Hibernia College School Consultation

Dear Reader,

Hibernia College is committed to providing outstanding learning experiences for all our student teachers and the post primary students who are taught by them. To this end, schools that host our student teachers play a vital role.

Our student teachers study many of the significant theories and basic principles underlying teaching, learning and assessment. We understand that theory alone, however, will never produce competent teachers, just as experience alone is insufficient as a basis for development. Theory and practice have to go hand in hand for our student teachers to be able to develop a critically reflective approach to teaching, learning and assessment. Schools serve as a link between the more theoretically part of the course and the hands-on experience of everyday teaching.

While on School Experience, our student teachers are in the privileged position of working alongside experienced teachers. As such, our student teachers learn a great deal as they strive to make experienced teachers' hindsight their foresight.

In Hibernia College, we are very aware of the important work being carried out by the schools and teachers who host our student teachers. We are also keen to consult schools on how best we can support and reward them for such efforts. By participating in this survey, you are providing us with vital feedback which will help make the School Experience process as beneficial as it can be for everyone involved.

The following survey has 10 questions. It should take 5-10 minutes to complete. It is divided in to two sections. Section I seeks to garner information in relation to how Hibernia College and its graduates are perceived. Section II seeks to gather information on how we conduct School Experience as a college.

Participation in this survey is entirely voluntary, you do not have to participate and if you choose not to, it will not have any negative repercussions for you.

The data collected is anonymous and confidential. The research has received ethical approval from the Ethics Committee in Hibernia College. It is in compliance with the British Education Research Association Guidelines (2011) (Available at: https://www.bera.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/BERA-Ethical-Guidelines-2011.pdf?noredirect=1 Accessed 19th April 2016) and is also in compliance with Data Protection Acts in Ireland. The data will be stored on a password protected computer. The data will only be used for the purpose of the research, which may include publication of the results of this research to staff in Hibernia College and external bodies in the form of papers or presentations.

Should you have further information in relation to this survey, or should you wish to get further involved with Hibernia College, please feel free to contact me at the email address below.

Thank you for your time and expertise.

Kind regards,

Dr. Louise Heeran Flynn

Programme Director, Post Primary Education