In 2017, the Teaching Council awarded 33 bursaries, totalling €100,000, to teachers and others engaging in and with educational research. The funding was 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.
Speaking this week, Teaching Council Chairperson, Noelle Moran, said
The response to the research support framework has been overwhelming in terms of both the quantity and variety of research applications submitted. As Chair of the Teaching Council I must commend all the applicants for their enthusiasm for educational research which inevitably must benefit pupils in Ireland’s schools.”
Commenting on the awards, Teaching Council Director, Tomás Ó Ruairc said:
The promotion of research into teaching, learning and assessment is a key function of the Council and I am delighted to see the variety of research being undertaken this year. I wish all the recipients well with their research. In line with the overall objectives of the Framework, we will continue to support the recipients of research funding, as their learning journey continues, and I look forward to them 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.
An awards ceremony for the recipients was held on Thursday, January 18th. A selection of photographs from the event are available to view below.