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Tara Concannon-Gibney

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Assistant Professor

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T: 01 8842057
E: tara.concannon-gibney@dcu.ie
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Biography

Dr. Tara Concannon-Gibney lectures in the area of literacy. A former primary school teacher, she has worked with pre-service and in-service teachers in Ireland and in New York for over a decade. Prior to joining DCU in 2017, she was programme coordinator of the B.Sc. in Early Childhood at Marino Institute of Education where she lectured in literacy and Early Childhood. Her current research interests include emergent literacy, language and literacy development through play, English language learners and teacher professional development. She is also a past-president of the Literacy Association of Ireland.  

Research Interests

Meaningful literacy teaching in the early years
Reading Comprehension
EAL learners
Writing instruction

Research Projects

  Title Funder From - To Role Award
Fostering Reading Comprehension through Science in Middle and Upper Elementary Classrooms: A Pilot Professional Development Program Adelphi University 01-JAN-10 - 31-MAY-10 Co-principle investigator 3,500.00

Books

  Year Publication
2019 Teaching Essential Literacy Skills in the Early Years Classroom: A Guide for Teachers and Students.
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2019) Teaching Essential Literacy Skills in the Early Years Classroom: A Guide for Teachers and Students. Oxon: UK: Routledge. [Details]
2010 Literacy in the 21st Century: Perspectives, Challenges & Transformations, Proceedings of the Reading Association of Ireland’s 33rd Annual International Conference.
Concannon-Gibney, T., Kelly, A. & Willoughby, K. (2010) Literacy in the 21st Century: Perspectives, Challenges & Transformations, Proceedings of the Reading Association of Ireland’s 33rd Annual International Conference. Dublin: Reading Association of Ireland. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2014 'Craft Objects and Storytelling'
Weida, C. Concannon-Gibney, T. & Andeniji, D. (2014) 'Craft Objects and Storytelling' In: Crafting Creativity and Creating Craft. New York: Springer Link. [Details]
2012 'School-based Professional Development: Significant Insights from a Case Study of Irish Teachers of Reading'
Concannon-Gibney, T & Murphy, B. (2012) 'School-based Professional Development: Significant Insights from a Case Study of Irish Teachers of Reading' In: Cultures of Professional Development for Teachers: Collaboration, Reflection, Management & Policy. Paris: Analytrics. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Immersing first grade in poetry: A genre study approach'
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2018) 'Immersing first grade in poetry: A genre study approach'. Reading Teacher, [Details]
2012 'The Explicit Teaching of Reading Comprehension in Science Class: A Pilot Professional Development Program'
Concannon-Gibney, T & McCarthy, M. (2012) 'The Explicit Teaching of Reading Comprehension in Science Class: A Pilot Professional Development Program'. Improving Schools, 15 (1):33-45 [Details]
2012 'Explicit Reading Comprehension Instruction and Teacher Professional Development: An Irish Experience'
Concannon-Gibney, T. & Murphy, B. (2012) 'Explicit Reading Comprehension Instruction and Teacher Professional Development: An Irish Experience'. Teacher Development, 38 (1):131-148 [Details]
2012 'Reading comprehension instruction in Irish primary classrooms: Key insights into classroom practice from one recent study'
Concannon-Gibney, T. & Murphy, B. (2012) 'Reading comprehension instruction in Irish primary classrooms: Key insights into classroom practice from one recent study'. Irish Educational Studies, 31 (4):433-449 [Details]
2012 'Teaching Memoir in the Elementary School: A Genre Study Approach'
Gibney, T. (2012) 'Teaching Memoir in the Elementary School: A Genre Study Approach'. Reading Teacher, 63 (3):243-253 [Details]
2010 'Reading Practice in Irish Primary Classrooms: Too Simple a View of Reading?'
Concannon-Gibney, T. & Murphy, B. (2010) 'Reading Practice in Irish Primary Classrooms: Too Simple a View of Reading?'. Literacy, 44 (3):122-130 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Play and the primary school curriculum: Developing quality practices and examining curricular opportunities'
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2018) 'Play and the primary school curriculum: Developing quality practices and examining curricular opportunities' Irish National Teacher's Journal, VI (1) . [Details]
2011 'Using Formative Assessment to Effectively Identify and Remediate Reading Issues in the Early Grades'
O’Connor, E. & Concannon-Gibney, T. (2011) 'Using Formative Assessment to Effectively Identify and Remediate Reading Issues in the Early Grades' Insights on Learning Disabilities: From Prevailing Theories to Validated Practices, 8 (1) :37-51. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2017 Proceedings of the Literacy Association of Ireland Annual International Conference
Concannon-Gibney, T (2017) Playful Literacy: Linking children’s literature to play and learning across the curriculum in the infant classes . In: B. Culligan and G. Mehigan eds. Proceedings of the Literacy Association of Ireland Annual International Conference [Details]
2014 Language, Literacy and Literature: Re-Imagining Teaching and Learning, Proceedings of the Reading Association of Ireland Annual International Conference
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2014) Using a Big Book to Teach Essential Literacy Skills . In: Willoughby, K eds. Language, Literacy and Literature: Re-Imagining Teaching and Learning, Proceedings of the Reading Association of Ireland Annual International Conference [Details]
2012 Proceedings of the Reading Association of Ireland’s 34th & 35th Annual International Conferences
Concannon-Gibney, T. & Murphy, B. (2012) Perspectives and Practice in Relation to Reading Pedagogy in Irish Primary Classrooms: A Perceived Preference for the ‘Simple View’ Proceedings of the Reading Association of Ireland’s 34th & 35th Annual International Conferences [Details]
2012 Proceedings of the Reading Association of Ireland’s 34th & 35th Annual International Conferences
Concannon-Gibney, T. & Murphy, B. (2012) School-based Teacher Professional Development focused on the teaching of Reading Comprehension: A Case Study Proceedings of the Reading Association of Ireland’s 34th & 35th Annual International Conferences [Details]
2006 Literacy at the Crossroads: Moving Forward, Looking Back, Proceedings of the Reading Association of Ireland 28th Annual International Conference
Concannon, T (2006) Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in the Primary School Literacy at the Crossroads: Moving Forward, Looking Back, Proceedings of the Reading Association of Ireland 28th Annual International Conference [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 E.S.A.I,
Concannon-Gibney, T. & Watkins, N. (2019) Teaching teachers of literacy: A hybrid self-study. [Chaired Session], E.S.A.I, Sligo: Ireland , 11-APR-19 - 13-APR-19 [Details]
2018 Literacy Association of Ireland,
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2018) Poetry and the Primary School Curriculum: Possibilities and Opportunities. [Chaired Session], Literacy Association of Ireland, Dublin: Ireland , 09-NOV-18 - 10-NOV-18 [Details]
2017 Literacy Association of Ireland International Conference Why do children write? Exploring writing purpose among 4-6 year olds,
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2017) Why do children write? Exploring writing purpose among 4-6 year olds. [Oral Presentation], Literacy Association of Ireland International Conference Why do children write? Exploring writing purpose among 4-6 year olds, Dublin [Details]
2016 Early Childhood Ireland Annual Conference,
Concannon-Gibney, T. & O'Connor, E. (2016) The Big Book Project: Learning about Early Literacy Skills. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Early Childhood Ireland Annual Conference, Dublin [Details]
2016 Literacy Association of Ireland International Conference,
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2016) Playful Literacy. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Literacy Association of Ireland International Conference, Dublin [Details]
2016 European Early Childhood Research Association Annual Conference,
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2016) An Irish Perspective on Emergent Writing in a Reggio Emilia Inspired School. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], European Early Childhood Research Association Annual Conference, Dublin [Details]
2014 38th Annual International Conference, Reading Association of Ireland,
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2014) Language and Literacy Development in the Aistear Classroom. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 38th Annual International Conference, Reading Association of Ireland, Dublin [Details]
2014 International Conference, World Organisation for Early Childhood Education,
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2014) Implementing Aistear in the English Language Learner Classroom. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], International Conference, World Organisation for Early Childhood Education, University College Cork, Ireland [Details]
2014 International Annual Conference, Educational Studies of Ireland,
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2014) Aistear as a Vehicle for Imaginative and Innovative Pedagogy in the Infant Classroom. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], International Annual Conference, Educational Studies of Ireland, Athlone, Ireland [Details]
2013 37th Annual International Conference, Reading Association of Ireland,
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2013) Using a Big Book to Teach Essential Early Literacy Skills, 37. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 37th Annual International Conference, Reading Association of Ireland, Dublin [Details]
2011 Weaving Story through Social Studies, Literacy and Visual Art Education,
Concannon-Gibney, T., Adeniji-Neill, D. & Weida, C. (2011) Weaving Story through Social Studies, Literacy and Visual Art Education. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Weaving Story through Social Studies, Literacy and Visual Art Education, Adelphi University, New York [Details]
2011 35th Annual International Conference, Reading Association of Ireland,
Concannon-Gibney, T. & Murphy, B. (2011) School-based Professional Development to Transform the Teaching of Reading Comprehension. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 35th Annual International Conference, Reading Association of Ireland, Dublin [Details]
2010 34th Annual International Conference, Reading Association of Ireland,
Concannon-Gibney, T. & Murphy, B. (2010) Reading Practice in Irish Primary Schools: Too Simple a View of Reading?,. [Oral Presentation], 34th Annual International Conference, Reading Association of Ireland, Dublin [Details]
2010 National Reading Conference,
Concannon-Gibney, T. & McCarthy, M. (2010) Fostering Reading Comprehension in the Science Classroom: A Pilot Professional Development Program. [Oral Presentation], National Reading Conference, Fort Worth, TX [Details]
2010 Keystone State Reading Conference,
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2010) Exploring Poetry in the Writer’s Workshop: A Genre Study Approach,. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Keystone State Reading Conference, Hershey, PA [Details]
2010 International Reading Association’s Annual Convention,
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2010) Reading Comprehension Strategy Instruction in Irish Elementary School Classrooms: An Examination of Current Practices and an Exploration of Future Possibilities. [Oral Presentation], International Reading Association’s Annual Convention, Chicago, IL [Details]
2010 Literacy Essentials Conference,
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2010) Teaching Young English Language Learners to Write: Exploring the Writing Workshop in the Early Years of School. [Oral Presentation], Literacy Essentials Conference, Central Connecticut University, CT [Details]
2008 Annual International Conference, United Kingdom Literacy Association,
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2008) Becoming Literate: The EAL Learner in the Infant Classroom. [Oral Presentation], Annual International Conference, United Kingdom Literacy Association, Liverpool, United Kingdom [Details]
2008 Annual International Conference, Reading Association of Ireland,
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2008) The English Language Learner in the Infant Classroom: Strategies for Developing Literacy Skills. [Oral Presentation], Annual International Conference, Reading Association of Ireland, Dublin [Details]
2007 United Kingdom Literacy Association, Annual International Conference,
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2007) Exploring Genre in the Writing Workshop. [Oral Presentation], United Kingdom Literacy Association, Annual International Conference, Nottingham, United Kingdom [Details]
2006 Reading Association of Ireland’s Annual International Conference,
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2006) Reading Comprehension Strategies. [Oral Presentation], Reading Association of Ireland’s Annual International Conference, Dublin [Details]
2005 Reading Association of Ireland’s International Annual Conference,
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2005) Genre Study in the Writing Workshop: Ideas for Mini-lessons. [Oral Presentation], Reading Association of Ireland’s International Annual Conference, Dublin [Details]
2004 Reading Association of Ireland’s International Annual Conference,
Concannon-Gibney, T. (2004) The Implementation of the Writing Process in Primary School Classrooms. [Oral Presentation], Reading Association of Ireland’s International Annual Conference, Dublin [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2015 Reading Literacy in PIRLS 2011:in E. Eivers & A. Clerkin, National Schools, International Contexts: Beyond the PIRLS and TIMSS test results.
Concannon-Gibney, T. & Shiel, G. (2015) Reading Literacy in PIRLS 2011:in E. Eivers & A. Clerkin, National Schools, International Contexts: Beyond the PIRLS and TIMSS test results. Educational Research Centre, Dublin. [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2006 The President’s Scholarship University College Cork
2011 Shortlisted for exemplary article in the peer reviewed journal Literacy United Kingdom Literacy Association

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
International Reading Association Member /
Alpha Upsilon Alpha (Literacy Honor Society, International Literacy Association) Faculty Advisor 01-OCT-09 / 31-AUG-12
Nassau County Reading Association Member 29-OCT-09 / 31-AUG-12
New York State Reading Association Member 24-SEP-09 / 31-AUG-12
Literacy Association of Ireland President (2018-2019) /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Adelphi University Assistant Professor in Literacy 01-SEP-09 / 31-AUG-12
Marino Institute of Education Lecturer/ Programme Coordinator for the B.Sc. in Early Childhood 01-SEP-14 / 17-DEC-17
St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra Lecturer in Literacy (secondment) 01-SEP-06 / 31-AUG-07
Scoil Thomáis, Castleknock, D15 Mainstream teacher 01-SEP-00 / 31-AUG-06
Adamstown ETNS Mainstream teacher/ language support 01-SEP-07 / 31-AUG-09
Adamstown ETNS Mainstream teacher/ language support 01-SEP-12 / 31-AUG-14

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2009 University College Cork Ph.D Education/Literacy
2000 St. Patrick's College (D.C.U.) B.Ed. Education Theory & Practice
2004 St. Patrick's College (D.C.U.) M.Ed. (Literacy) Education/ Literacy

Reviews

  Journal Role
Literacy Reviewer

Teaching Interests

Dr. Concannon-Gibney teaches modules in literacy at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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