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Susan Pike

Dr

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C403

T: Ext. 2235
E: Susan.Pike@dcu.ie
Assistant Professor In Geography Education
Stem Education, Innovation & Global Studies
St Patrick's Campus
Dublin City University

T: +353 1884 2235
E: susan.pike@dcu.ie
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Biography

Susan is a Lecturer in Geography Education at the DCU Institute of Education
Susan has coordinated Geography Education at DCU Institute of Education since 2000. She is an active member of a number of DCU centres, including the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship, Disadvantage Centre and Water Institute.

She is JV President of the Geographical Association (GA).  Susan coordinates the Geography Champions network and was awarded the GA's Award for Excellence in 2016. She is a member of the GA's Early Years and Primary Committee, Education Group and Governing Body. 

Susan is currently External Examiner at the Universities of Roehampton (PGCE, Roehampton) and Chichester (BA Outdoor Learning, Colaiste Dhulaigh). Susan's research interests span education in schools, teacher education and communities, specifically learning in geography, environmental education.

Current projects include the Science Foundation Ireland Irish Sign Language (ISL) Glossary for Geography & Environmental Science. She is currently working on a book for teachers, entitled Learning Secondary Geography. She is also writing a curriculum and resources for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaption (DRRCCA) for the Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines with Sustainability Frontiers. Beyond DCU Susan is a member of the Geography Education Research Collective (GERECO), and is on the Editorial Board of the International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education (IRGEE).  Susan welcomes contact from organisations and individuals interested in all areas outlined above. Prospective students for study at Masters (Taught and by Research) and Doctoral level are also welcome to contact Susan by email.

Research Interests

Teacher Education
  • Pedagogies and practices of Teacher Education, including inquiry in ITE.
  • Teacher Education in Geography Education.
  • Teacher experiences and identity in Teacher Education.
  • Enquiry in Teacher Education.
  • First in Family / First generation teachers.

Children's participation
  • Children and young people's participation in curriculum making in schools.
  • Children and young people's geographies and participation in local communities. 
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Education.

Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Teaching and learning in primary geography.
  • Teaching and learning in secondary geography.
  • Digital technologies for teaching and learning.
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in schools and as a research tool.
  • Curriculum making and enquiry learning in schools.
  • Learning outdoors across the curriculum.
  • Learning in education for sustainability and climate change education.
  • Learning in in human rights and citizenship education.

Research Projects

  Title Funder From - To Role Award
Irish Sign Language Glossary Project Phase 2: Environmental Science Science Foundation Ireland 18-FEB-19 - 17-FEB-20 Expert (PI: Dr Elizabeth Matthews) 1,750.00
Disaster and Climate Change Education Curriculum World Bank / Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines 01-FEB-19 - 29-FEB-20 DCU Principal Investigator 100,000.00
Student Engagement through College Gardens DCU 2017 Quality Improvement and Development (QuID) 27-FEB-17 - DCU Principal Investigator 1,180.00
Becoming a Teacher SCoTENS 19-JAN-04 - 19-JAN-08 Lead Researcher 19,000.00
Water Wonders Department of Housing, Planing and Local Government 30-SEP-17 - 29-SEP-20 DCU PI 10,000.00
Children's Definitions of Geography - 10 years on DCU Incorporation 01-SEP-16 - Lead Researcher 5,000.00
EN-EBLe: Embedding and Nurturing Enquiry-based Learning in ITE SCoTENS 01-JUN-17 - 31-AUG-18 Co-researcher 5,500.00
Pedagogies in Teacher Education DCU 01-JUN-17 - 31-AUG-18 DCU Principal Investigator 1,200.00
Learning Secondary Geography: Ideas and Inspirations from Schools Self 01-MAY-18 - Principal Investigator .00
St Patrick's Campus Garden and the SDGs Quality Improvement & Development Funding 01-JAN-19 - 30-SEP-19 DCU Principal Investigator 1,000.00

Internal Collaborators

  Name Institute Country
CREATE21 DCU Institute of Education IRELAND
Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education DCU Institute of Education
Outdoor Learning DCU Institute of Education IRELAND
Water Institute DCU IRELAND
Educational Disadvantage Centre DCU Institute of Education IRELAND

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
UK IGU-CGE and GEReCo Prof David Lambert & Dr Clare Brooks – Institute of Education, UCL; Dr Mary Biddulph - University of Nottingham; Dr Nicola Walshe – University of Cambridge; Dr Matt Finn – University of Exeter, Prof Graham Butt - Oxford Brookes University, Dr Charles Rawdling - Edge Hill University; Dr Margaret Roberts – University of Sheffield. UNITED KINGDOM
An Fóram Uisce Water Research Group, Professor Tom Collins IRELAND
ArcGIS for Schools ESRI Ireland IRELAND
Irish Walled Towns Network - Schools' Collaboration Heritage Council IRELAND
Innovation in the Classroom University of Köln GERMANY
Place Based Learning BurrenBeo Trust IRELAND
Children’s Research Network for Ireland and Northern Ireland Centre for Effective Services (CES) IRELAND
Geographical Association Geographical Association UNITED KINGDOM

Books

  Year Publication
2018 Children's Research Digest: Children and Young People's Play.
Pike, S. (2018) Children's Research Digest: Children and Young People's Play. Dublin: Children's Research Network. [Details]
2016 Learning Primary Geography: Ideas and Inspirations from Classrooms.
Pike, S (2016) Learning Primary Geography: Ideas and Inspirations from Classrooms. England: Routledge. [Details]
2016 Folen's / Phillip's Primary Atlas.
Pike, S. (2016) Folen's / Phillip's Primary Atlas. Dublin: Folens. [Details]
2010 EcoDetectives: Enquiries for Primary Schools.
Pike, S (2010) EcoDetectives: Enquiries for Primary Schools. Dublin: Department of the Environment. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 'Teaching Geography through Topics'
Pike, S (2019) 'Teaching Geography through Topics' In: Willy, T (eds). Leading Primary Geography. Sheffield: Geographical Association. [Details]
2017 'The Charney Factor: Primary Geography in the Republic of Ireland'
Catling, S. (2017) 'The Charney Factor: Primary Geography in the Republic of Ireland' In: Reflections on Primary Geography. Oxford: Charney Publication. [Details]
2016 'Creative Approaches to Learning about the Physical World'
Pike, S. (2016) 'Creative Approaches to Learning about the Physical World' In: Scoffham, S (eds). Teaching Geography Creatively. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
2010 'Brininging Alive the Spirit of Human Rights: Understandings of and Dispositions towards Human Rights and Human Rights Education'
Ruane, B., Waldron, F., Maunsell, C., Prunty, A., OReilly, M., Kavanagh, A. and Pike, S. (2010) 'Brininging Alive the Spirit of Human Rights: Understandings of and Dispositions towards Human Rights and Human Rights Education' In: Waldron, F. and Ruane, B (eds). Human Rights Education: Reflections on Theory and Practice. Dublin: The Liffey Press. [Details]
2010 'Human Rights Education: Reflections on theory and practice'
Pike, S. (2010) 'Human Rights Education: Reflections on theory and practice' In: Waldron, F., & Ruane, B (eds). For once just listen to a kid': children's rights and local communities. Dublin: Liffey Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2015 'Primary Geography in the Republic of Ireland: Practices, Issues and Possible Futures'
Pike, S. (2015) 'Primary Geography in the Republic of Ireland: Practices, Issues and Possible Futures'. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 5 (2) [Details]
2015 'Learning to teach primary geography in the context of school placement: lessons from an all-Ireland study'
Dolan, A., Waldron, F., Pike, S. & Greenwood, R. (2015) 'Learning to teach primary geography in the context of school placement: lessons from an all-Ireland study'. European Journal of Teacher Education, 39 (1):20-35 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Student teachers’ reflections on prior experiences of learning geography'
Dolan, A.M., Waldron, F., Pike, S. and Greenwood, R. (2014) 'Student teachers’ reflections on prior experiences of learning geography'. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 23 (4):314-330 [Details]
2011 '“If you went out it would stick”: Irish children's learning in their local environments'
Pike, S. (2011) '“If you went out it would stick”: Irish children's learning in their local environments'. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 20 (2):139-159 [DOI] [Details]
2007 'Student teachers’ prior experiences of history, geography and science: Initial findings of an all-Ireland survey'
Waldron, F., Pike, S., Varley, J., Murphy, C., & Greenwood, R. (2007) 'Student teachers’ prior experiences of history, geography and science: Initial findings of an all-Ireland survey'. Irish Educational Studies, 16 (2):177-7-194 [DOI] [Details]
2006 'Irish primary school children's definitions of 'geography''
Pike, S. (2006) 'Irish primary school children's definitions of 'geography''. Irish Educational Studies, 25 (1):75-5-92 [DOI] [Details]
2006 'What does it mean to be Irish? Children’s construction of national identity'
Waldron, F., & Pike, S. (2006) 'What does it mean to be Irish? Children’s construction of national identity'. Irish Educational Studies, 25 (2):231-1-251 [DOI] [Details]
2006 'Review: The Concise History Of Ireland By Seán Duffy; An Atlas Of Irish History By Ruth Dudley Edwards, Bridget Hourican'
Pike, S. (2006) 'Review: The Concise History Of Ireland By Seán Duffy; An Atlas Of Irish History By Ruth Dudley Edwards, Bridget Hourican'. IRISH ECONOMIC AND AND SOCIAL HISTORY, 33 :113-114 [Details]
2005 'Children’s voices on learning about countries in geography'
Pike, S., & Clough, P. (2005) 'Children’s voices on learning about countries in geography'. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 14 (4):356-363 [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2019 'Spaces, Stories and Snaps: Using Geographical Information Systems in Environmental Education'
Pike, S (2019) 'Spaces, Stories and Snaps: Using Geographical Information Systems in Environmental Education' Environmental Education – The Journal of the National Association for Environmental Education (UK), 122 (3) . [Details]
2018 'Geographies of play, hazards and risks'
Pike, S. (2018) 'Geographies of play, hazards and risks' Primary Geography, (94) . [Details]
2017 'To challenge or not? Lev Vygotsky and Primary Geography'
Pike, S. (2017) 'To challenge or not? Lev Vygotsky and Primary Geography' Primary Geography, 93 . [DOI] [Details]
2015 'News and Views: Critical global citizenship through the media'
Pike, S. and Kilcran, M. (2015) 'News and Views: Critical global citizenship through the media' Primary Geography, 84 (2) . [Details]
2014 'Geographic, Environmental and Outdoor Adventures in Teacher Education: Exploring experiences for new teachers'
Pike, S. (2014) 'Geographic, Environmental and Outdoor Adventures in Teacher Education: Exploring experiences for new teachers' Environmental Education – The Journal of the National Association for Environmental Education (UK), . [Details]
2014 'Adding up the issue – with geography and mathematics'
Pike, S. (2014) 'Adding up the issue – with geography and mathematics' Primary Geography, 83 (2) . [Details]
2014 'Places, spaces and learning – Place based education in primary education'
Pike, S. (2014) 'Places, spaces and learning – Place based education in primary education' BurrenBeo Trust Journal: Burren Insight, . [Details]
2013 'Food, connections and green flags: Linking the early years curriculum through food'
Pike, S. and Bryne, C. (2013) 'Food, connections and green flags: Linking the early years curriculum through food' Primary Geography, 81 (2) . [Details]
2013 'On our own, with a bit of help: Geographical enquiry in our school, Primary Geography'
Green, J., Shaw-Hamilton, A., Walsh, M., Pike, S. and O’Mahony, O. (2013) 'On our own, with a bit of help: Geographical enquiry in our school, Primary Geography' Primary Geography, . [Details]
2013 '100 Years of enquiry learning: The influence of John Dewey'
Pike, S. (2013) '100 Years of enquiry learning: The influence of John Dewey' Primary Geography, 82 (3) . [Details]
2012 'Using big ideas for big places: Australia'
Pike, S. and Ryan, M. (2012) 'Using big ideas for big places: Australia' Primary Geography, 79 (1) . [Details]
2011 'Geography in Primary Schools'
Pike, S. (2011) 'Geography in Primary Schools' Geographical Viewpoint, 39 (1) . [Details]
2011 'Children, locality and the future'
Pike, S. (2011) 'Children, locality and the future' Primary Geography, . [Details]
1990 'Various articles'
Pike, S. (1990) 'Various articles' Agscene, Compassion in World Farming, . [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 Geographical Association Annual Conference,
Pike, S (2019) The Incredible Capabilities of Primary Pupils. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Geographical Association Annual Conference, Manchester , 09-APR-19 - 11-APR-19 [Details]
2019 Geography Teachmeet,
Pike, S (2019) Powerful Geographies from age 0. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Geography Teachmeet, DCU , 02-MAY-19 - 02-MAY-19 [Details]
2019 Geographical Association Annual Conference,
Pike, S (2019) Fascination fixes for troublesome topics: Teaching through enquiry. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Geographical Association Annual Conference, Manchester , 09-APR-19 - 11-APR-19 [Details]
2019 Charney Primary Geography Conference,
Pike, S. (2019) Exemplifying Enquiry Learning in Geography Education through School Partnerships: Local Walks. [Oral Presentation], Charney Primary Geography Conference, Oxford [Details]
2019 Geography Teacher Educators Conference,
Pike, S. (2019) Politics, Pedagogies and Possibilities – Geography in the Irish Education System Polaitíocht, Oideachas agus Féidearthachtaí - Tíreolaíocht i gCóras Oideachais na hÉireann. [Oral Presentation], Geography Teacher Educators Conference, Bristol [Details]
2018 Charney Primary Geography Conference,
Pike, S. (2018) Children's Geographies and Primary Geography: Children's Participation. [Invited Oral Presentation], Charney Primary Geography Conference, Oxford, UK [Details]
2018 Geography Teacher Educators' Conference,
Pike, S. (2018) 'I'm loving life': First in Family Experiences in Teacher Education. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract ], Geography Teacher Educators' Conference, Birmingham, UK [Details]
2018 Educating geographers using the geographies of children and youth,
Pike, S. (2018) Curriculum making with children’s geographies: Enhancing children’s participation through geographical learning. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Educating geographers using the geographies of children and youth, Royal Geographical Society, London , 10-JAN-18 - 10-JAN-18 [Details]
2017 BurrenBeo Place Based Learning Symposium,
Pike, S. (2017) Children and their localities: From place to participation. [], BurrenBeo Place Based Learning Symposium, Kinvara, Co. Galway [Details]
2017 EuroGeo,
Pike, S. and Blankman, M. (2017) Geography in Primary Teacher Education. [Invited Oral Presentation], EuroGeo, Amsterdam, NL [Details]
2017 Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference,
Pike, S. (2017) Pedagogies in Geography Education: Sharing theories and practices. [Invited Oral Presentation], Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference, Oxford [Details]
2016 DCU Create21 Teacher Education Project Launch,
Pike, S. and Austin, S. (2016) Poster presentation. [Conference Organising Committee Member], DCU Create21 Teacher Education Project Launch, DCU , 16-APR-16 - 16-APR-16 [Details]
2016 Geography Society of Ireland Conference,
Pike, S. (2016) Reasons to be Cheerful: Primary Geography in Ireland. Geography Society of Ireland Conference. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract ], Geography Society of Ireland Conference, School of Geography and History, DCU [Details]
2016 Geographical Association,
Pike, S. (2016) Learning through enquiry: First steps. [], Geographical Association, Manchester [Details]
2016 Festival of Outdoor Learning,
Pike, S., Austin, S. and Coulter, M. (2016) Outdoor Learning and the Primary School Curriculum. [], Festival of Outdoor Learning, Lough Dan, Co. Wicklow [Details]
2016 Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference,
Pike, S. (2016) Geography Question Time. Invited panel discussion. [Invited Oral Presentation], Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference, Oxford [Details]
2016 Charney Manor Geography Conference,
Pike, S. (2016) Learning about Learning: Student teachers’ ideas about geography education. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Charney Manor Geography Conference, Oxford [Details]
2015 Teachmeet: Outside the Box: Beyond the Three Rs,
Pike, S. and Toal, J. (2015) Enquiring Minds: A Local Geography Investigation. [Oral Presentation], Teachmeet: Outside the Box: Beyond the Three Rs, Leopardstown [Details]
2015 National Council for Geographic Education Conference,
Pike, S. (2015) Learning Critically: The Use of Enquiry Pedagogies in Primary Geography. [], National Council for Geographic Education Conference, Washington DC [Details]
2015 Festival of Outdoor Learning (Environmental Education Ireland),
Pike, S. (2015) Big Ideas and Small Spaces - Enhancing Children's Learning Using the Outdoor. [Invited Oral Presentation], Festival of Outdoor Learning (Environmental Education Ireland), Kippure Estate, Wicklow [Details]
2015 International Conference On Outdoor Learning,
Pike, S. And Austin, S. (2015) Learning Outdoors: Theories, Examples and Outcomes of Outdoor Learning in Teacher Education: Lessons from Near and Far. [], International Conference On Outdoor Learning, University of East London [Details]
2015 Charney Manor Geography Conference,
Pike, S. (2015) Thinking Geographically – Towards a Pedagogy of Teacher Education in Primary Geography. [Invited Oral Presentation], Charney Manor Geography Conference, Oxford [Details]
2014 BurrenBeo Landscape Symposium,
Pike, S. (2014) Adventures in Place Based Learning: Research and Practice in Primary Classrooms. [Invited Oral Presentation], BurrenBeo Landscape Symposium, Kinvara [Details]
2014 Charney Manor Geography Conference,
Pike, S. (2014) Teacher Education and Primary Schools: New Communities of Practice. [Invited Oral Presentation], Charney Manor Geography Conference, Oxford [Details]
2014 Geography Teacher Educators’ Conference,
Pike, S. (2014) Geography Adds Up: Linking Geography and Mathematics. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Geography Teacher Educators’ Conference, University of Winchester [Details]
2014 Understanding Well-Being in Changing Times: The Role of Social Personal and Health Education,
Pike, S. (2014) Slow pedagogies and well-being in primary schools. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Understanding Well-Being in Changing Times: The Role of Social Personal and Health Education, St Patrick's College, DCU [Details]
2013 IASSEE Annual Conference,
Pike, S. (2013) Children’s definition of Geography – Ten years of curriculum change. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], IASSEE Annual Conference, St Patrick's College, DCU [Details]
2013 Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference,
Pike, S. (2013) ‘It’s about the things we don’t notice everyday’: 10 Years of children’s definitions of Geography. [Invited Oral Presentation], Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference, Oxford [Details]
2012 Irish Association for Development Education Annual Conference,
Pike, S. (2012) Climate Change and Education: Panel Presentations. [], Irish Association for Development Education Annual Conference, Civic Offices, Dublin [Details]
2012 Innovation in der Lehre (Innovation in the Classroom),
Pike, S. (2012) Innovation on the doorstep: Theory and practice of learning in the locality. [], Innovation in der Lehre (Innovation in the Classroom), University of Cologne [Details]
2012 Charney Manor Geography Conference, Oxford,
Pike, S. (2012) Tacking the ‘boring’ topics: Curriculum making with children. [], Charney Manor Geography Conference, Oxford, Oxford [Details]
2010 Education Studies of Ireland Annual Conference,
Pike, S., Murphy, C., Dolan, A. & Waldron, F. (2010) Becoming a Teacher: Student Teachers' Experiences as Learners of Science and Geography. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Education Studies of Ireland Annual Conference, Malahide [Details]
2010 Geographical Association Conference,
Pike, S. (2010) Becoming a Teacher: Student Teachers' Experiences as Learners of Science and Geography. [], Geographical Association Conference, University of Derby [Details]
2010 Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference,
Pike, S. (2010) Becoming a Teacher: Student Teachers' Experiences as Learners of Science and Geography. [Invited Oral Presentation], Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference, Oxford [Details]
2009 Irish Association for Social, Scientific and Environmental Education Annual Conference,
Pike, S. (2009) Children’s and their local environments in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Association for Social, Scientific and Environmental Education Annual Conference, Dublin [Details]
2008 Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference,
Pike, S. (2008) Student Teachers’ Prior Experiences as Learners of Science and Geography: An update on the longitudinal study. [Invited Oral Presentation], Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference, Oxford [Details]
2007 Conference of Irish Geographers / Geography Society of Ireland,
Pike, S. (2007) Children's Geographies in Ireland: The Potential for Participation. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Conference of Irish Geographers / Geography Society of Ireland, St Patrick's College, DCU [Details]
2007 Irish Association for Social, Scientific and Environmental Education Annual Conference,
Pike, S. (2007) Children's Experience of their Environments. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Association for Social, Scientific and Environmental Education Annual Conference, Limerick [Details]
2006 Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference,
Pike, S., Varley, J., & Greenwood, R. (2006) Student Teachers’ Prior Experiences as Learners of Science and Geography: A Comparison Drawn from an All-Ireland Survey. [Invited Oral Presentation], Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference, Oxford [Details]
2005 Irish Association for Social, Scientific and Environmental Education Annual Conference ,
Pike, S. (2005) Recently Qualified Teachers’ experiences of teaching geography in the primary school. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Association for Social, Scientific and Environmental Education Annual Conference , Belfast [Details]
2005 ATSE Summer Conference: Science Education for the Real World,
Pike, S., & Varley, J. (2005) Student Teachers’ Prior Experiences as Learners of Science and Geography: A Comparisons from an All-Ireland Survey. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], ATSE Summer Conference: Science Education for the Real World, St Mary's University College, Belfast [Details]
2005 American Educational Research Association Annual Conference,
Waldron, F., & Pike, S. (2005) What does it mean to be Irish?: Children’s construction of national identity. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Montreal [Details]
2005 Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference,
Pike, S. (2005) Primary children's voice on place in geography. [Invited Oral Presentation], Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference, Oxford [Details]
2005 Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference,
Pike, S., & Greenwood, R. (2005) All-Ireland Survey of BEd Primary Teaching Students: Experiences of, and attitudes towards Science, History and Geography. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference, University College Cork [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2011 Teachers, Human Rights and Human Rights Education: Knowledge, perspectives and practices of primary school teachers in Ireland.
Waldron, F., Kavanagh, A., Kavanagh, R., Maunsell, C., Oberman, R., O'Reilly, M., Pike, S., Prunty, A., & Ruane, B. (2011) Teachers, Human Rights and Human Rights Education: Knowledge, perspectives and practices of primary school teachers in Ireland. CHRCE, Dublin. [Details]
2009 Becoming a Teacher.
Waldron, F., Pike, S., Greenwood, R., Murphy, C., O'Connor, G., Dolan, A., & Kerr, K. (2009) Becoming a Teacher. Centre for Cross Border Studies, Belfast. [Details]

Newspaper

  Year Publication
2006 Who we are?.
Pike, S. (2006) Who we are?. Newspaper [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
2008 Doctoral thesis: Children's and their Local Environments in Ireland.
Pike, S. (2008) Doctoral thesis: Children's and their Local Environments in Ireland. Thesis [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2016 Award for Excellence in Geography Education Geographical Association
2015 Excellence in Teaching and Learning St Patrick's College
2001 Excellence in Teaching and Learning St Patrick's College
1994 University of Southampton PGCE Award University of Southampton

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Geographical Association Junior Vice President /
Geographical Association Trustee and Member of Governing Body /
Royal Geographical Society Fellow /
Environmental Education Ireland Member /
Geographical Society of Ireland Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Geographical Association - Governing Body Member / Ongoing
Geographical Association - Early Years and Primary Phase Committee Secretary / Ongoing
Geographical Association - Education Group Secretary / Ongoing
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education Journal Editorial Board / Ongoing
Geography Education Research Collection Member / Ongoing
Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Founding Member, Member / Ongoing
Teaching and Learning Committee, St Patrick's College Chair, member / Ongoing
DCU Incorporation - Partnerships Committee Working Group member / Ongoing
DICE Steering Committee Member / Ongoing
Irish Association for Social, Scientific and Environmental Education Chair, Treasurer, Member / Ongoing
Staff-Student Committee, St Patrick's College Chair / Ongoing
International Affairs Committee Member / Ongoing
PME Programme Board Member / Ongoing
BEd Programme Board Member / Ongoing

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
The Hayling School Head of Geography 01-JAN-98 / 31-AUG-00
Oaklands Community School Teacher of English and Humanities 01-SEP-96 / 31-DEC-97
King Richard School Geography Teacher / Coordinator 01-SEP-94 / 31-AUG-96
Compassion in World Farming Information / Campaigns Officer 01-SEP-90 / 31-AUG-93

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2008 The Queen's University Belfast Doctor of Education Education
1987 The Petersfield School Secondary Education General
1999 University of Southampton Master of Arts (Education) Education
1994 University of Southampton PGCE Geography
1990 University of Nottingham Bachelor of Arts Geography

Reviews

  Journal Role
International Research In Geographical And Environmental Education Series Editor
Australian Geographer Reviewer

Enterprise Engagement

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

2010
Continuous Professional Development/Training Primary Geography Champions Online and Face-to-face support for teachers

2019 (2018-Present)
Invited talk/presentation ESRI Ireland: GIS in Schools Guest Speaker at Events

2016 (2011-2016)
Consultancy External Examiner: University of Exeter External Examiner

2018 (2018-Present)
Continuous Professional Development/Training Learning Secondary Geography: Partnership with Second level Schools Learning Secondary Geography

2017
Consultancy WaterWonders Project: CPD on Geographical, Environmental and Outdoor

2020 (2017-2020)
Consultancy External Examiner: University of Roehampton External Examiner

2020 (2017-2020)
Consultancy External Examiner: University of Chichester / Coláiste Dhúlaigh External Examine

2016
Continuous Professional Development/Training Learning Primary Geography: Partnership with Primary Schools Partnership with 20 primary schools across Ireland.

2010
Continuous Professional Development/Training Facebook Page: Primary Geography Ireland Social Media Engagement with teachers

2008
Consultancy EcoDetectives Project Department of the Environment and Local Government

2012 onwards
Personnel Exchange University of Cologne Erasmus Mobility Exchanges

2010 onwards
Personnel Exchange University of Winchester Erasmus Mobility Exchanges

2010 onwards
Invited talk/presentation BurrenBeo Trust: Invited Keynotes Invited talks and workshops

Outreach Activities

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

2018
DCU in the Community WaterWonders: Partnerships with Primary and Second Level Schools Partnerships with a range of Schools

2018
Community-based learning GeoWeek 2018: Geography through the Ages Event, Geographical Society of Ireland / DCU

Media

  Title Year Type Authors
A St Pat's lecturer brought her students to Tesco today to teach them about the strike 2017 Newspaper article (online) Fitzgerald, C.
EcoDetectives and children’s learning in geography education 2010 Radio Interviews Ian Noctor, Waterford Local Radio
Who we are: Supplement on Population for school. Irish Times Supplement, 2006 Newspaper article (Print) Susan Pike

Teaching Interests

Susan coordinates / teaches on courses at under-graduate and post-graduate levels:

Master of Education (Level 9)
MEd1 - Geography and History Education: Geography Education & Local Studies
MEd1 - Human Rights and Citizenship Education: Children’s Participation
MEd2 - Thesis Supervision - Geographical, Environmental and Outdoor Education

Professional Masters in Education (Primary) (Level 9) 
PME1 - STEM and Social Studies: Geography Education
PME1 - Elective: Geography and Outdoor Learning for Sustainability
PME2 - Action Research Project Supervisor
PME1, 2, 3 and 4 - School Placement Supervision

Bachelor of Education (Level 8)
BEd1 - Teacher as Person: Reflective Tutorials
BEd1 - Geography Education
BEd2 - Major Specialism: Learning in Geographical, Environmental and Outdoor (GEO) Education
BEd2 - Major Specialism: Spaces in Geographical, Environmental and Outdoor (GEO) Education 
BEd2 - Major Specialism: Learning in Geographical, Environmental and Outdoor (GEO) Education 
BEd2 - Ethics, SPHE and Social Studies: Geography Education
BEd3 - Major Specialism: Participation in Geographical, Environmental and Outdoor (GEO) Education
BEd3 - Social, Environmental and Scientific Education: Local Studies
BEd3 - Integrated Learning in the Primary School
BEd4 - Major Specialism: Leading Geographical, Environmental and Outdoor (GEO) Education 
BEd4 - Action Research Project: Geographical, Environmental and Outdoor Education
BEd1, 2, 3 and 4 - School Placement Supervision  

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Level 8)
BECE2 - Outdoor Learning

Other teaching
Continuing Professional Development with schools, geography and community based education - design, teaching
Community Leadership Module - Design, coordination, teaching
Erasmus Mobility: Universities of Liege, Warsaw, Eastern Finland (Joensuu and Savonlinna), Winchester and Cologne.
Erasmus Intensive Programmes: Universities of Alkmaar and Liege.
Zambia-Ireland Teacher Education Project: Kitwe College and Charles Lwanga Colleges of Education.
Teachmeets: Teachmeet, Ireland and the Geographical Association

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