Caitriona NI Cassaithe

Ms.

Dr Caitríona Ní Cassaithe lectures in History Education, in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies. In September 2016, Caitríona was awarded the Michael Jordan Fellowship at St Patrick's College and held this position until September 2017 when she assumed the role of Assistant Professor in History Education.  

Caitríona completed her B.Ed. and PG Dip. Ed. in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and spent fourteen years as a primary teacher in St. Joseph’s Co-ed., East Wall, Dublin 3. Caitriona also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising and spent six years as a graphic designer in Rawlton and one year in McConnells Advertising Agency.

Caitríona completed her PhD in the area of history education under the supervision of Prof. Fionnuala Waldron and Dr. Therese Dooley in 2020. Her doctoral research is a design-based teaching experiment which assesses the effectiveness of a series of teaching interventions designed to uncover and address children’s epistemic beliefs about the nature of history and historical evidence.

Documentary

Year Publication
2018 Brian Gallagher (2018) Busy with words: celebrating the life of Irish writer John D. Sheridan. DOC

Web Page

Year Publication
2017 Caitriona Ní Cassaithe (2017) How can intercultural expertise, skills and competences be deepened?. WEBP Link

Other Journal

Year Publication
2021 Ní Cassaithe, C., Waldron, F., & Dooley, T. (2021) 'Primary children’s epistemic bottlenecks about history' Special Issue on Epistemic Cognition in History .
2021 Ní Cassaithe, C. & Chapman A. (2021) 'History Education in a Climate of Crisis' 9 (1) .
2021 Lynn, T., Ní Cassaithe, C., & Rosati, P. (2021) 'Recording the Irish experience in Ireland and abroad: The Irish Covid-19 oral history project' 49 (1) :27-29.
2018 Ní Cassaithe, C. (2018) 'When a picture paints more than a thousand words: Visual literacy in the history classroom' :60-62. Link

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2021 O'Connell, C., Mallon, B., Ní Cassaithe, C., & Barry, M. (2021) 'Addressing the complexity of contemporary slavery through critical development education'. Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review, 31 .
2021 Fionnuala Waldron;Caitríona Ní Cassaithe;Maria Barry;Peter Whelan; (2021) 'Critical historical enquiry for a socially just and sustainable world'. Teaching For Social Justice And Sustainable Development Across The Primary Curriculum, .
2021 Caitríona Ní Cassaithe; (2021) 'History Education in a Climate of Crisis'. Public History Weekly, .

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2021 Waldron, F., Ní Cassaithe, C., Barry, M., & Whelan, P. (2021) 'Critical historical enquiry for a socially just and sustainable world' In: London : Routledge. Link
2012 Ni Cassaithe, C. & Mooney, J. (2012) 'For whom the banshee wails' In: Dublin : Seven Towers.

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2018 Caitriona Ní Cassaithe (2018) HEIRNET 2018: History Education and Meeting the Challenges of Immigration, Regionalism and Sectarianism ‘A scaffold to break out of the cage?’ Children’s beliefs about history and how to address them Ionian University, Corfu, Greece, 31/07/2018-02/09/2018.
2017 Brian Ruane, Caitriona Ni Cassaithe, Fionnuala Waldron, Peter Whelan (2017) HEIRNET 2017: History Education In Challenging Times: Meeting ‘The Other’ Across Time And Space Remembering our nation’s past: Narratives of the nation among student primary teachers Dublin, .
2019 Caitriona Ni Cassaithe (2019) Research seminar: 'Enhancing historical reasoning: measuring and developing students' epistemological understanding Children’s epistemic beliefs about history and how to address them The University of Amsterdam, 09/09/2019-11/09/2019.
2017 Caitriona Ni Cassaithe (2017) HEIRNET 2017: History Education In Challenging Times: Meeting ‘The Other’ Across Time And Space 'The apparatus can't mistake’ (Dion Boucicault, 1859) Children’s ideas about historical images and how to address them Dublin, .
2018 Caitriona Ní Cassaithe, Niamh Watkins & Peter Whelan (2018) Literacy Association of Ireland (Cumann Litearthachta na hÉireann) 42nd Annual Conference: Literacy without Borders Dismantling curricular borders: Meaningful integration in the teaching of English and history Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, Ireland, 09/11/2018-11/11/2018.
2015 Caitriona Ni Cassaithe (Co-presented with children from 3rd class, St. Joseph’s Co-ed., East Wall (2015) Sarah Lundberg Summer School Teaching primary history, no textbook required Dublin, .
2019 Caitriona Ni Cassaithe (2019) HEIRNET 2019: Public history, historical culture, identity and pedagogy Narratives of the nation among Irish student primary teachers in the centenary of commemorations The University of Vienna, Austria, 02/09/2019-04/09/2019.
2019 Caitriona Ni Cassaithe (2019) HEIRNET 2019: Public history, historical culture, identity and pedagogy Children’s epistemic beliefs about history and how they may be addressed The University of Vienna, Austria, 02/09/2019-04/09/2019.
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Professional Associations

Association Function From / To
History Educators International Research Network (HEIRNET) Committee Member -
Irish Professional Historians' Association Member -
Public History Weekly Blog Journal 01/04/2020 -
European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction Research & Learning 01/01/2019 -
Historical Association Member -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/09/2016 Michael Jordan Fellowship St. Patrick’s College, Dublin
01/07/2020 IoE Teaching & Learning Project Funding Scheme IoE

Committees

Committee Function From / To
Public History Weekly/De Gruyter Public History Weekly is a peer-reviewed academic international BlogJournal is journal on all aspects of public history 01/05/2020 -
HEIRNET Conference Committee -
Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education The Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education (CHRCE) champions educational policy and practice which promotes human rights, children’s rights, global justice and environmental sustainability. 01/09/2016 -

Employment

Employer Position From / To
Department of Education Teacher 01/09/2003 - 01/09/2017
St. Patrick's College Part-time lecturer 17/01/2008 - 17/01/2016

Education

Start date Institution Qualification Subject
St. Patrick's College Degree
DCU Advanced Diploma in Education
CDVEC Certificate
DIT Post Graduate Diploma

Languages

Language Reading Writing Speaking
Irish
English

Enterprise Engagement

Year Engagement Type Client Description
2020 Invited talk/presentation PastFwd Ni Cassaithe, C. (2020). Bringing the ethical back into enquiry-cased practices. Video presentation for #PastFwd
2020 Invited talk/presentation Irish Institute of Digital Business Interview with Daire Keogh and Caitriona Ní Cassaithe (Covid 19 Oral History Project)

Outreach Activities

Year Engagement Type Organisation Description
Educational Outreach/Public Engagement RTE Brainstorm Laffan, D. & Ní Cassaithe, C. (2020). Could teachers use video games to teach history? https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0824/1160945-video-games-teaching-history/
Presentations/Talks to an external audience East Wall History Group Ní Cassaithe, C. (2020). Contagion, Cromwell and the case of the disappearing island. Video presentation for Short Stories, Tall Tales https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-SKN7OsHwY
Educational Outreach/Public Engagement Newstalk Gallagher, B. (2018). Radio Documentary: Busy with words: celebrating the life of Irish writer John D. Sheridan.https://www.mixcloud.com/newstalkdocumentaries/busy-with-words-documentary-on-newstalk/

Media

Title Year Type Authors
Busy with words: celebrating the life of Irish writer John D. Sheridan 2018 Documentary Brian Gallagher
Contagion, Cromwell and the case of the disappearing island 2020 Documentary Caitriona Ni Cassaithe
War and Peace in a Docklands Hotel 2021 Documentary Ní Cassaithe, C., Mooney, J., & McGuinness, H.
Blacklegs and cabbage stalks - East Wall School-Boys strike 1911 2020 Documentary Caitriona Ni Cassaithe

Research Interests

Caitríona's research interests include:
  • The learning and teaching of history at primary and second level
  • Museum and heritage education (including local history)
  • ICT in SESE (including the use of virtual reality and augmented reality)
  • Conceptual change with particular reference to understanding in history
  • Evidence based practice in education
  • Teaching controversial/contested issues in primary history
  • Professional learning and pedagogy (including new teaching and learning technologies)
  • Enquiry based learning in primary and higher education
  • Epistemic beliefs of children students and teachers (with particular reference to history)
  • Learning trajectory education
  • Historical consciousness
  • Public history 
  • Analogic reasoning for conceptual change
  • Place-based learning 
  • Disciplinary literacy (with particular reference to historical literacy) 

Teaching Interests

Bachelor of Education (Level 8)
BEd 1: ED1024 Teacher as Reflective Practitioner 1 
BEd 1: ED1023 STEM and Social Studies - History Education 
BEd 2: ED2033 
Teacher as Reflective Practitioner 2  
BEd 2: ED2026 STEM and Social Studies - History Education                 
BEd 3: ED3053 Local Studies and Mathematics          
BEd 4: ED4017 Subject Leadership in History
BEd 4: ED4059 Action Research Project in history education
BEd 4: ED4064 Enabling Learning and Online Pedagogies (History Education)

Professional Masters of Education (Level 9)                           
PME 1: ED8034 Inquiry-based Learning in STEM 
PME 2: ED8053 Inquiry-based Learning in STEM
PME 1: ED9052 Elective in History Education
PME 2: ED8057c Developing Teachers' Practice and Planning in History: 

Masters in Education (Level 9)
MEDLPP1 M.Ed. in Literacy Professional Practice (Disciplinary Literacy in History)

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2022 SESE/Teacher as a Person ED1023
2021 History Education ED9052