Biography

Dr Orla McCormack is a Senior 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 is currently PI on a Horizon 2020 project looking at Education Outside the Classroom and co-director on the External Evaluation of the Junior Cycle Framework. She jointly led a project funded by the ETB sector, exploring, for the first time, the characteristic spirit and core values 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

Books

Stop Talking and Do Something!The Young Social Innovators Programme: An Independent Evaluation

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Joanne O'Flaherty
2008
Dublin
Liffey Press
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Book Chapters

An examination of pre-service teacher education students attitudes and experiences of examining development education issues into post-primary education

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Joanne O'Flaherty
2009
http://www.ubuntu.ie/ubuntu_e-book2009.html
Ubuntu network
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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) from the perspective of Irish teacher educators.

Dr. Raymond Lynch
Dr. Orla McCormack
2021
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`The million-dollar question - exploring teachers and ETB staff understanding of characteristic spirit in publicly managed schools in Ireland

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Joanne O'Flaherty
2018
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Looking at the Social Aspects of Nature of Science in Science Education Through a New Lens

Dr. Orla McCormack
2018
DORDRECHT
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Student holistic development and the `goodwill¿ of the teacher

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Joanne O'Flaherty
2019
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Underneath the veneer of techno-positivity – exploring teachers' perspectives on technology use in Further Education and Training, Teachers and Teaching

Dr. Orla McCormack
2021
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An analysis of national newspaper coverage relating to the Leaving Certificate programme in two newspapers in the Republic of Ireland

Dr. Orla McCormack
2019
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The teachers put effort into teaching us about life, and what's right and what's wrong': Values and moral education in publicly managed schools in Ireland

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Joanne O'Flaherty
2017
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Introducing education for sustainable development into Egyptian schools

Dr. Orla McCormack
2015
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Peer-supported collaborative inquiry in teacher education: exploring the influence of peer discussions on pre-service teachers' levels of critical reflection

Dr. Oliver McGarr
Dr. Orla McCormack
2019
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Developing the characterstic spirit of publicly managed schools in a more secular and pluralist Ireland

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Joanne O'Flaherty
2017
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Reflecting to Conform? Exploring Irish Student Teachers' Discourses in Reflective Practice

Dr. Oliver McGarr
Dr. Orla McCormack
2014
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Curriculum, culture, ideology and ownership: the case of the Exploring Masculinities programme

Dr. Orla McCormack
2012
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An examination of pre-service teacher education student's attitudes and experiences of including development education issues in post-primary schools

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Joanne O'Flaherty
2010
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Counterfactual mutation of critical classroom incidents: implications for reflective practice in initial teacher education

Dr. Oliver McGarr
Dr. Orla McCormack
2016
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National newspaper-reporting on state examinations: An historical exposition of the exceptional case of the Irish Leaving Certificate

Dr. Orla McCormack
2017
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Students' views on their participation in publicly managed second level schools in Ireland: The importance of student-teacher relationships.

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Joanne O'Flaherty
2020
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The “tipping point” for educational research: The role of pre-service science teachers’ epistemic beliefs in evaluating the professional utility of educational research

Dr. Orla McCormack
2020
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Plastic people in pinstripe suits: an exploration of the views of Irish parents on the publication of school league tables

Dr. Raymond Lynch
Dr. Orla McCormack
2015
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STUDENTS’ VIEWS ON THEIR PARTICIPATION IN PUBLICLY MANAGED SECOND LEVEL SCHOOLS IN IRELAND: The importance of student-teacher relationships

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Joanne O'Flaherty
2019
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'That's how it works here': The place of religion in publicly managed second-level schools in Ireland

Dr. Orla McCormack
2019
HOBOKEN
WILEY
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Exploring the position of curriculum studies across the continuum of teacher education in Ireland

Dr. Raymond Lynch
Dr. Orla McCormack
2017
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Perception of Education and Training Board Schools (ETB) in the Republic of Ireland: an issue of ideology and inclusion

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Joanne O'Flaherty
2020
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Attitudes of parents of young men towards the inclusion of sexual orientation and homophobia on the Irish post-primary curriculum

Dr. Orla McCormack
2010
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Other Journals

'Moving away from the caring': exploring the views of in-service and pre-service male teachers about the concept of the male teacher as role model at an early entry childhood and post-primary level

Dr. Orla McCormack
2014
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Orla_Mccormack2/publication/281776884_'Moving_away_from_the_car
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Conference Publications

European Conference of Educational Research, Dublin, Ireland.

Prof. Sibel Erduran
Dr. Orla McCormack
2016
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New Perspectives in Science Education

Dr. Orla McCormack
2014
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First European Regional Conference of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group,

Prof. Sibel Erduran
Dr. Orla McCormack
2016
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Annual Conference of American Eduational Research Association

Dr. Orla McCormack
2010
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ILTA Annual Conference: TEL Quality Matters - People, Policies and Practices

Dr. Oliver McGarr
Dr. Orla McCormack
2018
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Sandra K. Abell Institute for Doctoral Students

Dr. Orla McCormack
2017
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European Science Education Research Association

Dr. Orla McCormack
2017
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Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)

Dr. Raymond Lynch
Dr. Jennifer Hennessy
Dr. Orla McCormack
2015
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Education Studies Association of Ireland National Conference

Dr. Orla McCormack
2017
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Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference, Galway, Ireland.

Prof. Sibel Erduran
Dr. Orla McCormack
2016
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ESAI Annual Meeting ‘Education as a Public Good'

Dr. Oliver McGarr
Dr. Orla McCormack
2016
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Conference Contributions

American Education Research Association

Dr. Orla McCormack
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Development Futures Conference

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Joanne O'Flaherty
2007
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Education Studies Association of Ireland National Conference

Dr. Orla McCormack
2016
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Published Reports

Religion, Diversity and Publically Managed Schools in Ireland: Democracy, Empowerment and Student/Teacher Responsibility'

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Joanne O'Flaherty
2013
Naas
ETBI
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Exploring and Expressing the Characteristic Spirit of Publicly Managed Education and Training Board Schools

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Joanne O'Flaherty
2016
Naas
ETBI
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'Religion, Diversity and Publicly-managed Schools in Ireland

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Joanne O'Flaherty
2012
Naas
ETBI
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Editorials

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

Developmental Education Resource Pack

Ms. Deirdre Hogan
Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Joanne O'Flaherty
2007
University of Liemrick
Ubuntu Network
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Report on research funded by the Gender Equality Unit

Dr. Orla McCormack
2010
Gender Equality Unit, DES
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