Aidan Clerkin

Aidan Clerkin
Educational Research Centre (Ireland)

About

32
Publications
9,646
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
193
Citations

Publications

Publications (32)
Article
Full-text available
This paper examines the factors that are associated with boys’ underachievement in mathematics and science in Saudi Arabia, where students attend gender-segregated schools from grade 1 onward, as well as student achievement in these two subjects in grades 4 and 8 more generally. The paper employs data from two recent large-scale assessments of educ...
Chapter
Full-text available
This chapter describes two programmes, with signifcant similarities and differences, that have been available in Ireland since 1974 (Transition Year; TY) and South Korea since 2013 (Free Year Programme; FYP). TY takes place over one full year as an integrated part of mainstream secondary education. TY students engage in developmental activities, vo...
Article
Full-text available
This paper provides an introduction and review of some of the main findings from the international literature on school and teacher effectiveness and discusses the relative merits of several alternative approaches to judging ‘effective schools’. The assessment of school effectiveness in the Irish context is considered, particularly in light of the...
Book
Full-text available
Analysis of main achievement findings for Ireland and comparison countries in TIMSS 2019.
Chapter
Full-text available
Chapter describing the Irish education system and mathematics and science curricula.
Article
Full-text available
Background Transition Year (TY) is a quasi‐gap year offered midway through post‐primary education in Ireland. TY is intended to provide a low‐stakes environment to promote maturity and social skills, and to prepare students for adult life. Previous interview‐based research has found that TY is seen as a positive experience by many students and teac...
Book
Full-text available
This summary gives a brief overview of what is known from previous research on Transition Year (TY), which draws strongly on the views of students and teachers. It includes the most commonly-reported benefits and problems that are associated with TY, as well as several important issues about which we still have relatively limited information. The s...
Article
Full-text available
This study identifies student characteristics that predict participation in Transition Year, an optional developmental year (Grade 10) offered midway through secondary education in Ireland. One thousand eighty five students (51% female; mean age = 15.4 years) completed a questionnaire in Grade 9, providing information on demographic, attitudinal an...
Article
Full-text available
Since the 1970s, schools in Ireland have offered an optional programme known as ‘Transition Year’ midway through secondary education, when students are typically 15 years old. It lasts one academic year and aims to promote maturity, social development and vocational exploration, and to give students a chance to develop personal and intellectual int...
Article
Full-text available
This guide accompanies the following article: Clerkin, A. Filling in the gaps: A theoretical grounding for an education programme for adolescent socioemotional and vocational development in Ireland. Review of Education, https://doi.org/10.1002/rev3.3112
Article
Full-text available
Numeracy activities in early childhood have been linked to children’s mathematical performance in subsequent years. However, few studies have examined associations between early numeracy play and children’s subsequent attitudes towards mathematics. This study draws on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011 assessment...
Book
Full-text available
Description of maths and science teaching at primary level (Fourth Class) in Ireland, with international comparisons and trends over time, using TIMSS 2015 data.
Conference Paper
Full-text available
Ireland has participated in several large-scale international assessments in recent years, including TIMSS and PIRLS at primary level and TIMSS, PISA, ICCS and TALIS at post-primary. These assessments (together with complementary national research programmes) have, to varying degrees, been used to identify particular strengths and weaknesses in the...
Article
Full-text available
This special issue includes the following contributions: Symonds, J. (2017) The Irish context for research on adolescence. pp 2 - 3; Symonds, J. (2017) Enhancing adolescents' psychosocial competencies in Ireland. pp. 3 - 5; Dockray, S. (2017) Adolescent obesity-mediated inflaamation in adolescence, executive control and externalising behaviour. pp....
Book
Full-text available
Mathematics and science achievement results for students in Ireland at Fourth Class (Fourth grade) and Second Year (Eighth grade).
Book
Full-text available
Brief report of participant and teacher feedback on the week-long programme for Transition Year students organised by St Patrick's Mental Health Services, Dublin.
Article
Full-text available
The Transition Year (TY) programme has seen large increases in the number of participating schools and students since the 1990s. However, existing documentation of this growth has been intermittent and sometimes inconsistent. This paper documents in detail the changes seen in school provision and student uptake for the 19 years from 1992/1993 to 20...
Article
Full-text available
Secondary education in Ireland includes an optional Transition Year (TY) between the junior and senior examination cycles, when students are typically about 15 years old. Transition Year is an innovative programme, unique to Irish education, which is intended as a non-academic year devoted to personal and social development in the absence of examin...
Article
Full-text available
The 2009 National Assessments of mathematics and English reading in Irish primary ‎schools (NA 2009) is the most recent ‎ in a series of such assessments conducted at ‎regular intervals since 1972. Mathematics and reading tests were completed by almost ‎‎4,000 Second and 4,000 Sixth class pupils. Contextual data were obtained from ‎questionnaires c...

Network

Cited By