The concept of teaching as a high status profession is ever-evolving nationally and internationally, with recent trends propelling teaching through various educational reforms to an elevated professional standing. The Teaching Council’s adoption of the pillars of innovation, integration and improvement (Policy on the Continuum of Teacher Education, 2011), scaffolded by guiding principles, has positioned teacher education in Ireland at a transformative juncture.
Now, more than ever, initial teacher education programmes are in a privileged position to shape and influence a diverse profession, which will continue to mould and build a teaching context in which future diverse generations will be educated. The recent establishment of Hibernia College’s School of Education is an exciting development in this space, and demonstrates the College’s commitment to providing appropriate, high-level preparation of teachers.
The School of Education encompasses and guides the educational programme offerings of the College. The Professional Master of Education (Primary) and the Professional Master of Education (Post Primary) programmes endeavour to prepare, develop and support reflective and critical educators who are academically strong, pedagogically skilled, technology empowered and responsive to the needs of all citizens in a diverse global society. Both programmes consist of a sequence of modules that reflect the contemporary issues faced by teachers today, and the skills and knowledge required of them in order to be expert teachers who enable effective pupil learning.
Research lies at the heart of the School’s underlying philosophy. The School of Education’s research strategy is based on its commitment to excellence in continuing professional development across all its education and training degrees and courses. It stems from a belief in the importance of using evidence-based research to improve practice in education and training, and from the College’s mission to use the most innovative technology to extend access to high-quality, flexible and affordable adult and professional education and training.
It’s always wonderful to attend the Principals’ & Deputy Principals’ Association conference. Representing Hibernia College today and tomorrow are Dr. Brian Carroll, Head of School Placement (Post Primary), and Anne-Marie Flynn, our School Placement Co-Ordinator (Post Primary).
Dr Aoife Lynam proudly launches this collaborative report with Dr Barbara McConnell and Prof.
Conor Mc Guckin at the Scotens 2018 Conference today.
As part of the conference Professor Hargreaves and Professor MacDonald from The University of Edinburgh highlighted the importance of the link between improvisation, identity and creativity in music education from a young age. The inclusion of crafts in education was also highlighted as a significant contributor to children’s overall development from the early years through to second level.
Welcome to our Autumn 2018 cohort, Teachers in Training
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Photography by Daire Hall.
Today we celebrated the launch of Volume 2 of the #research publication Hibernia College Education Papers. Pictured (1) David Carpenter, CEO; Aoife Lynam, Director of Research; Mary Kelly, Head of School of Education (2) student authors (3) research supervisors Well done, all.