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Upcoming Conferences

CARN Study Day: Doing Action Research in the Real World

18th June 2019, National College of Ireland

To build capacity and support services/schools/communities to engage in real world action research in collaboration with action research communities. To book your free ticket

About CARN

CARN was founded in 1976 in order to continue the development work of the Ford Teaching Project in UK primary and secondary schools. Since that time it has grown to become an international network drawing its members from educational, health, social care, commercial, and public services settings.

CARN aims to encourage and support action research projects (personal, local, national and international), accessible accounts of action research projects, and contributions to the theory and methodology of action research.

Event Description

9.00 Registration (Tea/Coffee)

9.30 Welcome and Introduction – Gina Quin, President, National College of Ireland

9.40 CARN and Action Research - Ruth Ballogh/CARN Representative

10.00 Planning Action Research in the Real-World – Jean McNiff, Independent Researcher http://www.jeanmcniff.com/
Advance planning, different stages, who needs to be involved, challenges and risks, communication

11.00 Break 11.30 Doing Action Research in the Real-World – Tina Cook, Liverpool Hope University http://lhu.academia.edu/TinaCookOwnership, responsibility, capacity, managing data

12.30 Lunch

13.15 Reviewing Action Research in the Real World – NEARI (Network of Educational Action Researchers in Ireland) http://www.eari.ie/neari-network-for-educational-action-research-in-ireland/
Values, ethics, critical friends, voice

14.15 Break

14.30 Panel Discussion: with questions for keynote speakers

15.30 Conclusion: Ruth Ballogh/CARN Representative
Thank you: Josephine Bleach, Director Early Learning Initiative

  16.00 Reception and Close


The Making Literacy Meaningful Seminar was held in March 2019


Conference Report is available






ELI Conference 2018

National College of Ireland is delighted to announce an Early Years Conference recognising and supporting the constitutional role of parents as the primary educators of their children.

The call for abstracts has now been closed but if you would like to attend the conference, you can purchase a ticket online.

Call for Abstracts

We would like to invite practitioners, educators and researchers to submit an abstract to share their work in this area with the early childhood community. The title of our conference is ‘Supporting Parents in their Constitutional Role as Primary Educators’ and we invite you to submit an abstract under one of the following themes:

  • Languages, Literacies and STEM
  • The Home Learning Environment
  • The role of parents in children’s services and the Irish education system
  • Engaging Parents in their Children’s Learning and Development
  • The Role of Fathers and the extended family
  • Play – Indoor and Outdoor
  • Wellbeing – Social and Emotional Development and Resilience
  • Under 3s
  • Identity and Belonging - Inclusiveness and Diversity
  • Policy

An abstract can be submitted for:

  • Individual oral presentation
  • Self-organised symposium with 3 oral presentations around one common theme
  • Poster presentation


Tickets for the conference can be purchased online.

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