in Ireland study, including reports and articles on children's engagement at school, teaching methodologies and the impact of ICT on academic performance, children's out-of-school activities, and the role of school composition in SEN identification and children's academic development.
Her current research projects include research on teaching and learning in second-level schools following the rollout of high-speed broadband; an evaluation of the Post-Leaving-Certificate Programme; the impact of parental expectations for children's socio-emotional and academic development; and the role and effectiveness of special classes in primary and second-level schools. Comparative research also features strongly in her work. She was recently involved in a European study on primary school effectiveness in maths and science and is currently engaged on the education and stratification strand of the UK-based AQMeN network.
Selina is the Irish national expert at the European Commission Independent Experts in Education and Training.
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Latest Publications: Evaluation of PLC programme provisionCivil servants: 'Men are twice as likely to occupy senior positions as women'An Irish solution…? Questioning the expansion of special classes in an era of inclusive educationA study of gender in senior civil service positions in IrelandPlaying catch-up or overspending? Managing the cost of Special EducationSchool-based friendships among students with special educational needsOne of the gang? Peer relations among students with special educational needs in Irish mainstream primary schoolsStudent retention in higher educationWhy the new approach to special education must be monitoredEffectively maintained inequality in educational transitions in the Republic of Ireland
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Programmes and Projects: Pilot Study of Digital Classroom Observation with Student Teachers in Irish Primary SchoolsEvaluation of the National Youthreach ProgrammeResearch Study on Career Paths in the Civil ServiceFamilies of children with disabilitiesTeaching and learning in Irish second-level schools in the age of high-speed broadbandProgramme of Research in CommunicationsEU Network of Independent Experts in Education and TrainingStudy of PLC Programme Provision and Outcomes for Participants in PLC and Leaving Cert Programmes