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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

My guest on this week's programme is Laureate na nÓg, PJ Lynch, who is also an award-winning illustrator and author. I spoke to him on the occasion of his giving the keynote address at the 41st Annual Conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland, which held its conference in Marino Institute of Education on October 5 and 6 this year.

During the interview Pj Lynch referred to many children's illustrators and authors, including:Louise O'Neill, Derek Landy, Eoin Colfer, E.R. Murray, Matt Griffin, Nicola Pierce, Mo Willems, Lisbeth Zwerger, Sandy Turner, Oliver Jeffers, Chris Haughton, Niamh Sharkey and Marie Louise Fitzpatrick. He also mentioned the book, Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.

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This week I bring you the second part of my interview with Dr. Sandra Austin from the Marino Institute of Education on garden-based learning.

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This week I speak to scientist, horticulturalist, and educator Dr. Sandra Austin about her research on school gardens. Sandra Austin lectures in social, environmental, and scientific education in the Marino Institute of Education.

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On this week's programme philosopher and retired primary school teacher, John Doyle, explores his relationship to the Irish language. It's a complicated picture but one that he attempts to portray because it informs his teaching of the language. He considers such excavation for teaching as being like the preparation a boxer does in the gym before stepping into a boxing ring for a fight. The essay is abridged in order to fit in the 30-minute duration of the radio programme.

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On this week's programme, philosopher and retired primary school teacher, John Doyle, reflects on teaching. First he uses the boxing ring as a metaphor for the classroom and preparation for teaching is like the time spent in a gym. Later in the programme he answers questions on books that influenced his teaching and advice for a beginning teacher. John taught for several years in St. Brigid's National School in Castleknock; I first met him when I was placed as a student teacher in his class in the mid 1980s. 

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On this week's programme I continue my interview with Dr. Michael Flannery from the Marino Institute of Education about the teaching of visual arts. We spoke to mark the launch of the new Master's in Education Studies course in the Visual Arts offered by the Institute.

Among the topics we covered in this part of the interview were the following:

  • The kind of art he likes
  • Do you have to be good at the visual arts to teach it well?
  • The role of specialists in visual arts education
  • Incorporating imagination, integration and innovation into a teacher education course
  • Bringing children to work on visual arts using the college facilities
  • The new Master’s course in visual arts offered by Marino Institute of Education
  • The benefits of slowing down
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I speak to Dr. Michael Flannery from the Marino Institute of Education about the teaching of visual arts. We spoke to mark the launch of the new Master's in Education Studies course in the Visual Arts offered by the Institute.

Among the topics we covered in this part of the interview were the following:

  • How he became interested in the visual arts
  • Benefits for children in learning visual arts
  • Stages in producing visual art
  • Starting points for visual art lessons
  • Introducing children to genres or kinds of art that are often neglected
  • Stages of development in learning art
  • Using art to mark significant events in the school year
  • Assessment in the visual arts
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Presented and Produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I bring you interview sections from previous guests which did not fit into the space available in the original programmes. First we hear Stanford University Professor of Education, Hilda Borko who talks about how she does her research. Then Dr. Katie Novak discusses the challenges and opportunities involved in applying Universal Design for Learning principles. Finally, Professor Akihiko Takahashi from De Paul University presents a Japanese perspective on mathematics teaching and on education more generally.

The programmes they orginally featured on are here:

Hilda Borko

Katie Novak

Akihiko Takahashi

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I bring you an interview I conducted with Stanford University Graduate School of Education Professor, Hilda Borko. Among the topics we discuss are the following:

  • Summer schools for children in the United States
  • Professional Development for science teachers
  • Argumentation in science lessons
  • How she uses video in professional development
  • Work she is most proud of in education to date
  • Key ingredients of professional development for teachers
  • How she chose a career in education
  • How she started a school when she was a graduate student
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with members of the Mulcahy family who are originally from Cork but who are now working as education professors in the United States. Donal G Mulcahy and Cara Mulcahy are in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Central Connecticut State University. Donal E Mulcahy is a professor and Director of Elementary Education in the Department of Education at Wake Forest University.

Among the topics we discussed in this part of the interview are the following:

  • Donal G's career trajectory
  • Comparing features of the US and Irish education systems
  • The establishment of the Education Studies Association of Ireland
  • Diane Ravitch and her influence in US education
  • What constitutes a liberal education?
  • Having faith in teachers
  • Sources of Inspiration
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