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31 March 2021

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Irish Educational Studies

Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr Tony Hall, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
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Dr Delma Byrne, Maynooth University, Ireland
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Dr Audrey Bryan, Dublin City University, Ireland
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Dr Karl Kitching, University of Birmingham, UK
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Dr Déirdre Ní Chróinín, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland
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COVID-19 and Education: Positioning the pandemic; facing the future

According to the UN (2020), almost 1.6 billion people, or circa one fifth of the world’s population, across 190 countries and all continents, have been impacted in terms of disruption to education globally.
Since March 2020, when schools and campuses in Ireland started to close, the effects of COVID-19 in education have been wide-ranging, from major changes to state examination systems to large-scale learning online and outside of school.

To locate and reflect upon the implications for education now emerging, Irish Educational Studies invites articles for a special issue of papers that will explore key aspects of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education in Ireland, situated in the global context. Studies that examine impacts on Irish education and, or compare developments in Ireland with the wider international situation are invited. Different types of contributions are welcome including, for example: empirical papers, viewpoints, case studies, conceptual papers, literature reviews.

While there has emerged in the last several months a body of rapid research on COVID-19 and its implications for education, the aim of this special issue is to take a longer view of the effects of the pandemic across key aspects of education in Ireland and internationally, including a comprehensive range of articles that may focus on the following:

  • Implications for diversity, inclusion and social justice in education;
  • Governance and leadership in schools;
  • System leadership and interagency collaboration;
  • Alternative, novel forms of learning outside school, including schooling at home and outdoor education;
  • The pivot to increased use of blended learning, and online and distance education;
  • Mental health and wellbeing for learners and teachers;
  • School building design and physical changes in classroom management;
  • The impact on curriculum, assessment and examinations;
  • Transitions from primary to secondary and third-level education;
  • The relationship between formal, informal and non-formal education;
  • Critical perspectives on education and school during pandemics, historical, sociological, technological, psychological, philosophical.

Articles may also examine a number of issues, as above, and their intersection/interaction. Furthermore, as well as reporting research on current effects, articles should also provide future-facing recommendations for education in Ireland, and potentially internationally.

Dr Catriona O'Toole, Maynooth University, Ireland
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Dr Tony Hall, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
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Dr Delma Byrne, Maynooth University, Ireland
[email protected]

Dr Audrey Bryan, Dublin City University, Ireland
[email protected]

Dr Karl Kitching, University of Birmingham, UK
[email protected]

Dr Déirdre Ní Chróinín, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland
[email protected]

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Submission Instructions

Abstracts (500 words maximum) are to be submitted by a deadline of 30th November 2020.

Following review of abstracts received, authors will be invited to submit full articles (6,000 words maximum) by 31st March 2021 with the aim of publishing the special issue of Irish Educational Studies in the spring/summer of 2021.

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