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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

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On this week's programme, the guests were two of the keynote speakers from the 2019 annual conference of the Irish Primary Principals' Network, the IPPN, Adam Harris and Patrick O'Shea. Adam Harris is the Chief Executive Officer of AsIAm, an organisation set up to give people with autism a voice. My conversation with Adam included the following topics:

  • His message for primary school principals
  • The importance of school culture
  • The “scattered skill sets” of people with autism
  • The value of focusing on a student’s strengths
  • Disclosing the having of autism
  • Support for students with autism
  • A student’s relationship with their SNA
  • The work of As I Am
  • Awareness of versus Understanding People with autism
  • Coping mechanisms for difficult situations and places
  • Being diagnosed as having autism

 

Professor Patrick O'Shea was appointed President of University College Cork in 2017 following a three-decade career in academia in the United States. My conversation with Patrick included the topics below:

  • Why he sees Brexit as a tremendous opportunity for Ireland and Irish education
  • Why he emigrated to the United States and how Ireland changed while he was away
  • His impression of University culture in the United States
  • The mission of University College Cork
  • How learning will happen without teaching
  • Educating explorers rather than training tourists
  • Motivation of Students
  • The role of a School of Education in a University
  • Comparing leadership of a university with leading a primary school
  • A typical day
  • Junior Conferring
  • Why history is what’s left when the noise and the news are gone
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Theme tune by David Vesey.

This week I bring you the first of my interviews recorded at the 2019 annual conference of the Irish Primary Principals' Network. The theme of the conference was Sustainable Leadership: Challenges and Opportunities. My interview today is with the Chief Executive Officer of the Network, Páiric Clerkin. Among the various topics discussed this week are:

  • Relief from teaching duties on one day a week for teaching principals
  • Restoration of posts of responsibility in larger schools
  • Establishment of the Primary Education Forum (Calendar of reform)
  • Problems in schools arising from children who are homeless or in direct provision
  • His priorities for the year ahead (mentoring and the Centre for School Leadership; redeveloping online services)
  • Members’ positive response to the address by the Minister for Education and Skills
  • Applying for a position as School Principal
  • Prioritising for principals and making school leadership "doable"
  • Teachers’ developing their expertise in areas they’re passionate about
  • Transitioning into the role of CEO of the IPPN
  • The writings of Andy Hargreaves
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On this week's programme I speak to two teacher educators, Anja Swennen from the University of Amsterdam and Professor Kay Livingston from the University of Glasgow. Kay Livingston talks about innovative teaching with specific reference to a cross-European research study she is conducting with colleagues in her Research Development Community of the Association of Teacher Education in Europe. Anja Swennen continues the discussion which was begun on last week's programme and among the topics discussed are the following:

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On this week's programme I discuss teacher education with Anja Swennen from the VU University, Amsterdam. I met up with her at the annual conference of the Association for Teacher Education of Europe in Gavle, Sweden in August 2018. Among the topics we discuss in this part of the interview are the following:

  • Jean Murray’s idea of first-order and second-order practitioner
  • The move from expert teacher to novice teacher educator
  • Recruiting a teacher educator
  • The curriculum for a course in Teacher Education
  • Preparing for registration as a Teacher Educator in the Netherlands
  • Identity of Teacher Educators (Subject specialist; pedagogue; a teacher in higher education; researcher; and teacher)
  • Teacher Educators and researching practice and research in schools
  • How history of education can help teachers understand their work
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On this week's programme I bring you new excerpts from guests who featured on recent programmes: Frank McNally who is the main contributor to the Irishman's Diary column in The Irish Times, was a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland. David Powell from the University of Huddersfield and Arjen Wals from the Wageningen University both contributed to the annual conference of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe.

In the course of his interview David Powell referred to the research team led by Stephen Kemmis.

Arjen Wals named a number of concepts, people, websites and publications related to sustainability and education.

 

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On this week's programme I speak to the main author of An Irishman's Diary in The Irish Times, Frank McNally. Frank was a keynote speaker at the 42nd annual conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland. Among the topics covered in the interview are the following:

  • Why Frank's family members were known by the nickname the “College” McNallys.
  • Among native English speakers, why only the Irish and the Scots use the expression “Amn’t I?”
  • Doing two Leaving Certificates and no Inter Cert
  • Doing a masters degree without doing a bachelors degree
  • How he goes about writing An Irishman’s Diary in The Irish Times
  • The books he read while attending the “University of Life”
  • Two English teachers who had a significant impact on him
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This week I look ahead to the upcoming conference of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) with Professor Ciarán Sugrue. The theme of the conference is "50 Years On: Reflecting on the Legacy of Free Second-Level Education." In the interview we discuss educational research, teacher education, and the impact that free education has had on the teaching profession.

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On this week's programme my guest is teacher educator and philosopher Dr. Pádraig Hogan of the Department of Education at Maynooth University. I spoke to Pádraig at the annual conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland. Among the topics we discussed in a wide-ranging interview were:

  • The purpose of schools
  • Truth and education
  • Teaching as a way of life
  • Learning as a way of life for teachers
  • Supervision on school placement
  • Challenging our prejudices as teachers and teacher educators
  • Deference and difference in education
  • Ethics and education

Ethics and teaching

Becoming a discerning reader of your own teaching

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On this week's programme I speak to two keynote speakers from the 2018 annual conference of the Computer Education Society of Ireland, Elizabeth Oldham and Richard Millwood, both from Trinity College Dublin. They discuss the past, present and future of the organisation and among other topics Richard discusses how computational thinking relates to teaching the visual arts. 

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On this week's programme my guest is Joanna Norton, a lecturer at the University of the Arts in London. In the course of our interview she told me about the App she developed called Keywords Biology.

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