The first hybrid in-person and online NEARIMeet took place in University College Dublin (UCD) on 28 January 2023. It was an exciting event and the technology was as challenging as anticipated. However, everyone took the glitches in their stride and the meeting progressed in an inspirational manner as always.
We are very thankful to Conor Galvin and his colleagues in UCD who were kind enough to allow us to use their venue for the day. We thank Conor for the coffee supply and treats, the technical advice, and the good advice in general.
The morning began with the reading of the Ethical Statement by Mary Roche. She issued an invitation to all to contribute to it.
Bernie Sullivan then set the tone for the day with her reading of Stephen Kemmis’ foreword the Action Research for the Classroom: A Guide to Values-based Research in Practice.
Bernadette Wrynn gave the first inspiring presentation of the day. She talked about her experience of establishing and maintaining a self-study action research MEd programme in Maynooth University.
The second presentation was from Sanja Simel Pranjić. She spoke about living her values through relational pedagogy in higher education.
The 3rd presentation of the day was given by Sarah Peters who talked about her work in the field of action research, ESOL and Integrated Circles.
Here are Sarah’s slides from the presentation:
The room and the online space sparkled with critical engagement and reflection.
The final stage of the day was devoted to establishing and developing ideas around the NEARI SIG. NEARI is delighted to be part of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) SIGs group. Caitriona McDonagh led the discussion and the ideas flowed for the session.