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Gerry McNamara

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Biography

Dr. Gerry McNamara is Professor of Educational Evaluation at the School of Policy and Practice, DCU Institute of Education and Co-Director of the Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection (EQI) . From 1997-2007 he was Head of the School of Education Studies, DCU. He is course director of the Doctorate in Education , a taught doctoral programme in the field of educational leadership and evaluation. Gerry is a specialist in educational evaluation and has planned and led many major evaluations at home and abroad, working for, among others, the Dept. of Education and Science, the National Centre for Guidance in Education, Leargas, the Equality Authority of Ireland, the European Commission, and the United Nations Development Programme. Gerry was a member of the Teaching Council of Ireland (2001/2002, 2004-2006),a co-founder of the Irish Evaluation Network, (2000) and was a member of the Council of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society, (BELMAS) from 2008-2012.

Research Interests

Educational Evaluation, Education and Training Policy, Leadership in Education.

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2017 'Striking a balance? The continuing evolution of Inspection and school self-evaluation in Ireland'
Brown, M., McNamara,G., O Hara, J and O'Brien,S (2017) 'Striking a balance? The continuing evolution of Inspection and school self-evaluation in Ireland' In: Jacqueline Baxter (eds). School inspectors: Operational challenges in National Policy Contexts. London: Springer. [DOI] [Details]
2016 'The importance of the concept of self-evaluation in the changing landscape of education policy'
McNamara, G. and O' Hara, J. (2016) 'The importance of the concept of self-evaluation in the changing landscape of education policy' In: Penninckx, M (eds). Studies in educational evaluation: effects and side effects of school inspections, a general framework. London: Elsevier. [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Effects and side effects of European inspection systems'
Altrichter, H., Kemethofer, D., Ehren, M., Gustafsson, J.-E., Skedsmo, G.; Huber, S.G., Conyngham, G., McNamara, G. & O'Hara, J. . (2016) 'Effects and side effects of European inspection systems' In: Wirkungen und Nebenwirkungen europaischer Inspektionssysteme. Schulinspektion als Steuerungsimpuls? Ergebnisse aus Forschungsprojekten. Springer VS. [Details]
2016 'Teacher Accountability in Education - The Irish Experiment'
Brown,M., O Hara,J. and McNamara,G. (2016) 'Teacher Accountability in Education - The Irish Experiment' In: Essays in the History of Irish Education. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Culture Changes, Irish Evaluation and Assessment Traditions Stay the Same? Exploring Peer- and Self-Assessment as a Means of Empowering Ethnic Minority Students'
O' Hara, J., McNamara, G. and Harrison, K. (2014) 'Culture Changes, Irish Evaluation and Assessment Traditions Stay the Same? Exploring Peer- and Self-Assessment as a Means of Empowering Ethnic Minority Students' In: Continuing the Journey to Reposition Culture and Cultural Context in Evaluation Theory and Practice. Information Age Publishing. [Details]
2014 'The impact of school inspection ? Analysis of assumptions about mechanisms of school inspection in six European countries '
Altrichter, H., Ehren, M.C.M., McNamara, G. & O’Hara, J. (2014) 'The impact of school inspection ? Analysis of assumptions about mechanisms of school inspection in six European countries ' In: Schule – Qualität und Entwicklung. . Munster, germany: Waxmann. [Details]
2012 'Riding the Celtic Tiger: Forces Shaping Evaluation Culture in Ireland in Good Times and Bad'
Boyle, R;McNamara, G;O'Hara, J (2012) 'Riding the Celtic Tiger: Forces Shaping Evaluation Culture in Ireland in Good Times and Bad' In: EVALUATION CULTURES: SENSE-MAKING IN COMPLEX TIMES. PISCATAWAY: TRANSACTION PUBLISHERS. [Details]
2012 'Managing Stress in Initial Teacher Education - Challenges and Opportunities'
O' Hara, J., Lahart, J., Lovsatt, L., McSharry, M. and McNamara, G (2012) 'Managing Stress in Initial Teacher Education - Challenges and Opportunities' In: Towards Transformative Education. Sofia and Dublin: University of Sofia, Bulgaria and DCU. [Details]
2010 'Evaluation of adult education and training programs'
McNamara G.;Joyce P.;O'Hara J. (2010) 'Evaluation of adult education and training programs' In: International Encyclopedia of Education. [DOI] [Details]
2009 'Where Global Meets Local, Contexts, Constraints and Consensus in School Evaluation in Ireland. '
McNamara, G. and O'Hara, J. (2009) 'Where Global Meets Local, Contexts, Constraints and Consensus in School Evaluation in Ireland. ' In: Sage International Handbook on Educational Evaluation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. [Details]
2009 'Ethical Leadership in an Age of Evaluation: Implications for Whole School Wellbeing'
McNamara, G;O'Hara, J (2009) 'Ethical Leadership in an Age of Evaluation: Implications for Whole School Wellbeing' In: INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK OF EDUCATION FOR SPIRITUALITY, CARE AND WELLBEING, PTS ONE AND TWO. BERLIN: SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN. [DOI] [Details]
2007 'Multiple Approaches to Reflection as a Key Component of Assessment'
Rami, J., Lalor, J. and McNamara, G. (2007) 'Multiple Approaches to Reflection as a Key Component of Assessment' In: Case Studies of Good Practice in Assessment of Student Learning in Higher Education. Dublin: The All Ireland Society for Higher Education. [Details]
2006 'Triangulation and Reflection in Practice - Oriented Assessment within Vocational Teacher Education Programmes - a Case Study'
McNamara, G., Rami, J. and Lalor, J. (2006) 'Triangulation and Reflection in Practice - Oriented Assessment within Vocational Teacher Education Programmes - a Case Study' In: Quality and Practice in Asessment; New Approaches in Work -Related Learning. Jyvasklya,Finland: Institute for Eduacational Research, Finland and EU Leonardo Da Vinci. [Details]
2006 'Elements of Good Practice'
Stenstrom, M. L, Grollman, P., Lalor, J., McNamara, G., Messerer, K., Rami, J., Tutschner, R., and Umarik, M. (2006) 'Elements of Good Practice' In: Towards Good Practice for Practice – Oriented Assessment in European Vocational Education. Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyvaskyla/EU Leonard. [Details]
2005 'Ireland'
Rami, J, G, McNamara, J, Lalor (2005) 'Ireland' In: Quality Assurance and Practice - Oriented Assessment in Vocational Education and Training: Country Studies. Bremen: Institute Technik und Bildung / European Commission. [Details]
2003 'The Landscape of Curriculum Inquiry in the Republic of Ireland'
Williams, K. and G. McNamara (2003) 'The Landscape of Curriculum Inquiry in the Republic of Ireland' In: The Handbook of International Curriculum Research. Lawrence Earlbaum, Washington D.C. [Details]
2000 'Action Research for Organizational Change'
McNamara, G. and J. O’Hara (2000) (2000) 'Action Research for Organizational Change' In: Action Research in Ireland. Educational Studies Association of Ireland. [Details]
1997 'Changing Our Teachers: Teacher Education and Re-education - a Key Dimension of Curriculum Reform in Further Education'
McNamara, G. (1997) (1997) 'Changing Our Teachers: Teacher Education and Re-education - a Key Dimension of Curriculum Reform in Further Education' In: Points of Departure; the European Dimension in Vocational Teacher Education. European Commission. [Details]
1996 'Curriculum Development in Vocational Education and Training in Ireland 1991-95'
McNamara, G. (1996) (1996) 'Curriculum Development in Vocational Education and Training in Ireland 1991-95' In: Issues of Adult and Occupational Education in Ireland and Finland. National Board of Education Finland/ European Commission. [Details]
1995 'The Changing Face of Vocational Education Provision in the Post Primary Sector of Education in the Irish Republic'
McNamara, G. (1995) 'The Changing Face of Vocational Education Provision in the Post Primary Sector of Education in the Irish Republic' In: Curriculum Policy in the 1990s: Northern and Southern Perspectives. Co-operation North. [Details]
1990 'Teachers and Innovation: Pre- and In-Service Training Strategies from the First and Second European Action Programmes on Transition from School to Adult and Working Life. '
McNamara, G. (1990) 'Teachers and Innovation: Pre- and In-Service Training Strategies from the First and Second European Action Programmes on Transition from School to Adult and Working Life. ' In: Teacher Education in the Nineties:Towards a New Coherence. Association of Teacher Educators in Europe. [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
2015 School Inspection in a Polycentric Context: The case of Northern Ireland.
Brown,M., McNamara, G. and O'Hara, J (2015) School Inspection in a Polycentric Context: The case of Northern Ireland. : West Belfast Partnership/ Centre for Evaluation Quality and Inspection. [Details]
2008 Trusting Schools and Teachers; Developing Educational Professionalism through Self-Evaluation.
Mc Namara, G. and O'Hara, J. (2008) Trusting Schools and Teachers; Developing Educational Professionalism through Self-Evaluation. : Peter Lang. [Details]
2006 Straight Talk:Researching Gay and Lesbian Issues in the School Curriculum.
Norman, J., Galvin, M. and McNamara, G. (2006) Straight Talk:Researching Gay and Lesbian Issues in the School Curriculum. : The Gender Equality Unit of the Dept of Education and Science. [Details]
2005 Vision in the Curriculum:An evaluation of the Fis Project in Primary schools in Ireland.
McNamara,G (2005) Vision in the Curriculum:An evaluation of the Fis Project in Primary schools in Ireland. : Fis Project/Dept of Education and Science. [Details]
2004 An Analysis of the Training Needs of Trainers in the Furthur Education Sector in Ireland.
McNamara,G.,C. Mulcahy and J. O' Hara. (2004) An Analysis of the Training Needs of Trainers in the Furthur Education Sector in Ireland. : Dept. of Education and Science/Leonardo Da Vinci Prog. [Details]
2001 Action Research in Ireland.
McNiff,J.,G.McNamara and D. Leonard. (2001) Action Research in Ireland. : Educational Studies Association of Ireland/September Books. [Details]
2000 Positive Discipline.
O' Hara, J., S. Byrne and G. McNamara. (2000) Positive Discipline. : Dept. of Education and Science,Ireland. [Details]
1999 Research Paper No 2, Pointing to the Future – Some Second Level Students' Perceptions of the Points System.
Humphreys, H., Jeffers, G., McNamara, G., and Conyngham,G. (1999) Research Paper No 2, Pointing to the Future – Some Second Level Students' Perceptions of the Points System. : The Points Commission. [Details]
1998 Guidance in Adult and Continuing Education. .
McNamara, G. (1998) Guidance in Adult and Continuing Education. . : National Centre for Guidance in Education. [Details]
1997 Principal's Perceptions of the Guidance Service in Post Primary Schools.
McKenna P., McNamara, G. and Barrett T. (1997) Principal's Perceptions of the Guidance Service in Post Primary Schools. : National Centre for Guidance in Education. [Details]
1990 Achievement and Aspiration: Curricular Initiatives in Irish Post Primary Education in the 1980s.
McNamara, G., K.Williams and D.Heron (1990) Achievement and Aspiration: Curricular Initiatives in Irish Post Primary Education in the 1980s. : National Education Centres. [Details]
1988 Understanding Trade Unions (Revised and reprinted 1995 and 1999).
Williams, K., G. McNamara and D.West (1988) Understanding Trade Unions (Revised and reprinted 1995 and 1999). : O’Brien Press. [Details]
1986 The Vocational Preparation Course: an Educational Appraisal and Practical Guide. .
Williams, K. and G.McNamara (1986) The Vocational Preparation Course: an Educational Appraisal and Practical Guide. . : Ass. of Secondary Teachers in Ireland. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2003 'An Evaluation of the IAN / FRY Vocational Skills Training Programme : Belgrade, Serbia. APSO / Trocaire, '
O'Hara, J and McNamara, G. (2003) 'An Evaluation of the IAN / FRY Vocational Skills Training Programme : Belgrade, Serbia. APSO / Trocaire, ' . [Details]
2001 'An Analysis of the Training Needs of Educators in the Further Education Sector in Ireland. . Department of Education and Science/ Commission of the European Communities Leonardo da Vinci Programme.'
McNamara, G., O'Hara, J and Mulcahy,C. (2001) 'An Analysis of the Training Needs of Educators in the Further Education Sector in Ireland. . Department of Education and Science/ Commission of the European Communities Leonardo da Vinci Programme.' . [Details]
1999 'The Vocational Education and Training System in Surinam Present Realities and Future Directions. United Nations Development Programme, New York, '
McNamara, G.,O'Hara, J. (1999) 'The Vocational Education and Training System in Surinam Present Realities and Future Directions. United Nations Development Programme, New York, ' . [Details]
1995 '‘The Role of the National Council for Vocational Awards in the Certification of Vocational Education and Training’'
Fogarty, C., G. McNamara and J. Boland. (1995) '‘The Role of the National Council for Vocational Awards in the Certification of Vocational Education and Training’' Decision Maker, 9 . [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2017 The European Conference on Educational Research: Reforming Education and the Imperative of Constant Change: Ambivalent roles of policy and the role of educational research,
Brown, M. , Nayir, F., O'Hara, J., McNamara, G., Burns, D., Norvedt, G., Herzog-Punzenberger, B., Altrichter, H., and Taneri, O. (2017) Practices of Culturally Responsive Assessment in European Schools? Results of a Literature Review in Four European Countries. [Invited Oral Presentation], The European Conference on Educational Research: Reforming Education and the Imperative of Constant Change: Ambivalent roles of policy and the role of educational research, Copenhagen , 21-AUG-17 - 25-AUG-17 [Details]
2017 Accountability of educational networks: what, why and how? - Findings from a comparative EU-study on inspections in Polycentric education systems,
Brown,M., O’Hara, J., and McNamara, G. (2017) Inspections of area-based learning communities in Northern Ireland:. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Accountability of educational networks: what, why and how? - Findings from a comparative EU-study on inspections in Polycentric education systems, UCL Institute of Education 20 Bedford Way , 05-SEP-17 - 05-AUG-17 [Details]
2017 The European Conference on Educational Research: Reforming Education and the Imperative of Constant Change: Ambivalent roles of policy and the role of educational research: Reforming Education and th,
Brown, M., McNamara, G., O’Hara, J., Burns, D., Kurum, G. and O'Brien, S. (2017) Evaluating the significance of Culturally-responsive Distributed Leadership in a Disadvantaged Rural Primary School in the Republic of Ireland. An ethnographic Case Study. [Invited Oral Presentation], The European Conference on Educational Research: Reforming Education and the Imperative of Constant Change: Ambivalent roles of policy and the role of educational research: Reforming Education and th, Copenhagen , 21-AUG-17 - 25-AUG-17 [Details]
2017 Educational Studies Association of Ireland,
Brown,M, McNamara,G.,O Hara,J. and O Brien,S. (2017) Towards Ireland’s action plan for 2016-2017. Deconstructing local education clusters in a monoculture system. Empirical evidence from Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland, University College Cork , 20-APR-17 - 22-APR-17 [Details]
2017 Educational Studies Association of Ireland,
Brown, M.,Farrell, R., O'Hara, J.,McNamara, G., Gallagher, S. and O'Brien, S. (2017) Ongoing Assessment Using eportfolios: lessons to be learned from a 2 year study of eportfolio integration in Irish secondary schools. [Invited Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Cork , 20-APR-17 - 22-APR-17 [Details]
2017 American Educational Research Association: Knowledge to Action,
Brown,M., O'Hara,J., and McNamara,G (2017) Toward Equal Education Opportunity in a Polycentric Inspection Context. [Invited Oral Presentation], American Educational Research Association: Knowledge to Action, San Antonio, Texas, USA , 27-APR-17 - 01-MAY-17 [Details]
2017 Sixth Annual International Research Methods Summer School (IRMSS),
Burns, D., Nayir, F., Brown, M., McNamara, G., O'Hara, J. (2017) Aiding Culturally Responsive Evaluation in Schools. [Invited Oral Presentation], Sixth Annual International Research Methods Summer School (IRMSS), Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland , 19-MAY-17 - 21-MAY-17 [Details]
2017 SIETAR EUROPA CONGRESS,
Sweetman, B., O'Hara, J. and McNamara, G. (2017) Evalinto: Towards the design of a training course for teachers in peer mentoring at post-primary level to reduce levels of early school leaving amongst the migrant school population. [Invited Oral Presentation], SIETAR EUROPA CONGRESS, DCU St. Patrick's Campus, Dublin , 22-MAY-17 - 27-MAY-17 [Details]
2017 American Educational Research Association,
Brown, M., McNamara, G. and O'Hara, J. (2017) Towards Equal Education Opportunity in a Polycentric Inspection Context. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, Texas , 27-APR-17 - 01-MAY-17 [Details]
2017 Educational Studies Association of Ireland,
O Hara, J., Brown,M., Burns, D., McNamara,G., Nayir,F, and Taneri,O. (2017) An overview of Culturally Responsive assessment practices in European Schools. [Invited Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland, University College Cork , 20-APR-17 - 22-APR-17 [Details]
2017 International Eurasian Educational Research Congress (EJER),
kurum, G., Brown, M., McNamara, G., O’Hara, J., and Çinkir, Ş. (2017) Culturally responsive leadership practices: A comparative study of Irish and Turkish Primary Schools. [Invited Oral Presentation], International Eurasian Educational Research Congress (EJER), Pamukkale Üniversitesi / DENİZLİ / Turkey , 11-MAY-17 - 14-MAY-17 [Details]
2017 Educational Studies Association of Ireland,
O Brien,S., McNamara,G., O Hara,J. and Brown,M. (2017) Learning by doing: A model of continuing professional development for data-use in school self evaluation. [Invited Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland, University College Cork , 20-APR-17 - 22-APR-17 [Details]
2017 Educational Studies Association of Ireland,
Farrell, R.,Gallagher,S., Waldron,B.,Brown,M.,McNamara,G., O Hara,J. and O Brien,S (2017) Ongoing Assessment Using eportfolios: lessons to be learned from a 2 year study of eportfolio integration in Irish secondary schools. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Educational Studies Association of Ireland, University College Cork , 20-APR-17 - 22-APR-17 [Details]
2017 Educational Studies Association of Ireland,
Young, C., McNamara, G., Brown, M. (2017) Data use in secondary schools. [Invited Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Cork , 20-APR-17 - 22-APR-17 [Details]
2016 CREA Annual Conference,
O Hara, J and McNamara, G (2016) A Blueprint for a New Vision of Culturally Responsive Schools in Ireland. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], CREA Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, USA , 11-JUN-16 - 11-JUN-16 [Details]
2016 12th Biennial Conference of the European Evaluation Society,
O'Brien, S., O'Hara,J., McNamara,G., and Brown,M. (2016) Building Capacity for School Self-Evaluation. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 12th Biennial Conference of the European Evaluation Society, Maastricht, Netherlands , 26-SEP-16 - 30-SEP-16 [Details]
2016 The Next Generation:Digital Learning Research symposium 2016,
Brown,M., McNamara, G., O'Hara, J, Poole, P. and O'Brien, S. (2016) Factors affecting the introduction of digital portfolios in Irish education. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Next Generation:Digital Learning Research symposium 2016, Dublin City University , 01-NOV-16 - 01-NOV-16 [Details]
2016 Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers - European Conference for Educational Research,
Brown,M., O Hara,J.,McNamara,G. and O'Brien, S. (2016) Striking a Balance? The Continuing Evolution of Inspection and School Self-Evaluation in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers - European Conference for Educational Research, UCD, Dublin , 24-AUG-16 - 26-AUG-16 [Details]
2016 Educational Studies Association of Ireland,
Brown,M., O Hara,J. and McNamara,G. (2016) High stakes accountability in Education. Lessons to be learned from Ireland ’ s first decades of post - colonial educational Independence (1922 – 1971). [Invited Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland, NUIG, Galway , 11-JUN-16 - 11-JUN-16 [Details]
2016 Educational Studies Association of Ireland,
Burns, D., O Hara, J. and McNamara,.G (2016) An investigation of the intellectual skill in the final written assessment of 23 subjects in the Leaving Certificate 2005 - 2010. [Invited Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland, NUIG, Galway , 31-MAR-16 - 02-APR-16 [Details]
2016 Educational Studies Association of Ireland,
Burns, D., O Hara, J. and McNamara,.G (2016) An investigation of the intellectual skill in the final written assessment of 23 subjects in the Leaving Certificate 2005 - 2010. [Invited Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland, NUIG, Galway [Details]
2016 Educational Studies Association of Ireland,
Brown,M., O Hara,J. and McNamara,G. (2016) High stakes accountability in Education. Lessons to be learned from Ireland ’ s first decades of post - colonial educational Independence (1922 – 1971). [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Educational Studies Association of Ireland, NUIG, Galway , 31-OCT-16 - 02-OCT-16 [Details]
2016 Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers -European Conference on Educational Research,
McNamara,G.,O'Brien,S., and Brown, M (2016) External Specialist Support for School Self-evaluation: Testing a Model of Support in Irish Post-Primary Schools. [Invited Oral Presentation], Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers -European Conference on Educational Research, UCD, Dublin , 24-AUG-16 - 26-AUG-16 [Details]
2016 Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers - European Conference for Educational Research,
Burns, D., McNamara,G., and O'Hara,J. (2016) An investigation of the intellectual skill in the assessment of selected subjects in the Leaving Certificate in Ireland. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers - European Conference for Educational Research, UCD, Dublin , 24-AUG-16 - 26-AUG-16 [Details]
2016 Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers - European Conference for Educational Research,
Brown,M.,McNamara,G.,O Hara,J.,O'Rourke, C., Shevlin, P. and Ehren,M. (2016) Co-existence revisited: towards a framework for Polycentric Evaluation in Education. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers - European Conference for Educational Research, UCD, Dublin , 24-AUG-16 - 26-AUG-16 [Details]
2016 12th Biennial Conference of the European Evaluation Society,
O'Hara, J., McNamara, G., and Brown, M., (2016) Notes on a Small Island: De-Constructing School Evaluation in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], 12th Biennial Conference of the European Evaluation Society, Maastricht, Netherlands , 26-SEP-16 - 30-SEP-16 [Details]
2016 International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement,
Brown,M.,O'Hara, J. and McNamara,G., (2016) A mixed methods analysis of a mixed methods system. School inspections in a polycentric context. [Conference Organising Committee Member], International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement, Glascow , 06-JAN-16 - 09-JAN-16 [Details]
2016 International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement,
Ehren,M., Janssens.,F, Brown, M., McNamara,G. O'Hara,J. and Simeonova,R. (2016) Changing roles and methods of inspections; theoretical framework. [Conference Organising Committee Member], International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement, Glascow , 06-JAN-16 - 09-JAN-16 [Details]
2015 International conference on education for the Future: Issues and Challenges,
McNamara, G. (2015) The changing Face of school Inspection - International Perspectives. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], International conference on education for the Future: Issues and Challenges, Ankara University, Turkey , 13-MAY-15 - 15-MAY-15 [Details]
2015 European Conference on Educational Research,
Harrison, K., McNamara, G. and O Hara, J, (2015) Evaluating the Impact on Education Provision of Rapid Demographic Change in the Irish Midlands. [Conference Organising Committee Member], European Conference on Educational Research, Budapest , 09-SEP-15 - 11-SEP-15 [Details]
2015 Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference,,
O Hara, J, Brown, M, Shevlin, P and McNamara, G. (2015) Together towards improvement ? The case of Polycentric inspection in Northern Ireland,. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference,, Maynooth , 09-APR-15 - 11-APR-15 [Details]
2015 Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference,
Harrison K.,Corrigan T.,McNamara G. and O Hara J. (2015) Students' Health : a Family Affair in a Changing World,. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, NUI, Maynooth, Co. Kildare , 09-APR-15 - 11-APR-15 [Details]
2015 European Conference on Educational Research,
O Hara, J., Brown,M., McNamara,G.,Ehren,M.,Janssens,F.,Simeonova,R. (2015) Charting the Rise of Polycentric Evaluation,. European Conference on Educational Research, Budapest , 09-SEP-15 - 11-SEP-15 [Details]
2015 European Conference on Educational Research,
Harrison, K., McNamara, G. and O Hara, J (2015) Evaluating the Impact on Education Provision of Rapid Demographic Change in the Irish Midlands. [Invited Oral Presentation], European Conference on Educational Research, Budapest, Hungary , 09-OCT-15 - 11-OCT-15 [Details]
2015 Educational Studies Association of Ireland,
Harrison K.,Corrigan T.,McNamara G. and O Hara J (2015) Students’ Health – A Family Affair in a Changing world. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Maynooth Co. Kildare , 09-APR-15 - 11-APR-15 [Details]
2014 EURASIAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH CONGRESS,
O' Hara, J. and McNamara, G. (2014) External Support For School Self-Evaluation. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], EURASIAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH CONGRESS, Istanbul, Turkey , 24-APR-14 - 26-APR-14 [Details]
2014 11th Biennial Conference of the European Evaluation Society,
Harrison, K., O'Hara, J. and McNamara, G (2014) Addressing Cultural Responsiveness in Education and Training. 11th Biennial Conference of the European Evaluation Society, Dublin , 01-OCT-14 - 03-OCT-14 [Details]
2014 11th Biennial Conference of the European Evaluation Society,
Brown,M., O'Brien,S.,McNamara,G. and O'Hara,J. (2014) Tracing the changing face of School Evaluation in the Republic of Ireland. 11th Biennial Conference of the European Evaluation Society, Dublin , 01-OCT-14 - 03-OCT-14 [Details]
2014 The Rise of School Development in Relation to Accountability and Evaluation Systems - EARLI Sig 23,
O'Hara, J., McNamara, G., O'Brien, S. & Brown, M. (2014) The Rise of Self-Evaluation in Ireland. The Rise of School Development in Relation to Accountability and Evaluation Systems - EARLI Sig 23, University of Bielefeld, Germany , 11-NOV-14 - 13-NOV-14 [Details]
2014 The changing face of school inspections; theories and practices,
O'Hara, J., McNamara, G., and Brown, M. (2014) The Rise of Self-Evaluation in Ireland. The changing face of school inspections; theories and practices, Gothenburg, Sweden , 03-JUN-14 - 04-JUN-14 [Details]
2014 European Conference on Educational Research,
Harrison, K., McNamara,G., O' Hara, J. and Nayir, F (2014) Teacher and Student Participation in Second-Level School Processes and Practices. European Conference on Educational Research, Porto, Portugal , 03-SEP-14 - 05-SEP-14 [Details]
2013 European Conference on Educational Research, Annual Meeting,
Skedsmo, G., McNamara, G. and Altrichter, H. (2013) Classifying approaches to school inspection. [Conference Organising Committee Member], European Conference on Educational Research, Annual Meeting, Istanbul,Turkey , 09-SEP-13 - 13-SEP-13 [Details]
2013 Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland,
O'Hara, J,. McNamara, G. & Brown, M. (2013) Save us from the time of trial : From Austerity to Prosperity and Back Again. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Limwrick, Ireland , 21-MAR-13 - 23-MAR-13 [Details]
2013 Repositioning Culture in Evaluation and Assessment : Centre for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment Inaugural Conference,
O Hara, J, McNamara, G and Harrison, K. (2013) Culture Changes, Irish Evaluation and Assessment Traditions Stay the Same?. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Repositioning Culture in Evaluation and Assessment : Centre for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment Inaugural Conference, Chicago, Illinois, USA , 21-APR-13 - 23-APR-13 [Details]
2013 European Conference on Educational Research, Annual Meeting,,
McNamara, G. and Harrison, K. (2013) Students and teachers perceptions of participation in institutional processes and practices. [Conference Organising Committee Member], European Conference on Educational Research, Annual Meeting,, Istanbul, Turkey , 09-SEP-13 - 13-SEP-13 [Details]
2013 15th International Conference on Education,
McNamara, G. (2013) The Role of Culture in Evaluation. [], 15th International Conference on Education, Athens Institute for Education and Research , 20-MAY-13 - 23-MAY-13 [Details]
2012 European Conference on Educational Research,
Altrichter, H., McNamara, G. Ohara, J. and Ehren, M.C.M. (2012) How Do School Inspections Aim To Further School Improvement?. [Conference Organising Committee Member], European Conference on Educational Research, Cadiz, Spain , 17-SEP-12 - 21-SEP-12 [Details]
2012 European Conference on Educational Research,
Altrichter, H, O Hara , J, McNamara G, Ehren M.C.M. (2012) Examining the Assumptions of European Inspectorates of Education: A Conceptual Model,. [Conference Organising Committee Member], European Conference on Educational Research, Cadiz, Spain , 18-SEP-12 - 21-SEP-12 [Details]
2011 Carnegie Research Institute Seminar,
Corrigan, T,McNamara, G.and O'Hara, J. (2011) Intergenerational Learning- A Conversation. [], Carnegie Research Institute Seminar, Leeds Metropolitan University , 22-MAR-11 - 23-MAR-11 [Details]
2011 American Educational Research Association, Annual Meeting,
McNamara,G. O’Hara,J. Corrigan,T. (2011) Intergenerational Learning as a Perspective on Learner Voice in Educational Research. [Conference Organising Committee Member], American Educational Research Association, Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA , 08-APR-11 - 12-APR-11 [Details]
2011 Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Annual Meeting,
Corrigan,T.and McNamara,G. (2011) Intergenerational Learning at Third Level: A perspective on a Partnership. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Annual Meeting, Dublin , 14-APR-11 - 16-APR-11 [Details]
2011 Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Annual Meeting,
McNamara,G.and O'Hara, J. (2011) The Rhetoric and Reality of Inspection in Irish Post Primary Schools. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Annual Meeting, Dublin , 14-APR-11 - 16-APR-11 [Details]
2010 Annual Conference of the educational Stuies Association of Ireland,
McNamara, G., O Hara, J., Anderson, K.,Brien, K.and McIsaac, D. (2010) Choosing not to lead-examing the reluctant school learder in Ireland and Canada. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Annual Conference of the educational Stuies Association of Ireland, Dundalk, Ireland , 25-MAR-10 - 27-MAR-10 [Details]
2010 XIV World Congress of Comparative Education Societies,,
McNamara,G. (2010) Democracy, Equality and the Control of Schools – A case study. [], XIV World Congress of Comparative Education Societies,, Istanbul, Turkey , 06-JUN-10 - 09-JUN-10 [Details]
2010 Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland,
McNamara,G. and Corrigan, T. (2010) Intergenerational Learning. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Dundalk,Ireland , 25-MAR-10 - 27-MAR-10 [Details]
2010 Annual Conference of the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society,
McNamara, G., O Hara, J., Anderson, K.,Brien, K.and McIsaac, D. (2010) Reluctance Factors for Principals in Canada and Ireland. Annual Conference of the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society, Reading, England , 08-JUL-10 - 11-JUL-10 [Details]
2010 European Evaluation Society Bi-Annual Conference,,
O'Hara,J, McNamara,G and Boyle,R., (2010) Tiger-Forces Shaping Evaluation in Ireland in Good Times and in Bad. [Conference Organising Committee Member], European Evaluation Society Bi-Annual Conference,, Prague , 06-OCT-10 - 08-OCT-10 [Details]
2009 Annual Conference of the Eductional Studies Association of Ireland,
McNamara, G., O'Hara, J. and Mulkerrins, B. (2009) Whole School Evaluation and Professional Education in Irish Schools. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Annual Conference of the Eductional Studies Association of Ireland, Kilkenny , 02-APR-09 - 04-APR-09 [Details]
2009 European Conference on Educational Research, the Annual Conference of the European Educational Research Association,
McNamara, G. and O'Hara, J. (2009) Theory and Evidence in European Educational Research. European Conference on Educational Research, the Annual Conference of the European Educational Research Association, Vienna , 01-OCT-09 - 03-OCT-09 [Details]
2009 The Canadian Association for Studies in Educational Administration,
Anderson,K., Brien,K., McNamara,G.and O’Hara, J. (2009) Where have ‘some’ of the leaders gone: Reluctance factors in leadership graduates as aspiring administrators . [Conference Organising Committee Member], The Canadian Association for Studies in Educational Administration, Ottawa-Canada , 23-MAY-09 - 26-MAY-09 [Details]
2008 Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland,
McNamara, G., O'Hara, J., Cuddihy, N. and Forde, M. (2008) Engaging with Whole-School Evaluation. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Galway , 06-MAR-08 - 08-MAR-08 [Details]
2008 Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association,
McNamara, G. and O'Hara, J. (2008) Directions and Dilemmas in Research on Teaching and Teacher Eduacation in Ireland. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, New York , 24-MAR-08 - 28-MAR-08 [Details]
2008 Annual Conference of the Eductional Studies Association of Ireland,
McNamara, G. (2008) Promoting Educational Research: New Doctorates, Funding Streams and Policy Contexts. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Annual Conference of the Eductional Studies Association of Ireland, Galway , 06-MAR-08 - 08-MAR-08 [Details]
2008 Annual Conference of the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society,
McNamara, G. (2008) Leadership and Control,Ethos and Diversity in Faith- Based Schools. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Annual Conference of the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society, Aston Business School, Birmingham , 04-JUL-08 - 06-JUL-08 [Details]
2008 Developing Celtic Capacity in Educational Research,
McNamara, G. and O'Hara, J. (2008) Key Research Agenda-A Briefing from the Republic of Ireland. [], Developing Celtic Capacity in Educational Research, University of Ulster, Jordanstown , 09-JUN-08 - 10-JUN-08 [Details]
2006 Joint Conference of the European Evaluation Society and the Uk Evaluation Society,
McNamara, G.,O'Hara, J. and Bovle, R. (2006) Influences shaping national evakuation policies; an Irish case study. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Joint Conference of the European Evaluation Society and the Uk Evaluation Society, London , 04-OCT-06 - 06-OCT-06 [Details]
2006 The Second World Curriculum Studies Conference,,
McNamara, G. and Norman, J. (2006) Homophobic Bullying: Evaluating Relationships and Sexuality Education in Irish Second Level Schools. [], The Second World Curriculum Studies Conference,, Tampere, Finland , 21-MAY-06 - 24-MAY-06 [Details]
2006 Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland,
O’Hara, J., O’Sullivan, C. and McNamara, G. (2006) Can online interaction add to the Microteaching Experience?. Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Dublin,NCAD , 30-MAR-06 - 01-APR-06 [Details]
2006 Joint conference of the European Evaluation Society and the UK Evaluation Society,
McNamara, G. and Kenny,A. (2006) Quality,evaluation,policy,theory and practice in the education sector. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Joint conference of the European Evaluation Society and the UK Evaluation Society, London , 04-OCT-06 - 06-OCT-06 [Details]
2005 Interlearn 2005 Conference,
McNamara, G, O’Hara, J and O’Sullivan, C. (2005) 'I’ll show you what I mean' ; using digital video technology and online discussion fora to enhance teacher education students' microteaching and teaching practice experience. Interlearn 2005 Conference, Helsinki, Finland , 03-DEC-05 - 06-MAR-05 [Details]
2005 International Congress on the School of the Future,
McNamara, G. (2005) Education Policy and the Creation of a Knowledge Society. [], International Congress on the School of the Future, University of Granada , 28-APR-05 - 29-APR-05 [Details]
2005 Annual Meeting of the Association for Moral Education,
McNamara, G. and Norman, J. (2005) Feel the fear and do it anyway: Identifying the Need for Sexuality Education in Irish Second – Level Schools. [], Annual Meeting of the Association for Moral Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education , 01-NOV-05 - 04-NOV-05 [Details]
2005 European Conference on Educational Research, the Annual Conference of the European Educational Research Association,
Rami, J., McNamara, G. and Lalor, J. (2005) The Irish Context: Practice – Oriented Assessment in Vocational Education and Training, Current Systems, New Trends and Future Developments. [], European Conference on Educational Research, the Annual Conference of the European Educational Research Association, Dublin,UCD , 12-SEP-05 - 15-SEP-05 [Details]
2005 ESAI Annual Conference,
O'Hara, J and McNamara, G. (2005) Embedding a culture of evaluation: The Whole School Evaluation Experience. ESAI Annual Conference, University College Cork , 10-MAR-05 - 11-MAR-05 [Details]
2005 American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies,
McNamara, G. and J O'Hara, (2005) Fighting the Wrong War? Curriculum Studies in the Age of Evaluation. American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, Mc Gill University, Montreal, Canada , 09-APR-05 - 11-APR-05 [Details]
2004 6th Biennial Conference of the European Evaluation Society,
McNamara, G. and J O'Hara (2004) Knowing what they need to know ? Data in School Self-Evaluation. 6th Biennial Conference of the European Evaluation Society, Berlin, Germany , 30-SEP-04 - 02-OCT-04 [Details]
2004 Annual conference of the Education Studies Association of Ireland,
O' Hara, J and McNamara, G. (2004) Online Professional Development: real trainers in a Virtual World?. Annual conference of the Education Studies Association of Ireland, National University of Ireland, Maynooth , 02-APR-04 - 03-APR-04 [Details]
2004 Irish Evaluation Network Innaugural Conference,
McNamara, G. and J O'Hara. (2004) The Whole-School Evaluation Experience. Irish Evaluation Network Innaugural Conference, DCU , 25-SEP-04 - 25-SEP-04 [Details]
2003 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,
McNamara, G. , J. O'Hara and Griffin, S, (2003) Vision in the Curriculum: Evaluating Expressive Objectives. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago , 21-APR-03 - 25-APR-03 [Details]
2001 Annual Conference of the European Evaluation Society,
McNamara,G.and J O'Hara. (2001) Evaluating Quality in Education - an Analysis of recent developments in Whole School Evaluation in the Irish Education System. [], Annual Conference of the European Evaluation Society, Lausanne , 08-OCT-01 - 12-OCT-01 [Details]
2001 American Educational Research Ass,
McNmara,G.,J O'Hara and B. English. (2001) Whole School Development through Evaluation-An Assessment of a National Pilot Project. [Conference Organising Committee Member], American Educational Research Ass, Seattle , 11-APR-01 - 15-APR-01 [Details]
2000 European Access Network 9th Annual Convention,
O'Hara, J. and G. McNamara, (2000) Pathways in Lifelong Learning for Adult Educators: Issues in Structural Change for Social Inclusion. European Access Network 9th Annual Convention, Santiago De Compostela, Spain , 10-SEP-00 - 12-SEP-00 [Details]
1999 International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching,
O'Hara, J and G. McNamara, (1999) The Person in the Process of Change: Action Research in Improving Organisations. International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching, St. Patricks College, DCU , 27-JUL-99 - 31-JUL-99 [Details]
1999 .Third International Conference on Teacher Education,
O'Hara, J and G. McNamara. (1999) Teacher Professional Development and Organisational Growth - a Collaborative Research Perspective. .Third International Conference on Teacher Education, Beit Berl College, Tel Aviv , 20-JUN-99 - 22-JUN-99 [Details]
1998 3rd European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference,,
McNamara, G. and J. O'Hara. (1998) Evaluation and Organisational Climate: Practical and Emancipatory Goals in Evaluation Design. 3rd European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference,, Rome, Italy , 10-OCT-98 - 12-OCT-98 [Details]
1997 Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland,
McNamara, G. and J. O'Hara. (1997) Teaching in a Digital World: Teacher Development and the Facilitation of Effective Learning in the Modern Educational Environment. Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland, University College Galway , 10-APR-97 - 12-APR-97 [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2017 'The unintended consequences of school inspection: the prevalence of inspection side-effects in Austria, the Czech Republic, England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland'
JonesK.L , Tymms,P., Kemethofer, D. , O’Hara,J., McNamara,g., Huber,S., Myrberg,E., Skedsmo,G, and Greger,D. (2017) 'The unintended consequences of school inspection: the prevalence of inspection side-effects in Austria, the Czech Republic, England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland'. Oxford Review of Education, Online 1st [DOI] [Details]
2016 'The degree to which students and teachers are involved in second-level school processes and participation in decision-making: an Irish Case Study'
Harrison K.;Taysum A.;McNamara G.;O'Hara J. (2016) 'The degree to which students and teachers are involved in second-level school processes and participation in decision-making: an Irish Case Study'. Irish Educational Studies, :1-19 [DOI] [Details]
2008 'The importance of the concept of self-evaluation in the changing landscape of education policy'
McNamara G.;O'Hara J. (2008) 'The importance of the concept of self-evaluation in the changing landscape of education policy'. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 34 (3):173-179 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Re-Thinking Assessment: Self-and Peer-Assessment as Drivers of Self-Direction in Learning'
Harrison, K;O'Hara, J;McNamara, G (2015) 'Re-Thinking Assessment: Self-and Peer-Assessment as Drivers of Self-Direction in Learning'. Egitim Arastirmalari - Eurasian Journal of Educational Research, :75-88 [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Evaluation and decentralised governance: Examples of inspections in polycentric education systems'
Ehren, M. C. M., Janssens, F. J. G., Brown, M., McNamara, G., O’Hara, J. and Shevlin, P. (2017) 'Evaluation and decentralised governance: Examples of inspections in polycentric education systems'. Journal of Educational Change, [DOI] [Details]
2017 'External specialist support for school self-evaluation: Testing a model of support in Irish post-primary schools'
O'Brien, S., McNamara, G., O Hara, J., and Brown, M. (2017) 'External specialist support for school self-evaluation: Testing a model of support in Irish post-primary schools'. EVALUATION: INT. JOURNAL OF THEORY, RESEARCH & PRACTICE, 23 (1):61-79 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Exploring the changing face of school inspections'
Brown,M., McNamara, G., O'Hara, J. and O'Brien, S. (2016) 'Exploring the changing face of school inspections'. EURASIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, 66 :1-26 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'The career paths of primary school principals in Ireland'
Ummanel, A;McNamara, G;Stynes, M (2016) 'The career paths of primary school principals in Ireland'. Irish Educational Studies, 35 :57-71 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Quality and the rise of value-added in education: The case of Ireland'
Brown M.;McNamara G.;O'Hara J. (2016) 'Quality and the rise of value-added in education: The case of Ireland'. Policy Futures in Education, 14 (6):810-829 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Supporting the consistent implementation of self-evaluation in Irish post-primary schools'
O’Brien S.;McNamara G.;O’Hara J. (2015) 'Supporting the consistent implementation of self-evaluation in Irish post-primary schools'. Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 27 (4):377-393 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Re-Thinking Assessment: Self- and Peer-Assessment as Drivers of Self-Direction in Learning'
Harrison,K.,O Hara, J. and McNamara.G. (2015) 'Re-Thinking Assessment: Self- and Peer-Assessment as Drivers of Self-Direction in Learning'. EURASIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, 60 :75-88 [Details]
2015 'From inspection to quality: Ways in which school inspection influences change in schools'
Gustafsson J.;Ehren M.;Conyngham G.;McNamara G.;Altrichter H.;O'Hara J. (2015) 'From inspection to quality: Ways in which school inspection influences change in schools'. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 47 :47-57 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Evaluating the Level of Student and Teacher Involvement in Second-Level School Processes and Participation in Decision Making: An Irish Case Study'
Harrison, K., McNamara, G. and O'Hara, J. (2015) 'Evaluating the Level of Student and Teacher Involvement in Second-Level School Processes and Participation in Decision Making: An Irish Case Study'. EUROPEAN STUDIES IN EDUCATION MANAGEMENT, 3 :185-209 [Details]
2014 'Critical facilitators: External supports for self-evaluation and improvement in schools'
O'Brien S.;McNamara G.;O'Hara J. (2014) 'Critical facilitators: External supports for self-evaluation and improvement in schools'. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 43 :169-177 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Teacher Candidates' Attitudes Towards the Teaching Profession. - Worrying Trends'
Taneri, P.0., Nayir, K. F. and McNamara, G. (2014) 'Teacher Candidates' Attitudes Towards the Teaching Profession. - Worrying Trends'. TURKISH STUDIES, 9/11 :529-545 [Details]
2014 'The Increasingly Central Role of School Self-Evaluation in Inspection Systems Across Europe: The Case of Ireland'
McNamara, G. and Nayir, K. F. (2014) 'The Increasingly Central Role of School Self-Evaluation in Inspection Systems Across Europe: The Case of Ireland'. TURKISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATION (TURJE), 3 :49-60 [Details]
2013 'Intergenerational Learning: A Valuable Learning Experience for Higher Education Students'
Corrigan, T;Mcnamara, G;O'Hara, J (2013) 'Intergenerational Learning: A Valuable Learning Experience for Higher Education Students'. Egitim Arastirmalari - Eurasian Journal of Educational Research, 13 :117-136 [Details]
2013 'Impact of school inspections on improvement of schools-describing assumptions on causal mechanisms in six European countries'
Ehren M.;Altrichter H.;McNamara G.;O'Hara J. (2013) 'Impact of school inspections on improvement of schools-describing assumptions on causal mechanisms in six European countries'. Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 25 (1):3-43 [DOI] [Details]
2012 'From looking at our schools (LAOS) to whole school evaluation -management, leadership and learning (WSE-MLL): The evolution of inspection in irish schools over the past decade'
McNamara G.;O'Hara J. (2012) 'From looking at our schools (LAOS) to whole school evaluation -management, leadership and learning (WSE-MLL): The evolution of inspection in irish schools over the past decade'. Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 24 (2):79-97 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Reluctant leaders: Why are some capable leaders not interested in the principalship?'
Anderson K.;Brien K.;McNamara G.;O’Hara J.;Mclsaac D. (2011) 'Reluctant leaders: Why are some capable leaders not interested in the principalship?'. International Journal of Management in Education, 5 (4):384-400 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Operationalising self-evaluation in schools: Experiences from Ireland and Iceland'
McNamara G.;O'Hara J.;Lisi P.;Davidsdottir S. (2011) 'Operationalising self-evaluation in schools: Experiences from Ireland and Iceland'. Irish Educational Studies, 30 (1):63-82 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'Conflicts of Ethos: Issues of Equity and Diversity in Faith-based Schools'
McNamara G.;Norman J. (2010) 'Conflicts of Ethos: Issues of Equity and Diversity in Faith-based Schools'. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 38 (5):534-546 [DOI] [Details]
2009 'Developing a culture of evaluation in the Irish public sector: The case of education'
McNamara,G.,O'Hara, J., Boyle,R., and Sullivan,C. (2009) 'Developing a culture of evaluation in the Irish public sector: The case of education'. Evaluation, 15 (1):101-112 [DOI] [Details]
2008 'The Importance of the Concept of Self-Evaluation in the Changing Landscape of Education Policy'
McNamara, G. and O'Hara, J. (2008) 'The Importance of the Concept of Self-Evaluation in the Changing Landscape of Education Policy'. STUDIES IN EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION, 34 :173-180 [Details]
2008 'Contexts and Constraints:An Analysis of the Evolution of Evalaution in Ireland with particular reference to the Education System'
McNamara, G. and O Hara, J. (2008) 'Contexts and Constraints:An Analysis of the Evolution of Evalaution in Ireland with particular reference to the Education System'. JOURNAL OF MULTIDISCIPLINARY EVALUATON, 4 :75-83 [Details]
2007 'Influences Shaping National Evaluation Policies: the Case of Ireland'
McNamara, G, O Hara, J.and Boyle, R. (2007) 'Influences Shaping National Evaluation Policies: the Case of Ireland'. THE EVALUATOR, 8 :15-20 [Details]
2007 'Film in the Curriculum; an Evaluation of a pilot project in Primary Schools'
McNamara, G. and Griffin, S. (2007) 'Film in the Curriculum; an Evaluation of a pilot project in Primary Schools'. OIDEAS, 52 :88-105 [Details]
2007 'Adult Educators Reflect on the Impact of Further Education on Themselves and their Communities'
McNamara, G. and Mulcahy, C. (2007) 'Adult Educators Reflect on the Impact of Further Education on Themselves and their Communities'. OIDEAS, 52 :41-56 [Details]
2006 'Workable Compromise or Pointless Exercise? SchoolBased Evaluation in the Irish Context'
McNamara, G. and O'Hara,J. (2006) 'Workable Compromise or Pointless Exercise? SchoolBased Evaluation in the Irish Context'. EDUCATIONAL MANAGEMENT ADMINISTRATION AND LEADERSHIP, 34(4) :564-582 [Details]
2005 'Internal Review and Self Evaluation - The Chosen Route to School Improvement in Ireland?'
McNamara, G. and O'Hara,J. (2005) 'Internal Review and Self Evaluation - The Chosen Route to School Improvement in Ireland?'. STUDIES IN EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION, 31 :267-282 [Details]
2005 'An Evaluation of Staff Training Needs and Provision in the Further Education Sector in Ireland'
McNamara, G., Mulcahy,C. and O' Hara,J. (2005) 'An Evaluation of Staff Training Needs and Provision in the Further Education Sector in Ireland'. JOURNAL OF ADULT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION, 11 :155-170 [Details]
2005 'Paid Educational Leave : Policy and Practice in Ireland'
Morrissey, M. and G. McNamara (2005) 'Paid Educational Leave : Policy and Practice in Ireland'. WIDENING PARTICIPATION AND LIFELONG LEARNING, 7 :30-39 [Details]
2004 'Trusting the Teacher: Evaluating Educational Innovation'
McNamara,G.and O'Hara, J. (2004) 'Trusting the Teacher: Evaluating Educational Innovation'. EVALUATION: INT. JOURNAL OF THEORY, RESEARCH & PRACTICE, 10 :463-474 [Details]
2004 'Adult Education and Training in Ireland. '
Morrissey, M. and G. McNamara (2004) 'Adult Education and Training in Ireland. '. JOURNAL OF ADULT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION, 10 :77-85 [Details]
2002 'Whole School Evaluation and School Development Planning ; an Analysis of recent Initiatives in Ireland'
McNamara, G. and O’Hara, J. (2002) 'Whole School Evaluation and School Development Planning ; an Analysis of recent Initiatives in Ireland'. EDUCATIONAL MANAGEMENT ADMINISTRATION AND LEADERSHIP, 30 :201-212 [Details]
2001 'Process and Product Issues in the Evaluation of School Development Planning'
McNamara, G. and O’Hara, J. (2001) 'Process and Product Issues in the Evaluation of School Development Planning'. EVALUATION: INT. JOURNAL OF THEORY, RESEARCH & PRACTICE, 7 :99-110 [Details]
2000 'Evaluation: Business or Vocation?'
McNamara, G. and O’Hara, J. (2000) 'Evaluation: Business or Vocation?'. EVALUATION: INT. JOURNAL OF THEORY, RESEARCH & PRACTICE, 5 :490-503 [Details]
2000 'Implementing a Positive Learning Programme. Irish Educational Studies, 19, 1'
O'Hara,J , Byrne, S. and McNamara. G. (2000) 'Implementing a Positive Learning Programme. Irish Educational Studies, 19, 1'. IRISH EDUCATIONAL STUDIES, 19 :68-81 [Details]
1998 'The Pedagogical Challenges of Constructivist Theory in Learning and Information Technology'
McNamara, G., J. O’Hara and H.Roussi (1998) 'The Pedagogical Challenges of Constructivist Theory in Learning and Information Technology'. IRISH EDUCATIONAL STUDIES, 19 :17-38 [Details]
1998 'Evaluation or Guesswork?: a Critique of Some Modes of Assessment'
McNamara, G. (1998) 'Evaluation or Guesswork?: a Critique of Some Modes of Assessment'. COMPASS, 13 :43-57 [Details]
1997 'Education and Training: a Review of Developments in the European Year of Lifelong Learning. '
Morrissey, M .and G. McNamara. (1997) 'Education and Training: a Review of Developments in the European Year of Lifelong Learning. '. IRISH EDUCATIONAL STUDIES, 16 :119-132 [Details]
1992 'The Senior Cycle and the Less Academically Inclined Student'
McNamara, G. (1992) 'The Senior Cycle and the Less Academically Inclined Student'. STUDIES, 8 :27-38 [Details]
1992 'The Reform of Senior Cycle Educational Provision in Ireland:a Proposal for Radical Change'
McNamara, G. and J.Boland. (1992) 'The Reform of Senior Cycle Educational Provision in Ireland:a Proposal for Radical Change'. IRISH EDUCATIONAL STUDIES, 13 :180-195 [Details]
1991 'Curriculum Innovation and Teaching Skills'
McNamara, G. (1991) 'Curriculum Innovation and Teaching Skills'. OIDEAS, 37 :16-28 [Details]
1990 'European Rhetoric and National Reality: a Study of Policy and Practice in the Vocational Preparation and Training Programme in Ireland'
McNamara, G. (1990) 'European Rhetoric and National Reality: a Study of Policy and Practice in the Vocational Preparation and Training Programme in Ireland'. CURRICULUM, 11 :162-173 [Details]
1989 'The Myth of Illiberality: Educational Theory and Curriculum Practice in Pre-Vocational Education'
McNamara, G. (1989) 'The Myth of Illiberality: Educational Theory and Curriculum Practice in Pre-Vocational Education'. IRISH EDUCATIONAL STUDIES, 8 :99-116 [Details]
1987 'The Interface Between Education and Training:the Case for Coherence'
Williams, K. and G. McNamara. (1987) 'The Interface Between Education and Training:the Case for Coherence'. IRISH EDUCATIONAL STUDIES, 6 :101-130 [Details]
1987 'Transition Education: Issues in Curriculum Design'
McNamara, G. (1987) 'Transition Education: Issues in Curriculum Design'. OIDEAS, 31 :31-46 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2017 Systematic Literature Review of culturally responsive assessment in schools.
Burns, D., Brown, M., McNamara, G. and O’Hara, J. (2017) Systematic Literature Review of culturally responsive assessment in schools. EQI, EQI. [Details]
2017 Assessment And Diversity In Irish Schools.
Burns, D., Brown, M., McNamara, G. and O’Hara, J. (2017) (2017) Assessment And Diversity In Irish Schools. EQI, Dublin. [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2005 DCU TEACHING AND LEARNING FELLOWSHIP
2016 Presidents Research Award DCU

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Educational Studies Association of Ireland Member 01-JAN-87 /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Board of Management of the National Centre of Technology in Education. / Ongoing
Society for Management Education in Ireland / Ongoing
Council of the British Educational Leadership Mnagement and Administration Society / Ongoing
Management Committee of the Irish Evaluation Network / Ongoing
Academic Advisory Board of the Centre for Talented Youth in Ireland / Ongoing
The Teacher Registration Council. / Ongoing
IRISH EDUCATIONAL STUDIES Editorial Board Member 2000 / 2004

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1991 DCU Doctor of Philosophy

Reviews

  Journal Role
Evaluation: Int. Journal Of Theory, Research & Practice
Educational Management And Administration (Now Emal)

Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2016 Emerging Research Theories ES601Emerging Research Theories
2016 Philosophical Perspectives on Education ES341Philosophical Perspectives on Education
2016 Leadership in Improving Learning Organisation ES602Leadership in Improving Learning Organisation
2016 Thesis PDPE03Thesis