Priority Research Areas

In carrying out its research function, the Council will identify areas which are of particular research interest having regard to:

(a) the objects of the Council as set out in the Teaching Council Act, 2001

(b) the aims and objectives identified in the Council’s Strategic Plan.

Please see below a list of research areas which are of particular relevance to the Council’s current programme of work.

This list will be reviewed from time to time and updated as appropriate.

1. The Continuum of Teacher Education

Examples of possible research topics under this heading:

Initial teacher education; The professional portfolio; The career entry phase, including induction and probation; Continuing professional development, including current needs (individual, school, system), current provision, etc. ; Developing professional learning communities; Standards of teaching, knowledge, skill and competence across the continuum.

2. Teaching in a Changing Society

Examples of possible research topics under this heading include:

Teaching for diversity, inclusion and special educational needs; Teaching for social capital - Teaching for citizenship and moral development; Developing creative, lifelong learners; Using ICT for teaching, learning and assessment; Places and spaces for learning, including virtual learning environments and multimodal texts.

3. Pedagogy

Examples of possible research topics under this heading include:

Effective teaching of literacy and numeracy; Integration of subject themes and cross curricular working; Whole school curriculum policy development and evaluation; Assessing for learning/formative assessment; Pedagogic approaches and perspectives on learning.

4. Teaching as a Profession

Examples of possible research topics under this heading include:

Perceptions of the Teaching Council; Effective strategies for partnership between the Council and its stakeholders; Perceptions of teacher professionalism; Perceptions of the role of the teacher; Self-regulation in the teaching profession; Collegiality in teaching; Entry criteria; The development of teaching as a profession (national and international trends); Progression paths in teaching (national/international trends).

5. Core Education Principles and Policy Issues

Examples of possible research topics under this heading include:

The changing context of patronage/ethos; Supply of, and demand for, teachers; Partnership within education; The potential for reconceptualisation of the education system towards an improved teaching and  learning experience.