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

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

Immigration of International Students to the EU: Ireland
December 17, 2012

Authors: Philip J O'Connell, Mairead Finn
Research Area: Education | Migration, Integration and Demography

Establishing a Knowledge Base for Quality in Education: Testing a Dynamic Theory for Education, Handbook of the Research Project
December 14, 2012

Authors: Bert Creemers, Anastasia Panayiotou , Emer Smyth , Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education

High Stakes Testing and Student Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in the Republic of Ireland
November 20, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Emer Smyth, Joanne Banks
Research Area: Education

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