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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 my friend and former colleague, Professor Anne O'Gara. Professor O'Gara was President of Marino Institute of Education from 2006 to 2018. Prior to that she taught in primary schools for several years before becoming Assistant National Coordinator of the Home-School-Community Liaison Scheme, and subsequently an inspector at the Department of Education and Skills. In this first part of our interview we focused on leadership in education. Among the topics discussed were:

  • Entering an institution as a new leader
  • Identifying priorities as a leader
  • Bringing about Change and Resistance to Change
  • Doing courses, lifelong learning and coaching
  • Developing new courses
  • Changing your leadership style
  • 360-degree feedback
  • Preparing for difficult conversations
  • Partnerships with stakeholders
  • What she misses and does not miss about the work

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

Theme tune composed and arranged by David Vesey

On this week's programme I bring you new excerpts from guests who featured on recent programmes: Frank McNally who is the main contributor to the Irishman's Diary column in The Irish Times, was a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland. David Powell from the University of Huddersfield and Arjen Wals from the Wageningen University both contributed to the annual conference of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe.

In the course of his interview David Powell referred to the research team led by Stephen Kemmis.

Arjen Wals named a number of concepts, people, websites and publications related to sustainability and education.

 

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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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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

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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