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Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education (CARPE)

Research Associates

Dr Paula Lehane 

Dr Paula Lehane is an Assistant Professor in the School of Inclusive and Special Education. Having graduated with a joint degree in education and psychology, she began her career as a primary school teacher in Dublin. While working in this role, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs (GradDip SEN) and a Masters in Additional Support Needs (M.Ed. ASN) with University College Dublin In 2018, she received funding from the Irish Research Council (IRC) to complete her Ph.D. in the field of digital tests and assessments for post-primary learners at CARPE.  This work was awarded the Kathleen Tattersall New Assessment Researcher Award in 2022.

Paula's current research interests include assessment (in particular classroom assessment), literacy, inclusive education and digital technology.  She has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including the European Journal of Teacher Education, and Technology, Pedagogy and Education.  Paula chairs the Masters of Education in Specific Literacy Difficulties (SpLD/Dyslexia) and lectures in the areas of assessment, inclusive pedagogy and research methods.