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Dr. Damian Murchan

Associate Professor (Education)

Head of School of Education (School Office - Education)

Professor Damian Murchan is Head of the School of Education at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, where he leads a School with extensive national and international engagement with teaching, research and policy. A former teacher and school principal, his teacher-education roles span primary and post-primary levels through involvement in initial and continuing professional education for teachers. Professor Murchan's research interests include educational reform, assessment methods, e-learning and assessment, incorporation of key skills into the curriculum, and teacher professional development. A member of the Research In School Education (RISE) group in the School of Education in Trinity, his current research focuses on regulatory and ethical implications of using data analytics in digital assessments and on the process of Junior Cycle reform. He is also is a Research Associate at the Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education (CARPE) at Dublin City University where he collaborated on a recent discussion paper for the NCCA on assessment in the re-developed primary school curriculum and also acted as a reviewer for the CARPE/INTO Standardised Testing Project. Professor Murchan is co-author of a recent book on educational assessment, Understanding and Applying Assessment in Education, and his research is widely disseminated through journals and conference presentations internationally. He has held a number of advisory roles in relation to the development of assessment policy and practice in Ireland and internationally. He co-chairs a consortium established by Trinity and the Educational Research Centre Drumcondra that will host the Annual Meeting of the Association for Educational Assessment - Europe in Dublin in November 2020. He is available to supervise Doctoral students in the areas of Educational assessment and testing, Evaluation and Educational reform.
  Assessment of student learning   Curriculum reform in primary and post-primary education   Educational Evaluation/Assessment   Educational Reform   Educational Testing/Measurement   Elementary/Secondary Education   International surveys of student achievement   Junior and Leaving Certificate Examinations
 Exploring the process of Junior Cycle Reform
 Bridge 21
 Maths Assist: Diagnostic Assessment Intervention Programme
 Evaluation of the Primary Curriculum Support Programme

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Manuscript reviewer for journals: Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice; Irish Educational Studies; International Journal of Research and Method in Education. 2012 -
Member, Governing Body & Academic Council, Marino Institute of Education 2013 - 2016
Member, Primary Assessment Sub-committee, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. during the development of the revised Primary School Curriculum. 1995 - 1997
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Irish Fluent Medium Fluent
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Association for Educational Assessment - Europe
Educational Studies Association of Ireland
American Educational Research Association
National Council on Measurement in Education
Irish Federation of University Teachers
Murchan, D., & Siddiq, , Regulatory and ethical implications of using log file data, Annual Meeting of the Association for Educational Assessment - Europe, Arnhem-Nijmegen, Netherlands, 7 - 10 November 2018, 2018, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Murchan, D., Introducing school-based assessment as part of junior-cycle reform in Ireland: A bridge too far?, Educational Assessment, Evaluation & Accountability, 30, (2), 2018, p97 - 131, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Murchan, D. & Shiel, G., Understanding and applying assessment in education, London, SAGE Publications Ltd, 2017, 1 - 247pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Murchan, D., & Oldham, E., Exploring the role of computer-based assessments in diagnosing students' mathematical errors in primary education in Ireland, Irish Educational Studies, 36, (4), 2017, p489 - 510, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Murchan D., Lombard, P., Oldham, E., & Johnston, K., Supplementary online tutoring as a response to high-stakes testing in mathematics, Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, Texas, 27 April-1 May 2017, 2017, Poster, PRESENTED
Kellough, J. & Murchan, D. , Combining the affordances of flipped CPD with a VLE to promote teachers' formative assessment practice, Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, Texas, 27 April-1 May 2017, 2017, Poster, PRESENTED
Murchan, D, Return to sender: Policy borrowing and contestation in reforming assessment in lower secondary education., Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC, 8 - 12 April 2016, 2016, pp1 - 12, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Murchan, D., Reconciling educational standards and 21st century learning?, Policy Forum for Northern Ireland, Belfast, 2 December 2015, edited by Sean Cudmore , 2015, pp15 - 17, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Murchan, D., Tangney, B., Johnston, K. & Conneely, C., Lessons from using the Bridge21 model in the context of 21st century learning approaches., British Educational Research Association, Belfast, 15th-17th September, 2015, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Johnston, K., Conneely, C., Murchan, D. & Tangney, B., Enacting key skills-based curricula in secondary education: Lessons from a technology-mediated, group-based learning initiative, Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 24, (4), 2015, p423 - 442, Notes: [DOI: 10.1080/1475939X.2014.890641], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Damian Murchan, Review: Inside education: exploring the art of good learning., Review of Inside education: exploring the art of good learning., by Stephen O'Brien , British Journal of Educational Studies, 2017, p1-3 , Review, PUBLISHED
Murchan, D., Bombs, buses and exams: A selected journey through education policy in Ireland since the 1916 rising., RTÉ Reflecting the Rising, Trinity College Dublin, 28 March 2016, 2016, RTE Radió Teilifis Éireann, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Murchan, D., 'Assessment at Junior Cycle', Newstalk FM Radio, 02-12-2014, 2014, -, Broadcast, PUBLISHED
Murchan, D., 'Reforming the Junior Certificate', Newstalk FM Radio, 27-03-2014, 2014, -, Broadcast, PUBLISHED
Donnelly, K., 'Exam process designed for a different era, says professor. Interview with Damian Murchan', Dublin, Irish Independent Newspaper, 28-05-2014, 2014, 17 - 17, Broadcast, PUBLISHED
Murchan, D & members of RISE., Education in the 21st Century: Student perspective on Junior Cycle Reform, 21 May, 2014, Trinity College Dublin, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PRESENTED
Murchan, D., 'RTE Primetime Interview Junior Cert Exam', RTE Television, 2013, -, Broadcast, PUBLISHED
Murchan, D., Shiel, G., Vula, E., Bajgora, A., & Balidemaj, V. , 'Vleresimi formativ', Pristina, Kosovo, USAID & Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, 2013, 1 - 65, Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED
Murchan, D., Role of the teacher in the context of reformed views of and approaches to assessment at Junior Cycle., Second Level Subject Associations' Representative Group (SARG), Collins Barracks, Dublin , 23 November, 2013, Subject Associations' Representative Group (SARG), Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Murchan, D. & members of RISE, Education in the 21st Century: Philosophy, aims and opportunities associated with Junior Cycle reform, 22 May, 2013, Trinity College Dublin, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PRESENTED


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Association for Educational Assessment - Europe: Conference poster - Highly Commended for Murchan, D. An integrated testing-teaching approach to using diagnostic assessments to promote student learning in primary mathematics 2010