Let’s Talk Research

Let’s talk research is a monthly research podcast hosted by Dr Peter Tiernan from the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies at the DCU Institute of Education. Each month Dr Tiernan speaks with a member of academic staff from the Institute of Education about a recent research publication or project. The purpose of the podcast is to provide a platform for staff to discuss their research publications and research projects in an informal manner.


In this episode, I speak with Professor Mathias Urban, Desmond Chair of Early Childhood Education and Director of the Early Childhood Research Centre at the Institute of Education, Dublin City University. Mathias provides a wonderful insight into Early Childhood Education and the role his centre is playing in shaping research, policy and practice in the field.

You can find out more about Mathias here

You can find out more about the Early Childhood Research Centre here and follow the centre on Twitter @dcu_ecrc


In this episode, I speak with Professor Michael O'Leary about the Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education (CARPE). Michael speaks to me about the origins and development of the centre, highlights some recent research completed by the centre, and discusses what's next for CARPE.

You can find out more about CARPE and what they do, on their website www.dcu.ie/carpe. You can also connect with CARPE on Twitter @carpe_dcu


In this episode, I speak with Dr Ger Scanlon about the PASTE project. This investigated supported transition for school leavers with intellectual disabilities.

The Progressing Accessible Supported Transitions to Employment (PASTE) project investigated the concept of supported transition for school leavers with intellectual disabilities, as a means of accessing mainstream opportunities in further / higher education, training, and employment (FETE). The study was undertaken by two researchers from Dublin City University, Ireland, across 2017 and 2018. This study investigated outcomes for school leavers with Intellectual Disabilities, who engaged with the WALK PEER supported transition model during their final two years in school. The research process focused on: a) capturing the viewpoints of students attending two special schools, their parents and carers, recent school leavers, and education professionals, and b) measuring employer viewpoints and engagement with the WALK PEER model between August 2015 and February 2018. This research project was funded by the Irish Research Council.

WALK PEER website »
PASTE report »

You can connect with Dr Scanlon on Twitter @gerscanlon or by email Geraldine.Scanlon@dcu.ie


In this episode, I speak with Dr Susan Pike about a recent SCoTENS project, titled 'ENABLE'. This project looks at enquiry in teacher education. 

The ENABLE project involved lecturers in Geography, History and Science Education across Ireland. Collaborators Dr Susan Pike (DCU), Dr Sandra Austin (MIE), Dr Karin Bacon (MIE) and Dr Richard Greenwood (Stranmillis University College) were all fascinated by enquiry and wanted to know more about how our students experience enquiry at different levels in their education programmes. All the students who took part were studying to be primary teachers, so were inquiring about aspects of their new profession as well as learning how to implement enquiry with children in schools. The project helped all involved to think about the multiplicities of enquiry we ask our students to engage with. 

Further information can be found in the collaborators' recent publication: Greenwood, R., Austin, S., Bacon, K. and Pike, S. (2021) 'Enquiry-Based Learning in the Primary Classroom: student teachers’ perceptions'. Education 3-13, 49 (1) and on the SCoTENS website.

You can connect with Dr Pike on Twitter @SusanJPike