Galway academics awarded funding for project to turn teachers into researchers


A group of researchers from Galway have been awarded funding for a three year project to improve on teachers research skills and networking.

Dr Cornelia Connolly and Dr Tony Hall from NUIG’s School of Education have been awarded European funding for a project to help teachers become researchers themselves.

This is meant to support and enhance education by getting the people at the front line of teaching involved in developing infrastructure and new educational practices.

Aligning to the work conducted nationally by the T-REX consortium (which includes NUI Galway, the University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College and Marino Institute of Education), this funding was awarded through the Erasmus+ programme.

Galway team will develop international partnerships in their work, with NUIG joined by research partners from across Europe including the UK, Poland, Greece and Spain.

Dr Connolly said that the project will deliver tools making it easier for teachers to access research and carry out their own small scale projects, sharing their findings with peers around the EU.

The project will seek to inform teacher education practice in its partner countries and strategically target stakeholders and policy makers at its seven external multiplier events.

The resources will also be made freely available for across the European Union, following project completion in August 2022.

Dr Hall added that developing a network of research teachers will reduce the gap between academic research being carried out, and actually implementing those findings in educational practice