Dr Jerry O'Neill

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Project Manager

Maynooth University School of Education
1st
SE117
(01) 708 3683

Biography

Despite the privilege of class and gender, I left school messily and with a ‘poor’ Leaving Cert back in the 1980s.  After a rich learning experience in an FE college, work, unemployment and emigration, I returned to education as a mature student in the mid-1990s in the UK.  I trained as a secondary school teacher but have worked with adults in further, community and higher education ever since.  I have a particular interest in educator development across the career span that is collaborative, creative and critically reflective with a focus on personal and socially transformative ends.  I am also very interested in working to diversify access routes into, through and beyond universities.

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2020 'Spalpeens on the Isle of Wonders: Reflections on work, power and collective resistance in Irish Further Education'
O'Neill, J. & Finnegan, F. (2020) 'Spalpeens on the Isle of Wonders: Reflections on work, power and collective resistance in Irish Further Education' In: M. Daley, K. Orr, and J. Petrie (eds). Caliban’s Dance: FE after the Tempest. London: UCL/IOE Press and Trentham Books. [Details]
2020 'Autoethnography in, and as, adult education: eavesdropping on a conversation [forthcoming]'
McCormack, D., O’Neill, J., Ryan, M., and Walsh, T. (2020) 'Autoethnography in, and as, adult education: eavesdropping on a conversation [forthcoming]' In: Doing Critical and Creative Research. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. [Details]
2014 'In search of a clearing: practitioner reflections on FET'
O'Neill, J. (2014) 'In search of a clearing: practitioner reflections on FET' In: Further Education and Training: History, Politics and Practice. Maynooth University: MACE. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'Precarious Professionality: graduate outcomes and experiences from an Initial Teacher (Further) Education programme in Ireland [forthcoming]'
O'Neill, J. & Fitzsimons, C. (2020) 'Precarious Professionality: graduate outcomes and experiences from an Initial Teacher (Further) Education programme in Ireland [forthcoming]'. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, [Details]
2019 'The search for security in precarious times: non-traditional graduates perspectives on higher education and employment'
Finnegan, F., Valadas, S., O’Neill, J., Fragoso, A., & Paulos, L. (2019) 'The search for security in precarious times: non-traditional graduates perspectives on higher education and employment'. International Journal of Lifelong Education, [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2017 'Holding the line: towards a critical professional development for community education tutors'
O'Neill, J. & Cullinane, S. (2017) 'Holding the line: towards a critical professional development for community education tutors'. The Adult Learner, :113-129 [IR Link] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 Adult education and curriculum tensions.
Fitzsimons, C. & O'Neill, J. (2019) Adult education and curriculum tensions. [Oral Presentation], EuroACS 2019 conference: curriculum origins, trajectories and practices, Maynooth University [Details]
2019 5th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference Exploring Creativity in Narrative Inquiry.
O'Neill, J. (2019) 5th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference Exploring Creativity in Narrative Inquiry. [Other], Pictures at an exhibition: experiencing a narrative inquiry conference’, Trinity College Dublin [Details]
2018 4th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference: Narrating Neo-Liberalism in an Irish Context.
O'Neill, J. (2018) 4th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference: Narrating Neo-Liberalism in an Irish Context. [Oral Presentation], Co-creating a critical, reflective and poetic narrative on community education, IT Sligo [Details]
2017 AONTAS CEN 10th Anniversary Conference.
O'Neill, J. (2017) AONTAS CEN 10th Anniversary Conference. [Other], ‘Midwifery of the new’: Critically creative explorations of Community Education values, opportunities and challenges, Croke Park, Dublin [Details]
2016 ESREA 8th Triennial European Research Conference.
Fitzsimons, C. & O'Neill, J. (2016) ESREA 8th Triennial European Research Conference. [Other], Creative explorations of adult educators’ values, challenges and hope, Maynooth University [Details]
2016 Third International Narrative Inquiry Conference.
O'Neill, J. (2016) Third International Narrative Inquiry Conference. [Oral Presentation], A (re)turn to Joyce Country: performing narratives of occupational precarity, NUI Galway [Details]
2016 ESREA 8th Triennial European Research Conference.
Finnegan, F. & O’Neill, J. (2016) ESREA 8th Triennial European Research Conference. [Chaired Session], Building Critical Visions on Employability in European Higher Education: Listening to Students’ Voices, Maynooth University [Details]
2014 DIE European conference on professionalization of Adult Education.
O'Neill, J. (2014) DIE European conference on professionalization of Adult Education. [Oral Presentation], Just a tutor: narratives of tutor experience and development in ETBs, German Adult Education Institute (DIE) [Details]
2014 National FE Conference.
O'Neill, J. (2014) National FE Conference. [Other], Re-visioning CPD for Adult Educators, Maynooth University [Details]

Audiovisual material

  Year Publication
2017 'Midwifery of the new' [a Boalian-inspired animated found poem].
O'Neill, J. (2017) 'Midwifery of the new' [a Boalian-inspired animated found poem]. Audiovisual material [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2009 Educational Development Discussion Group (EDDG) Blog.
O'Neill, J. et al. (2009) Educational Development Discussion Group (EDDG) Blog. Blog [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2016 Review of Merriam, Sharan B. and Bierema, Laura L. (2013) Adult learning: linking theory and practice.
O'Neill, J. (2016) Review of Merriam, Sharan B. and Bierema, Laura L. (2013) Adult learning: linking theory and practice. The Adult Learner: Book Review [Details]

Podcast

  Year Publication
2020 Walking It: A series of occasional walking dialogues which explore, on foot and in situ, the significance of place and walking on people’s ways of knowing and being in the world.
O'Neill, J. (2020) Walking It: A series of occasional walking dialogues which explore, on foot and in situ, the significance of place and walking on people’s ways of knowing and being in the world. Podcast [Details]

Report

  Year Publication
2020 Diversity, change and challenges in the work of Adult Education Officers.
Bracken, M., Hyland, S., O’Neill, J (2020) Diversity, change and challenges in the work of Adult Education Officers. Report [Details]
2018 Learner Voice and FET: an evaluation report of the National Further Education Learner Fora for 2016 & 2017.
Finnegan, F. & O'Neill, J. (2018) Learner Voice and FET: an evaluation report of the National Further Education Learner Fora for 2016 & 2017. Dublin: Report [Details]
2018 A review of the experiences and employment status of graduates of the Higher Diploma in Further Education at Maynooth University’s Department of Adult and Community Education (2013-2017).
O'Neill, J. & Fitzsimons, C. (2018) A review of the experiences and employment status of graduates of the Higher Diploma in Further Education at Maynooth University’s Department of Adult and Community Education (2013-2017). Report [Details]
2017 The Foundation Certificates: a summary review of Maynooth University’s Foundation Certificate Programme from 2002-2014.
Fitzsimons, C. & O'Neill, J. (2017) The Foundation Certificates: a summary review of Maynooth University’s Foundation Certificate Programme from 2002-2014. Maynooth University: Report [Details]
2017 Towards a Critical and Participatory Model of Tenant Participation.
O'Neill, J. (2017) Towards a Critical and Participatory Model of Tenant Participation. Report [Details]