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Dr Seline Keating

Human Development

Name: Dr Seline Keating
Department: Human Development
Role: Academic Staff
Phone Number: 01 884 2032
Email Address: seline.keating@dcu.ie
Room: Mov37
Campus: DCU St Patricks Campus

Biographical Details

Since 2015 Seline has been lecturing in Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) in DCU Institute of Education. Prior to this position, she taught for ten years in a variety of school types and settings. This teaching experience varied from different class levels in mainstream classroom teaching to also being part of the Special Educational Needs (SEN) team working with children on a one to one/small group basis with specific needs such as visual impairment, FAS, Turners’ Syndrome and speech and language needs, to name but a few.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Education with History and specialism in Dance from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (2006), a Master of Education in Aggression Studies from Trinity College Dublin (2009) and a Ph.D from Trinity College Dublin (2012). Seline’s Masters in Aggression Studies focussed on developmental psychology, aggressive/bullying behaviours, bullying prevention/intervention strategies and, formulating and assessing a school’s Anti-bullying policy and Code of Behaviour. Her thesis topic examined the effects of television on aggressive behaviours amongst primary school children. Seline’s Ph.D research explored child development in the context of mass media specifically that of an electronic nature exploring computer consoles (x-box, PSP), music devices (iPods), the Internet (online gaming & social networking sites like Facebook ) and their effects on a child’s psychosocial development and well-being.

She was awarded The Heffernan Bursary (Trinity College, 2009) and the INTO Bursary (2011) for her Ph.D research.

Currently, Seline is part of two research projects. The first project, All Together Now! is a Pilot Programme in Primary Schools to tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying. This pilot programme was funded by the Department of Education and Skills and was a collaboration between BeLonG To and fellow colleagues Dr. Bernie Collins and Prof. Mark Morgan. The second project comprises of a collaboration between Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE) and Religious Education (RE). The aims are to gain an insight into Irish Primary School teachers’ practice of Mindfulness with their pupils; identify where Mindfulness takes place on the classroom timetable and for what purposes; explore the possibilities and pitfalls in primary school contexts.

In addition to teaching on BEd and PME modules and supervising an MTeach student, Seline collaborates with the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC) designing and delivering CPD courses for both primary and post-primary school teachers. From 2009 to 2011 she worked with the ABC delivering bullying prevention and intervention workshops to parents, teachers and pupils in both primary and post-primary settings.

Seline, along with Dr. Bernie Collins, has also collaborated for the past two years with The Gaelic Players' Association (GPA) on developing their Réalta Programme in primary schools.

Seline’s other roles include:- Teaching and Learning Convenor for the School of Human Development; Media Coordinator for The SPHE Network; Associate of the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre; Steering Committee of the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education.

Her research interests include: Well-being; Bullying Prevention and Intervention; Media Education; Child Protection; Mindfulness; LGBTI issues; Relationships and Sexuality Education; Child Development  

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