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

Leaving School in Ireland: A Longitudinal Study of Post School Transitions
August 12, 2014 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Selina McCoy, Emer Smyth , Dorothy Watson , Merike Darmody
Research Area: Education

Multigrade Teaching and Age Composition of the Class: The Influence on Academic and Social Outcomes Among Students
July 12, 2014 | Journal Article

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

Investment in Education and the Intractability of Inequality
July 1, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: John R Walsh, Selina McCoy , Paul Conway
Research Area: Education

Combating Educational Disadvantage Through Early Years and Primary School Investment
July 1, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Denise Frawley
Research Area: Education

Further Education and Training in Ireland: Past, Present and Future
May 12, 2014 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Adele Bergin , Elish Kelly , Selina McCoy , Emer Smyth , Adele Whelan ...
Research Area: Education

Understanding Special Class Provision in Ireland: Findings from a National Survey of Schools
May 8, 2014

Authors: Selina McCoy, Joanne Banks , Denise Frawley , Dorothy Watson , Michael Shevlin
Research Area: Education

The Impact of Changes in Educational Attainment on Life Expectancy in Ireland
April 7, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: John FitzGerald, David Byrne
Research Area: Education | Migration, Integration and Demography

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

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