Research Profile

Niamh Dennehy

Biography

Lecturer in Education and PME Deputy Director 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
2021Scotens Seed Funding Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCOTENS)
2019John Coolahan Teaching Council Research Support Framework Award Teaching Council of Ireland
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 Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Member/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2022)Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference 2022,
Dennehy, N. (2022) Connecting through collaborative assessment practice: using student exemplars, rubrics and guided feedback to promote student learning in post-primary education. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference 2022, Dublin . [Details]
(2021)Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference,
O’Ceallaigh, T.J., Dennehy, N., Ní Chonaill, M. & O'Connor, A. (2021) An teagasc ábharbhunaithe san iarbhunscolaíocht lán-Ghaeilge: Dearcthaí múinteoirí faoi oiliúint agus múinteoirí luathghairme. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Dublin . [Details]
(2021)Literacy Association of Ireland Annual Conference,
O'Ceallaigh, T.J., Dennehy, N., Ní Chonaill, M. & O'Connor, A. (2021) An teanga agus an t-ábhar a chomhtháthú san iarbhunscoil Lán-Ghaeilge sna chéad bhlianta den teagasc: Claochlú leanúnach. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Literacy Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Dublin . [Details]
(2020)Féilte: Teaching Council Annual Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence,
O'Ceallaigh, T.J., Dennehy, N., Ní Chonaill, M. & O'Connor, A. (2020) Tús maith? Iniúchadh ar dhearcthaí múinteoirí faoi oiliúint agus múinteoirí ag tosú amach sa ghairm maidir leis an teagasc in iar-bhunscoileanna lán-ghaeilge, agus ar a dtaithí ar an teagasc sin. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Féilte: Teaching Council Annual Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence, Dublin . [Details]
(2019)Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference 2019,
Dennehy, N. (2019) The Practice of Formative Assessment in the Irish Post-Primary School Context. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference 2019, St. Angela’s College and Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo . [Details]
(2018)Irish National Organisation of Teachers of English Annual Conference,
Dennehy, N. (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,
Dennehy, N. (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,
Dennehy, N. (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,
Dennehy, N. (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,
Dennehy, N. (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

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
Irish FluentFluentFluent
English FluentFluentFluent

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

In collaboration with the PME Director Dr Brian Murphy, I am responsible for the strategic and day-to-day management of all aspects of the PME programme with particular responsibility for school placement at student, school, programme and policy level. I am responsible for ensuring consistency, reliability, validity and fairness in the tutoring and assessment of UCC PME1 and PME2 students on school placement across the PME programme.
I have developed an important university link with over 80 partner post-primary schools on the PME programme through extensive communication and the building of professional relationships, several CPD events and a Digital Badge initiative.
I am a member of several School of Education committees including: the Learning and Teaching Committee, the PME Steering Group and the Research Ethics Committee, Through this work I contribute to research-led reform of policy and practices in assessment and feedback at university level, ethical research protocols and student wellbeing.
I develop research-led syllabus and curriculum structures and administer all grades and feedback to students in a range of modules across the PME, BSc.Ed, M.Ed. and PhD programmes in the School of Education:
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.
I also contribute to the School of Education Post Graduate Diploma in Education Leadership (PDEL) and Post Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs (PDSEN) programmes.

Research Information

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Dr João Costa University College CorkIRELAND
Dr Kevin Cahill University College CorkIRELAND

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Ms Celia O'Hagan Stranmillis University CollegeNORTHERN IRELAND
Ms Máiréad Ní Chonaill/ Ms Aideen O'Connor Gaelcholáiste Charrig Uí Laighin/ Gaelcholáiste Muire AGIRELAND
Dr T.J. Ó'Ceallaigh Department of Language, Literacy and Mathematics Education in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick,IRELAND

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