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Academic biography

Brendan Walsh FRHistS . B.A., University College Dublin, 1989: H.Dip.Ed., University College Dublin, 1990: Diploma in Montessori Education, St. Nicholas College, 1992: Masters in Education,University College Dublin, 1995: PhD (University College Dublin) 2005: PhD (Cantab.) 2015. Dr. Walsh worked as a post-primary school teacher from 1989-2000 teaching English, History, Geography and Classical Studies. He lectures in the fields of History of Education, Education Policy and Classroom Practice. Dr Walsh was inaugural Head of the School of Policy and Practice at the Faculty of Education and is a Research Fellow at the Center for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection at Dublin City University.

Recent Publications: The “Haunting Silence”: autobiographical accounts of secondary teaching in twentieth-century Ireland, Paedagogica Historica, September 2020, 1-18

Forthcoming: (ed.) Educational Policy in Ireland 1922 to the Present (Palgrave Macillan, 2021)

Research interests

Dr. Walsh lectures in the fields of History of Education, Educational Policy and Teaching Methodology and is Head of the School of Policy and Practice in Education, DCU. He has a particular research interest in teacher induction and worked as researcher on the National Teacher Induction Pilot Project 2005-2006. He is currently researching the history of teaching and teachers in Ireland within the context of personal/professional histories. In 2006 he established the Teaching Voice archive to begin collecting and collating the recollections of the teaching profession in Ireland. Between 2005-2014 Dr.Walsh was Director of Teaching Practice at Dublin City University overseeing the Graduate Diploma in Education, Science Education Degree and Physical Education and Biology Degree.

Dr Walsh discusses new book, Irish Education Studies key disciplines. Click here for the radio interview.