School of Policy & Practice


Primary Department
School of Policy & Practice
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPC M 217

Academic biography

Dr Catherine Mulryan-Kyne is a Lecturer in Education in the School of Policy and Practice at the DCU Institute of Education, St Patrick’s Campus. She started her career as a Primary Teacher, completing B. Ed at St Patrick’s College of Education, Dublin, her M. Ed in Trinity College Dublin and her Ph.D. in the University of Columbia Mo, USA. Catherine worked as a lecturer at St Patrick’s College of Education, Drumcondra from 1982 up to its incorporation with DCU in 2016. Catherine’s undergraduate teaching has been in the areas of Early Childhood Education, Curriculum Mathematics, Communication and Presentation Skills, Teaching Studies, Microteaching and Research Methodology. She has been actively involved in School Placement preparation, coordination, supervision and team leadership.  Her postgraduate teaching has been in the areas of Teaching Methodology and Professional Practice. Catherine’s research has been mainly in the areas of mathematics teaching, multi-grade teaching, collaborative group work, and teaching methodologies. She has made a significant contribution to the improvement of primary mathematics education and multi-grade teaching in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Tanzania in particular, through her work with Irish Aid and the World Bank. An important focus of Catherine’s work over the past few years is promoting and supporting reflection and reflective practice among undergraduate and post-graduate student teachers. In this context, she has played a key role in the adoption and development of an e-Portfolio platform across DCU to support this work. This is a major innovation in Irish teacher education.