Fiona Collins works with the DCU Changemaker SchoolsNetwork, which she conceptualised, designed, developed, and implemented. Fiona
has taught both undergraduate and post graduate students in sociology, children’s
rights, equalities and social justice. Fiona is currently developing a module on
transformational leadership, agency and empowerment of teachers and leaders.
Fiona is currently undertaking her PhD with the Children’s School Lives Study
in the area of leadership and school culture for social justice.
Fiona’s research is underpinned by the importance of
working with and listening to the views of children and young people. She is particularly
passionate about inequities in education, which stems from her time working as
a primary school teacher and principal in a DEIS school, located in one of the
most socio-economically challenged areas in the country. Fiona believes in the
transformative power of education not only in expanding the realms of
possibility for students, but also in terms of the ripple effect to transform
our society. She is particularly passionate about the emancipatory power of
education for those most marginalised within our society and education system. Fiona
believes in the power of the relational in education for realising such
transformative aspirations for our children and young people underpinned by the
critically of ensuring transformational agency to empower teachers and students
to respond in a dynamic way to our increasingly diverse and dynamic world.
Fionas research interests include:
Creativity and wellbeing in education equality
Childrens Rights, Voice and Pedagogy
Children's voices in research