School of Inclusive & Special Education


Primary Department
School of Inclusive & Special Education
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
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Academic biography

Aoife Brennan is an assistant professor in the School of Inclusive and Special Education. She previously worked as a mainstream and learning support/resource primary teacher and as a Literacy Advisor with the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). Teaching across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education programmes up to and including doctoral level, Aoife's areas of teaching interest include inclusive pedagogy and differentiation, diversity and special and inclusive education, teacher professional learning, collaborative practice and leadership for inclusive schools. She is the Chair of the Professional Certificate/Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education and Vice-Chair of the International Professional Development Association (IPDA) Ireland.

Aoife's doctoral research ( focused on exploring the impact of a professional learning community on teacher learning for inclusive practice. Follow up research evaluated the extent to which professional learning for inclusive practice can be sustained in the longer term. She is currently engaged in Teaching Council funded research on supporting collaborative teacher professional learning in PLCs for inclusive pedagogy through university-school partnerships. 

Research interests

Inclusion, special education, inclusive pedagogy, leadership for inclusion, collaboration, teacher professional learning, professional learning communities, policy in inclusive and special education, differentiation