StudentMeet Panel Discussion

From the Lecture Room to the Classroom: How Research Enhances Practice across the Teaching Continuum

Live on the Main Stage from 2.00pm - 3.00pm

It can sometimes feel that the academic work of a student teacher doesn’t always relate to the practical job of a teacher. But perhaps the psychologist Kurt Lewin had teaching in mind when he said, ‘There is Nothing so Practical as a Good Theory!’

This panel of NQTs and principals from primary, post-primary and further education addressed the audience of student teachers to discuss the impact that research has on their teaching practice. From active to formal research, teachers are life-long learners and they bring this love of learning to their classrooms.

The panel, via video link, also addressed any burning questions that student teachers may have and are on hand to offer advice and guidance.

Jean Harrington, from The Teaching Council, was the Chairperson for the panel discussion, and was live in studio.

The panel included:

  • Lisa Plunkett, Primary Teacher at Our Lady Immaculate Senior National School, Darndale, Co. Dublin 
  • Morgan Doran, Principal of Rush National School, Rush, Co. Dublin  
  • Martin Carey, Post-primary Teacher at Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré, Co. Tipperary
  • Rachel O'Connor, Principal of Ramsgrange Community School, Ramsgrange, Co. Wexford
  • Marie O'Callaghan, PLC Coordinator at College of Further Education and Training, Ennis Campus, Co. Clare 
  • Conor Thompson, Further Education Teacher working in Dublin

StudentMeet Research Booth

Expo Area from 3.15pm - 4.30pm

Moderated by Finn Ó Murchú, this booth hosted research in the form of poster presentations from Newly Qualified Teachers. It served as a breakout room after the panel discussion, and the audience had the opportunity to chat with each other, and to explore the research topics further.