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Special Education

Staff


Joe Travers

Ann Marie Farrell

Ann Marie Farrell

BEd (NUI) MSc DipSpecEd (DCU) DipHigherEd (DIT)

Telephone: +353 1 8842163
Fax: +353 1 8842294
Email: annmarie.Farrell@spd.dcu.ie

Qualifications:
  • BEd, 1988, SPD/NUI
  • MSC in Education and Training Management, 1998, DCU
  • Graduate Diploma in Advanced Studies in Special Education, 2001, SPD/DCU
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education, 2012, DIT
Awards:

St Patrick's College Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, 2012

Teaching Experience:
  • Substitute Teacher 1988-1989
  • Class teacher (junior infants). 1989 - 1991.
  • Special class, learning support and geography teacher in a post-primary school. 1992 – 1994.
  • Class teacher in a special school for students with mild GLD. 1994 – 2001 / Leaving Certificate Applied Coordinator, 1995 - 2001.
  • Lecturer, Special Education 2001 to date
Also:
  • Member of Junior Certificate School Programme (JCSP) support service.... October – December 1998
Research Interests:
  • Inclusion of pupils with SEN in mainstream Post-Primary Schools
  • The role of special schools and classes
  • Inclusion
  • Curricular inclusion through differentiation and planning for individual needs
  • SEN policy and practice at first and second level
  • Higher education - policy and practice
  • Teaching and learning in the Third Level context (co-teaching, collaborative practice, programme design and evaluation).
Teaching Interests:
  • Teaching methods and strategies for pupils with SEN
  • Planning for pupils with SEN
  • Transition from primary to post-primary school for pupils with SEN
  • Adaptation and differentiation of curriculum at primary and post-primary level
  • Teaching History, Geography and Science to students with learning difficulties
  • Special education in Ireland – policy and practice
Role in Special Education Department
  • Lecturer on a range of programmes offered and contributed to by the Special Education Department with responsibility for development and delivery of certain aspects of these programmes, assessment and supervision of research projects, dissertations and theses.
In addition…
  • Co-ordinator of SEN input in all pre-service teacher education programmes with specific responsibility for compulsory elements
  • Co-ordinator of elective module (General Learning Disabilities) in Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary Teaching) Programme (initial teacher education)
  • Co-ordinator of Teaching Practice on the Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs Programme (in-service)
  • Co-ordinator of Teaching Practice on the Graduate Certificate in the Education of Pupils with ASD Programme (in-service)
Member of the following College Programme Boards:
  • Bachelor of Education Programme
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary Teaching)
  • Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs
  • Graduate Certificate in the Education of Pupils with ASD
  • Masters in Special Educational Needs
Other Teaching
  • Delivery of education component of the BSc Nursing Degree Programme (Intellectual Disability), an undergraduate programme of the School of Nursing and Mid-Wifery in Trinity College, Dublin.
Membership of Professional Associations
  • Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE)
  • Irish Learning Support Association (ILSA)
  • Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)
  • Member of Central Executive Committee of the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE) 2002 – 2006

Key Publications

Books

Farrell, A.M. (Ed.). (2012). The course: A history of the special education diploma in St Patrick's College 1961/62 - 2011/12. Dublin: St Patrick's College.

Book Chapter
  • Kelly, S., & Farrell, A.M. (2012). Making the transition: Exploring pupils’ and parents’ experiences of the move from a special class in primary school to post-primary schooling (pp. 39-52). In T. Day, & J. Travers (Eds.), Special and inclusive education: A research perspective. Oxford: Peter Lang.

    Walshe, D., & Farrell, A.M. (2012). Developing home-school collaboration for children with special educational needs in a mainstream setting (pp. 353-366). In T. Day, & J. Travers (Eds.), Special and inclusive education: A research perspective. Oxford: Peter Lang.
Journal Article
  • Farrell, A.M. (2012). Differentiating for language and literacy within subject areas in post-primary schools. Learn, Journal of the Irish Learning Support Association, 34, 150-166.
  • Farrell, A.M., & O'Neill, A. (2012). Learning support/resource teachers in mainstream post-primary schools: Their perception of the role in relation to subject teachers. REACH Journal of Special Needs Education in Ireland, 25(2), 92-103.
  • Douglas, G., McCall, S., McLinden, M., Pavey, S., Farrell, A.M., & Ware, J. (2011). Access to print literacy for children and young people with visual impairment: Findings from a review of literature. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 26(1), 25-38.
  • Douglas, G., McLinden, M., Farrell, A.M., Ware, J., McCall, S., & Pavey, S. (2011). Access to print literacy for children and young people with visual impairment: Implications for policy and practice. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 26(1), 39-46.
Research Report

Douglas, G., McCall, S., McLinden, M., Pavey, S., Ware, J., & Farrell, A.M. (2009). International review of the literature of evidence of best practice models and outcomes in the education of blind and visually impaired children (NCSE Research Reports No: 3). Trim: National Council for Special Education.

Ware, J., Balfe, T., Butler, C., Day, T., Dupont, M., Harten, C., Farrell, A.M., McDaid, R., O'Riordan, M., Prunty, A., & Travers, J. (2009). Research report on the role of special schools and classes in Ireland (NCSE Research Reports No: 4). Trim: National Council for Special Education.

Ware, J., Balfe, T., Day, T., Farrell, A.M., O'Keeffe, M., O'Riordan, M., Prunty, A., & Travers, J. (2007). Report on the survey of special schools and classes. Research report commissioned by the Department of Education and Science. Dublin: St Patrick's College, Special Education Department.

Farrell, A.M. (2004). Provision for students with special educational needs in Dublin post-primary schools. Dublin: Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE).

Farrell, A.M. (1998). Accessing mainstream curricula in a special school: An illuminative case study. Unpublished MSc thesis: Dublin City University, Dublin.

Current Research

CREATE Research Projects

  1. Evaluating the use of co-teaching as a teaching strategy in large class setting - this research project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of co-teaching as a teaching strategy in a large class setting (400+) using a workshop framework with First Year BEd students (with Anna Logan, Special Education Department)
  2. Preliminary evaluation of integretation of Special/Inclusive Education in Year Two of BEd programme - it is the aim of this project to evaluate the process of integration of teaching students with special educational needs across the BEd programme, in this, the first year of this endeavour, with a view to informing future practice.

Other Research Projects

Collaborative research project with Aine O'Neill, Church of Ireland College of Education, Rathmines: Exploration of the perspectives of post-primary learning support/resource teachers in mainstream post-primary schools on their role, facilitators/barriers to inclusion of pupils with SEN at post-primary level, collaborating with others etc.

Conference Presentations

Farrell, A.M. (2013, June). Task analysis: Target setting, teaching and assessment. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE), St Patrick's College, Dublin.

Farrell, A.M. (2012, September). Differentiating within subject areas to address students' language and literacy needs. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Support Association (ILSA), St Patrick's College, Dublin.

Farrell, A.M. (2012, June). An analysis of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN) Act: Implications for initial teacher education. Paper presented at the Annual Graduate Student Conference of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Dublin.

Farrell, A.M. (2012, March). Differentiating for language and literacy in subject areas in post-primary schools. Paper presented at the Regional Conference of the Irish Learning Support Association (ILSA), Wexford.

Farrell, A.M. (2011, September). Teaching language and literacy within and through history. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Support Association (ILSA), Dublin.

Farrell, A.M., & Travers, J. (2011, June-July). Special education legislation and policy since 1998 in Ireland: Implications for initial teacher education. Paper presented at Re-imagining initial Teacher Education Conference, Dublin.

Farrell, A.M. & O'Neill, A. (2011, April). The role of learning support/resource teachers in post primary schools: Collaborating with and supporting class teachers. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI), Dublin.

Farrell, A.M., & O'Neill, A. (2010, September). Learning support/resource teachers in post-primary schools: Their perceptions of their role. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Colleges of Education Research Consortium (CERC), Dublin.

Douglas, G., McLinden, M., & Farrell, A.M. (2009, December). International review of the literature of evidence of best practice models and outcomes in the education of blind and visually impaired children. Paper presented at the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) Inaugural Research Seminar, Croke Park, Dublin.

Farrell, A.M., & O'Neill, A. (2009, June). Learning support/resource teachers in post-primary schools: Their perceptions of their role and of the challenges of inclusion at second level. Paper presented at the 21st Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE), Dublin.

Farrell, A.M., & Kelleher, D. (2007, September). Transition from primary to post-primary school for pupils with special educational needs. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Support Association (ILSA), Dublin.

Farrell, A.M., Ware, J., Balfe, T., Travers, J., Prunty, A., O'Riordan, M., & McPhillips, T. (2007, June). The changing face of the pupil population in special schools and classes. Paper presented at the 19th Annual International Conference of Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE), Dublin.

Farrell, A.M. (2006, May). Including children with special educational needs. Paper presented at the Annual Conference, Association Montessori Internationale, Cork.

Farrell, A.M. (2005, June). Using differentiation to meet individual needs in the classroom. Paper presented at the 17th Annual International Conference of the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE), Dublin.

Farrell, A.M. (2005, June). Understanding life in the olden days – strategies for teaching history to students with mild and moderate general learning disabilities. Paper presented at the 17th Annual International Conference of the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE), Dublin.

Farrell, A.M. (2004, June). Educational provision for students with mild intellectual disabilities in Ireland. Poster presentation at the 12th World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID), Montpellier, France.

Farrell, A.M. (2003, June). Going to the ‘big’ school: Transition from first to second level for students with special educational needs. Paper presented at the 15th Annual International Conference of Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE), Dublin.

Farrell, A.M. (2000, June). Practical ideas for promoting literacy across the curriculum. Paper presented at the 12th Annual International Conference of the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE), Dublin.

Buckley, S., Farrell, A.M., McDermott, A., & Sweeney, B. (1997, June). Accessing mainstream curricula. Paper presented at the 9th Annual International Conference of Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE), Dublin.

Other Presentations

Farrell, A.M. (2013, May). Requirements of regulatory bodies on professional degree programmes: A comparison between initial nursing and teaching education in Ireland. Paper presented at Teaching and Learning Seminar for Dublin City University staff. St Patrick's College, Dublin.

Farrell, A.M. (2010, February). History of special education in Ireland and current trends. Presentation to the Special Education Team, Education Department, University of Aberdeen.

 

Recent Community Work

  • Farrell, A.M. (2012, February). Considerations for teaching and training people with special educational needs. Irish Red Cross Instructor Seminar, Dublin.
  • Farrell, A.M. (2011, August). Including students with general learning disabilities in post-primary classrooms. Professional Development Day, Portmarnock Community School, Dublin.

Consultancy

  • Consultant to the Special Education Support Service (SESS) in the development and delivery of a nationwide in-service programme for teachers on Transition from Primary to Post-Primary School for Children with SEN (2007/8).

Last Updated: Wednesday January 15 2014

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