Congratulations to Brian Mooney, Managing Editor of Ireland’s Yearbook of Education, on being conferred with an honorary Doctor of Education degree by the National University of Ireland (NUI) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to education in Ireland over a number of decades. This is the highest award of the NUI.

Speaking at the conferring ceremony on 27 November 2019, NUI chancellor Dr Maurice Manning paid tribute to Brian for the great service he provides to students as they contemplate the options available to them on leaving school.

Prof Manning’s tribute was endorsed by Dr John McGinnity of Maynooth University who said it was not an overstatement to say Brian has a presence in thousands of homes through the multiplicity of roles he has had over many years serving the needs of school leavers, guardians, and colleagues in the teaching profession.

Phyllis Mitchell is the founder, owner and publisher of Education Matters and Ireland’s Yearbook of Education. She established Education Matters in the late 1980’s as an independent, non-partisan medium of expression and communication for educators. A newsprint publication for the first 13 years, Phyllis transferred it to the internet in 2000 where it has now evolved into the current Education Matters Blog. Meanwhile, in 2006, Phyllis established Education Matters Yearbook and later renamed the publication Ireland’s Yearbook of Education, a title that she felt reflected better the content and purpose of the yearbook.

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Selected articles from Ireland’s Yearbook of Education 2019-2020

Foreword

Editorial

Education at the Heart of the University

DCU is unique in Ireland in having a full faculty of education. This article outlines the history and structure of the university’s Institute of Education and shows how it will be centrally engaged in transforming the Irish education system and contribute significantly to knowledge creation and policy development across international education systems.

Overview of Research in 2019

2019 was a year of continuing change and evolution in Ireland’s research and innovation ecosystem, and indeed in the Irish Research Council itself. This overview of the field describes some of the salient issues in Irish research today and in its relationship with the wider world.

Winds of Change?

In policy and practice it has been an eventful year for early childhood education and care in Ireland. This article outlines the most important events, developments, and controversies in Irish ECEC in 2019. It looks at the choices made and those that lie ahead, and considers the implications for future developments.

Sustainability of school leadership is the key to successful schools

All educational initiatives are introduced with good reason. They are based on good principles and are developed with the best of intentions by well-informed, driven people, whose only motivation is to improve the learning of children. Outcomes will decide whether the initiatives succeed or fail.

Second Level Review

In his review of 2019 at post-primary level, Clive Byrne looks concisely at a wide range of topics, including the pace of system change, inclusivity and participation, school leadership, the Student and Parent Charter, reduced timetables, challenges ahead, and future hopes and developments.

Overview of Further Education & Training in 2019

This is an auspicious time for FET. The progress made during the current strategy has put a strong foundation in place for SOLAS to lead the system into an exciting new era, working closely with ETBs and other providers to deliver real integration, reform, and performance improvement. This article looks at areas of current focus, challenges, and aspirations in the sector.

Research, New Universities, and the Beausang Letter

2019 was marked by shifts in policy that will significantly alter the higher education and research landscape in Ireland in the coming years. The most obvious result is that the number of universities will virtually double. This article looks at the arrival of Technology Universities and the future of science research policy in Ireland.

Congratulations to Brian Mooney, Managing Editor of Ireland’s Yearbook of Education, on being conferred with an honorary Doctor of Education degree by the National University of Ireland (NUI) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to education in Ireland over a number of decades. This is the highest award of the NUI.

Speaking at the conferring ceremony on 27 November 2019, NUI chancellor Dr Maurice Manning paid tribute to Brian for the great service he provides to students as they contemplate the options available to them on leaving school.

Prof Manning’s tribute was endorsed by Dr John McGinnity of Maynooth University who said it was not an overstatement to say Brian has a presence in thousands of homes through the multiplicity of roles he has had over many years serving the needs of school leavers, guardians, and colleagues in the teaching profession.

Phyllis Mitchell is the founder, owner and publisher of Education Matters and Ireland’s Yearbook of Education. She established Education Matters in the late 1980’s as an independent, non-partisan medium of expression and communication for educators. A newsprint publication for the first 13 years, Phyllis transferred it to the internet in 2000 where it has now evolved into the current Education Matters Blog. Meanwhile, in 2006, Phyllis established Education Matters Yearbook and later renamed the publication Ireland’s Yearbook of Education, a title that she felt reflected better the content and purpose of the yearbook.