Joe Usher

Dr.

Joe Usher is an Assistant Professor in Primary Geography Education and Social, Environmental and Scientific Education. He works in the area of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and Professional Learning. He has previously worked as a primary school teacher in Co. Meath, Co. Louth and Co. Dublin. Prior to working as a primary teacher, Joe worked as a transport planner in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport as well as a planning officer for the National Heritage Council. 

Joe's research interests include; exploring children's rights and participation in local decision making through primary geography (doctoral thesis completed on this area), using digital resources in the teaching of primary geography (including GIS, Google Earth and Minecraft), enquiry-based teaching and learning in primary geography, and the development of educational resources for primary geography education.

He has recently completed his Doctorate at Queen's University, Belfast which involved the first ever nationwide review of the teaching of primary geography in Ireland. Here he also working with urban planners and senior class primary teachers to develop a framework through which children could be consulted on local planning decisions through primary geography lessons on their local areas. 

Joe is a member of the Geography Association (GA), the Geography Society of Ireland (GSI), and the European Association of Geographers (EUROGEO). He is a member of the steering committee for the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education at DCU.

Joe welcomes contact from organisations and individuals interested in all areas outlined above and all areas related to geography education. 

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2011 Enda Murphy and Joe Usher (2011) Irish Transportation Network Conference 2011 An analysis of the role of bicycle-sharing in a European city : the case of Dublin

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2021 Joe Usher and Nicola Broderick (2021) 'Chapter 12: SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production' In: London : Routledge.
2017 Joe Usher (2017) 'Finding my place within primary geography education: Exploring a transitional moment in my professional identity' In: Oxford : Oxford Brookes University Publishing.
2012 Joe Usher (2012) 'Proposal for the Protection of the Souterrain at Crossdrum Lower, Oldcastle, Co Meath' In: Navan : Meath Archaeological and Historical Society.

Other Journal

Year Publication
2021 Anne Dolan and Joe Usher (2021) 'Where in the world is Covid-19?' 104 (1) :10-13. Link
2021 Joe Usher (2021) 'Counties: Developing Sense of Space and Sense of Place with Google Earth' 105 (3) :43-44. Link
2021 Anne Dolan and Joe Usher (2021) 'The geography of Covid 19: a case study in geo-literacy' .
2020 Anne Dolan and Joe Usher (2020) 'The Geography of Covid19' (3) :52-53. Link
2019 Joe Usher (2019) 'Brexit and borders: topical geography' 44 (3) :111-114. Link

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2021 Joe Usher (2021) 'Africa in Irish Primary Geography Textbooks: developing and applying a Framework to investigate the potential of Irish Primary Geography textbooks in supporting Critical Multicultural Education'. Irish Educational Studies, .
2021 Joe Usher (2021) 'How is geography taught in Irish primary schools? A largescale nationwide study'. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, .
2021 Joe Usher (2021) 'Powerful primary geography: a toolkit for 21st century Learning'. Irish Educational Studies, . Link
2021 Joe Usher and Anne Dolan (2021) 'Covid-19: teaching primary geography in an authentic context related to the lived experiences of learners'. Irish Educational Studies, .
2020 Joe Usher (2020) 'Is geography lost? Curriculum policy analysis: finding a place for geography within a changing primary school curriculum in the Republic of Ireland'. Irish Educational Studies, .
2015 Enda Murphy and Joe Usher (2015) 'The Role of Bicycle-sharing in the City : Analysis of the Irish Experience'. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 9 (2):116-125. Link

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2016 Joe Usher (2016) Charney Primary Geography Conference 2016 Making the Familiar Unfamiliar: exploring the local built environment Charney Bassett, UK, .
2021 Joe Usher and Anne Dolan (2021) Geography Association eConference 2021 Covid19 and Primary Geography Manchester (online), 09/04/2021-10/04/2021.
2020 Joe Usher (2020) Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference 2020 Local Area Planning and Primary Geography Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference, 22/02/2020-23/02/2020.
2019 Joe Usher (2019) Geographical Association Annual Conference 2019: Celebrating Geography Presentation on incorporation of Topical Geography and Controversial Issues into the teaching of Primary Geography: BREXIT and the Irish Border Manchester, 18/04/2019-20/04/2019.
2018 Joe Usher (2018) EUROGEO European Association of Geographers Annual Conference Geography for All: Investigating Primary Geography Textbooks' Potential to Support Critical Thinking, Enquiry and Intercultural Education Cologne, 15/03/2018-17/04/2018.
2018 Joe Usher (2018) Charney Annual Conference for Primary Geography Researchers Multicultural Education and Primary Geography: Presentations of Africa in Irish Primary Geography Textbooks Charney Bassett, UK, 23/02/2018-25/03/2018.
2021 Benjamin Mallon and Joe Usher (2021) Charney Primary Geography Conference Borders, boundaries and conflict Charney, UK, .
2021 Benjamin Mallon & Joe Usher (2021) Leading in the Primary Humanities, Art and Science Conference Border, boundaries and conflict University of Roehampton, .
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Professional Associations

Association Function From / To
European Association of Geographers (EUROGEO) Member -
Geographical Society of Ireland Member -
Geographical Association (GA) Member -

Research Interests

Joe's research interests include; exploring children's rights and participation in local decision making through primary geography (doctoral thesis completed on this area), using digital resources in the teaching of primary geography (including GIS, Google Earth and Minecraft), enquiry-based teaching and learning in primary geography, and the development of educational resources for primary geography education.

He has recently completed his Doctorate at Queen's University, Belfast which involved the first ever nationwide review of the teaching of primary geography in Ireland. Here he also working with urban planners and senior class primary teachers to develop a framework through which children could be consulted on local planning decisions through primary geography lessons on their local areas. Joe's research interests include; exploring children's rights and participation in local decision making through primary geography, using digital resources in the teaching of primary geography, enquiry-based teaching and learning in primary geography, and the development of educational resources for primary geography education.




Teaching Interests

Joe teaches on a wide range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Professional Master of Education (Primary) (Level 9)
PMEP1: ED8089 Science, History and Geography Education
PMEP1: ED9057 Primary Geography Elective
PMEP1: ED9047 School Placement and Reflection
PMEP1: School Placement Supervision
PMEP2: School Placement Supervision
PMEP2: ED8057 Research Project

Bachelor of Education (Level 8)
BEd1: ED1023 SESE and Teacher as a Person: Primary Geography Education
BEd1: ED1018 Teacher as Reflective Practitioner  
B.Ed2: ED2026 SPHE, Ethics, Geography and History Education
B.Ed2: SG214 Geographical, Environmental and Outdoor Education: Spaces
B.Ed3: ED3053 Global Citizenship and Local Studies
B.Ed3: SG304 Geographical, Environmental and Outdoor Education: Agency and Action
B.Ed4: SG404 Subject Leadership within Geography Education
B.Ed4: ED4015 Research Project

BEd1, 2, 3 and 4 - School Placement Supervision  

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2022 SESE/Teacher as a Person ED1023
2022 Description of 2021_SG304 SG304
2021 Primary Geography Education ED9057
2022 Geographical Environmental & Outdoor Ed1 Plac SG213
2022 Geographical, Environmental & Outdoor Ed 2 Sp SG214
2022 Science, Geography & History Education ED8089
2022 Subject Leadership within Geography SG404
2022 Sustainability & GEO Education SG303