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

Exploring School and Classroom Environments in Irish Primary Schools
May 26, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Merike Darmody, Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education

‘There Was Never Really Any Question of Anything Else’: Young People’s Agency, Institutional Habitus and the Transition to Higher Education
February 21, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Emer Smyth, Joanne Banks
Research Area: Education

Simply Academic? Why Children with Special Educational Needs Don’t Like School
February 7, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Selina McCoy, Joanne Banks
Research Area: Education

Growing Up in Ireland: Influences on 9-year-olds’ Learning: Home, School and Community
January 26, 2012 |

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

The Primary Classroom: Insights from the ‘Growing Up in Ireland’ Study
January 18, 2012

Authors: Selina McCoy, Emer Smyth , Joanne Banks
Research Area: Education

A Study on the Prevalence of Special Educational Needs
December 21, 2011

Authors: Joanne Banks, Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education

Improving Second-level Education: Using Evidence for Policy Development
December 14, 2011 | ESRI Economic Renewal Series

Authors: Emer Smyth, Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education

Power, Education and Migration into Ireland
November 30, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Merike Darmody
Research Area: Education | Migration, Integration and Demography

New school, New System: The Experiences of Immigrant Students in Irish Schools
October 27, 2011 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Merike Darmody, Emer Smyth , Delma Byrne , Frances McGinnity
Research Area: Education | Migration, Integration and Demography

Choices and Challenges: Moving from Junior Cycle to Senior Cycle Education
September 20, 2011

Authors: Emer Smyth, Emma Calvert
Research Area: Education

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