NEARI (Network for Educational Action Research in Ireland)

NEARI is a network for action researchers who are new to action research, as well as those who are working on action research projects along with some who are life-long action researchers. This is a cross sectoral group with participants from all levels of the education system. If you would like to learn more about what is happening at NEARI, read our blog at or if you would like to join the NEARI network, please contact us at

At NEARI we support and promote educational action research opportunities, while providing a platform for sharing and disseminating our research, publications, key contacts, history and current activities toteachers, schools, and communities. The aim of this network is:

  • to contribute to the greater good and growth of educational knowledge by sharing our research stories and useful resources
  • to provide encouragement and support for action researchers in conducting rigorous and evidence based work,
  • to provide opportunities for personal and critical engagement through networking and resource sharing,
  • to link action researchers in Ireland with the broader global action research communities
  • to build an action research platform to enhance learning and teaching in educational contexts and in teacher education in Ireland.

Next NEARI-meet

The next NEARI-meeting will take place on April 22 at 11.30am in University College Cork.
We are delighted to have been invited to run this NEARI-meet alongside ESAI 2017 which is taking place in UCC 20-22 April.

If you would like to attend the next NEARI-meet on 22 April, please register your intention to attend by emailing Cornelia at before Tuesday April 18th please.

NEARI-meet at DkIT January 21, 2017

What a great day of learning we had at DkIT on January 21st, 2017! Our host, Cornelia Connolly from DkIT, got the day off to a great start and introduced Dr. Pip Bruce Ferguson. Pip’s inspiring keynote drew on the writing of Parker J. Palmer, Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead and outlined how teachers might investigate their practice through engaging in reflective practice and undertaking some action research. This was followed by some thought-provoking ‘Round Robin’ presentations by Teresa Whitaker, Josephine Bleach, Tom Cosgrove and Colin Cooney all of which inspired some challenging questions and critical debate. Snippets from their presentations are available below. The day concluded with discussions around the NEARI mailing list, the Padlet, our next NEARI-meet and our how NEARI might move forward as a network.
All at NEARI would like to extend míle buíochas to Cornelia Connolly and all at DkIT for the warmth of their welcome to our first NEARI-meet of 2017.

The next NEARI-meet will take place in April 2017.

Pip’s keynote presentation:

Below is a section from the beginning of Pip’s presentation:

Here is the second section of Pip’s presentation:

Here is the closing section of Pip’s presentation:

For more snippets from the ‘Round Robin’ presentations at DkIT on January 21st, 2017 go to


NEARI-meet was in Maynooth University on Saturday, 17 September 2016.

A very invigorating NEARI-meet was held in Maynooth University on Saturday, 17 September 2016.

It began with a fishbowl discussion around the purpose of action research with formal inputs being provided by Tom Cosgrove and Máirín Glenn.
There followed a very interesting and thought-provoking presentation by Aoife Titley on her current research on intercultural education and inclusion.
The final section of the day involved some amazing newly qualified teachers (NQTs) outlining the action research projects they undertook as part of their final year teaching placement from the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education at Maynooth University. They were: Robert Quinn, Alison Murphy, Kevin Maher and Louise Mahon.
Some snippets from all the presentations are available here.

All at NEARI would like to express their thanks to Aoife, Ruth and Seamie from Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education at Maynooth University for providing us with a great venue for our NEARI-meet.
Our next meeting will take place in January on the theme of dialogue.

NEARI-meet in NUIG on April 23, 2016

Our NEARImeet that was held in NUIG on April 23 began with the usual informal coffees and chats. But, by 11.00 am Máire Ní Riordáin was leading a highly engaging conversation around ‘Communicating action research to others’.

These are Máire Ní Riordáin’s slides for the discussion on ‘Communicating action research to others’

Our Round Robin session was about sharing our research stories and was kicked off by a very stimulating presentation by Jane O’Connell. Joe McDonagh followed up with his insightful presentation. The final Round Robin of the day was presented by Fiona Dunne. Links to snippets of these presentations are available below.

After lunch, Jack Whitehead joined the meeting via Skype who discussed the nuanced nature of action research with the group and highlighted how the epistemology of action research is distinctive.

We discussed how can share expertise in the area of living theory and self-study action research via Skype, Padlet (, the NEARI Group Mail at and Twitter at @InfoNeari and of course here on our blog at

The January 2016 meeting of the Network for Educational Action Research in Ireland (NEARI) took place in DCU in January 2016

This presentation, from Prof. Jack Whitehead, was given at the NEARI meeting in DCU in January 2016. It focused on the importance of making public and sharing your embodied knowledge as educators in improving learning and professionalism in the Republic of Ireland’s schools, colleges and universities. It includes a focus on your unique creativity and the constellation of values you use in asking, researching and answering questions of the kind, ‘How do I improve what I am doing in my professional practice?’ You can read the full text of Jack’s presentation here.groups3groupsgorups2The September meeting of the Network for Educational Action Research in Ireland (NEARI) took place in

St. Patrick’s College, Thurles on 12th September 2015

It was an opportunity to network and meet up with others of an �action researcherly� disposition in an informal, relaxed setting.


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Guest speakers at NEARI (September 2015): John Cullinane, Tom Cosgrove, M�ire N� Riord�in and Pip Ferguson

The second meeting of the Network for Educational Action Research in Ireland (NEARI) took place in National College of Ireland in Dublin on Saturday, 13 June 2015.

The inaugural meeting of the Network for Educational Action Research in Ireland took place the Interfaith Centre, Dublin City University on 25th April 2015.




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