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					Majella Dempsey
BSc. H.Dip. Ed., M.Ed.

Education Department
NUI Maynooth
Co Kildare

Telephone: 01 708 3529
Facsimile: 01 708 4610

Majella joined the Department in January 2010. Prior to joining the Maynooth Majella worked as
an Education Officer in NCCA, where her main area of responsibility was working on the senior
cycle developments, she was convenor for the Board of Studies for Arts and Humanities and led
the work with the Senior Cycle School Network on the embedding of key skills and working on
developing flexible learning profiles for students. Prior to joining the NCCA, Majella, a science
and Mathematics teacher, worked with the Junior Science Support Service as a regional
development officer on delivering in-service for the revised junior science curriculum.

Majella is currently Course Leader for the Batchelor of Science in Education. Majella is an active
member of EERA (European Educational Research Association) and has presented at a number of
national and international conferences.

Professional affiliations

European Educational Research Association (EERA) – convenor in Network 3: Curriculum
Innovation by Schools and Teachers
Educational Studies Association of Ireland
FuturesIreland Consultative Panel
RCE-Ireland - UN Regional Centre for Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development
Kildare Education Centre member of the Management Committee
Mountmellick Development Association member of the Board of Management.

Recent Presentations

Discover Science and Engineering – Summer school (August ’09). Developed and facilitated day
on promoting the investigative approach in Science education.

School Development Planning Initiative – Summer school (June ’09). Facilitated session on
curriculum development.

ACCS conference – Leading and supporting change in our schools (April ’09). Workshop on Senior
Cycle Developments.

Learner – centred education (9Jan ’09) Department of Education and Science Inspectors
Conference. Facilitated a workshop on Unlocking learning through key skills.

Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) - Making their voices heard: students’
perception of senior cycle teaching and learning. Paper presented at the 2008 conference
The Future of Learning – Voices of Teachers and Students (Jan ’08) Department of Education and
Science Inspectors Conference. Facilitated workshop on Voices of teacher and students

ASTI Education Conference 2008 – presentation on Key Skills.

UBUNTU Network 2008 – presentation on Key Skills and their relevance in sustainable
development education.

IVEA Conference 2007 and 2008 – presentation on The Senior Cycle Developments in ’07 and
Flexible Learning Profiles in ‘08.

Facilitated workshops with International delegations from Guatemala, Singapore and Uganda.

Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) The Student Voice in Transition Year .Paper
presented at the 2002 conference

Quest 2008 – Focused Leadership that Deepens Learning (Nov ’08).One of the team invited by
York District School Board to deliver the opening keynote address to the conference in Canada.

European Educational Research Association (EERA)
’09 Conference - Symposium with representatives from five other countries on Teachers as
curriculum developers: The Irish experience. Paper

’08 Conference - Symposium with representative from five other countries on School-based
curriculum development: The Irish context. Chapter for forth-coming publication.

’07 Conference - To embed or bury – the challenge of making an impact on teaching and
learning through key skills. Paper

Schools as Curriculum Agencies: Asian and European Perspectives edited by Edmond Law (Hong
Kong Institute of Education) and Nienke Nieveen (SLO Netherlands Institute for Curriculum
Development). Chapter entitled School-based curriculum development: The Irish context. A.,
Looney, M., Dempsey, M., O’Shea. Will be published later this year.

CIDREE yearbook 2008 – A toolkit for the European citizen. Key Skills in Senior Cycle: An
approach to embedding key skills in the curriculum at upper secondary in Ireland. M., Dempsey,
M., O’Shea.

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