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Dr. Jennifer Hennessy

Biography

Jennifer is a Lecturer in Education with the School of Education, University of Limerick. Her research interests include the impact of high-stakes assessment on teaching and learning, the role of teachers as researchers and the impact of performativity on teacher identity and agency.

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 (LM091) at the University of Limerick.

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
  • Teacher agency and identity

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

Association

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

Award

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

Publications

Book Chapters

2015

Health education in the context of performance driven education: Challenges and opportunities
Moynihan S.;Hennessy J.;Mannix-Mc Namara P.
(2015) Health education in the context of performance driven education: Challenges and opportunities
In Schools for Health and Sustainability: Theory, Research and Practice; pp. 211-230
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-9171-7_10

2015

Health Education in the Context of Performance Driven Education: Challenges and Opportunities
Sharon Moynihan; Jennifer Hennessy and Patricia Mannix McNamara
(2015) Health Education in the Context of Performance Driven Education: Challenges and Opportunities
In Schools for Health and Sustainability: Theory, Research and Practice; london : Springer pp. 211-232

2011

Using drama in education to develop pre-service English teachers' understanding and capacity in teaching social justice at post-primary level
Jennifer Hennessy
(2011) Using drama in education to develop pre-service English teachers' understanding and capacity in teaching social justice at post-primary level
In Teaching Global Perspectives- Teacher Education and Development Education; Dublin : Liffey Press

Peer Reviewed Journals

2018

Straddling the marshy divide: exploring pre-service teachers¿ attitudes towards teacher research
Hennessy J.;Lynch R.
(2018) Straddling the marshy divide: exploring pre-service teachers¿ attitudes towards teacher research
In Educational Review; pp. 595-616
DOI: 10.1080/00131911.2018.1459482

2017

Exploring the Position of Curriculum Studies across the Continuum of Teacher Education in Ireland
Lynch, R., McCormack, O. and Hennessy, J.
(2017) Exploring the Position of Curriculum Studies across the Continuum of Teacher Education in Ireland
In Irish Educational Studies Irish Educational Studies ;
[ULIR]

2017

Learning to earn? The role of performance grades in higher education
Lynch, R,Hennessy, J
(2017) Learning to earn? The role of performance grades in higher education
In Studies In Higher Education; pp. 1750-1763
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1124850

2016

"I chose to become a teacher because". Exploring the factors influencing teaching choice amongst pre-service teachers in Ireland
Hennessy, J,Lynch, R
(2016) "I chose to become a teacher because". Exploring the factors influencing teaching choice amongst pre-service teachers in Ireland
In Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education; pp. 106-125
DOI: 10.1080/1359866X.2016.1183188
[ULIR]

2015

Plastic people in pinstripe suits: an exploration of the views of Irish parents on the publication of school league tables
McCormack, O., Lynch, R. and Hennessy. J.
(2015) Plastic people in pinstripe suits: an exploration of the views of Irish parents on the publication of school league tables
In Educational Studies;
DOI: 10.1080/03055698.2015.1062080

2015

Student teachers, socialisation, school placement and schizophrenia: The case of curriculum change
Gleeson J.;O'Flaherty J.;Galvin T.;Hennessy J.
(2015) Student teachers, socialisation, school placement and schizophrenia: The case of curriculum change
In Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice; pp. 437-458
DOI: 10.1080/13540602.2014.968895

2014

Student teachers, socialisation, school placement and schizophrenia: the case of curriculum change
Jim Gleeson; Tracy Galvin, Jooanne O' Flaherty and Jennifer Hennessy
(2014) Student teachers, socialisation, school placement and schizophrenia: the case of curriculum change
In Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice; pp. 437-458
DOI: 10.1080/13540602.2014.968895

2013

At the altar of educational efficiency: Performativity and the role of the teacher
Hennessy J.;Mcnamara P.
(2013) At the altar of educational efficiency: Performativity and the role of the teacher
In English Teaching; pp. 6-22

2013

The impact of task difficulty and performance scores on student engagement and progression
Lynch, R,Patten, JV,Hennessy, J
(2013) The impact of task difficulty and performance scores on student engagement and progression
In Educational Research; pp. 291-303
DOI: 10.1080/00131881.2013.825165
[ULIR]

2013

Acknowledging teacher professionalism in Ireland: the case for a Chartered Teacher initiative
Lynch, R,Hennessy, J,Gleeson, J
(2013) Acknowledging teacher professionalism in Ireland: the case for a Chartered Teacher initiative
In Irish Educational Studies; pp. 493-510
DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2013.854453
[ULIR]

2013

At the altar of educational efficiency: Performativity and the role of the teacher
Hennessy, J. and Mannix McNamara, P.
(2013) At the altar of educational efficiency: Performativity and the role of the teacher
In English Teaching-Practice And Critique; pp. 6-22
[ULIR]

2012

'What rough beast?' Conceptualising the poetry teacher in Ireland through the eyes of the pupil
Hennessy J.;Mannix McNamara P.
(2012) 'What rough beast?' Conceptualising the poetry teacher in Ireland through the eyes of the pupil
In Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education; pp. 379-394
DOI: 10.1080/1359866X.2012.724657

2012

Educational Experience, Standardisation and Instrumentalism: A century of limited change
Jennifer Hennessy; Patricia Mannix McNamara
(2012) Educational Experience, Standardisation and Instrumentalism: A century of limited change
In International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education; pp. 951-955

2012

What rough beast?' Conceptualising the poetry teacher in Ireland through the eyes of the pupil,
Hennessy, J. and Mannix McNamara, P.
(2012) What rough beast?' Conceptualising the poetry teacher in Ireland through the eyes of the pupil,
In Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education;
[ULIR]

2011

"The points, the points, the points": Exploring the impact of performance oriented education on the espoused values of Senior Cycle poetry teachers in Ireland
Hennessy, J; Hinchion, C; McNamara, PM
(2011) "The points, the points, the points": Exploring the impact of performance oriented education on the espoused values of Senior Cycle poetry teachers in Ireland
In English Teaching-Practice And Critique; pp. 181-198
[ULIR]

2011

"The points, the points, the points": Exploring the impact of performance oriented education on the espoused values of senior cycle poetry teachers in Ireland
Hennessy J.;Hinchion C.;Mcnamara P.
(2011) "The points, the points, the points": Exploring the impact of performance oriented education on the espoused values of senior cycle poetry teachers in Ireland
In English Teaching; pp. 181-198

2011

Packaging poetry? Pupils' perspectives of their learning experience within the post-primary poetry classroom
Hennessy, J; McNamara, PM
(2011) Packaging poetry? Pupils' perspectives of their learning experience within the post-primary poetry classroom
In English In Education; pp. 206-223
DOI: 10.1111/j.1754-8845.2011.01102.x

2010

Poetry and Pedagogy: Exploring the Opportunity for Epistemological and Affective Development within the Classroom Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal (LICEJ),
Hennessy, J; Hinchion, C; Mannix-McNamara, P
(2010) Poetry and Pedagogy: Exploring the Opportunity for Epistemological and Affective Development within the Classroom Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal (LICEJ),
In Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal; pp. 253-262

2009

Reading other Worlds, Reading my World
Hinchion, C. and Hennessy, J.
(2009) Reading other Worlds, Reading my World
In Policy And Practice: A Development Education Review;

Conference Contributions

2012

Cyprus International Conference on Education
Hennessy, J and Mannix McNamara, P.
(2012) Cyprus International Conference on Education
Kyrenia

2012

Education for Sustainable Development Beyond the Campus
Hennessy, J.
(2012) Education for Sustainable Development Beyond the Campus
University of Limerick

2012

The Written Word: Writing, Publishing and Communication in Higher Education
Cleary, L; Hennessy, J
(2012) The Written Word: Writing, Publishing and Communication in Higher Education
Galway

2011

London International Conference on Education
Hennessy, J; Mannix McNamara, P.
(2011) London International Conference on Education
London

2010

Canada International Conference on Education
Hennessy, J; Hinchion, C.
(2010) Canada International Conference on Education
Toronto

2010

The National Association for the Teaching of English Annual Conference
Hennessy, J.
(2010) The National Association for the Teaching of English Annual Conference
Leicester

2010

The Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference
Hennessy, J; Mannix-McNamara, P; Hinchion, C
(2010) The Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference
Dundalk

2009

The Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference
Hennessy, J; Hinchion, C.
(2009) The Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference
Kilkenny

2009

The National Association for the Teaching of English Annual Conference
Hennessy, J; Hinchion, C.
(2009) The National Association for the Teaching of English Annual Conference
Leicester

2009

The British Educational Research Association Annual Conference
Hennessy, J; Hinchion, C.
(2009) The British Educational Research Association Annual Conference
Manchester

2009

Irish Aid Developmment Education Conference
Hennessy, J.
(2009) Irish Aid Developmment Education Conference
University of Limerick

Other Publications

2011

'Dissecting the Bird to Articulate the Song' Exploring the nature of teaching and learning poetry at Leaving Certificate Level in Ireland
Hennessy, J.
(2011) 'Dissecting the Bird to Articulate the Song' Exploring the nature of teaching and learning poetry at Leaving Certificate Level in Ireland
University of Limerick : University of Limerick

2009

Reading Other Worlds, Reading My World
Hinchion, C; Hennessy, J.
(2009) Reading Other Worlds, Reading My World
In Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review; Centre for Global Education : Centre for Global Education pp. 7-22