In conjunction with the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South, the Shared-Island Unit in the Department of the Taoiseach announced funding for a research project exploring provision enabling pre-service teachers to teach in diverse settings.
Five partners are involved in the Educating About Difference Uniting Classrooms and Teacher Education (EDUCATE) action research project: Education & Training Boards Ireland, Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Ulster University (UU), Educate Together and the Council for Integrated Education.
The project will be conducted by two Initial Teacher Education providers and three representative/support/management/patron bodies for Equality-based, Multi-denominational and Integrated Schools.
There is a growing awareness of the challenges for teachers to explore identity, address difference and teach issues to foster mutual respect. The EDUCATE project will bring together teachers in Community National, Educate Together and Integrated Schools and pre-service teachers from MIC and UU to share good practice in this area.