NAFOL seminar in Dublin

23–24 September 2019

Venue: University College Dublin

Monday 23 September

Rom: Building 71 ALE

09.30–10.00 Welcome, artistic contribution

  • Associate Professor Jennifer Symonds (University College Dublin), Associate Professor Ann MacPhail (University of Limerick) og professor Kari Smith (NTNU)

10.00–10.20 Getting to know each other: mix and mingle, introducing yourself, and one sentence about your project

10.20–11.00 Teacher Education and Teacher Education Research in Ireland – including information about The Teaching Council

  • Professor Mary O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) og Associate Professor Ann MacPhail (University of Limerick)

11.00–11.15 Break

11.15–12.30 Being a doctoral student in Ireland and in Norway

  • One Irish (towards the end of the project) and one NAFOL doctoral student talk about their experiences as doctoral students, context, support system, supervision, final submission, viver/public defence, job opportunities, etc. Questions and answers.
  • Associate Professor Billy Kinsella and his doctoral student talk about Inclusive Education in ITE
  • NAFOL student Hjalmar Eiksund talks about being a doctoral student in Norway

12.30–13.15 Sandwich lunch

13.15–14.00 Walking tour of UCD (guided walk to group reflection venue)

14.00–15.30 JOINT GROUP-REFLECTION (mixed groups of six)

  • Present your research questions and methodology in depth- a written text to be submitted in advance
  • Chairs: Symonds, Fahie, MacPhail, Sullivan, Ulvik, and Smith

18.00–19.30 NAFOL invited dinner at UCD



Tuesday 24 September

Rom: Building 71 ALE

09.00–10.00 Keynote: Ethics in Educational Research

  • Professor Marit Ulvik (University of Bergen)

10.00–10.15 Mix and mingle 2

  • Meet someone new and say ONE sentence about how you will improve your project, reflecting on the feedback you received during the group reflection session

10.15–11.15 Keynote: Teacher educator as researcher: striving towards a greater visibility for teacher education.

  • Associate Professor Ann MacPhail (University of Limerick)

11.15–11.30 Break

11.30–12.30 Key note: Teacher Education in Ireland: At a Crossroads?

  • Professor Judith Harford (University College Dublin)

12.30–13.15 Sandwich lunch

13.15–14.00 Key note: Functions of Assessment in in Teacher Education

  • Professor Kari Smith (NTNU)

14.00–14.45 Mix and mingle 3 and break

  • While taking a break, in small groups, decide on five questions to ask the round table panel members about assessing a dissertation.

14.45–15.30 Round table: Assessing a dissertation – Questions from the students

  • O’Sullivan, Fahie, Ulvik and Smith

15.30–16.00 Conclusion

  • Norwegian student
  • Irish student
  • Assistant professor Jennifer Symonds (University College Dublin) and Professor Kari Smith (NTNU)

19.30 Dinner NAFOL students and team: Irish Night, Knightsbridge, Bar Arlington Hotel, 23-25 Bachelors Walk O\Connell Bridge



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