Transforming educational experience for children, parents and teachers consists of a publication and video based on the work of students who undertook the Action Research Masters Programme. This degree is an innovative collaboration between the Education Department and the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI).
Launching the publication
CDI-Transforming Educational Experience
and video in June 2014 the Director of the Teaching Council Tomás Ó Ruairc noted the ‘boldness’ of the title claiming to ‘Transform education’ but said we could trust this because the work was the result of practitioner research.
It was also very clear that Mr Ó Ruairc had read the publication in detail and his speech is replete with careful and insightful analysis of all of the students' contributions. He said that the publication and the students' work was in keeping with the Teaching Council's own aspiration to "make explicit what has been implicit for far too long, particularly in terms of teacher research, professionalism and reflection". "This collection of research" he added "is a great notch in the post of that process of explication".
The video about the students' Action Research projects was also screened at the launch event. In it a number of the graduates talk about their work and discuss the impact this locally based, practitioner-focused Masters degree has had on them.
The video also features contributions from Marian Quinn CEO of CDI, Dr Rose Malone the former Course Director for this partnership programme and Mr Anthony Malone
(no relation!) who assumed the role of Course Leader on Dr Malone’s retirement.