Professional Learning PNG

The work of colleagues in the School in the area of professional learning includes a focus on a range of different themes that support all members of the education community - research and teaching including:


  • School leadership
  • Special and Inclusive Education
  • Gaeloideachas / Immersion Education
  • Teacher and Student Well Being and Empathy
  • Literacy and Numeracy Education
  • Research Literacies for Schools - data driven decision making



Ms. Emer Davitt 
Ms. Andrea Higgins 
Mr. Breandán Mac Gearailt
Prof. Gerry MacRuairc 

Postgraduate Students

Miriam Colum
Mary, Conlon-Nihill
Anthony Kilcoyne
Alan Kinsella
Seamus Lynch
Breandán MacGearailt

Research Projects:

Developing a practitioner-based research community in and beyond initial teacher education

Principle Investigator(s): Dr Cliona Murray
Funded by: T-REX (2020)

Impact of Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Training on  Psychological Outcomes among Primary Teachers 

This project, which is being conducted jointly with NEPS, involves a multi-phase national evaluation of an evidence-based classroom management training programme, namely, the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management programme, with reference to psychological outcomes for primary teachers.  

Principle Investigator(s): Dr. Niamh Flynn
Project Partners: National Educational Pychological Service (NEPS)

Teacher Reserach Exchange (T-REX)

The Teachers' Research Exchange, or T-REX, is an online community of practice for educational research in Ireland. It provides a platform for increasing research literacy and engagement through collaboration between pre-service teachers, working teachers, and professionals in higher education. Project website 

Principle Investigator(s): Dr Cornelia ConnollyDr Tony Hall
Project Partners: School of Education, NUI Galway; University of Limerick; Mary Immaculate College, Limerick; Marino Institute of Education, Dublin
Funded by: NCCA, Teaching Council, CES, National Forum 

Other 'Professional Learning' projects: 

Numeracy across the curriculum for Primary School teachers

The overall aim of the Numeracy Across the Curriculum summer course is to provide teachers with the necessary teaching strategies and expertise to embed numeracy across the curriculum, so that their students will develop the essential numeracy skills required for life. The Numeracy Across the Curriculum summer school is a recognised EPV summer course for primary school teachers. 

Principle Investigator(s): Kathy O'Sullivan
Project Partners: DES, Drumcondra Summer Courses (2020-2023)

An Teastas Teagaisc don Earnáil Ghaeloideachais

This blended learning programme will give pre-service teachers an understanding of Irish-medium education.  The TTEG is offered free of charge and is being run in conjunction with the Department of Education and Skills and COGG. Project Website

Principle Investigator(s): Breandán Mac Gearailt, Emer Davitt, Clíona Murray, Seán Ó Grádaigh
Project Partners: DES (Aonad Gaeltachta), COGG


Older 'Professional Learning' projects: 

Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching (PDMT) Evaluation

Principle Investigator(s): Dr Tony Hall
Project Partners: EPI*STEM: National Centre for STEM Education, University of Limerick; University College Cork; Technological University Dublin; & School of Education, NUI Galway.
Funded by: 

School-University Partnership Research 

Principle Investigator(s): Dr Manuela Heinz, Dr. Veronica McCauley, Ms. Andrea Higgins
Funded by: 
NUI Galway