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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

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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Theme tune composed and arranged by David Vesey

On this week's programme I speak to Ray Gallon of the Transformation Society about education outside the formal settings of school. I interviewed Ray at the 2018 annual conference of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe.

Among the topics we discuss are the following:

  • How the phrase “knowledge is power” has changed meaning
  • Educating outside formal school settings
  • Working with different sized groups
  • Presenting webinars
  • How he organises his own learning
  • Effective presentations
  • How teaching is changing
  • Ingredients of a good radio programme
  • Difference between a radio programme and a podcast
  • What inspires him personally and professionally
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 Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

Theme music composed and arranged by David Vesey.

On this week's programme I speak to Arjen Wals from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands where he is Professor of Transformative Learning for Socioecological Sustainability/UNESCO Chair. He was a keynote speaker at the 2018 annual conference of the Association for Teacher Education of Europe, which was held in Gävle in Sweden in August. Among the topics we discussed were the following:

  • Why a sustainable approach to teaching is important
  • Why teachers alone cannot bring about sustainable living
  • How to promote sustainable choices in education
  • How sustainable choices may vary from one place to another
  • Why making teachers more accountable discourages them from taking risks
  • CSI – Critical Sustainability Investigations (example with old mobile phones)
  • Students taking photos of things that bother them in their environment and sharing them
  • “Alternative” pedagogies (experimental learning, embodied learning, place-based learning, discovery learning, problem-based learning)
  • The risk of having future people in power acting in an eco-totalitarian manner if sustainability issues are not addressed while time is available
  • What Policymakers can do to make education more sustainable

During our conversation Professor Wals referred to Fairphone.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

Today I speak to Dr. David Powell from the University of Huddersfield about teacher education. I met up with David at the 2018 annual conference of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe. Among the topics we discuss are:

  • The soul of teacher education
  • The apprenticeship model of learning to teach
  • Observing teaching using the "Viewing Frame"
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This week I'm delighted to bring you the second part of my interview with Niamh Dunphy, the teacher behind the blog and social media resource Irish Primary Teacher. Among the topics we talk about on the programme this week are:

  • Plans for developing Irish Primary Teacher
  • Where she gets her lesson ideas
  • Using the store to encourage users to remain on the website
  • How she reviews products for the Reviews section
  • Clothing and teaching
  • What she likes most and finds most challenging about teaching
  • Differences between teaching in England and teaching in Ireland
  • Her favourite subject to teach
  • What she has learned from teaching to date
  • What are schools for?
  • A teacher who had a significant impact on her
  • Who inspires her
  • Why she finds Instagram better than books
  • A change she would make in her current school
  • And much more!
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I speak to Niamh Dunphy, the person behind the hugely popular Irish Primary Teacher, blog, Facebook page and Instagram account.

Among the topics we discuss in this first part of our interview are:

  • Why she set up the blog, and pages on Instagram and Facebook
  • Her positive and negative experiences of teaching in England
  • What she knows about her audience
  • Dividing content among various social media platforms
  • How teachers support each other through social media
  • What posts are most popular
  • Dealing with trolls and negative comments
  • How much time it takes
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I speak to Catherine O'Connor about making the transition from post-primary school to college. Catherine is author of the book, Cracking the College Code: Making the Most of the First Year College Experience.

To get your own copy of Catherine O’Connor’s book Cracking the College Code: Making the most of the first year college experience, you can enter the competition on the programme this week. Either send your name and where you’re listening from, by e-mail to insideeducation@dublincityfm.ie. Or else retweet the link to this week’s programme on Twitter and include the hashtag #collegecode. Enter by midnight, Irish time on Monday, 8th October 2018.

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This week I speak to my colleague in Marino Institute of Education, Dr. Denis Robinson, about leadership in education and specifically leadership in Christian Education. Denis Robinson is the Coordinator of the Masters in Education Studies course, Leadership in Christian Education, a degree accredited by Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. Among the topics we discuss in the interview are:

  • His conception of leadership
  • What leader inspires him
  • The value of daily reflection for leaders
  • The course he offers on Leadership in Christian Education at the Marino Institute of Education
  • How he has learned about educational leadership from Parker Palmer
  • What is distinctive about leadership in Christian Education
  • What school is for

This is the final Inside Education in the current series. A new series will begin in October 2018.

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This week I am joined by University College Dublin School of Education Professor, Ciaran Sugrue, to discuss child-centred education, school leadership and educational research in Ireland. Among the topics we discuss are:

  • Children-centred education
  • Lack of mobility for teachers
  • Privileging good relations in school
  • Unmasking school leadership
  • Continuous professional development – changes over the last two decades
  • Despite Ireland's size, how schools vary a lot
  • The value of teachers collaborating on projects
  • His tenure as editor of Irish Educational Studies
  • His thoughts about educational research in Ireland
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On this week's programme I am joined again by Dr. Karen Hammerness who is the Director of Edcuational research and Evaluation at the American Museum of Natural History. This week we talk about the Museum as a site for education, including teacher education and we hear about the innovative programmes the museum has in place for educating people in and about science. Among the topics discussed this week are:

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