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Dr Jennifer Hennessy



Jennifer is a Lecturer in Education with the School of Education, University of Limerick. Her research interests include pedagogy and performativity, teachers as researchers and the impact of school culture on curriculum. Her research has been published across a variety of leading ISI journals including Educational Review, Studies in Higher Education, Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, Educational Studies, Irish Educational Studies, The Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education and English Teaching Practice and Critique. Jennifer is the Research Strand Coordinator for the Professional Master in Education programme and Course Director for the Bachelor of Education in Languages programme, UL.

Research Interests

Jennifer’s research interests include pedagogy and performativity, curriculum and assessment, the impact of school culture on curriculum,poetry pedagogy and teachers as researchers. Her research has been published across a variety of leading ISI journals.

Jennifer provides research supervision in the following areas:

  • The impact of assessment and performativity on teaching and learning 
  • Teachers as researchers

  • The teaching, learning and assessment of post-primary poetry

  • The place of the arts in education

  • School culture and curriculum change



Teaching Interests

Jennifer lectures on a range of education modules at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level, including; Research Methods, Advanced Research Methods, Curriculum and Policy Studies, How Young People Learn and Teachers as Professionals.

Jennifer is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium where she is responsible for the design and provision of the ‘Research Design and Quantitative Analyses’ module component on the Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity.

Professional Activities


  • 2010 Promotion of best practice in the teaching of English, Irish National Organisation of Teachers of English (INOTE)


  • 2007 - Advanced Scholar Award
  • 2006 - J.N. Oliver Perpetual Trophy


Book Chapter


Health Education in the Context of Performance Driven Education: Challenges and Opportunities
Sharon Moynihan; Jennifer Hennessy and Patricia Mannix McNamara
Schools for Health and Sustainability: Theory, Research and Practice


Health education in the context of performance driven education: Challenges and opportunities
Moynihan S.;Hennessy J.;Mannix-Mc Namara P.
Schools for Health and Sustainability: Theory, Research and Practice DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-9171-7_10


Using drama in education to develop pre-service English teachers' understanding and capacity in teaching social justice at post-primary level
Jennifer Hennessy
Teaching Global Perspectives- Teacher Education and Development Education

Conference Contribution


Other Publication


Reading Other Worlds, Reading My World
Hinchion, C; Hennessy, J.
Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review

Peer Reviewed Journal


Exploring the Position of Curriculum Studies across the Continuum of Teacher Education in Ireland
Lynch, R., McCormack, O. and Hennessy, J.
Irish Educational Studies Irish Educational Studies


Student teachers, socialisation, school placement and schizophrenia: the case of curriculum change
Jim Gleeson; Tracy Galvin, Jooanne O’ Flaherty and Jennifer Hennessy
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice DOI: 10.1080/13540602.2014.968895


Educational Experience, Standardisation and Instrumentalism: A century of limited change
Jennifer Hennessy; Patricia Mannix McNamara
International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education


Reading other Worlds, Reading my World
Hinchion, C. and Hennessy, J.
Policy And Practice: A Development Education Review