School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies


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School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies
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Academic biography

Maria Barry, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies in DCU's IoE.  She is a teacher educator and researcher in the fields of history education and global citizenship education.  Prior to joining DCU, Maria worked in TrĂ³caire's (NGDO) development education team from 2002-2014 and managed the organisation's team, strategy, funding, programmes and research development for seven years.  

In 2014, Maria was awarded a PhD fellowship from the Centre for Human Rights & Citizenship Education.  Her doctoral studies focussed on global citizenship education teaching and learning practices in post primary schools.  Other scholarly interests include; dialogue and discussion in the classroom, making connections between history education and citizenship education, student participation, climate change education and social justice pedagogy.

Maria has served on a number of Boards and committees in the area of history education and development education over 15 years.  In 2016-2017, Maria sat on the NCCA History development group that supported the development of the new junior cycle specification.  She is also a member of the Ubuntu network and IDEA.  Maria has worked in partnership with organisations at a European and international level and has traveled in a professional capacity to many countries including Slovenia, Kenya, Guatemala and Ethiopia.

Maria is a member of the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education in DCU's IoE.