Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Following a call for proposals in late 2022, ESAI is delighted to announce the establishment of new Special Interest Groups (SIGs). These SIGs have been founded with a view to supporting current and future practitioners and researchers of education in Ireland. Their work embraces the underpinning principles of ESAI – namely to ‘seek to ensure that public educational discourse in Ireland remains acquainted with educational research activity and enlightened by research perspectives’. They also aim ‘to provide a forum for a wide diversity of perspectives on educational questions, provided that the voicing of such perspectives observes the requirements and discipline of academic freedom’ as outlined in the ESAI Constitution.


Of the selected SIGs, five will receive funding from ESAI to support their activities during this time. The areas of interest of the SIGs are listed here in alphabetical order.

SIG Contact
Biology Education* natalie.oneill@dcu.ie
Critical and Feminist Research Geraldine.Mooney.Simmie@ul.ie
Creative Thinking  kmcsweeney@stangelas.ie
Curriculum Studies* curriculumsig@mu.ie
Educational Action Research*  info@eari.ie
Further Education* jane.okelly@dcu.ie
Gender and Sexuality Research in Education*  leanne.coll@dcu.ie
Inclusive Education  Margaret.Egan@mic.ul.ie
Lifelong Guidance  research.in.lifelong.guidance@gmail.com
Praxis in Initial Teacher Education Timothy.Murphy@ul.ie
Teacher Diversity elaine.keane@universityofgalway.ie


(* indicates that the SIG receives funding from ESAI)


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