School of Language, Literacy & Early Childhood Education


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

Academic biography

Dr. Tara Concannon-Gibney lectures in the area of literacy. A former primary school teacher, she has worked with pre-service and in-service teachers in Ireland and in New York for over a decade. Prior to joining D.C.U. in 2017, she was programme coordinator of the B.Sc. in Early Childhood at Marino Institute of Education (Dublin) where she lectured in literacy and Early Childhood. Her current research interests include emergent literacy, language and literacy development through play, the literacy development of English language learners, and teacher professional development. She has published in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals and is the author of Teaching Essential Literacy Skills: A guide for students and teachers (Routledge). She is past-president of the Literacy Association of Ireland and the current Irish representative for FELA (Federation of European Literacy Association). She welcomes applications for Ph.D./Masters by research/EdD in literacy.   

Research interests

Meaningful literacy teaching in the early years
Reading Comprehension
Literacy instruction for pupils for whom English is an additional language (EAL)
Literacy/STEM integration
Writing instruction