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School of Language, Literacy & Early Childhood Education


Primary Department
School of Language, Literacy & Early Childhood Education
Academic Staff
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Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPC M 207

Academic biography

Dr Sarah O’Grady is Assistant Professor in Education in the School of Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education. Sarah teaches on the BEd in Gaeilge, and French or German or Spanish (BEdLan) programme. She is also Academic Coordinator of Professional Placement for the BEdLan programme, and is a member of the BEdLan Steering Committee. She inputs on the Teacher Education Policy Analysis module (ED9012) of the Teacher Education Area of Professional Focus on the Doctor of Education Programme at DCU. Sarah is also coordinator of the post-primary courses offered as part of the Partnership for Learning programme and is a member of the Professional Development and Partnerships Committee at DCU.

Prior to joining the Institute of Education at DCU, Sarah was seconded to the Teaching Council. As a Teaching Council Associate, she worked in the Initial Teacher Education and Induction Section of the Council, and her work was focused on the development of national teacher education policy. Sarah also taught modern languages for fifteen years in an all boys’ post-primary school in Dublin, where she was Coordinator of the French Department. There, Sarah led and took part in several whole-school policy initiatives, she was Chairperson of the Education a

Research interests

Sarah’s research interests include; 

teacher education policy, 

school-university partnerships, 

student teachers’ experiences of placement, 

second language teaching and learning, 

teachers as teacher educators, and