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Academic biography

Dr Anne McMorrough is an Assistant Professor in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies at the Institute of Education, Dublin City University (DCU). With expertise in Digital Learning, she has responsibilities for modules relating to initial teacher education and continuous professional learning for pre-service and in-service primary school teachers. 


In 2016, Anne was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from University College Dublin. Anne’s doctoral research focused on how education policy appears to be persuaded into being, through growing moves to harmonise teacher education practices in EU member states. In 2014, Anne was the recipient of the National University of Ireland (NUI) Dr Mary L. Thornton Scholarship and Prize in Education for this research.


Anne has extensive experience of teaching and school leadership at primary school level. She has worked as a class teacher, learning support teacher, deputy principal and administrative principal (acting) in Dublin. From 2012-2019, Anne was seconded to Marino Institute of Education, Dublin where she lectured and conducted research in the area of digital technologies for teaching, learning and assessment, on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In addition, she worked as a School Placement Tutor with pre-service primary teachers. During this time, she was Principal Investigator on a SCoTENS (Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South) - funded research project that explores the nature and detail of teaching and learning activities within a number of “creative classrooms” in Ireland, North and South.

Research interests

Anne’s research interests include; digital learning, game-based learning (GBL), computational thinking, robotics and STEM/STEaM education. In addition, her research explores education policy design and implementation, as well as creative practices in primary education settings, nationally and internationally.