School of Policy & Practice


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School of Policy & Practice
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Academic biography

Joe O'Hara holds the Chair of Education and is a member of the School of Policy and Practice in the DCU Institute of Education. He is Director of EQI- The Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection and a member of the Centre for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Joe O'Hara is a Past President of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland was a member of the The Teaching Council of Ireland from 2012-2016. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Personal Services Overseas (APSO) from 2002-2004 and represented Ireland on the Council of the European Educational Research Association from 2008 to 2013. Joe O'Hara was Head of the School of Education Studies, DCU from 2010 to 2016. He is a Director and Founding Member of the Irish Evaluation Network and is a member of the Board of the Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland. Joe O'Hara is President of the European Educational Research Association.

Research interests

Evaluation- School Evaluation, Self-Evaluation,School Inspection, Polycentric Inspection, Culturally Responsive Evaluation, Policy Influences in Evaluation, Programme Evaluation Initial Teacher Education - ICT in Teacher Education,Policy Developments in ITE, Autonomy and Accountability in Education, Gifted Education
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