Teaching Council awards 33 research bursaries totalling €100,000 to teachers

The Teaching Council has awarded 33 bursaries, totalling €100,000, to teachers and others engaging in and with educational research. The funding is being awarded under the first cycle of the Council’s Research Support Framework. The framework is a key element of the Council’s CROÍ Research Series (Collaboration and Research for Ongoing Innovation).

This framework fosters and promotes learning by supporting a range of approaches, including practitioner research, and the application of an enquiry-based approach to practice. It places a strong emphasis on research activities which will strengthen the links between research, policy and practice, and on collaboration among teachers, and between teachers and other stakeholders in education.

The Council also decided to recognise the contribution of Professor John Coolahan for his work in the education field both at home and abroad by announcing the framework will now be designated as the John Coolahan Research Support Framework.

An awards ceremony for the recipients was held in the Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley, on the evening of Thursday, January 18th.

Speaking at the event, the Chairperson of the Teaching Council, Ms. Noelle Moran, said: “The response to the research support framework has been overwhelming in terms of both the quantity and variety of the 100 research applications submitted. As Chair of the Teaching Council I must commend all the applicants for their enthusiasm for educational research which inevitably will benefit pupils in Ireland’s schools. I am also delighted to name the Research Support Framework in honour of Professor John Coolahan. His contribution to education, both at home and abroad, has been immense and I am delighted that he was able to attend the awards ceremony.”

The Director of the Teaching Council, Mr. Tomás Ó Ruairc said: “Supporting teachers’ engagement with and in research is a key function of the Council. Teachers know that research lies at the very heart of teaching and learning and it is important for the Council to acknowledge this. Teachers always want to know that they are making a difference. Enhanced engagement with research, by their peers and others, will continue to help them answer that question. I look forward to teachers and their fellow researchers sharing their learning with us, and more broadly, so that it can have a breadth and depth of impact at individual, local and national level.