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



The transition to primary education: insights from the Growing Up in Ireland Study
May 30, 2018

Authors: Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education


front cover of CB201803 Educational inequality: is ‘free education’ enough?
May 15, 2018 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education


front cover of CB201802 Immigrant student achievement and educational policy in Ireland
March 29, 2018 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Merike Darmody, Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education


front cover of JA201827 Between ethos and practice: Are Ireland’s new multi-denominational primary schools equal and inclusive?
February 28, 2018 | Journal Article

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


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


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