Niamh Fortune

Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education

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Associate Professor

School of Education
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Niamh Fortune is an Associate Professor in the Froebel Department, specialising in the area of literacy. Niamh is Head of Department and teaches language and literacy to undergraduate and postgraduate students in education.

Niamh qualified as a primary school teacher and has a broad range of teaching experiences. She previously worked as a cuiditheoir in English with the Primary Curriculum Support Programme. She designed the in-service for the 1999 Drama curriculum as part of the PCSP Drama team. In 2008 Niamh joined the Froebel Department as a lecturer in English Methods. Niamh supervises BEd and MEd theses in the department. She is a member of the School Placement committee and the Froebel Gift committee and secretary for the Academic Committee. Niamh supervises students on placement in mainstream and special educational needs school settings.
Before taking on the role of Head of Department Niamh was the BEd Programme Leader. This role included inducting incoming year 1 BEd students the Froebel Department. It also included coordinating the delivery and assessment of over fifty modules in the Bachelor of Education degree. As Programme Leader she reviewed modules and developed the BEd as outlined by the Teaching Council and the Department’s Froebel ethos. Liaising with full time and part time staff along with external examiners and external stakeholders was an integral part of the role.
Niamh is Past President on two occasions and Executive Committee member of The Literacy Association of Ireland. As part of this role she organised international Literacy conferences. Most recently Niamh was a member of the design team of the Primary Language Curriculum (2019) with the NCCA. She has designed and delivered a number of workshops with Kildare Libraries for parents and teachers, workshops for newly qualified teachers with the National Induction Programme and continuous professional development for local schools. 

Niamh’s research interests include the teaching of writing, reading for pleasure and literacy and play. She has a keen interest in children’s literature and enjoys reading children’s books aloud to anyone who will listen! 

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2022 Nadya Yakovchuk, Ryan Dippre, Lucie Dvorakova, Alison Farrell, Niamh Fortune, Melissa Weresh (2022) 'Writing Transitions between Academic and Professional Settings' In: Writing Beyond the University Preparing Lifelong Learners for Lifewide Writing. Elon University : Elon University Center for Engaged Learning.
2021 Fortune, Niamh and Dippre, Ryan and Dvorakova, Lucie and Farrell, Alison and Weresh, Melissa and Yakovchuk, Nadya (2021) 'Beyond the University: Towards Transfer' In: Emerging Issues IV: Changing Times, Changing Context. Ireland : Educational Developers in Ireland Network (EDIN.

Edited Book

Year Publication
2014 Fortune, N., Kelly, A., Nic Fhionnlaoich, F (Ed.). (2014) Language, Literacy and Literature: Re-imagining Teaching and Learning. Proceedings of the 2013 Annual Conference of the Reading Association of Ireland, Dublin. Drumcondra, Dublin: The Reading Association of Ireland,

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2020 Ellard, C. and Fortune, N. (2020) The Literacy Association of Ireland 'Literacy Without Borders' How Can I Improve my Teaching of Writing by Adopting a Child Centered Approach during the Writing Workshop

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2023 Niamh Fortune, Dr Aoife Merrins-Gallagher and Suzanne Mc Carthy (2023) International Froebel Conference The “State of Play” in Senior Primary Classrooms – Symbolic Play as a Tool for Developing Language & Literacy Maynooth University, Maynooth, .
2022 Niamh Fortune, Aoife Merrins-Gallagher, Suzanne Mc Carthy (2022) All Work and No Play- reconceptualising senior primary school literacy practices Literacy and Diversity: New Directions 46 th Literacy Association of Ireland Conference 22 nd European Conference on Literacy DCU, Dublin, .
2019 Niamh Fortune (2019) Promoting Reading for Pleasure Engaging Literacy Learners in Diverse Settings St Patrick's Campus, DCU, .
2019 Cara Ellard and Niamh Fortune (2019) Let it go! – Having the courage to let children lead the writing process Engaging Literacy Learners in Diverse Settings St Patrick's Campus, DCU, .
2017 Niamh Fortune and Fiona Nic Fhionnlaoich (2017) Preparing Excellent Teachers of Reading Perspectives on Literacy: Bringing Voices Together Marino Institute of Education, .
2010 Joan Kiely and Niamh Fortune (2010) Developing Literacy through Play Promoting Effective Language and Literacy Instruction in 21st Century Classrooms Marino Institute of Education, .

Educational Article

Year Publication
2016 Niamh Fortune (2016) Writing Genre Support Material for the Primary Language Curriculum. [Educational Article] [Link]

Edited Journal Issue

Year Publication
2015 Niamh Fortune (2015) Reading News. [Edited Journal Issue]
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