School of Arts Education & Movement


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School of Arts Education & Movement
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Academic biography

Dr. Michael Flannery is newly appointed as Assistant Professor with the School of Arts Education and Movement at the Institute of Education, Dublin City University with expertise in, and responsibilities for Visual Arts Education. He has been working in third level education since 2000 at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In addition, he has been actively involved in the continuing professional development of practising primary school teachers in relation to visual arts education and developing teacher self-efficacy with regard to making visual art and visual arts inquiry. 

Michael received his PhD in Education from the National College of Art and Design following previous postgraduate studies in Community/ Arts/ Education at the same university. He completed other postgraduate studies at Trinity College Dublin and Canterbury Christ Church University in Technology and Learning and English Language Education. Michael has worked as Head of Department at MIE and external examiner for DCU. Prior to lecturing, he worked as a primary school teacher in Dublin and Kilkenny for twelve years. 

Research interests

His research interests include the centrality of visual arts education and its relationship with imagination, creative habits of mind and multi-literacy development. He is also interested in its potential for arts-rich STEAM education, arts-led integration and multi-literacy development. His interests also include A/R/Tography for preservice teachers; arts-based assessment and creative use of technologies.