The LDC actively pursues research funding through a coordinated Centre-led and supported approach. The LDC has contributed to a range of national and EU research projects, addressing adult literacy teaching methodologies, curriculum development, policy and professional development. The LDC is currently involved in a small number of projects, details of which may be found in the sections below.
Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENS) brings together 38 colleges of education, university education departments, teaching councils, curriculum councils, education trade unions and education centres on the island of Ireland with a responsibility for and interest in teacher education. It has been involved in supporting a wide range of research, conference and exchange projects since it was founded in 2003.
Dr. Anne Graham Cagney, a lecturer with the LDC, is currently leading The Study in Adult and Further Education Teacher Training in Ireland (SAFETTI) Project with Ned Cohen of the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI) . The Project is exploring key issues around professional development and identity of further education teachers. The objective of the research project is to provide recommendations to enhance the Teaching and Learning Environment (TLE) within
which practitioners in the sector, north and south, undertake and acquire their teaching qualifications.
Additional information can be found on the SAFETTI website at www.safettistudy.com
Research is a key element of the work of the LDC and NALA. We work as a partnership and are committed to the use of research in building on our previous work and promoting the use of evidence based practice to improve teaching and learning for the adult literacy services in Ireland