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Dr. Orla Mc Cormack

Biography

Dr Orla McCormack is a Lecturer in Education in the School of Education and is the Programme Director for the Professional Master of Education. Her main teaching interests relate to Curriculum Policy and Reform, which she teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her research interests focus on curriculum issues, pre-service education, particularly reflective practice. She has coordinated a number of internationally and nationally funded research projects, including Tempus and Erasmus+ projects. She jointly led a project funded by the ETB sector, exploring, for the first time, the characteric spirit of ETB schools/

Research Interests

Curriculum reform, initial teacher education with a particular focus on reflective practice and values in publicly managed schools.

Professional Activities

Education

  • 2003 University of Limerick - Bachelor of Education

Publications

Books

2008

Stop Talking and Do Something!The Young Social Innovators Programme: An Independent Evaluation
Gleeson, J; Ó Donnabháin, D; McCormack, O; O'Flaherty, J
(2008) Stop Talking and Do Something!The Young Social Innovators Programme: An Independent Evaluation
(Ed.) Dublin : Liffey Press Dublin

Book Chapters

2009

An examination of pre-service teacher education students attitudes and experiences of examining development education issues into post-primary education
McCormack, O; O'Flaherty, J
(2009) An examination of pre-service teacher education students attitudes and experiences of examining development education issues into post-primary education
In Ubuntu Network action research and other projects to integrate development education into Initial teacher education; http://www.ubuntu.ie/ubuntu_e-book2009.html : Ubuntu network pp. 47-54 http://www.ubuntu.ie/ubuntu_e-book2009.html

Peer Reviewed Journals

2016

Counterfactual mutation of critical classroom incidents: implications for reflective practice in initial teacher education
McGarr, O,McCormack, O
(2016) Counterfactual mutation of critical classroom incidents: implications for reflective practice in initial teacher education
In European Journal Of Teacher Education; pp. 36-52
DOI: 10.1080/02619768.2015.1066329
[ULIR]

2015

Introducing education for sustainable development into Egyptian schools
Sewilam, H,McCormack, O,Mader, M,Raouf, MA
(2015) Introducing education for sustainable development into Egyptian schools
In Environment Development And Sustainability; pp. 221-238
DOI: 10.1007/s10668-014-9597-7

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,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; pp. 513-533
DOI: 10.1080/03055698.2015.1062080

2014

Reflecting to Conform? Exploring Irish Student Teachers' Discourses in Reflective Practice
McGarr, O,McCormack, O
(2014) Reflecting to Conform? Exploring Irish Student Teachers' Discourses in Reflective Practice
In Journal Of Educational Research; pp. 267-280
DOI: 10.1080/00220671.2013.807489
[ULIR]

2012

Curriculum, culture, ideology and ownership: the case of the Exploring Masculinities programme
McCormack, O,Gleeson, J
(2012) Curriculum, culture, ideology and ownership: the case of the Exploring Masculinities programme
In Irish Educational Studies; pp. 397-414
DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2012.673909

2010

An examination of pre-service teacher education student's attitudes and experiences of including development education issues in post-primary schools
McCormack, O; O'Flaherty, J
(2010) An examination of pre-service teacher education student's attitudes and experiences of including development education issues in post-primary schools
In Teaching And Teacher Education; pp. 1132-1139

2010

Attitudes of parents of young men towards the inclusion of sexual orientation and homophobia on the Irish post-primary curriculum
McCormack, O; Gleeson, J
(2010) Attitudes of parents of young men towards the inclusion of sexual orientation and homophobia on the Irish post-primary curriculum
In Gender And Education; pp. 385-400
DOI: 10.1080/09540250903474608

Conference Publications

2016

Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference, Galway, Ireland.
Guilfoyle, L., Erduran, S., & McCormack, O.
(2016) Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference, Galway, Ireland.

2016

European Conference of Educational Research, Dublin, Ireland.
Guilfoyle, L., Erduran, S., & McCormack, O.
(2016) European Conference of Educational Research, Dublin, Ireland.

2016

First European Regional Conference of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group,
Guilfoyle, L., Erduran, S., & McCormack, O.
(2016) First European Regional Conference of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group,
Flensburg, Germany

2015

Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)
McCormack, O; Lynch, R; Hennessy, J
(2015) Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)

2014

New Perspectives in Science Education
McManus B., O'Dwyer, A., Childs, P., Broggy, J., McCormack, O., Dunne, P., Harley-Warnock, M., Kingston, S., Ryan, P.
(2014) New Perspectives in Science Education

2010

Annual Conference of American Eduational Research Association
Gleeson J & McCormack, O
(2010) Annual Conference of American Eduational Research Association

Conference Contributions

2016

Education Studies Association of Ireland National Conference
Guilfoyle, L; Erduran, S; McCormack, O.
(2016) Education Studies Association of Ireland National Conference
Galway



American Education Research Association
Gleeson, J. & McCormack, O
American Education Research Association

Published Reports

2013

Religion, Diversity and Publically Managed Schools in Ireland: Democracy, Empowerment and Student/Teacher Responsibility'
O'Flaherty, J. McCormack, O.
(2013) Religion, Diversity and Publically Managed Schools in Ireland: Democracy, Empowerment and Student/Teacher Responsibility'
Naas : ETBI

2012

'Religion, Diversity and Publicly-managed Schools in Ireland
O'Flaherty, J., McCormack, O.
(2012) 'Religion, Diversity and Publicly-managed Schools in Ireland
Naas : ETBI

Other Publications

2010

Report on research funded by the Gender Equality Unit
McCormack, O; Gleeson, J
(2010) Report on research funded by the Gender Equality Unit
(Ed.) Gender Equality Unit, DES : Gender Equality Unit, DES

2007

Developmental Education Resource Pack
Hogan, D; Liddy, M; O'Flaherty, J; McCormack, O
(2007) Developmental Education Resource Pack
(Ed.) University of Liemrick : Ubuntu Network University of Liemrick