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



Ireland: Inequality and Its Impacts in Boom and Bust
April 1, 2014 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Brian Nolan, Christopher T Whelan , Emma Calvert , Tony Fahey , Deirdre Healy , Aogan Mulcahy ...
Research Area: Education | Social Inclusion and Equality


Cumulative Disadvantage? Educational Careers of Migrant Students in Irish Secondary Schools
January 10, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Merike Darmody, Delma Byrne , Frances McGinnity
Research Area: Children and Young People | Education | Social Inclusion and Equality


Learning From the Evidence: Using Educational Research
November 27, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Emer Smyth, Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education


Inclusive Education Research: Evidence from Growing Up in Ireland
November 27, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Joanne Banks, Selina McCoy , Michael Shevlin
Research Area: Education


Persistent Absenteeism Among Irish Primary School Pupils
November 10, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Maeve Thornton, Merike Darmody , Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education


Governance and Funding of Voluntary Secondary Schools in Ireland
October 23, 2013 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Merike Darmody, Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education


Introduction, chapter 1, Religious Education in a Multicultural Europe: Children Parents and Schools
September 4, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Emer Smyth, Merike Darmody , Maureen Lyons
Research Area: Education | Migration, Integration and Demography


Children’s Agency and Religious Identity in Irish Primary Schools
September 4, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Emer Smyth, Merike Darmody , Maureen Lyons , Kathleen Lynch , Etaoine Howlett

Conclusions, chapter 8, Religious Education in a Multicultural Europe: Children Parents and Schools
September 4, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Emer Smyth, Merike Darmody , Maureen Lyons
Research Area: Education | Migration, Integration and Demography


Paediatric Chronic Illness and Educational Failure: the Role of Emotional and Behavioural Problems
August 29, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Richard Layte, Cathal McCrory
Research Area: Education | Health and Quality of Life


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