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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I interview three members of the Mulcahy family who are originally from Cork but who all work as education professors in the United States. The father, Donal G. Mulcahy, and daughter, Cara Mulcahy both work in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Central Connecticut State University and Cara's brother, Donal E. Mulcahy is a professor and Director of Elementary Education in the Department of Education at Wake Forest University. They each addressed the 2017 annual confernece of the Education Studies Association of Ireland, of which Donal G. was a founding member.

Among the points raised on the programme are:

  • The purpose of Education
  • Control of education and the role of teachers, policymakers, administrators, foundations and corporations
  • The workshop approach to teaching reading and writing 18’26” Authors referred to include Lucy Calkins, author of The Art of Teaching Writing; Linda Rief, author of Seeking Diversity: Language Arts with Adolescents; and Nancy Atwell, author of In the Middle.
  • Why policymakers pay insufficient heed to education research.
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On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with Professor Kathy Short from the College of Education at the University of Arizona. In this programme she talks about how she became interested in inquiry-based learning, the Worlds of Words initiative she established and about being on the award committee for the Caldecott Medal. She was in Ireland to address the Symposium on Inquiry Based Learning organised by the Marino Institute of Education to mark the launch of a new masters degree in inquiry-based learning being offered in the Marino Institute of Education. 

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On this week's progrmame I bring you new material from three guests who previously appeared on the programme. Below I list the guests and put links to the programmes on which they featured:

Jackie Marsh

Annette Honan

Siobhán Keenan Fitzgerald on Public Speaking 1 and Public Speaking 2

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On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with SIobhán Keenan Fitzgerald, the principal of Eglish National School in Galway. In this part of the interview Siobhán talks about how as principal she introduced the public speaking programme she developed, LET'S STAND, in the school, how she uses video examples of public speaking in her teaching and how her school was selected as a Changemaker school.

In November 2016 Siobhán won the over 19s category of the National Final of the Europe Direct Soapbox Competition. You can watch her winning poetic speech Siobhán Keenan Fitzgerald.

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My guest on this week's programme is Siobhán Keenan Fitzgerald who developed the Let's Stand programme to teach public speaking to children. In the programme Siobhán outlines the difference between public speaking and debating, she tells the story of how a presentation she gave in Japanese to a group of Japanese tea-ladies reinforced for her the power of public speaking and she explains how she began to apply principles of Toastmasters in her teaching. Siobhán is principal of Eglish National School in Galway, which is recognised as a changemaker school.

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This week's guest is Professor Jackie Marsh from the University of Sheffield's School of Education. I interviewed her when she was in Dublin as a keynote speaker at the 40th annual conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland. In the course of the interview Jackie Marsh referred to some online resources and books including:

National Literacy Trust

Common Sense Media

Technology and Play

Aurasma

Anne Hass Dyson

The Meaning Makers by Gordon Wells








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On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with Dr. David Rose of CAST where he talks about Universal Design for Learning and schools having a "print disability."

Dr. Barbara O'Toole, who is coordinator of the Masters in Education Studies (Intercultural Education) programme at the Marino Institute of Education discusses some of the challenges faced by children of linguistic minorities in schools.

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On this week's programme to mark National Science Week I visited the national finals of Scifest and spoke to its founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sheila Porter. I also spoke to two teachers, Catherine Tattersall from Sutton Park School and Dr. Katie Corbett from Skerries Community College.

I also bring you a final piece from my interview with Mary Roche, author of Developing Children's Critical Thinking through Picturebooks, in which she names some of her favourite picture books.

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On this week's programme I spoke to Dr. Mary Roche who is the author of Developing Children’s Critical Thinking through Picturebooks. You can read more about her book here.

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The guest on this week's programme was Catherine Gilliland from St. Mary's University College, Belfast. She was a keynote speaker at the 2015 annual conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland.

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