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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

On this week's programme I speak to Professor Mark Morgan from Dublin City University about psychology, education, his career and his thoughts on education. Among the topics we discuss are the following:

  • How he became interested in psychology as a student teacher in St. Patrick’s College
  • Being taught by John McNamara (who was known for his study of bilingualism)
  • Completing postgraduate studies in London
  • Being appointed as lecturer in St. Patrick’s College
  • Having Albert Bandura as a tutor when offered a fellowship at Stanford University
  • The idea of self efficacy
  • His interest in TV and violence, resilience and substance misuse prevention
  • The use of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods data in psychology
  • His doctoral research on intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
  • His research on adversity and resilience
  • What teachers can do to be more resilient
  • How he planned his classes as a teacher educator
  • How early home and school experiences influenced his subsequent interests and ideas
  • Why psychology is useful for student teachers
  • How the field of educational psychology has evolved over the last 50 years
  • His involvement in the Growing Up in Ireland study
  • Learning in later years
  • He recommended Albert Bandura's book Social foundations of thought and action: A social cognitive theory.
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