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DkIT hosts NEARI event - 'Dialogue and Professional Discussion in Action Research'

02 February 2017

The Network of Education Action Research Ireland (NEARI) met at DkIT last Saturday.¬†Hosted by the Computing Science and Mathematics Department the seminar theme was¬†‚ÄėDialogue and Professional Discussion in Action Research.‚Äô¬†

Chairing the event, Dr Cornelia Connolly welcomed the group to DkIT and introduced the diverse interests and experiences of the participants. The NEARI network is a cross-sectoral group for those interested in action research and reflective practice in the field of education.

Dr.¬†Pip Ferguson from DCU started proceedings presenting a keynote entitled ‚ÄúHow might¬†teachers research their practice?‚ÄĚ and in her¬†experience¬†it is a small step from being a¬†reflective teacher to becoming an action researcher.¬†The¬†round robin¬†presentations were varied with Prof. Tom Cosgrove, UL presenting on how to¬†reconcile¬†competing¬†research and practice cultural contexts. Dr Teresa Whitaker from¬†Hibernia College spoke about the¬†National Forum Professional Development framework¬†and how she is sharing her own learning.¬†Dr.¬†Josephine¬†Bleach from NCI shared very interesting stories of her learning in the Early Learning Initiative¬†in Dublin city centre. Next to present was Colin Cooney from the Business Studies¬†department at DkIT who explained the AR process in his current doctoral studies.¬†The afternoon sessions were interactive discussing topics raised, direction and future¬†developments.

A very successful event with attendees travelling from all over the country to attend, NEARI were very thankful for the hospitality of DKIT.