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School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies

Professional Development and Outreach

School Affiliated Professional Development Programmes

Open Schooling Approach to Inquiry Learning in Science

The Open Schooling Approach to Inquiry Learning in Science workshop is being hosted by colleagues working in the Centre for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning (CASTeL). The workshop is linked to the Open Schools for Open Societies EU funded project. It will run from the 8th to 12th of July 2019. The workshops will focus on teaching science through the use of student centred community based projects on topics such as global warming and food energy, citizen science, relevant at both Junior and Senior Cycle levels. The course will be held in DCU, Glasnevin Campus.The course is approved by the D.E.S for EPV Days. If you are interested in attending this and future summer schools please contact us

Preparing Primary School Teachers for Real World Science Education

This course will provide teachers of 4th, 5th and 6th class with the knowledge, skills, and resources to support teaching primary science through real world issues. The course will be held in DCU, St. Patrick's Campus between July 1st to 5th 2019. It is approved by the D.E.S for EPV Days.

Participants will be given the opportunity to explore the content of the primary science curriculum through the lens of current issues that are relevant to the children’s everyday lives.

The course will support teachers to engage their pupils in hands-on, real world, creative activities that will engage, motivate and inspire.

 For example participants will:

  • Explore the importance of bees to the food we eat every day.
  • Conduct fair test investigations using plastic cups. How are they damaging our environment?
  • Design a solution to our water problems using LEGO and robotics.
  • Create a wind turbine and participle in a wind energy debate.

 Through these local and global issues, teachers will gain practical experience of developing children’s scientific skills through engagement with: hands-on experiments; child-led investigations; design and make activities; the outdoors; engineering challenges; LEGO Education and much more.

 In September 2019, follow-up professional development will be provided to teachers who wish to avail of additional mentoring and support in the upcoming school year.

 This course is supported by DCU, School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies and the Centre for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning (CASTeL Research Centre).

Course Fee: €50 (including lunch, tea/coffee, teacher resource book and supplementary materials)

For more information please contact

Intercultural Education Summer School - From Green to Global

As part of SPIEPS the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education, Dublin City University is running a free programme of ‘Continuing Professional Development on Intercultural Education for Irish Primary School Teachers’ between 1st to 5th of July 2019. The programme supports reflection and action on intercultural education within schools and classrooms!


  • Cross curricular activities for citizenship education 
  • Inclusion & Diversity 
  • Values & Beliefs 
  • Tasks tailored with your individual needs 


Scoil Aoife CNS Citywest Drive Citywest Dublin 24


Please register by May 17th.

Click HERE to register or email:

Additional Institute of Education Professional Development Opportunities can be found on the main IoE website