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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

I am an Assistant Professor in Drama Education in the School of Arts Education and Movement at the Institute of Education, Dublin City University (DCU). I teaches and research in the area of Drama Education. I have a B.Ed. from St Patrick’s College, DCU, an M.St. (Drama Education) from the University of Dublin, Trinity College and an Ed.D. from the University of Exeter. Before I began working in Initial Teacher Education, I worked as a primary school teacher and in teacher in-service, with the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) now OIDE, offering support in the areas of Drama and Gaeilge. I have a particular interest in drama, embodiment, student-teacher relationships, phenomenological inquiry, children’s participation rights, and Social Justice Education. I am 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.  I was chairperson of the Association for Drama in Education in Ireland (ADEI) from 2017 to 2021 and vice chair for several years. I still serve on the ADEI committee for curriculum matters.  I joined the board of directors at The Ark, a dedicated cultural centre for children, in April 2021

Research interests

My research interests include relational pedagogy, embodiment, the child-teacher relationship, the practice of teaching, untranslatable words,  Drama-in-Education, storytelling  and curricular integration using Mantle of the Expert.  I am also interested in phenomenological inquiry, research with children and generating and analysing visual and embodied research data.