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Dr Paula Flynn

Inclusive & Special Education

Name: Dr Paula Flynn
Department: Inclusive & Special Education
Role: Academic Staff
Phone Number: 01 884 2209
Email Address: paula.flynn@dcu.ie
Room: F320
Campus: DCU St Patricks Campus

Biographical Details

Dr Paula Flynn is an Assistant Professor in the School of Inclusive and Special Education in Dublin City University (DCU) Institute of Education. Her research and teaching interests include: student/learner voice; children's rights-based methodologies; critical perspectives of inclusion and exclusion in education and society; hidden curriculum; power and empowerment in education environments; leadership for learning; and relational care in the context of education. Paula ​was​ the principal investigator on a national study funded by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) ​between 2014 and 2017, ​which involve​d​ a consultative process with students at post-primary level in the development of opportunities for curricular development. A significant objective of this study ​was​ to determine how to embed a culture of listening and a sustainable response to student voices both in schools and education discourse nationally. This study led to the establishment of the first NCCA Student Voice Forum in October 2015. ​ The final report from this study will be made available on the NCCA website before the end of January 2018.

Paula is the Republic of Ireland coordinator and research partner in a children's rights-based study funded by the Centre for Cross Border Studies, which explores the educational beliefs of primary school teachers in Dublin and Belfast, and examines how these may facilitate or hinder the implementation of children’s voice initiatives. More information about this study is available at www.teachersbelief.com

Paula is joint PI on a research team which is investigating transition from primary to secondary school in the Dublin 1 area with her colleagues, Dr. Ger Scanlon and Dr. Neil Kenny from DCU IoE and Dr. Alison Doyle (Caerus Education). This study is funded by Greater Dublin Independent Living (GDIL). She is also conducting case study research with her colleague Dr. Fiona King on the expectations and perspectives of students and teachers ​during 2017-2018 on their move to one hour classes. 

She is a member of the international collaborative network, Counting Every Child In, (CECI) with colleagues from the University of Edinburgh, Beijing University and Trinity College Dublin, which promotes research in the area of inclusive education and pupil voice.

Prior to her appointment to DCU Institute of Education, Paula was a member of the academic staff in the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, and currently retains a role there as Adjunct Professor. Paula hosted an international conference. ‘Learner Voice; Nothing about us without us, listening to the voices of students’ in Trinity College, June 2015. 

Her qualifications include a BA in Ancient Classics and H. Dip Education, both from the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM), and Ph. D. from Trinity College Dublin.



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