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



Educational Engagement Among Children with Special Needs in Mainstream Schools
August 8, 2013 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Joanne Banks, Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education


‘She Told Us Just There Was a School There…’: Cumulative Disadvantage of Migrant Pupils and Students in Irish Schools
June 20, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Merike Darmody
Research Area: Education


Reasons for Persistent Absenteeism among Irish Primary School Pupils
June 19, 2013 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


Improving Second Level Education
May 27, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Selina McCoy, Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education


Education of Children in Care in Ireland: An Exploratory Study
May 7, 2013

Authors: Merike Darmody, Joanne Banks , Robbie Gilligan
Research Area: Education


Distance Effects, Social Class and the Decision to Participate in Higher Education in Ireland
March 25, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: John Cullinan, Darragh Flannery , Sharon Walsh , Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education


Identifying and Explaining Hidden Disadvantage within the Non-Manual Group in Higher Education Access
February 7, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Delma Byrne, Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education


Entry to Tertiary Education
February 5, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education


Institutional Habitus and Secondary School Transitions: Comparative Study of Ireland and Estonia
January 4, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Merike Darmody
Research Area: Education


A Study of Future Demand for Higher Education in Ireland
December 19, 2012 | ESRI Research Series

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


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