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 Droichead report Review of the Droichead Teacher Induction Pilot Programme
March 2, 2016

Authors: Emer Smyth, Paul Conway , Aisling Leavy , Merike Darmody , Joanne Banks , Dorothy Watson
Research Area: Education

front cover of book What Predicts Disaffection in Irish Primary Schools?
February 5, 2016 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Merike Darmody, Maeve Thornton
Research Area: Education

Front cover of bulletin Higher Education Selection: Implications for Social Inequality
January 13, 2016 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Emer Smyth, Cristina Iannelli , Markus Klein
Research Area: Education

Perceived Benefits and Barriers to the Use of High-speed Broadband in Ireland’s Second-level Schools
January 13, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Bryan Coyne, Niamh Devitt , Seán Lyons , Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education

journal cover Primary School Principals’ Job Satisfaction and Occupational Stress
January 8, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Merike Darmody, Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education

Religious Diversity in Primary Schools: Reflections from the Republic of Ireland
December 1, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Daniel Faas, Merike Darmody , Beata Sokolowska
Research Area: Education

Journal cover Vocational Training and Gender Segregration across Europe
November 18, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Emer Smyth, Stephanie Steinmetz
Research Area: Education

Front cover of Report titled An Evaluation of the Back to Education Allowance An Evaluation of the Back to Education Allowance
November 3, 2015 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Elish Kelly, Seamus McGuinness , John R Walsh
Research Area: Education | Labour Markets and Skills

Review of the School Completion Programme
October 7, 2015 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Emer Smyth, Joanne Banks , Adele Whelan , Merike Darmody , Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education

Front cover of The Economic and Social Review Are Classroom Internet Use and Academic Performance Higher after Government Broadband Subsidies to Primary Schools?
September 30, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Marie Hyland, Richard Layte , Seán Lyons , Selina McCoy , Mary Silles
Research Area: Communications and Transport

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