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School of Policy & Practice
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Academic biography

Catherine Furlong is Associate Professor within the School of Policy and Practice at the Institute of Education, St Patrick's Campus, DCU.  Within the Institute  she is Chair of both  the Bachelor of Education  and Master of Education programmes.  Catherine has worked as primary teacher in a variety of settings before moving to work as a researcher on an international research project on School Culture and Ethos and then  to teacher education  initially  working in the area of School Placement. She teaches at undergraduate level on the BEd programme. At postgraduate level she contributes to the PMEP, MEd and EdD programmes focusing primarily on Educational Leadership and Management, School Effectiveness and Improvement and Educational Review and Evaluation. She has published on issues of educational leadership, school culture and ethos, peer appraisal.  Her most recent works focus on professional identity formation of student teachers and teacher educators.  

Research interests

Educational Leadership and Organisational ManagementSchool GovernanceProfessional Identity Formation Teacher Educator Identities Student Teacher Identities Teacher Professional Development Teacher Education - The ContinuumTeacher Appraisal