Annie Ó Breacháin

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Biography

Annie is an Assistant Professor in Drama Education in the School of Arts Education and Movement at the Institute of Education, Dublin City University (DCU). She teaches and researches in the area of Drama Education. Annie holds a B.Ed. from St Patrick’s College, DCU, an M.St. from the University of Dublin, Trinity College and an Ed.D. from the University of Exeter.  Before she began working in Initial Teacher Education, Annie worked as a primary school teacher and in teacher in-service offering support in the areas of Drama and Gaeilge with the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). Her doctoral thesis (University of Exeter, 2016) examined the nature of the child-teacher relationship in upper primary school contexts.  She has a particular interest in performative pedagogy, student-teacher relationships, Social Justice Education, the practice of teaching, embodiment,the art of storytelling, curricular integration using Mantle of the Expert, phenomenological inquiry, research with children and generating and analysing visual and embodied research data. Annie is chairperson of the Association for Drama in Education in Ireland (ADEI). 

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2013 'Pedagogy or politics?: cyclical trends in literacy and numeracy in Ireland and beyond'
Ó Breacháin & O'Toole (2013) 'Pedagogy or politics?: cyclical trends in literacy and numeracy in Ireland and beyond'. Irish Educational Studies, 32 :401-419 [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2011 'Soaring and Swooping: Drama on the Primary School Curriculum in Ireland'
Ó Breacháin (2011) 'Soaring and Swooping: Drama on the Primary School Curriculum in Ireland' Drama:nordisk dramapedagogisk tidsskrift, . [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2020 THRIECE International: Placing the Child at the Centre of Quality in Early Childhood & Primary Education,
Ó Breacháin, Annie (2020) All of Me and All of You: Lived Experiences of the Child-Teacher Relationship in Upper Primary School. [Oral Presentation], THRIECE International: Placing the Child at the Centre of Quality in Early Childhood & Primary Education, VISUAL, Carlow , 16-JAN-20 - 16-JAN-20 [Details]
2018 IAFOR European Conference on Education (ECE),
Annie Ó Breacháin (2018) On the Nature of the Child-Teacher Relationship in Upper Primary School Contexts: Findings from a Phenomenological Inquiry. [Oral Presentation], IAFOR European Conference on Education (ECE), Brighton , 29-JUN-18 - 01-JUL-18 [Details]
2017 Arts in Education Portal National Day,
Ó Breacháin, Annie and Students on the B Ed 3 Minor Specialism 2017 (2017) Student teachers in their third year of the Bachelor of Education programme at the Institute of Education, DCU took part in a new short specialism module in drama in which they re-designed portable objects (e.g. shopping trolleys, suitcases, prams) into Wonderful Worlds featuring mysterious characters. The portable object encourage interactive storytelling and story-making which serves as a stimulus into fuller process dramas. Following a short introduction, participants were invited to venture into the Wonderful Worlds created by the student teachers. [Oral Presentation], Arts in Education Portal National Day, DCU Institute of Education , 06-MAY-17 - 06-MAY-17 [Details]
2017 Asylum Narratives,
Annie Ó Breacháin (2017) Panel chair at a one day colloquium looking at asylum narratives from a variety of perspectives. [Chaired Session], Asylum Narratives, DCU [Details]
2017 Scenario Forum for Performative Teaching, Learning and Research,
Ó Breacháin, A (2017) Paper presented on the opportunities and obstacles associated with generating embodied data in educational research. [Oral Presentation], Scenario Forum for Performative Teaching, Learning and Research, University College Cork , 25-MAY-17 - 28-MAY-17 [Details]
2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference,
Delaney, S; Ó Breacháin, A and Macken, S (2015) Teaching Simulations that assess the use of teaching knowledge and skill. [Chaired Session], American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Chicago [Details]
2014 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference,
Delaney, S, Ó Breacháin, A & Macken, S. (2014) Innovation in Practice: Implementing and Evaluating a Course on Approximations of Practice. [Chaired Session], American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Philadelphia , 03-APR-14 - 07-APR-14 [Details]
2013 Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Annual Conference,
O'Toole, L. & Ó Breacháin, A (2013) Going round and round with the 3 R’s: International experiences of standardised testing and league tables: Implications for educational policy in Ireland. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Annual Conference, Limerick , 21-MAR-13 - 23-MAR-13 [Details]
2013 Heathcote Reconsidered,
Ó Breacháin, A & Glavey, A (2013) National Drama (UK). [Chaired Session], Heathcote Reconsidered, London , 04-JUL-13 - 07-JUL-13 [Details]
2012 International Drama in Education Research Institute (IDEIRI),
Ó Breacháín, A (2012) Transcending the Borders of Subject Disciplines: Using Drama to Integrate Teaching and Learning in the Early Years’. [], International Drama in Education Research Institute (IDEIRI), Limerick , 10-JUL-12 - 15-JUL-12 [Details]
2012 Launch of the Arts in Education Research Group (AERG),
Ó Breacháin, A (2012) How Can Drama be used as a Framework to facilitate Integrated Teaching and Learning in the Early Years?. [], Launch of the Arts in Education Research Group (AERG), Trinity College, Dublin , 19-JUN-12 - 19-JUN-12 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2019 Performative Arts & Pedagogy: An Irish Perspective.
Ó Breacháin, Annie, O’Gorman, Róisín, Piazzoli,Erika, Schewe, Manfred, Woodhouse, Fionn (2019) Performative Arts & Pedagogy: An Irish Perspective. Scenario, University College Cork. [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2017 Teaching and Learning Award DCU IoE
2018 Elevator Funding DCU IoE

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Association for Drama in Education in Ireland Vice Chairperson 07-SEP-09 / 12-DEC-16
Association for Drama in Education in Ireland Chairperson 28-JAN-17 / 30-JAN-17

Reviews

  Journal Role
International Journal Of Bilingual Education And Bilingualism Reviewer

Research Interests

Annie's research interests include relational pedagogy, embodiment, the child-teacher relationship, the practice of teaching, Drama-in-Education, the art of storytelling  and curricular integration using Mantle of the Expert.  She is interested in phenomenological inquiry, research with children and generating and analysing visual and embodied research data. 

Internal Collaborators

  Name Institute Country
Paula Murphy, Dr Una Mc Cabe, Sharon McArdle DCU IoE School of Arts Education and Movement IRELAND

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Dr Seán Delaney Marino Institute of Education IRELAND
Prof. Paul Gallagher and John Hayden Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland IRELAND
Dr Leah O'Toole Marino Institute of Education IRELAND

Teaching Interests

Annie teaches drama modules on undergraduate, postgraduate and specialist programmes in the Institute of Education, DCU. She recently developed a specialist module which combines the art of puppetry and process drama techniques for working with children with Speech and Language Deficit Disorders. She is keenly interested in the practice of teaching and worked with colleagues on developing modules to explore practically the art of teaching. Annie embraces opportunities to learn about assessment techniques and tries to employ modes of assessment that are fair, creative and dialogic.  Cé gur Béarla a céad teanga, is í an Ghaeilge teanga a croí agus déanann sí í a fhuáil tríd a cuid múinteoireachta .

Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2020 Drama as a Framework for Curriculum AP207Drama as a Framework for Curriculum
2020 Learning through the Arts and Movement A ED8036Learning through the Arts and Movement A