Lecturer
Education
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3000
E: t.connolly@ucc.ie

Tracey is college Lecturer in the School of Education at University College Cork and currently teaches on the Professional Diploma in Education Programme (ED6301 The History and Structure of Irish Education), B.Ed. Sports Studies Programme (ED2313 Classroom Management and Discipline, ED1316 Understanding Learning, ED4311 The History and Structure of Irish Education and ED4312 Professional Teaching Issues in Education). Tracey is teaching practice supervisor on the Professional Diploma in Education and B.Ed. Sports Studies programmes and research supervisor to a number of M.Ed. and Ph.D. students. Tracey supports the development of reflective practice in initial teacher education through portfolio work and facilitates microteaching. In previous years, Tracey taught on the Masters in Guidance and Counselling and Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration.

Prior to her appointment as College Lecturer, Tracey was Research Fellow at the School of Education and project manager of Bridging the Gap which was a major research project on educational disadvantage. In that role, Tracey was team leader for curriculum development programmes undertaken by teaching teams within primary and post primary schools and was involved in providing professional development at a local and national level.

Tracey’s developing research profile consists of peer reviewed publications in the area of education and history, she has presented at national and international conferences and she has been involved in organising conferences. Tracey has been successful at generating external research funding and is currently engaged in a collaborative research project looking at assessment in teaching practice.

Tracey’s teaching experience spans from teaching at post primary level following the completion of her Higher Diploma in Education to University Tutor with the Department of History, UCC while undertaking her Ph.D. to her post as College Lecturer. For the Harvard Graduate School of Education Tracey has taught online and provided pedagogy support to international groups of teachers. Tracey was amongst the first cohort of academics in UCC to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning at Higher Level Education and in 2005 she won a President’s Award for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching. Earlier in her career she was awarded scholarships to carry out research for her my M.A. and Ph.D. and achieved a research grant from the Higher Education Authority to further her Ph.D. research. 

Tracey has participated and contributed to the university by being a team member of Ionad Bairre The Centre for Teaching and Learning at UCC and has served on numerous committees. In the past Tracey has participated in teaching and examining on outreach programmes run through the Centre for Adult and Continuing Education, UCC. Tracey is an external examiner for a teacher college in Ireland and is a Board of Management Member of a local primary school. With regard to teacher registration, Tracey is an assessor for the teaching of history with the Teaching Council of Irelandto regulate standards for the teaching of history and to protect standards of entry to the teaching profession. 



 



 

Tracey's research interests to date fall into the areas of curriculum development, teacher education and history. Tracey's research interest in curriculum development has been influenced by her research work in partnership with schools in taking a holistic approach to educational inclusion through curriculum development. Influenced by this work, Tracey has published on educational inclusion and research methods. In the area of teacher education Tracey is particularly interested in how we teach for preparation for the teaching profession as emphasised in a 2005 OECD report entitled Teachers Matter which stresses ‘initial teacher education must not only provide sound basic training in subject matter knowledge, pedagogy related to subjects and general pedagogical knowledge, it also needs to develop the skills for reflective practice and research on the job.’



The areas that Tracey has published include curriculum development, teacher education and educational disadvantage, qualitative research methods in education, Multiple Intelligences and application in the classroom, management in education, Irish demographical history and emigration. From 2001 to 2010 Tracey was team leader for curriculum development research projects undertaken by teaching teams within schools, she presented the research and findings at national and international conferences, and she published widely in the area of educational inclusion (all peer-reviewed). Tracey presented the research to policy makers at a national level and this work was cited as an innovative model for inclusive education by the HEA (2006) Towards the Best Education for All.



At present Tracey is research lead on a SCoTENs funded project called Assessment in Teacher Education North and South which aims to explore the nature and conduct of school-based work assessments within a sample of Primary and Post-Primary Initial Teacher Education degree and postgraduate courses drawn from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The research is investigating the links between various school-based work assessment techniques and subsequent planning, teaching and learning at degree and post-graduate certificate and diploma levels. The research aims to situate and critically discuss the findings with reference to current thinking, including formative assessment.



Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2009)'Harnessing Curriculum Development and Research for Inclusive Education'
Kozlowska, Anna, Kington, Alison, Mazgon, Jasna (2009) 'Harnessing Curriculum Development and Research for Inclusive Education' In: The Role of Theory and Research in Educational Practice. North Dakota: University of North Dakota. [No details]
(2007)'Approaches to Achieving a Holistic Education within the Context of Educational Disadvantage’'
Paul Downes and Anne Louise Gilligan (eds.) (2007) 'Approaches to Achieving a Holistic Education within the Context of Educational Disadvantage’' In: Beyond Educational Disadvantage. Dublin: IPA. [No details]
(2007)'Learning outcomes in the teaching of history'
Declan Kennedy (2007) 'Learning outcomes in the teaching of history' In: Writing and using learning outcomes: a practical guide. Cork: UCC. [No details]
(2007)'Assessing educational projects'
Kozuh, Boris, Kahn, Richard, Kozlowska, Anna and Wolze, Wilhelm (eds.) (2007) 'Assessing educational projects' In: New Paradigms and Methods in Educational and Social Research. Warsaw: WOM Publishers. [No details]
(2006)'The quest to improve practice in educational provision: stategies of qualitative educational research'
Connolly, Tracey; (2006) 'The quest to improve practice in educational provision: stategies of qualitative educational research' In: Kozuh, Boris; Beran, Tanya; Kozlowska, Anna; and Bayliss, Phil (eds). Measurement and assessment in educational and social research. Warsaw: WOM Publishers. [No details]
(2005)'Action research: the voyage of discovery through new eyes'
Connolly, Tracey (2005) 'Action research: the voyage of discovery through new eyes' In: Kozuh, Boris; Kahn, Rochard and Kozlowska, Anna (eds). Theory, facts and interpretation in educational and social research. Warsaw: WOM Publishers. [No details]
(2004)'Bridging the Gap between University College Cork and schools in Cork city'
Connolly, Tracey; (2004) 'Bridging the Gap between University College Cork and schools in Cork city' In: Hyland, Aine (eds). University College Cork as a learning organisation. Cork: UCC. [No details]
(2004)'The Commission on Emigration, 1948-1954'
Keogh, Dermot; O’Shea, Finbarr and Quinlan, Carmel (eds.) (2004) 'The Commission on Emigration, 1948-1954' In: The Lost Decade: Ireland in the 1950s. Cork: Mercier Press. [No details]
(2004)'Irish Emigration to Canada in the 1950s'
Messamore, Barbara (ed.) (2004) 'Irish Emigration to Canada in the 1950s' In: Canadian Migration Patterns. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press. [No details]
(2001)'The Irish in Twentieth Century Australian Society'
Jupp, James (ed.) (2001) 'The Irish in Twentieth Century Australian Society' In: The Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, its People and their Origins. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [No details]
(2000)'Emigration from Ireland to Britain During the Second World War'
Bielenberg, Andy (ed.) (2000) 'Emigration from Ireland to Britain During the Second World War' In: The Irish Diaspora London: Longman. London: Longman. [No details]
(2000)'Irish Workers in Britain During World War Two'
Girvin, Brian and Roberts, Geoffrey (eds.) (2000) 'Irish Workers in Britain During World War Two' In: Ireland and the Second World War: Politics, Society and Remembrance. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [No details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2011)'Enhancing Educational Inclusion in Primary School Education: a case for Curriculum Development?'
OMEP: Journal of Early Childhood Studies (2011) 'Enhancing Educational Inclusion in Primary School Education: a case for Curriculum Development?' [Details]
(2006)'The Missing Link? Early Childhood in Ireland and Educational Disadvantage'
The OMEP Ireland Journal of Early Childhood Studies (2006) 'The Missing Link? Early Childhood in Ireland and Educational Disadvantage' [Details]
(2005)'The Impact of Educational Disadvantage on Adult Citizenship and Participation in Ireland’'
Tracey Connolly (2005) 'The Impact of Educational Disadvantage on Adult Citizenship and Participation in Ireland’' [Details]
(2004)'Bridging the Gap Project Assisting in Learning Support'
Tracey Connolly (2004) 'Bridging the Gap Project Assisting in Learning Support' [Details]
(2002)'Emigration from Post Independence Ireland to Australia, 1922-1970'
de Paor, Louis; O’Connor, Maura; and Reece, Bob (Eds.) (2002) 'Emigration from Post Independence Ireland to Australia, 1922-1970' [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2006)'Multiple Intelligence and its Significance when Teaching for Understanding'
Litvinova, Nina (ed.) (2006) 'Multiple Intelligence and its Significance when Teaching for Understanding' Journal of the Institute of the Humanitarian Education in St. Petersburg, . [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2005President’s Award for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching UCC

Education

 YearInstituionQualificationSubject
2004UCC Diploma in Community & Youth WorkSocial Sciences
2005UCC Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Ed.Education
2006UCC Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher EducationEducation
1992UCC B.A.History and English
1995UCC M.A.History
2005UCC M.Ed.Education
1999UCC Ph.D. (NUI)History

Tracey’s aim in teaching is to develop a culture of thinking which complements a learner centred approach. Tracey actively undertakes research for her teaching and has developed multimedia, audio and visual teaching aids. Informed by research, Tracey has developed written materials for students and she applies innovation forms of teaching in her practice. In 2006 Tracey won the President’s Award for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching for her research ‘Learning through evidence’ which aimed to enhance a more student centred approach.



Tracey’s teaching spans from undergraduate to postgraduate levels to Ph.D. supervision. Currently Tracey teaches on the following modules:



B.Ed. Sports Studies:



ED1316 Understanding Learning



ED2313 Classroom Management and Discipline



ED4311 History and Structure of Irish Education



ED4312 Professional Teaching Issues in Education



Professional Diploma in Education:



ED6301 History and Structure of Irish Education



ED6305 Reflective Practice



ED6307 Teaching Practice



M.Ed.



ED6035 Dissertation




 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2014Philosophy and History of Education ED6301Philosophy and History of Education
2014Portfolio Project ED6212Portfolio Project
2014Philosophy and History of Education ED4311Philosophy and History of Education
2014Professional Issues in Education ED4312Professional Issues in Education