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Job Title(s)Education Coordinator
Principal Lecturer
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Education Studies Team

International Office

Short Description

I am the Education Coordinator and Chair of the BEd Programme Team. I am responsible for the development, organisation and management of Education Studies courses within the College’s undergraduate teacher education programmes and I teach on all four years of the undergraduate B.Ed. Primary and Secondary programmes. As Chair of the BEd Programme Team, I am responsible for the management of the BEd Primary and BEd Post-primary degree programmes.

I also work on the Master of Education Programme. I teach two modules within the Education Management and School Organisation Pathway and I supervise the dissertations of final year students.

I am a member of a number of internal and external committees. Internally, these include: the Teaching and Learning Committee; the Professional Studies Course Team; the Schools Partnership Team and the Research Committee. Externally, I represent the college on the Northern Ireland Teacher e-Portfolio Steering Group. I am also working with colleagues from the Department of Education in Northern Ireland on developing a European profile of competences for inclusive teachers, sponsored by the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education. I am also actively involved with the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers [UCET] and The Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South [SCoTENS). In June 2009, I was approved as an Educational Enhancement Process Panel Member for Queen’s University, Belfast and as a member of the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) Register of Expert Panellists. I am also a Judge on the Undergraduate Awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

I am a member of Member of: the British Psychological Society; the Education Studies Association of Ireland; and the British Educational Research Association. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I am the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Holy Child Nursery School, Belfast.

Research Interests

My research interests include comparative approaches to educational practice and cultural diversity issues in schooling. I have presented a number of papers on these themes at both national and international conferences and have a range of publications in peer reviewed journals.

Current research projects:
I am working in partnership with colleagues from the University of Lowell, Massachusetts and the University of Haifa, Israel, on a research project addressing the issue of academic equity and excellence in relation to affective learning and the ‘21st Century education mandate’.

Recent conference presentations include:

Hagan, M. (2006), Changing Times, Changing Classrooms: Multiculturalism and Education in Northern Ireland, Presented at the European Conference on Educational Research
University of Geneva
September 2006

Cowan, P., Dunn, J., Hagan, M., McNair, V. and Rice, A. (2007) NI Teacher e-portfolio Standards: Policy Meets Practice, Paper presented at the International Professional Development Association Conference,
May 2007
Ramada Hotel
Northern Ireland

Dunn, J., Cowan, P. and Hagan, M. (2008) The Use of an e-portfolio by Student Teachers in Developing Their Skills as Reflective Practitioners Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research
10-12 September 2008
University of Gothenburg

Recent Publications include:

Magennis, G. and Hagan, M., ‘Student Case Studies’ in Shannon, R., Murray, S. and McCann, G. (Eds.), (2008), The Global Dimension in Initial Teacher Education, Belfast: St. Mary’s University College, ISBN 0-9553472-2-X

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