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Senior Research Officer
Dr Selina McCoy is joint programme coordinator of Education Research at the ESRI. She has worked extensively on key policy-relevant educational issues, spanning primary, second-level and higher education sectors. Much of this research has centred on gender and socio-economic inequality in access and outcomes. Most recently she has examined gender differences in Mathematics performance, school engagement among students with special educational needs and the role of out-of-school activities in children’s learning.
Findings of her research have been published in such journals as Work, Employment and Society; Child Indicators Research; European Journal of Special Needs Education; Research in Social Stratification and Mobility; Higher Education; Higher Education Quarterly; and Educational Review.
She is currently leading the Leaving School in Ireland programme of research, tracking how school leavers are faring in the current climate. Dr McCoy is also currently working on an ESF Eurocores-funded project on school effectiveness at primary level. Finally, as part of an ESRI-TCD research team, she is examining how special classes are operating in primary and second-level schools.