Education

Research in this area addresses policy issues critical to achieving greater equality of educational outcomes in Ireland and improving the experience of students, teachers, principals and other stakeholders across the education system. Education issues have long been a focus of ESRI research, producing diverse multi-disciplinary studies to equip policymakers with critical analysis of key challenges in the sector. Recent years have seen a focus on placing the student voice at the centre of the research, providing important insights into the experiences of students within and across the school system, their reflections on choices made and their post-school pathways.

In collaboration with researchers in Communications and Transport, current research is examining the rollout of high-speed broadband to second-level schools, the role of ICT in teaching and learning and the relationship between the use of ICT in primary and second-level schools and educational and social outcomes. Current research also includes an evaluation of the Post-Leaving-Certificate programme, the role of special classes in primary and second-level schools, children’s integration into primary education and young people’s participation in cultural activities.


Main Publications in Education Research Area


Other Misc. Outputs



Choices and Challenges: Moving from Junior Cycle to Senior Cycle Education
September 20, 2011

Authors: Emer Smyth, Emma Calvert
Research Area: Education


Barriers to Higher Education Access in Ireland: Findings from a Large-scale Study
July 31, 2011 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education


Irish Educational Studies, Vol. 30, No. 2, June 2011, Special Issue: Transitions into and out of Higher Education
June 30, 2011

Editors: Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education


‘The Sooner the Better I Could Get Out of There’: Barriers to Higher Education Access in Ireland
June 24, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Selina McCoy, Delma Byrne
Research Area: Education


Continuous Professional Development among Primary Teachers in Ireland
June 24, 2011

Authors: Joanne Banks, Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education


Job Satisfaction and Occupational Stress among Primary School Teachers and School Principals in Ireland
June 24, 2011

Authors: Merike Darmody, Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education


Too Much of a Good Thing? Gender, ‘Concerted Cultivation’ and Unequal Achievement in Primary Education
June 18, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Selina McCoy, Delma Byrne , Joanne Banks
Research Area: Education


Annual Monitoring Report on Integration 2010
May 4, 2011

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Emma Quinn , Philip J O'Connell , N Donnelly
Research Area: Education | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Labour Market Mismatch Among UK Graduates: An Analysis Using REFLEX Data
April 13, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Education | Labour Markets and Skills


The Dynamics of Credentialism: Ireland from Bust to Boom (and Back Again)
April 13, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Emer Smyth, Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education


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