Educational Pause

Sometimes we just race along through our educational lives without taking a moment to pause and take breath. As teachers we frequently rush to meet curriculum requirements, to get a topic ‘covered’, to meet the increasing  demands of the newest trends of literacy, numeracy and self evaluation as we struggle to meet the most recent […]

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Self-Evaluation

Self-evaluation is currently being promoted in Irish school settings, both primary and secondary, by the Department of Education and Science (DES) (2012). The rationale behind this initiative appears to be that schools can achieve an improvement in the standardised test results of their pupils in literacy and numeracy through the use of self-evaluation. In other […]

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Paulo Freire

Paulo Freire was the champion of critical and reflective practice. He urged educators to adopt a humanising pedagogy grounded in problematising and critical thinking. This video asks an important question: what would Paulo Freire learn from our practice as educators? The Heart of Paulo Freire

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Values and reflection

The self-study action research approach is a form of reflective practice and it is grounded in the view that we think about the values that we hold; we ask ourselves if these values are sustainable and for the benefit of others; and then we check to see if we are living these values in our […]

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Welcome to Educational Action Research Ireland Blog

We are four teachers in Ireland, who have undertaken research into our practice. We believe, like Russell (1932) and Dewey (1966),in the importance of education as a lifelong process that has the capacity to confer on participants liberatory and life-enhancing experiences. We believe that the articulation of our living theories (Whitehead, 1989) that have emerged […]

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