Research Profile

Kevin Cahill

Biography

I am a Lecturer in Education in the School of Education at University College Cork. My teaching brief is currently focused on Inclusive/Special Education. I teach on our Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs (PDSEN) as well as on other programmes across the school. My previous appointment within the school was with our B. Ed in Sports Studies and Physical Education (2014-2016). Prior to this, I taught English and SEN at second level for eighteen years. I spent fifteen years in Mayfield Community School(1999-2014) where I served as JCSP Co-ordinator, Year Head as well as taking a lead role in extra-curricular activities. I was a Learning Support/Resource teacher and co-ordinator whilst also working as an Associate for the Special Education Support Service (SESS). I bring this experience to bear in my roles here in the School of Education. I lecture in Inclusive/Special Education, Pedagogy (English), Curriculum Design, Assessment, Psychosocial Aspects of Learning, Psychology of Education, Sociology of Education, Sociology of Sport and Research Methods. I qualified with a BA in English & History (1996), Postgraduate Diploma in Education (1997), Postgraduate Diploma in Learning Support (2003), Masters in Education (2005) and PhD in Education (2012).

Research Interests

Education and Inequality
Social Class and Education
Literacy and Identity
English and Digital Literacies
Inclusive Education

A primary area of focus for my research is (in)equality in Education. This was the focus of my PhD study which focused upon intersections between social class, school choice and student identity. it has sparked some of my current research and writing. There are several peer-reviewed journal articles available that develop the themes of this research.


ALIAS
I also maintain a strong interest in identity, schooling and literacies. I co-collaborate on a current project with Dr Dan O' Sullivan, Dr Alicia Curtin and Professor Kathy Hall. This project Adolescent Literacy, Identity and School (ALIAS), is working towards an interrogation of how literacy practices and identity intersect with one another in school contexts. The study, funded by the Strategic Research Fund here in UCC also hopes to design and implement a literacy intervention for targeted first year students in post-primary schools.
ITE4I
Since 2015, I have been working as part of a research team on the Initial Teacher Education for Inclusion (ITE4I) project in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University and University College London. This is a large project funded by the National Council for Special Education which is interrogating aspects of inclusive education in initial teacher education.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
New Avenues to Teaching (NAT)Higher Education Authority (HEA)01-JUL-1731-DEC-21€250,000.00
Explorations in Adolescent Literacy and IdentityOther: Not Listed01-MAY-1401-SEP-16€5,000.00
CACSSS Research Support Grant 2015€500.00

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)'Views from the margins: teacher perspectives on alternative education provision in Ireland'
Cahill, Kevin; Curtin, Alicia; Hall, Kathy; O’Sullivan, Dan (2018) 'Views from the margins: teacher perspectives on alternative education provision in Ireland'. International Journal of Inclusive Education, :1-19   [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2018)'Psycho-spatial disidentification and class fractions in a study of social class and identity in an urban post-primary school community in Ireland'
Cahill, Kevin (2018) 'Psycho-spatial disidentification and class fractions in a study of social class and identity in an urban post-primary school community in Ireland'. Research Papers in Education, 33 (1):59-72   [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2017)'Socio-sartorial inscriptions of social class in a study of school and identity in Ireland'
Cahill, Kevin (2017) 'Socio-sartorial inscriptions of social class in a study of school and identity in Ireland'. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, :1-12   [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2015)'Seeing the wood from the trees: A critical policy analysis of intersections between social class inequality and education in twenty-first century Ireland'
Cahill, Kevin (2015) 'Seeing the wood from the trees: A critical policy analysis of intersections between social class inequality and education in twenty-first century Ireland'. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 8 (2):301-316   [CORA Link] [Details]
(2014)'Choosing schools: Explorations in post-primary school choice in an urban Irish working class community'
Cahill, K. and Hall.K. (2014) 'Choosing schools: Explorations in post-primary school choice in an urban Irish working class community'. Irish Educational Studies, 33 (4):383-397   [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2017)Literacy Association of Ireland
Cahill, Kevin; Curtin, Alicia; Hall, Kathy; O’Sullivan, Dan (2017) Adolescent Literacy, Identity and School (ALIAS): positions, pedagogies and spaces for authoring . In: Brendan Culligan, Gene Mehigan eds. Literacy Association of Ireland Dublin, , pp.32-39 [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2011)'What CLASS are you in? A study of social class, school choice and identity'
Cahill, K. (2011) 'What CLASS are you in? A study of social class, school choice and identity' The Boolean, 2 :26-30. [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

 YearPublication
(2012)What Class are you in? A Critical Ethnography of School Choice, Social Class and Student Identity in an Irish Urban Post-Primary School.
Cahill.K. (2012) What Class are you in? A Critical Ethnography of School Choice, Social Class and Student Identity in an Irish Urban Post-Primary School. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2010Kieran O' Driscoll Teaching Council Bursary Award Teaching Council

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2018)Leading Inclusion in our Schools,
Cahill,K. & O'Sullivan, D. (2018) Invited Lecture for the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (Region 7). [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Leading Inclusion in our Schools, University College Cork , 25-APR-18 - 25-APR-18. [Details]
(2017)British Education Research Association,
Hick, P., Solomon, Y., Mintz, J., Ó Murchú, F., Matziari, A., Hall, K., Cahill, K., Curtin, C. and Despoina, M. (2017) Initial Teacher Education for Inclusion: Findings from Year 1 of a Longitudinal Study of Inclusive Teaching. [Oral Presentation], British Education Research Association, University of Sussex, Brighton , 05-SEP-17 - 07-SEP-17. [Details]
(2017)Educational Studies Association of Ireland,
Cahill, K., Curtin, A., Hall K. & O'Sullivan, D. (2017) Learning at the limits: Teacher perspectives on learning and identity in post-primary alternative education settings. [Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland, University College Cork , 20-APR-17 - 22-APR-17. [Details]
(2018)Physical Education, Physical Activity and Youth Sport Research Forum,
Farmer, O., Cahill, K., O’ Brien, W. (2018) Gaelic4Girls’ (G4G) - a multi-component community sports-based exploratory intervention for increased physical activity participation. [Oral Presentation], Physical Education, Physical Activity and Youth Sport Research Forum, Limerick, Ireland , 05-SEP-18. [Details]
(2016)Joint Managerial Body Regional Meeting,
Cahill, K. (2016) Teaching and Learning in Context (TLC): ‘The times they are a- changing’ (90 minute seminar). [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Joint Managerial Body Regional Meeting, Inchydoney, Cork , 17-NOV-16 - 17-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016)ESAI Educational Studies Association of Ireland conference,
Cahill, K., Curtin, A., Hall, K. and O'Sullivan, D. (2016) Adolescent Literacy, Identity and School (ALIAS): Creating third space curriculum opportunities. [Oral Presentation], ESAI Educational Studies Association of Ireland conference, Galway . [Details]
(2016)Education Studies Association of Ireland,
Cahill, K., Curtin, A., Hall, K. and O'Sullivan, D. (2016) Adolescent Literacy, Identity and School (ALIAS): Creating third space curriculum opportunities. [Oral Presentation], Education Studies Association of Ireland, Galway, Ireland , 31-MAR-16 - 02-APR-16. [Details]
(2016)Cooperation Ireland: The North South Underachievement Practitioners Engagement Project,
Cahill, K. (2016) Literacy and numeracy: The ongoing challenge for second level schools. [Keynote Speaker], Cooperation Ireland: The North South Underachievement Practitioners Engagement Project, Dublin , 12-MAY-16. [Details]
(2015)IASCE Conference 2015 Cooperative Learning: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century,
Cahill, K. and Chambers F.C. (2015) Deploying digital tools for cooperative learning in a physical education teacher education setting. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], IASCE Conference 2015 Cooperative Learning: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century, Odense, Denmark , 01-OCT-15 - 03-OCT-15. [Details]
(2016)Visting Summer School, University of Louisville,
Cahill, K. (2016) Exploring Inequality in Irish Education. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Visting Summer School, University of Louisville, University College Cork , 30-MAY-16. [Details]
(2015)SCoTENS Annual Conference: Teacher Education for Social Justice,
Cahill, K. (2015) Teachers need to be able to do more than talk about social justice (panel discussion member). [Oral Presentation], SCoTENS Annual Conference: Teacher Education for Social Justice, Limerick , 15-OCT-15 - 16-OCT-15. [Details]
(2015)United Kingdom Literacy Association 51st International Conference,
Cahill, K., O'Sullivan, D., Curtin, A. and Hall, K. (2015) Literacy curriculum design and cultural bridging. [Oral Presentation], United Kingdom Literacy Association 51st International Conference, National College for Teaching and Leadership, Nottingham, England , 10-JUL-15 - 12-JUL-15. [Details]
(2015)Network of School Planners Ireland,
Cahill, K. (2015) Forging the Futiure through Digital Worlds. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Network of School Planners Ireland, Naas, Co. Kildare , 28-FEB-15 - 28-FEB-15. [Details]
(2014)International Research Methods Summer School,
Cahill, K. (2014) Critical Ethnography in a Study of Class and Identity in an Irish Post-primary School Setting. [Oral Presentation], International Research Methods Summer School, Mary Immaculate College, Limerock , 06-JUN-14 - 08-JUN-14. [Details]
(2014)Education Studies Association of Ireland Conference,
Cahill, K. (2014) Resisting the resistors: excavating the theory and practice of cultural resistance in an Irish urban school community. [Oral Presentation], Education Studies Association of Ireland Conference, Athlone , 10-APR-14 - 12-APR-14. [Details]
(2014)The Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood Conference,
Cahill,K. (2014) Where is the critical in Junior Cycle reform?. [Oral Presentation], The Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood Conference, University College Cork , 28-APR-14 - 29-APR-14. [Details]
(2014)My journey thorugh teacher-research: some reflections from the field,
Cahill, K. (2014) Invited 2-hour seminar to Masters students and faculty. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], My journey thorugh teacher-research: some reflections from the field, Leeds Metropolitan University , 25-JUN-14. [Details]
(2013)NCCA Consultation Conference: Junior Cycle English,
Cahill, K. (2013) English in the digital world. [Oral Presentation], NCCA Consultation Conference: Junior Cycle English, Dublin Castle , 12-SEP-13. [Details]
(2012)American Education Research Association Conference,
Cahill, K. (2012) Class clashes: a critical ethnography of school choice, social class and identity constructions in an Irish post-primary school. [Oral Presentation], American Education Research Association Conference, Vancouver, Canada , 13-APR-12 - 17-APR-12. [Details]
(2012)Education Studies Association of Ireland Conference,
Cahill,K. (2012) There is trouble in class today: classed identities and social stratification in the education marketplace. [Oral Presentation], Education Studies Association of Ireland Conference, Cork , 29-MAR-12 - 31-MAR-12. [Details]
(2011)Education Studies Association of Ireland Conference,
Cahill,K. (2011) What Class are you in? Multiple constructions of classed identities in a second level school setting. [Oral Presentation], Education Studies Association of Ireland Conference, Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin , 14-APR-11 - 16-APR-11. [Details]
(2011)All-Ireland Doctoral Conference for Researchers in Education,
Cahill, K. (2011) Examining classes: a critical ethnography of school choice and multiple constructions of classed identities in a second level school setting. [Oral Presentation], All-Ireland Doctoral Conference for Researchers in Education, University College Dublin , 07-MAR-11 - 07-MAR-11. [Details]
(2010)Education Studies Association of Ireland Conference,
Cahill, K. (2010) Positions, impositions and inscriptions of social class; exploring student identity action in a neoliberal market. [Oral Presentation], Education Studies Association of Ireland Conference, Dundalk , 25-MAR-10 - 27-MAR-10. [Details]

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
ESAI Member/
BERA Member/
ILSA Member/
INOTE Irish national Organisation for Teachers of English/

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
New Avenues to Teaching Steering Committee Member2016 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Mayfield Community School Tecaher of English & SEN, Year Tutor, JCSP Co-ordinator31-AUG-99 / 10-FEB-14
School of Education, UCC Lecturer10-FEB-14 /
Special Education Support Service Associate01-OCT-07 /
Kinsale Community School/ Carrigaline Community School Substitute Teacher of English & History01-SEP-97 / 30-JUN-99

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2012University College Cork PhDEducation
2005University College Cork M.Ed.Education
2003University College Cork HDipHigher Diploma inLearning Support
1997University College Cork PGDipEdEducation
1996University College Cork BACHELOR OF ARTSEnglish and History
1993Colaiste Chriost Ri Leaving CertificateLeaving Certificate

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
NCCA
Member of Board for Junior Cycle
Co-operation Ireland
NSUPEP - NORTH SOUTH UNDERACHIEVEMENT PRACTITIONERS ENGAGEMENT PROJECT: Academic representative on the project steering committee
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
Research and consultancy activities particularly in relation to English and digital literacies
Special Education Support Service
Provision of CPD to schools and teachers through visits, seminars, workshops relating to teaching students with SEN. This work also involves research and CPD development work

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Critical Studies In Education Referee-
Journal Of Education Policy Referee-
International Journal Of Inclusive Education Referee-
International Journal Of Research And Method In Education Referee-
International Journal Of Research And Method In Education Referee-
Irish Educational Studies Referee-

Other Activities

 Description

I have acted as an internal and external examiner on several PhDs and I continue to provide service in this regard across my areas of interest.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I teach on the following modules across the Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs, Professional Master of Education, Masters in Education (modular)and the Master of Arts in Applied Psychology & Guidance Counselling.

PDSEN

ED6201 Special Educational Needs - School Organisation and Practice
ED6202 Assessment for and of Individual Pupil Learning and Attainment
ED6203 Curriculum Provision and Teaching Methodologies for Pupils with Special Educational Needs
ED6204 Supporting Pupils with Additional Learning Needs
ED6205 Contemporary Issues in Special Educational Needs
ED6206 Developing Inclusive Practice and Provision

M.Ed.(Modular)

ED6035 Dissertation in Education

ED6039 The Inclusion of Pupils with Special Educational Needs: Opportunities, Challenges, Dilemmas

ED6059: Intersections of Identity and Practice in Inclusive and Special Education

PME Modules

ED6331 School Placement: Research and Professional Experiences Portfolio A

ED6332 School Placement: Research and Professional Experience Portfolio B

ED6347 The Teaching of English 2

MAAPGC

ED6214 Inclusion and Learning for Students with Special Educational Needs: Identity & Disability




 

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2017Martha Daly University College CorkM.Ed.An exploration of students with special education needs perspectives on transition from post-primary to third level education in Ireland
2017Jacinta Budhlaeir University College CorkM.Ed.Investigating how special schools mediate curriculum for students with MGLD to whom traditional Leaving Certificate programmes are not accessible following the completion of the Junior Cycle
2016Valerie Wall University College CorkM.Ed.Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) in post-primary school
2016Mary Collins University College CorkM.Ed.Behaviour Management in the Primary School: Policy and Practice Perspectives
2015Caragh Bell University College CorkM.Ed.#tweetez-vous francais: An investigation into student perspectives on the role of social media as a pedagogical tool to enhance learning in the post-primary second language classroom
2014Eukaria O'Grady University College CorkM.Ed.A critical discourse analysis of legislation and texts that determine whether religious discrimination in Irish schools’ admission policies, is legally justifiable or a human rights violation?

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
O Flynn Sinead Mary Doctoral Degree
Farmer Orlagh Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2019Assessment for and of Individual Pupil Learning and Attainment ED6202Assessment for and of Individual Pupil Learning and Attainment
2019Curriculum Provision and Teaching Methodologies for Pupils with Special Educational Needs ED6203Curriculum Provision and Teaching Methodologies for Pupils with Special Educational Needs
2019Developing Inclusive Practice and Provision ED6206Developing Inclusive Practice and Provision
2019Contemporary Issues in Special Educational Needs ED6205Contemporary Issues in Special Educational Needs
2019Special Educational Needs - School Organisation and Practice ED6201Special Educational Needs - School Organisation and Practice
2019Supporting Pupils with Additional Learning Needs ED6204Supporting Pupils with Additional Learning Needs
2019Conceptual Foundations in the Psychology and Sociology of Education ED4105Conceptual Foundations in the Psychology and Sociology of Education

Research Information

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Dr.Alicia Curtin School of Education, UCC
Professor Kathy Hall School of Education, UCC
Dr Dan OSullivan School of Education, UCC

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Dr. Finn Ó Murchú Mary Immaculate College, LimerickIRELAND
Dr. Joseph Mintz University College LondonENGLAND
Peter Hick, Prof. Yvette Solomon, Dr. Aikaterina Matziari Manchester Metropolitan UniversityUNITED KINGDOM

Contact details

  • Kevin Cahill
    Lecturer BA, H Dip in Ed, H Dip in Learning Support, M Ed, PhD
  • k.cahill@ucc.ie
  • School of Education
    Lee Holme
    O'Donovan's Road
    University College Cork
  • 021 4902667

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