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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I organise the Division of In-Service Education which offers courses in Management and Curriculum Studies including ICTs, in collaboration with Education Centres throughout the country. Modules are free standing, taught evenings, weekends and summer weeks and lead to diplomas and a Master's degree.
I am Academic co-director (for the Education Department) of an interdisciplinary research centre, the Centre for Research into Information Technology in Education (CRITE). My co-director is Brendan Tangney, Department of Computer Science. CRITE began two years ago and is active in research with some publications already.
My original interest in ICTs concentrated on teacher education and learning/teaching styles, as reflected in my publications in 80s/90s. I am interested in the Management of Change in education also, and currently looking at teachers' perceptual orientations in relation to teaching strategies. My focus at present though is to further the development of on-line teaching and mentoring of the students on In-Service programmes.
I participate as appropriate in CRITE activities and am involved in an EU Comenius project on Intercultural Education, the latter includes elements of other areas of interest (Action Research and Multiple Intelligences).
FitzGibbon, A. and Oldham, E., 'Internet Readiness: Pre-service teachers' attitudes to high technology in schools' in Technology and Teacher Education Annual 1998 Vol.1, eds. S. McNeil, J.D. Price, S. Boyer-Mehall, B. Robin, J. Wilkins, Charlottesville,Va. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 1998, 542-5.
O'Riordan, J., FitzGibbon, A., Gilligan, R and Clarke, M. 'Student Teachers' perceptions of an After-School’s Practicum — an Interim Report', Irish Educational Studies Vol.17, 1998, 123-134.
FitzGibbon, A., Drury, C.J., Oldham, E. and Tangney, B., 'A Hero's Journey: Introducing Modular In-Service Courses in IT at Trinity College, Dublin,' in D.A. Willis, J.D. Price and J. Willis (eds.) Charlottesville,Va.: AACE/SITE Proceedings of 2000 Conference San Diego, 2000, 626 -631.
Tangney, B., Holmes, B. and FitzGibbon, A. 'Teaching 'Computers and Society' the Medium and the Message', M/SET2000 — International Conference on Maths/Science Education Technology Proceedings, San Diego, 2000, 375-380.
FitzGibbon, A. and Fleischmann, A. 'Action Research, Multiple Intelligences and the Politics of Educational Knowledge', in McNiff, J. (ed.) Action Research and the Politics of Educational Knowledge Dublin: MIE, (2000).
FitzGibbon, A. 'Teacher Education for Lifelong Learning' in S. Drudy (ed.) Educating the Educators Dublin: ESAI, (2000).
FitzGibbon, A.,'Exploring Caine and Caine's concept of Perceptual Change in relation to Irish Educators', Irish Educational Studies Vol.21, (in press).
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