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Caroline White INTO Bursary 10/02/17

Roscommon Teacher Wins INTO Bursary

Caroline White Bursary 2017

Friday, 10 February 2017

Press Release Irish National Teachers’ Organisation
Roscommon Teacher Wins INTO Bursary

Caroline White from Castlerea Co. Roscommon and a class teacher in Tibohine NS, Castlerea was announced as a winner of a bursary from the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation to help fund education research in Ireland.

Ms. White’s research (to Masters Level in St Angela’s College, Sligo) seeks to explore the current beliefs and classroom practices of Irish primary teachers with regard to using calculators during mathematics classes.

In light of the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy (2011) and the current review of the Primary Mathematics Curriculum (1999), it is timely to examine how and when to best use calculators to encourage greater numeracy in senior primary pupils.  The study will draw upon existing national and international research in this area.

Speaking at the presentation of the bursaries in Dublin, the President of the INTO, Rosena Jordan said it was a source of pride to the INTO that up to 75% of primary teachers voluntarily undertake additional training and study.

“By acquiring new skills and expanding their knowledge, teachers enhance their practice and ultimately everyone benefits – including the children in their classrooms,” said Ms. Jordan.

Every year since 1993 primary teachers undertaking research have been supported by the INTO through the Bursary Scheme. This year, five awards of €1,500 were made. A total of 54 applications were submitted and judged by an independent assessor from one of the third-level institutes.

An awards ceremony was held in the Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square, Dublin on 9 February 2017.