School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies

Ni Cassaithe

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School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies
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Academic biography

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.

Research interests

Caitríona's research interests include:
The learning and teaching of history at primary and second levelMuseum 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 historyEvidence based practice in educationTeaching controversial/contested issues in primary historyProfessional learning and pedagogy (including new teaching and learning technologies)Enquiry based learning in primary and higher educationEpistemic beliefs of children students and teachers (with particular reference to history)Learning trajectory educationHistorical consciousnessPublic history Analogic reasoning for conceptual changePlace-based learning Disciplinary literacy (with particular reference to historical literacy)