NEARIMeet September 2019


What a fabulous day of learning everyone had at the Autumn NEARIMeet, which took place alongside the FÉILTE celebration in NUI Galway on September 2019 with many participants attended both events. Our host, Cornelia Connolly from NUI Galway chaired the meeting and put everyone at their ease with her warm welcome. The theme for our NEARIMeet was Celebrating Critically Reflective Practice and Bernie Sullivan gave a highly informative input on that theme. The ‘Round Robin’ inputs were inspirational and provoked much critical debate too. These were provided by Mags Amond, Jean McGowan, Jane O’Connell and Ciara O’Donoghue. Jane also updated on activities happening in the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) Snippets from these inspiring presentations are available below.

Conversation continued right throughout lunch with some teas/coffees, scones and even some delicious home-baking! The raffle for copies of Enhancing Practice through Classroom Research:A Teacher’s Guide to Professional Development, 2nd Edition  (McDonagh et al. 2020) and Living Theory Research As A Way Of Life (Whitehead 2018) was held.

The day concluded with discussions around NEARI and its future, the Padlet, our next NEARIMeets and our how NEARI might move forward as a network. A selfie of the group concluded the day’s events.

All at NEARI would like to extend míle buíochas to Cornelia Connolly and all at NUIG for the warmth of their welcome to our Autumn 2019 NEARIMeet.

Our reading of the day came from Stephen Kemmis and was entitled ‘Researching educational praxis: spectator and participant perspectives’  and was from the British Educational Research Journal, Vol. 38, No. 6, December 2012, pp. 885–905 (

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