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School of Arts Education & Movement

Ó Breacháin

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School of Arts Education & Movement
Academic Staff
Dr Annie Ó'Breacháin
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
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Academic biography

Annie is an Assistant Professor in Drama Education in the School of Arts Education and Movement at the Institute of Education, Dublin City University (DCU). She teaches and researches in the area of Drama Education. Annie holds a B.Ed. from St Patrick’s College, DCU, an M.St. from the University of Dublin, Trinity College and an Ed.D. from the University of Exeter. Before she began working in Initial Teacher Education, Annie worked as a primary school teacher and in teacher in-service, with the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), offering support in the areas of Drama and Gaeilge. She has a particular interest in student-teacher relationships, phenomenological inquiry, children’s participation rights, and Social Justice Education. She is also interested in the practice of teaching, the art of storytelling, curricular integration using Mantle of the Expert, performative pedagogy and visual and embodied research data.  Annie was chairperson of the Association for Drama in Education in Ireland (ADEI) from 2017 to 2021. She joined the board of directors at The Ark, a dedicated cultural centre for children, in April 2021.

Research interests

Annie's research interests include relational pedagogy, embodiment, the child-teacher relationship, the practice of teaching, Drama-in-Education, the art of storytelling  and curricular integration using Mantle of the Expert.  She is interested in phenomenological inquiry, research with children and generating and analysing visual and embodied research data.