Dr. Orla McCormack

Dr. Orla McCormack
Lecturer In Education
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Orla Mc Cormack


 
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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 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. 

Books

  Year Publication
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. Dublin: Liffey Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
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. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
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'. European Journal Of Teacher Education, 39 :36-52 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
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'. Environment Development And Sustainability, 17 :221-238 [DOI] [Details]
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'. Educational Studies, 41 :513-533 [DOI] [Details]
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'. Journal Of Educational Research, 107 :267-280 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
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'. Irish Educational Studies, 31 :397-414 [DOI] [Details]
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'. TEACHING AND TEACHER EDUCATION, 26 :1132-1139 [Details]
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'. GENDER AND EDUCATION, 22 (4):385-400 [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2010 Annual Conference of American Eduational Research Association
Gleeson J & McCormack, O (2010) Press, parents and populist politics: `Exploring Masculinities¿ in the Irish post-primary curriculum Annual Conference of American Eduational Research Association , 30-APR-10 - 03-MAY-10 [Details]
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) Involving Irish Pre-Service Science Teachers in the TEMI Project: Teaching Enquiry with Mysteries Incorporated New Perspectives in Science Education [Details]
2015 Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)
McCormack, O; Lynch, R; Hennessy, J (2015) Exploring the views of Irish parents on the publication of school league tables Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) [Details]
2016 Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference, Galway, Ireland
Guilfoyle, L., Erduran, S., & McCormack, O. (2016) Science vs Education Studies: Exploring science teachers’ beliefs about knowledge and knowing in two domains Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference, Galway, Ireland [Details]
2016 First European Regional Conference of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group
Guilfoyle, L., Erduran, S., & McCormack, O. (2016) Exploring the influence of pre-service science teachers’ personal epistemologies on their perceptions of education studies First European Regional Conference of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group Flensburg, Germany, , 22-AUG-16 - 26-AUG-16 [Details]
2016 European Conference of Educational Research, Dublin, Ireland
Guilfoyle, L., Erduran, S., & McCormack, O. (2016) Exploring the influence of pre-service science teachers’ personal epistemologies on their perceptions of education studies European Conference of Educational Research, Dublin, Ireland [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2016 Education Studies Association of Ireland National Conference,
Guilfoyle, L; Erduran, S; McCormack, O. (2016) Science vs Education Studies: Exploring science teachers’ beliefs about knowledge and knowing in two domains. [Oral Presentation], Education Studies Association of Ireland National Conference, Galway , 31-MAR-16 - 02-APR-16 [Details]

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American Education Research Association,
Gleeson, J. & McCormack, O American Education Research Association, [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2012 'Religion, Diversity and Publicly-managed Schools in Ireland.
O'Flaherty, J., McCormack, O. (2012) 'Religion, Diversity and Publicly-managed Schools in Ireland. ETBI, Naas. [Details]
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’. ETBI, Naas. [Details]

Non Published Reports

  Year Publication
2007 Developmental Education Resource Pack.
Hogan, D; Liddy, M; O'Flaherty, J; McCormack, O (2007) Developmental Education Resource Pack. University of Liemrick: Non Published Reports [Details]
2010 Report on research funded by the Gender Equality Unit.
McCormack, O; Gleeson, J (2010) Report on research funded by the Gender Equality Unit. Gender Equality Unit, DES: Non Published Reports [Details]

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2003 University of Limerick Bachelor of Education