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 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


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

Authors: Mairead Finn, Merike Darmody
Research Area: Education


Social relationships and the transition to second-level education
May 11, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education


Student retention in higher education
March 26, 2017 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Selina McCoy, Delma Byrne
Research Area: Education


Front cover of report Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics: views of teachers, parents and the general public regarding the proposed curriculum for primary schools
February 14, 2017 |

Authors: Merike Darmody, Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education


Effectively maintained inequality in educational transitions in the Republic of Ireland
January 23, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Delma Byrne, Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education


Social relationships and the transition to secondary education
December 14, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education


The Advent of High-Speed Broadband: Teaching and Learning in Second-Level Schools
December 13, 2016 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Selina McCoy, Seán Lyons , Bryan Coyne , Merike Darmody
Research Area: Education


Recent Expansion of Special Classes in Irish Mainstream Schools
December 13, 2016 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Selina McCoy, Joanne Banks
Research Area: Education


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