The Network of Education Action Research Ireland (NEARI, @) met at Dundalk Institute of Technology last Saturday. Hosted by the Computing Science and Mathematics Department the seminar theme was ‘Dialogue and Professional Discussion in Action Research.’
Chairing the event I welcomed the group to DkIT and introduced the diverse interests and experiences of the participants. The NEARI network is a cross-sectoral group for those interested in action research and reflective practice in the field of education.
Dr. Pip Ferguson from DCU (@) started proceedings presenting a keynote entitled “How might teachers research their practice?” and in her experience it is a small step from being a reflective teacher to becoming an action researcher.
The round robin presentations were varied with Prof. Tom Cosgrove, UL presenting on how to reconcile competing research and practice cultural contexts. Dr Teresa Whitaker from Hibernia College spoke about the National Forum Professional Development framework(@; http://www.teachingandlearning.ie/) and how she is sharing her own learning. Dr. Josephine Bleach from NCI shared very interesting stories of her learning in the Early Learning Initiative in Dublin city centre (@ELI_Docklands). Next to present was Colin Cooney from the Business Studies department at DkIT who explained the AR process in his current doctoral studies (@).
The afternoon sessions were interactive discussing topics raised, direction and future developments.
A very successful event with attendees travelling from all over the country to attend, NEARI were very thankful for the hospitality of DKIT.