School of Policy & Practice


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School of Policy & Practice
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Academic biography

Dr. Gerry McNamara is Professor of Educational Evaluation at the School of Policy and Practice, DCU Institute of Education. He is Director of the University Designated Research Centre, EQI, the Centre for the study of  Quality, Evaluation and Inspection in Education and a member of the Centre for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. From 1997-2007 he was Head of the School of Education Studies, DCU. He founded and was  course director of the Doctorate in Education , a taught doctoral programme in the field of educational leadership and evaluation.

Gerry is a specialist in educational evaluation and has planned and led many major evaluations at home and abroad, working for, among others, the Dept. of Education and Science, the National Centre for Guidance in Education, Leargas, the Equality Authority of Ireland, the European Commission, and the United Nations Development Programme. Gerry was a member of the Teaching Council of Ireland (2001/2002, 2004-2006),a co-founder of the Irish Evaluation Network, (2000) and was a member of the Council of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society, (BELMAS) from 2008-2012.

Current Funded Research Projects
Gerry is co-investigator for the following funded research projects:; (1) Erasmus+ Distributed Evaluation and Planning in Schools (DEAPS); (2) Erasmus+ Aiding Culturally Responsive Assessment in Schools (ACRAS); (3) Erasmus+ Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Leadership in Schools (CRELES) :  (4) Erasmus+ Supervising Schools in the 21st Century; Digital Tools and Improvement Plans . (5)  Integrating co-professional evaluation through civic engagement in Northern Ireland

Research interests

Educational Evaluation, Research Methods in Education, Culturally Responsive Evaluation  and Assessment. Education and Training Policy, Leadership in Education.