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Dr Lorraine Duffy

Head of School Placement (Primary)


01 661 0168

Block B, Merrion Centre, Merrion Road, Dublin 4




School Placement


Lorraine is Head of School Placement (Primary) at The School of Education at Hibernia College. She is a qualified primary school teacher and worked in primary schools both nationally and internationally for 17 years. She was awarded a bursary from The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation for her doctoral research, which examined cultural diversity and intercultural education in the early childhood classroom. Lorraine has researched the needs and well-being of children in disadvantaged communities in Ireland and has a keen interest in educational research. Lorraine’s research interests include Early Childhood Education, Intercultural Education, childhood wellbeing, initial teacher education and reflective practice.

Lorraine joined the School of Education at Hibernia College in 2015.  Her roles to date have included supporting graduate student teachers in the area of assessment and school placement. She has also co-designed an early childhood CPD course on play-based learning for primary school teachers. Lorraine is passionate about initial teacher education and values the role of mentoring and reflective practice in supporting graduate student teachers during school placement.

Lorraine earned her B.Ed. from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and her Ph.D. from Trinity College, Dublin.

Research Interests

Scholarly Publications:

Axford, A., Duffy L., Haran, N., Little, M. and Zappone, K. (2004). ‘How Are Our Kids?’ Dublin: Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative and Dartington Social Research Unit. Available at:


Book Chapters:

Duffy, L. (2018). Cultural Diversity in Ireland: The Role of Policy and Aistear in the Education of Children in the Infant Classroom. In Voices of Educators in 21st Century Ireland. Ireland: Hibernia College Dublin ISBN: 978-1-9997543-1


Journal Articles:

Duffy, L. (2013). Practising intercultural education and cultural inclusiveness in the primary classroom: An Irish perspective, Irish Teachers’ Journal, 1 (1), 47-61. Available at: