Dr Suzanne O’Keeffe

Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education

School of Education
SE326
(+353 ) 1 474 7404

Biography

Dr. Suzanne O'Keeffe lectures in Sociology of Education and S.P.H.E.  Suzanne has over ten years teaching experience in mainstream primary school classrooms and graduated with a PhD in the field of Education from Mary Immaculate College (MIC) Limerick in 2016.  Her doctoral studies examines the daily experiences of male primary school teachers.  She is the recipient of the MIC Postgraduate Award 2015 and the John Coolahan Research Support Framework Bursary 2017 (Teaching Council).  Suzanne has published in national and international peer-reviewed academic journals and has presented her work in Braga (Portugal), Cambridge (UK), Kraków (Poland), New York (USA) and in many locations around Ireland.  Suzanne acts as a regular reviewer for many educational journals.

Most recent publications include:

O'Keeffe, S. (2019). Using a Voice-Centred Relational Method of Data Analysis to Study Male Teachers’ Daily Experiences. SAGE: London. [Online]: http://methods.sagepub.com/dataset/voice-centred-relational-male-teachers

Ring, E., O' Sullivan, L., O'Keeffe, S., Ferris, F. and Wall, E. (2019). An Evaluation of 'Teach Me As I Am' Early Years Programme, Centre for Early-Childhood Research at Mary Immaculate College (CERAMIC) Limerick.  Officially launched on April 23rd 2019 by the Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon, Mansion House, Dublin.

Ring, E., O' Sullivan, L., O'Keeffe, S., Ferris, F. and Wall, E. (2019). 'Transforming the Lives of Early Childhood Teachers, Autistic Children and their Families: Findings and Recommendations from an Evaluation of a Programme of Continuing Professional Development'. The Adult Learner, (Forthcoming)









Research Interests

Care Theory; Education; Feminist Research Designs; Gender and Gender Role Expectations; Masculinities.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2019 'Transforming the Lives of Early Childhood Teachers, Autistic Children and their Families: Findings and Recommendations from an Evaluation of a Programme of Continuing Professional Development'
Ring, E.; O'Sullivan, L.; O'Keeffe, S.; Ferris, F. and Wall, E. (2019) 'Transforming the Lives of Early Childhood Teachers, Autistic Children and their Families: Findings and Recommendations from an Evaluation of a Programme of Continuing Professional Development'. The Adult Learner, [Details]
2018 'Experiences of care labour, gender and work for men who teach young children'
O'Keeffe, S (2018) 'Experiences of care labour, gender and work for men who teach young children'. Palgrave Communications, 4 [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Gendered positionality among Irish male primary teachers: the staff room as a site of performative masculinity'
O'Keeffe S.;Deegan J. (2018) 'Gendered positionality among Irish male primary teachers: the staff room as a site of performative masculinity'. Irish Educational Studies, 37 (3):373-389 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'What are male teachers’ understandings of masculinities?—An exploration of sex, gender and bodies in Irish primary schools'
O'Keeffe S. (2016) 'What are male teachers’ understandings of masculinities?—An exploration of sex, gender and bodies in Irish primary schools'. Palgrave Communications, 2 [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2017 'How do you teach like a man?'
O'Keeffe, S. (2017) 'How do you teach like a man?' Irish National Teachers Organisation Magazine, (168) :52-53. [Details]
2014 'Why the decline in male primary school teachers?'
O'Keeffe, S. (2014) 'Why the decline in male primary school teachers?' Irish National Teachers Organisation Magazine, (148) :43-44. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2017 HOW DO YOU TEACH LIK E A MAN? POLITICS AN D PERCEPTIONS OF MEN WORKING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN
O'Keeffe, S. (2017) HOW DO YOU TEACH LIK E A MAN? POLITICS AN D PERCEPTIONS OF MEN WORKING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN . In: Dr. Ramandeep Kaur Chhina eds. Academic International Conference on Multidisciplinary Studies and Education London, , pp.6-13 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 ESAI Conference 2019.
O'Keeffe, S. (2019) ESAI Conference 2019. [Oral Presentation], Education in Times of Change, Choice and Challenge, Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo, Ireland , 11-APR-19 - 13-APR-19 [Details]
2019 TEPE Conference 2019.
O'Keeffe, S. (2019) TEPE Conference 2019. [Oral Presentation], QUALITY TEACHERS AND QUALITY TEACHER EDUCATION: RESEARCH, POLICY AND PRACTICE, Poland , 16-MAY-19 - 18-MAY-19 [Details]
2018 2018 TEPE Conference.
O'Keeffe, S. (2018) 2018 TEPE Conference. [Oral Presentation], ‘Recruiting and Educating the Best Teachers: Policy, Professionalism and Pedagogy’, Braga, Portugal , 17-MAY-18 - 19-MAY-18 [Details]
2018 2018 AERA Annual Meeting.
O'Keeffe, S. (2018) 2018 AERA Annual Meeting. [Oral Presentation], 'The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education', New York, USA , 13-APR-18 - 17-APR-18 [Details]
2017 2017 ESAI Conference.
O'Keeffe, S. (2017) 2017 ESAI Conference. [Oral Presentation], Tidy Binaries vs. Prolific Paradigms: The Reimagining of Teacher Education Research, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland , 20-APR-17 - 22-APR-17 [Details]
2017 6th Annual Research Conference.
O'Keeffe, S. (2017) 6th Annual Research Conference. [Oral Presentation], Do opposites subtract? Connecting Irish male teachers' voices to school innovation and change, Kilkenny Education Centre, Kilkenny, Ireland , 14-OCT-17 - 14-OCT-17 [Details]
2017 2017 TEPE Conference.
O'Keeffe, S. (2017) 2017 TEPE Conference. [Oral Presentation], ‘Education for All: Issues for Teacher Education’, Limerick, Ireland , 18-MAY-17 - 20-MAY-17 [Details]
2016 2016 ESAI Conference.
O'Keeffe, S. (2016) 2016 ESAI Conference. [Oral Presentation], From Hero to Zero: Male Teachers Navigate the Modern Irish Educational Landscape, Raddison Blu Hotel, Galway, Ireland , 31-MAR-16 - 02-APR-16 [Details]
2015 4th Annual Limerick Postgraduate Research Conference.
O'Keeffe, S. (2015) 4th Annual Limerick Postgraduate Research Conference. [Oral Presentation], Why the decline of male teachers in Irish primary schools?, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland , 28-MAY-15 - 28-MAY-15 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2019 An Evaluation of 'Teach Me As I Am' Early Years Programme.
Ring, E.; O'Sullivan, L.; O'Keeffe, S.; Ferris, F. and Wall, E. (2019) An Evaluation of 'Teach Me As I Am' Early Years Programme. Centre for Early-Childhood Research at Mary Immaculate College (CERAMIC) Limerick, Limerick. [Details]

Case

  Year Publication
2019 Using a Voice-Centred Relational Method of Data Analysis to Study Male Teachers’ Daily Experiences.
O'Keeffe, S. (2019) Using a Voice-Centred Relational Method of Data Analysis to Study Male Teachers’ Daily Experiences. London: Case [DOI] [Details]
2018 The Interview and Social Relations: Exploring How Gender Shapes the Research Process.
O'Keeffe, S. (2018) The Interview and Social Relations: Exploring How Gender Shapes the Research Process. London: Case [DOI] [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2017 John Coolahan Research Support Framework Teaching Council of Ireland
2015 MIC Postgraduate Award University of Limerick (Mary Immaculate College)

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI) Member /
The Teaching Council Member /
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Member /
The Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Research and Ethics Committee Member 2018 / 2020
Faculty of Social Science Ethics Committee Nominee for the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education 2019 / 2021

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick Part-time lecturer 03-OCT-16 / 28-SEP-18

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2017 University of Cambridge: Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) Certificate of Participation An introduction to international development: understanding contemporary issues and themes

Languages

  Language Reading Writing Speaking
Irish-Gaeilge Functional Functional Functional
English Fluent Fluent Fluent

Outreach Activities

  Description

This project, Leadership Clusters Initiative for Schools, is an initiative of the Department of Education and Skills and is being co-ordinated by the Centre for School Leadership (CSL). My role is to build the school's networks and to support their initiatives.

Other Activities

  Description

Reviewer of academic education journals

Teaching Interests

Care; Education; Feminist Methodologies; Gender; Masculinities; Research Methods; Wellbeing.