School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies


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School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies
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Academic biography

Joe Usher is a  lecturer in Primary Geography Education and works in the area of Initial Teacher Education (ITE). He has previously worked as a primary school teacher in Dublin and Drogheda. 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 heritage planning officer in the National Heritage Council. 

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.

He is currently completing his Doctorate at Queen's University, Belfast which involves the first ever nationwide review of the teaching of primary geography in Ireland. He is also working with urban planners and class teachers to develop a framework through which children can 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)