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Dr. Maeve O'Grady

Title:

Lecturer and RPL Advisor

School/ Department:

Education and Lifelong Learning - Adult And Continuing Education

Room Name/ Num:

BL9 Literacy Development Centre St Dominics

Campus:

College Street

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My Biography

Maeve O'Grady has worked with the Literacy Development Centre (LDC) since its foundation in the 1990s, as a partnership with the National Adult Literacy Agency, developing and delivering educational qualifications to adult literacy tutors.This work has now expanded to reflect the emergence of the further education sector and meeting the qualifications needs of tutors and the research needs of the field of practice.

Recognition of Prior Learning has been an important part of responding to the needs of adult learners who often have years of experiential learning or prior qualifications to bring to their experience in W.I.T. Maeve has worked to develop student-friendly approaches to RPL that enable rigor and currency to be maintained.

Research

2016 with Tina Byrne and Eilish Roche Meeting the challenge: strategies for motivating learners in adult education in Ireland, Dublin, NALA

2014 with Tina Byrne and Eilish Roche Read all about it: case studies of teaching reading strategies to adult in Ireland, Dublin, NALA

2013 with Tina Byrne, Dolores Gilhooley, Helen Murphy Adult Literacy and Numeracy in Action: six case studies of practice work in Ireland, Dublin, NALA

2007-2011 Doctoral Research on Women's Community Education

2010 Evaluation of Waterford City VEC Career & Lifeskills Course

2009 Evaluation of ACCESS 2000 Wexford Personal Effectiveness Course

Teaching

Literacy Development Centre outreach and on-campus modules:

Level 6:            Counselling Issues in Adult Literacy, Microteaching, Curriculum Development, Professional Practice.

Level 7:            Education Policy, Curriculum Planning and Quality Assurance, Literacy in Context/Language & Power

Level 8:            Critical Education Studies, Quality Curriculum Planning and Assessment, Equality & Social Analysis, Project Supervision, Research Methodologies, Education Equality and Social Inclusion.

School of Lifelong Learning and Education programmes:

Level 7:            Sociology and Social Policy modules on the BA in Arts in Applied Social Studies

Level 9:            Academic Writing session delivered to the TEQ 9 group

Academic Inquiry and Educational Research Methods on the MA in Learning & Teaching

Sociology of Education for the Postgraduate Diploma in Further Education

Supervisory Skills module co-delivered to WIT lecturers

Co-facilitating Practical Pedagogy 2/Practical Teaching Skills for the Waterford Area Partnership group and Teagasc group.

Staff CPD         Quality Promotion Workshop 2014 ‘Groupwork for Lecturers’

Study Skills & RPL modules for different groups (Make Your Experience Count)

Professional

External Examiner 2010-2014 to Carlow College's BA in Citizenship and Community Studies

External Reviewer of RPL applications and policies, IADT 2008-2012

Publications

‘Review of Feminism in Community’ in Action Learning: Research & Practice Journal, 2016

‘Review of the Sage Handbook of Action Research’ in Action Learning: Research & Practice Journal, 2013

‘ ‘Other’-wise: researching the habitus changes in women who participate in women’s community education in Ireland’ in Ostrouch-Kaminska, J., Fontanini, C., and Gaynard, S. (eds) (2012) Considering Gender in Adult Learning and in Academia: (In)visible act, Wrocklaw, Wydawnictwo Naukowe

‘Review of Gendered Choices: Learning, Work, Identities in Lifelong Learning’ in The Adult Learner Journal (2011), Dublin, AONTAS

McCarthy, A., and O’Grady, M. ‘Make Your Experience Count: An Alternative Approach to Delivery of Frontline Guidance in Community Settings’ NAEGA  Journal, Spring 2003.

Women’s Health in the South East 2000 and Beyond; a plan for Women’s Health, (2000) South-Eastern Health Board Women’s Health Advisory Committee (Editorial panel)