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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with members of the Mulcahy family who are originally from Cork but who are now working as education professors in the United States. Donal G Mulcahy and Cara Mulcahy are in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Central Connecticut State University. Donal E Mulcahy is a professor and Director of Elementary Education in the Department of Education at Wake Forest University.

Among the topics we discussed in this part of the interview are the following:

  • Donal G's career trajectory
  • Comparing features of the US and Irish education systems
  • The establishment of the Education Studies Association of Ireland
  • Diane Ravitch and her influence in US education
  • What constitutes a liberal education?
  • Having faith in teachers
  • Sources of Inspiration
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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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This week I speak to Dr. Brian Fleming, a retired school principal and author of Irish Education 1922 - 2007: Cherishing all the Children? Among the topics discussed during our conversation were the following:

  • Who he spoke to in writing the book
  • Where the power lies in education today
  • What can be done to reduce inequality in education
  • How the insertion of a single word, “for” in the Irish Constitution shaped the government’s role in education
  • Provision for reducing disadvantage in the 1998 Education Act
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On this week's programme I speak to Annette Honan from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment about the new Leaving Certificate subject, Politcs and Society.

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My guest on the programme this week is Georgeta Ion. Originally from Romania, Georgeta is a lecturer in the Department of Applied Pedagogy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

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On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with Professor Susan Moore Johnson from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. Among the topics we discussed this week were the Public Education Leadership Project, a collaboration between Harvard's Graduate School of Education and Business School.

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On this week's programme I spoke to Professor Susan Moore Johnson from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She talks about the Project on the Next Generation of Teachers and about leadership in schools.

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On this week's programme my guest is Professor Bob Slavin from Johns Hopkins University School of Education. The topics covered were cooperative learning and ability grouping. I spoke to him on the fringes of the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Washington DC in April 2016.

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On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with John Walshe who after spending 4 decades as an education journalist was appointed special adviser to education and skills minister Ruairí Quinn. He wrote about this experience in An Education: How an outsider became an insider - and learned what really goes on in Irish government.

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On this week's programme I speak to John Walshe who spent many years as education editor for the Irish Independent and was also special adviser to Ruairí Quinn when he was minister for education and skills. He authored a book about his experience as special adviser titled An Education: How an outsider became an insider - and learned what really goes on in Irish government.

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