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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme Ciarán Gray from North Bay Educate Together National School and Company B talks about his own interest in dance and shares some of his thoughts on primary teaching.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme primary school teacher Ciarán Gray talks about dance education and about Company B, the dance company he set up for young males. Ciarán teaches in North Bay Educate Together National School.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I speak to a young researcher, Craig Skerritt, who works in the Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection, Dublin City University. We discuss how the work of Basil Bernstein can shed a light on educating students in schools serving areas designated as disadvantaged. We also learn about Craig's experience of teaching in England.

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My guest on this week's programme is Laureate na nÓg, PJ Lynch, who is also an award-winning illustrator and author. I spoke to him on the occasion of his giving the keynote address at the 41st Annual Conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland, which held its conference in Marino Institute of Education on October 5 and 6 this year.

During the interview Pj Lynch referred to many children's illustrators and authors, including:Louise O'Neill, Derek Landy, Eoin Colfer, E.R. Murray, Matt Griffin, Nicola Pierce, Mo Willems, Lisbeth Zwerger, Sandy Turner, Oliver Jeffers, Chris Haughton, Niamh Sharkey and Marie Louise Fitzpatrick. He also mentioned the book, Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.

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This week I bring you the second part of my interview with Dr. Sandra Austin from the Marino Institute of Education on garden-based learning.

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This week I speak to scientist, horticulturalist, and educator Dr. Sandra Austin about her research on school gardens. Sandra Austin lectures in social, environmental, and scientific education in the Marino Institute of Education.

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On this week's programme philosopher and retired primary school teacher, John Doyle, explores his relationship to the Irish language. It's a complicated picture but one that he attempts to portray because it informs his teaching of the language. He considers such excavation for teaching as being like the preparation a boxer does in the gym before stepping into a boxing ring for a fight. The essay is abridged in order to fit in the 30-minute duration of the radio programme.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme, philosopher and retired primary school teacher, John Doyle, reflects on teaching. First he uses the boxing ring as a metaphor for the classroom and preparation for teaching is like the time spent in a gym. Later in the programme he answers questions on books that influenced his teaching and advice for a beginning teacher. John taught for several years in St. Brigid's National School in Castleknock; I first met him when I was placed as a student teacher in his class in the mid 1980s. 

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I continue my interview with Dr. Michael Flannery from the Marino Institute of Education about the teaching of visual arts. We spoke to mark the launch of the new Master's in Education Studies course in the Visual Arts offered by the Institute.

Among the topics we covered in this part of the interview were the following:

  • The kind of art he likes
  • Do you have to be good at the visual arts to teach it well?
  • The role of specialists in visual arts education
  • Incorporating imagination, integration and innovation into a teacher education course
  • Bringing children to work on visual arts using the college facilities
  • The new Master’s course in visual arts offered by Marino Institute of Education
  • The benefits of slowing down
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I speak to Dr. Michael Flannery from the Marino Institute of Education about the teaching of visual arts. We spoke to mark the launch of the new Master's in Education Studies course in the Visual Arts offered by the Institute.

Among the topics we covered in this part of the interview were the following:

  • How he became interested in the visual arts
  • Benefits for children in learning visual arts
  • Stages in producing visual art
  • Starting points for visual art lessons
  • Introducing children to genres or kinds of art that are often neglected
  • Stages of development in learning art
  • Using art to mark significant events in the school year
  • Assessment in the visual arts
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