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



front cover of RB201806 Segregation in an era of inclusion? The role of special classes in Irish mainstream schools
February 13, 2018 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Joanne Banks, Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education


front cover of JA201806 Working at a different level? Curriculum differentiation in Irish lower secondary education
February 12, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education


front cover of JA201804 The role of principals in creating inclusive school environments: insights from community national schools in Ireland
January 28, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Daniel Faas, Aimee Smith , Merike Darmody
Research Area: Education


JA201754 front cover An Irish solution…? Questioning the expansion of special classes in an era of inclusive education
December 15, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Joanne Banks, Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education


Educational disadvantage and the DEIS programme
December 12, 2017 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education


Playing catch-up or overspending? Managing the cost of Special Education
December 12, 2017 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Joanne Banks, Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education


front cover of research bulletin School-based friendships among students with special educational needs
November 16, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Joanne Banks, Selina McCoy , Denise Frawley
Research Area: Education


One of the gang? Peer relations among students with special educational needs in Irish mainstream primary schools
November 16, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Joanne Banks, Selina McCoy , Denise Frawley
Research Area: Education


Curriculum choices and school-to-work transitions among upper-secondary school leavers in Scotland and Ireland
October 19, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Cristina Iannelli, Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education


Examining student immobility: a study of Irish undergraduate students
June 21, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Mairead Finn, Merike Darmody
Research Area: Education


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