Lecturer
Education
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3000
E: V.Rutherford@ucc.ie

 Vanessa Rutherford (PhD, MA, BA, National University of Ireland Maynooth) is a Faculty Member in the School of Education, University College Cork. Previous appointments include Lecturer and Tutor (BA History, BA Local and Community Studies) at NUI Maynooth; Associate Lecturer (MA History) at The Open University; Lecturer (BA History) at Dublin City University; Lecturer and Tutor (Diploma in the Psychology of Adolescent Development), Centre for Adult Continuing Education and Department of Applied Psychology, UCC and Research Associate (Centre for Applied Social Studies), NUI Maynooth. Vanessa has published book chapters and journal articles on the social and cultural history of children and childhood in Ireland, gender and power in Irish history, the history of education in Ireland and, teacher and student identity and learning (19th century, 20th century and Contemporary). Methodologically, her work engages with discourse analysis and historical inquiry that extends to quantitative research. A major focus of her research is bringing an historical awareness to current educational thought and practice.         

Research Interests

Research interests focus on the social and cultural history of children and childhood in Ireland, gender and power in Irish history, the history of education in Ireland and, teacher and student identity and learning (19th century, 20th century and Contemporary).

Contract Researchers

 Researcher NameProjectRoleFunding Body
Vanessa RutherfordChanging contexts in becoming a ‘good’ teacher: The Learning to Teach Study 2.Postdoctoral ResearcherIrish Research Council
Vanessa RutherfordFacilitating a High Quality Student Experience: finessing approachesCo Principal InvestigatorOther: Not Listed
Vanessa RutherfordGeorge Boole and EducationResearch FellowOther: Not Listed
Vanessa RutherfordHistory of the School of Education, UCCResearch FellowOther: Not Listed

Books

YearPublication
(2014)Networks of Mind: Learning, Culture, Neuroscience.
Hall, K., Curtin, A. and Rutherford, V. (2014) Networks of Mind: Learning, Culture, Neuroscience. London: Routledge. [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2015)'Regulating Poor Mothers: St. Ultan’s Infant Hospital, Dublin from 1918'
Rutherford, V. (2015) 'Regulating Poor Mothers: St. Ultan’s Infant Hospital, Dublin from 1918' In: Christina Brophy and Cara Delay (eds). Women, Reform, and Resistance in Ireland, 1850-1950: Ordinary and Outcast. US, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2015)'Technologies of Gender and Girlhood: Doll Discourses in Ireland, 1801–1909'
Rutherford, V. (2015) 'Technologies of Gender and Girlhood: Doll Discourses in Ireland, 1801–1909' In: Forman-Brunell, M (eds). Dolls Studies: The Meanings of Girls’ Toys and Play. USA: Peter Lang. [Details]
(2015)'Muscles and Morals: children’s playground culture in Ireland in the Long Nineteenth Century'
Rutherford, V (2015) 'Muscles and Morals: children’s playground culture in Ireland in the Long Nineteenth Century' In: Lane, L. and Murphy, W (eds). Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. [Details]
(2014)'Technologies of Power: school discourse in late nineteenth-century Ireland'
Rutherford, V. (2014) 'Technologies of Power: school discourse in late nineteenth-century Ireland' In: The child savage, 1890-2010: from comics to games. Farnham: Ashgate. [Details]
(2014)'Nostalgic Panoramas of Childhood: toys objects in Ireland 1851-1909'
Rutherford, V. (2014) 'Nostalgic Panoramas of Childhood: toys objects in Ireland 1851-1909' In: The multiple life cycles of children’s media: childhood nostalgia in contemporary convergence culture. Farnham: Ashgate. [Details]
(2014)'‘Learningplace’ practices and Pre-service Teacher Education in Ireland: Knowledge generation, partnerships and pedagogy'
Conway, P. F., Murphy, R. and Rutherford, V. (2014) '‘Learningplace’ practices and Pre-service Teacher Education in Ireland: Knowledge generation, partnerships and pedagogy' In: O. McNamara, J. Murray, M. Jones (eds). Workplace Learning in Teacher Education: International Practice and Policy. Amsterdam: Springer/Verlag. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'Looking like a Teacher: fashioning an embodied identity through dressage'
Rutherford, V., Conway, P. F., Murphy, R. (2014) 'Looking like a Teacher: fashioning an embodied identity through dressage'. Teaching Education, [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(2012)Trends in Mathematics Education Conference
Rutherford, V. (2012) ‘The enduring legacy of George Boole, 1815-1864: first professor of mathematics at UCC’ . In: P. Conway, V. Rutherford, M. Delargey eds. Trends in Mathematics Education Conference UCC, , 26-NOV-12 - 30-NOV-12 [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2013)Changing contexts in becoming a ‘good’ teacher: The Learning to Teach Study 2.
Conway, P. F., Rutherford, V., & Murphy, R (2013) Changing contexts in becoming a ‘good’ teacher: The Learning to Teach Study 2. School of Education, Cork. [Details]

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland Member/
CYP Cluster, UCC Member/
The Society for the History of Children and Youth Member/
Educational Studies Association of Ireland Member/
The Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland Member22-NOV-04 /

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2011)PLACIM: Towards a Platform for a Cultural History of Children's Media,
PLACIM Members 17-19 August 2011. (2011) ‘Technologies of Power: school discourses in Ireland from the 1880s’. [Oral Presentation], PLACIM: Towards a Platform for a Cultural History of Children's Media, Maastricht University, The Netherlands , 17-AUG-11 - 19-AUG-11. [Details]
(2011)Childhood in Irish Society: an interdisciplinary conference,
Rutherford, V. (2011) ‘Education of Body and Mind: child recreation in Ireland from 1886’. [Invited Oral Presentation], Childhood in Irish Society: an interdisciplinary conference, Mater Dei Institute, Dublin , 18-APR-11 - 19-APR-11. [Details]
(2011)Wiring the Brain: Making Connections,
Hall, K., Curtin, A. Rutherford, V. (2011) Networks of the mind: a neurocultural perspective on learning. [Poster Presentation], Wiring the Brain: Making Connections, Co. Wicklow , 12-APR-11 - 15-APR-11. [Details]
(2012)ESAI,
ESAI Members (2012) ‘School Reporting in Ireland from 1831: Panopticism and the Columns of Power’. [Invited Oral Presentation], ESAI, River Lee Hotel, Western Road, Cork , 30-MAR-12 - 30-MAR-12. [Details]
(2012)Eighteenth Annual Conference, Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland,
Members Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland (2012) ‘Cultivating Bourgeoisie Childhood: child recreation in nineteenth-century Ireland’. [Oral Presentation], Eighteenth Annual Conference, Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland, Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University , 28-MAY-12 - 28-MAY-12. [Details]
(2012)PLACIM II Workshop,
PLACIM Members (2012) ‘Nostalgic Panoramas of Childhood: toys objects in Ireland 1851-1909’. PLACIM II Workshop, University of Reading , 30-AUG-12 - 31-AUG-12. [Details]
(2013)Society for the History of Children and Youth Conference,
Panel Member, ‘Doll Corner’ (2013) Technologies of Gender: doll discourses in Ireland, 1801-1909,. Society for the History of Children and Youth Conference, University of Nottingham, UK , 25-JUN-13 - 27-JUN-13. [Details]
(2013)21st Biannual Conference of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature,
PLACIM Panel Member (2013) International Research Society for Children’s Literature. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], 21st Biannual Conference of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature, University of Maastricht , 10-AUG-13 - 14-AUG-13. [Details]
(2012)Towards a Platform for the Cultural History of Children's Media (PLACIM), Conference 2012,
Rutherford, V. (2012) Nostalgic Panoramas of Childhood: toys objects in Ireland 1851-1909. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Towards a Platform for the Cultural History of Children's Media (PLACIM), Conference 2012, University of Reading, UK . [Details]
(2013)Girlhood Beyond the Doll Corner: Discursive, Performative, and Historical Spaces,
Rutherford, V. (2013) Technologies of Gender: Doll Discourses in Ireland, 1801-1909. [Invited Oral Presentation], Girlhood Beyond the Doll Corner: Discursive, Performative, and Historical Spaces, University of Nottingham . [Details]
(2013)International Research Society for Children’s Literature Conference,
Rutherford, V. (2013) Timbre and Overtones: voice in modern Irish schoolbooks. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], International Research Society for Children’s Literature Conference, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands , 10-AUG-13 - 14-AUG-13. [Details]
(2014)Future of Higher Education – Bologna Process Researchers’ Conference,
Rutherford, V., Pickup, I. (2014) Negotiating liminality in higher education: formal and informal dimensions of the student experience as facilitators of quality. [Oral Presentation], Future of Higher Education – Bologna Process Researchers’ Conference, Romanian National Library, Romania, Bucharest , 24-NOV-14 - 26-NOV-14. [Details]
(2012)Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI), 37th Annual Conference,
Rutherford, V., Conway, P. (2012) School Reporting in Ireland from 1831: Panopticism and the Columns of Power. [Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI), 37th Annual Conference, River Lee Hotel, Cork , 30-MAR-12. [Details]
(2012)Eighteenth Annual Conference, Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland,
Rutherford, V. (2012) Cultivating Bourgeoisie Childhood: child recreation in nineteenth-century Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Eighteenth Annual Conference, Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland, Master Dei Institute, Dublin City University , 28-MAY-12. [Details]
(2014)A Transdisciplinary Thinkery on The Body,
Rutherford, V., Conway, P., Murphy, R. (2014) During this Thinkery on the Body people from different disciplines in UCC who are working on “the body” shared and discussed their work. [Oral Presentation], A Transdisciplinary Thinkery on The Body, UCC, Thursday - ORB G27, Friday ORB 101 , 15-MAY-14 - 16-MAY-14. [Details]
(2011)Towards a Platform for a Cultural History of Children's Media (PLACIM), Conference 2011,
Rutherford, V. (2011) Technologies of Power: school discourses in Ireland from the 1880s. [Oral Presentation], Towards a Platform for a Cultural History of Children's Media (PLACIM), Conference 2011, Maastricht University, The Netherlands , 17-AUG-11 - 19-AUG-11. [Details]
(2013)37th Annual International Conference of the Reading Association of Ireland 'Language, Literacy and Literature: Re-imagining Teaching and Learning',
Murphy, B., Conway, P., Curtin,A., Rutherford, V. Murphy, R. (2013) Changed experiences of literacy in initial teacher education at post-primary level: before and after the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy. [Other], 37th Annual International Conference of the Reading Association of Ireland 'Language, Literacy and Literature: Re-imagining Teaching and Learning', Marino Institute of Education, Dublin , 26-SEP-13 - 28-SEP-13. [Details]
(2012)Trends in Mathematics Education Conference,
Conway, P.F., Rutherford, V., and Delargey, M (2012) Co-Organiser of Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Trends in Mathematics Education Conference, University College Cork , 26-NOV-12. [Details]

Teaching Interests

                         

Teaching Interests

History of Childhood
History of Education
Sociology of Childhood
Sociology of Education

Teaching Experience

Cohort PhD Education

Post Gradate Diploma in Education, Sociology of Education Module

BA Local and Community Studies

Diploma in the Psychology of Adolescent Development

Land Politics and Society in Ireland, 1840–1922

Research Methods (MA. PhD)

Social Problems, Social Thought and Social Action in Urban Britain 1870 –1914 (MA)

Sociology of Childhood

 

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Sheehan Alan Michael Doctoral Degree (Structured)
Walsh Kathleen Philomena Doctoral Degree (Structured)
Tobin Angela Doctoral Degree (Structured)
Kealy Anna Maria Doctoral Degree (Structured)

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Cara Delay Associate Professor, History Department, The College of CharlestonU.S.A.
Professor E. Wesseling Director Centre for Gender and Diversity,Maastricht University
Professor Miriam Forman-Brunell Department of History, University of Missouri-Kansas CityU.S.A.
Leeann Lane and William Murphy Mater Dei Institute of Education,Dublin City UniversityIRELAND
Hanne Smidt European University Association
Christina Brophy Associate Professor, Triton College, ChicagoU.S.A.