The Department of Foreign Affairs ‘Better World’ strand of the COALESCE programme addresses research collaboration and capacity-building between Ireland and target global south countries. Awardees work in one of Irish Aid’s partner countries, and among the researchers awarded funding under this strand this year is Dr Leo Casey from National College of Ireland.
Dr Casey’s project, “What makes a good teacher? The challenge of enhancing teacher professional identity and capability in Cambodian schools” will address the question of teacher effectiveness in the context of early grade education in the Battambang region of Cambodia. The study will investigate how Cambodian teachers can be enabled to improve their teaching practices and engage in a path of professional development. The Professional Identity for Khmer Teachers (PIKT) project is a unique opportunity for Cambodian education and for collaboration between major educational institutions in Cambodia and Ireland. Read the full article.