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

Learning from the Evaluation of DEIS
April 9, 2015 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Emer Smyth, Selina McCoy , Gillian Kingston
Research Area: Education

What Does the Research Tell Us about Single-sex Education
March 16, 2015 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education

‘Your Whole Life Depends on it?’: Academic Stress and High-stakes Testing in Ireland
January 2, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Joanne Banks, Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education

Resource Allocation for Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
December 23, 2014 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Denise Frawley, Joanne Banks , Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education

Affective School Engagement and Self-Concept: How are Irish Boys and Girls Faring?
December 9, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Denise Frawley, Selina McCoy , Joanne Banks , Maeve Thornton
Research Area: Children and Young People | Education

The Effects of School Social Mix: Unpacking the Differences
September 22, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Selina McCoy, Amanda Quail , Emer Smyth
Research Area: Children and Young People | Education

Why Does School Social Mix Matter?
September 22, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Selina McCoy, Amanda Quail , Emer Smyth
Research Area: Children and Young People | Education

Transitions In and Out of Unemployment among Young People in the Irish Recession
September 18, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Elish Kelly, Seamus McGuinness , Philip J O'Connell , David Haugh , Alberto Gonzalez Pandiella
Research Area: Education | Labour Markets and Skills

Multigrade Teaching and Age Composition of the Class: The Influence on Academic and Social Outcomes Among Students
September 17, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Amanda Quail, Emer Smyth
Research Area: Children and Young People | Education

What Predicts Disaffection in Irish Primary Schools?
September 11, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Merike Darmody, Maeve Thornton
Research Area: Education

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