This invite only conference, hosted jointly by the Centre for Effective Services (CES), the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and The Teaching Council, aims to bring together teachers, researchers and other stakeholders to discuss and explore teachers’ experience of; engagement with; and access to educational research.

Planned outcomes of the event include ideas and support for teachers on how to access educational research, for researchers and policymakers on how to make research findings more accessible and for a broad audience on what research matters and makes a difference in teaching and learning.

Participants will also be provided with opportunities during the day to reflect on the speaker inputs and share learning with regard to practice and next steps.

Some of the most important and interesting research findings are often inaccessible to interested teachers, parents and others. The Research Alive conference on 11 May 2013 is part of a collaboration involving CES, NCCA and The Teaching Council which aims to increase teachers’ access to evidence of what works in teaching and learning.

As part of the collaboration, a survey was circulated to teachers on the Teaching Council Register to gather information on teachers’ experience of; engagement with; and access to educational research. Over 4000 teachers responded and initial findings will be outlined at the Research Alive conference.

Philippa Cordingley CEO, Curee from NCCA on Vimeo.


Philippa Cordingley is the Chief Executive of Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE) and an internationally acknowledged expert in using evidence to develop education policy and practice. She leads CUREE and has a hands on role in many of its projects including the development of the evidence based National Framework for Mentoring and Coaching; the creation of innovative practical resources to engage practitioners with research (e.g. Research for Teachers, The Research Informed Practice (TRIPs) web site and of a bank of micro enquiry tools for the Economic and Social Research Council’s Teaching and Learning Research Programme and for the General Teaching Council.

Philippa’s keynote at the Research Alive conference will focus on different models of sharing research with teachers, teachers as producers and consumers of evidence/research and the role of social media in disseminating key messages.


Prof Mark Morgan, TCD from NCCA on Vimeo.


Prof Mark Morgan will be presenting the findings from the Research Alive teacher-survey, which was completed on-line recently. Based on the responses of more than 4000 teachers (all sectors and age groups), he will present the views of teachers on their experience of educational research including the frequency of engaging with research in various ways.  His presentation will also focus on how research contributes to teaching and professional development and will address the matter of how access to educational research might be improved. 


Davis College, Mallow, Co. Cork from NCCA on Vimeo.




Models of school-based teaching and learning committees, comprising teachers and principals, are frequently referenced as effective vehicles for the promotion of effective learning and teaching practices in schools.  Davis College, Mallow, Co. Cork, facilitates an Academic Council which leads the teaching staff in initiating practices based on educational research. 

This workshop entails a case study where teachers from the college explore the context wherein the Academic Council was established.  The presentation will examine how the Council operates, the initiatives that it has considered to date, and the impact of its work on staff and students.  The case study will also consider the role of evidence-based research in the work of the Academic Council.


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How can teachers be supported to connect their practice with research and with researchers and other teachers?

This question is at the heart of work by three national organisations, the Centre for Effective Services (CES), the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and the Teaching Council - the Research Alive group. The Irish term "mol feasa" means "hub of wisdom/knowledge/learning". We think an online hub, molfeasa could offer a space for teachers and other education professionals and researchers to connect with educational research and with one another.