Dr Trudy Corrigan
Policy & Practice
|Name:||Dr Trudy Corrigan|
|Department:||Policy & Practice|
|Phone Number:||01 884 2288|
|Campus:||DCU St Patricks Campus|
Coordinator and Lecturer in the School of Education Studies DCU. Trudy has studied for a Professional Doctorate in the School of Education Studies.Her research interests are in adult education and lifelong learning. This includes developing Intergenerational Learning as a high quality pedagogical practice in higher education. This is to explore the reciprocal benefits of teaching, learning and research between generations in higher education as a community of learning and in addition to research its potential in terms of experiential learning, transformational learning and social learning. This includes engaging retired people as mentors to third level students and in return that third level students would act as mentors to older people e.g. digital literacy skills. Trudy was awarded a Learning Innovation Unit award to research the benefits of the De Bono model as a useful mediation model in the workplace. In addition she was awarded the LIU Research award to promote and develop research for the successful DCU Intergenerational Learning Project which was founded by her and developed in association with colleagues in DCU. This has now developed into a successful programme which is integrated into the DCU community and the wider community. This programme explores the benefits of a teaching and learning space at third level where both older people can meet and learn with third level students. This is to explore the reciprocal benefits of learning between generations. Trudy is interested in the concept of a stimulated mind in aging. In addition she is interested in the benefits of the provision of teaching and learning opportunities at third level as a significant contribution towards independent living in aging. Her research includes evaluating the role of Intergenerational Learning as a contribution to the continuing personal and professional development of older people, third level students and as a contribution to critical thinking and reflection in third level learning. Trudy's experience has previously been in Adult Education and in Professional Development both at third level and in Colleges of Further Education. She is currently working with final year students in DCU to create and develop innovative projects that will be of benefit in educational and/or training contexts in the workplace. Her other research interests are the benefits of Mediation skills in the workplace and developing communities of learning that are inclusive of intercultural and cross generational populations in higher education. Trudy is vice-chair of the DCU Age Friendly Initiative She supervises master's students , doctoral thesis, and trainee teachers in their work-based practice.