Research Profile

Niamh Dennehy

Biography

Lecturer in Education in the School of Education, UCC. Post-primary school teacher of English, Irish and LCVP from 1996-2015. Former State Examinations Commission Advising Examiner for Leaving Certificate Higher Level English

Research Interests

Sociocultural perspectives on curriculum, learning and assessment;
Curriculum theory; 
The role of cognitive science in education practice and research;
The role of oral language development in education;
Innovation in research and practice in the teaching of English;

Whole-school planning for assessment – policy and practices;

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2018UCC College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science Research Support Fund UCC College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science
2017NUI Dr Mary L. Thornton Scholarship and Prize in Education National University of Ireland
2013UCC School of Education M.Ed. Scholarship UCC School of Education

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Irish National Organisation of Teachers of English (INOTE) Member/
Literacy Association of Ireland Member/
Educational Society of Ireland (ESAI) Member/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2019)Educational Studies of Ireland Conference 2019,
Niamh Dennehy (2019) The Practice of Formative Assessment in the Irish Post-Primary School Context. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Educational Studies of Ireland Conference 2019, St. Angela’s College and Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo . [Details]
(2018)Irish National Organisation of Teachers of English Annual Conference,
Dr Niamh Dennehy (2018) ‘The Effective Teaching of Reading and Writing in the Second-Level English Classroom’. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Irish National Organisation of Teachers of English Annual Conference, Kilkenny . [Details]
(2017)'Looking at our School', PME Partner Schools' Conference,
Niamh Dennehy (2017) Models of assessment and their impact on student learning. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 'Looking at our School', PME Partner Schools' Conference, University College Cork . [Details]
(2018)Literacy Association of Ireland International Conference 2018,
Niamh Dennehy (2018) How Assessment Literacy is Essential for Effective Formative Assessment in Post Primary School. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Literacy Association of Ireland International Conference 2018, Marino College of Education, Dublin . [Details]
(2017)Aigne Postgraduate Conference’,
Niamh Dennehy (2017) Constructing and positioning identities through formative assessment practices and discourse in the Irish post-primary school classroom. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Aigne Postgraduate Conference’, UCC . [Details]
(2015)School of Education, UCC and Reading Association of Ireland 3rd Annual Literacy Research Symposium for teachers,
Niamh Dennehy (2015) An investigation of the position of English as a language in the post-primary school curriculum. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], School of Education, UCC and Reading Association of Ireland 3rd Annual Literacy Research Symposium for teachers, UCC . [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Department of Education and Skills Post-Primary Teacher01-SEP-96 / 31-AUG-15
University College Cork Lecturer in Education01-SEP-15 /

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2015UCC Master's Degree in EducationLanguage and literacy in education; philosophy of Education; curriculum and assessment; sociocultural theories of learning; dialogic teaching
1999UCD B.A. (Modular)Gaeilge
1995UCC Higher Diploma in Computer ScienceProgramming and applied computing technology
2018UCC PhD in EducationA Qualitative Investigation of Formative Assessment in Second-Level Education in Ireland
1996UCC Higher Diploma in EducationEducation and English
1994UCC B.A. (Hons)English and Applied Psychology

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Tutor to PME 1 and PME 2 students on school placement involving the support, supervision and evaluation of PME students’ teaching practice.
Responsible for all aspects of PME 2 placement including liaising with principals and deputy principals in over 80 schools to coordinate placement for 120 PME Year 2 students and strategic management of placement issues in collaboration with the PME Programme Coordinator.
Coordinate a lecture series for PME 2 students entitled: ‘Preparing for Professional Practice’. This involves representatives from the NIPT, Teaching Council, Inspectorate and school management.
Develop syllabus and curriculum structures and administer all grades and feedback to students in the following modules:
PME 1 and PME 2 The Teaching of English
PME 1 The Psychology of Education
PME 2 Designing Curriculum and Assessment for the Contemporary Classroom
PME 2 Professional Research Paper
M.Ed. Modes of Assessment in Contemporary Curriculum.
M.Ed. Dissertation in Education 

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2020Conceptual Foundations in the Psychology and Sociology of Education ED4105Conceptual Foundations in the Psychology and Sociology of Education
2020Introduction to Psychology and Sociology of Education ED6302Introduction to Psychology and Sociology of Education
2020The Teaching of English ED6312The Teaching of English
2020Designing Curriculum and Assessment for the Contemporary Classroom ED6362Designing Curriculum and Assessment for the Contemporary Classroom

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