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Dr. Damian Murchan

Associate Professor (Education)
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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 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-editor of a recent book, Curriculum Change Within Policy and Practice, that explores the process and implementation of reform of the Junior Cycle of post-primary education. His 2017 book on educational assessment, Understanding and Applying Assessment in Education, provides a comprehensive analysis of assessment policy and practice in primary and post-primary education. 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 (AEA-Europe) in Dublin in November 2022 and he is on the Organising Committee for the AEA-Europe conference to be held online in 2021. Professor Murchan recognises the value of communicating educational ideas, including research outputs, to wider audiences. He is a frequent contributor to print and broadcast media in both the English and Irish languages. 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
 Assessment in the re-developed primary curriculum
 Exploring the process of Junior Cycle Reform
 Virtual Schooling in Upper Secondary Mathematics - Evaluation of Clevermaths Pilot Study.
 Promoting Key Skills in Junior Cycle Classrooms through Bridge 21
 Strengthen the Assessment of Learning Outcomes in the Republic of Kosovo

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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
Roles as Chairperson/member of Boards of Management in a number of primary schools. 1994 - Present
Assessment Advisor to Kosovo Education Centre on implementation of the Kosovo Basic Education Programme: Strengthening school-based formative assessment systems. 2011
Assessment Advisor to Macedonian Civic Education Centre, Macedonia, the agency contracted by Macedonian Education authorities to reform student assessment in primary and lower secondary education. 2007 - 2008
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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French Medium Basic Basic
Irish Fluent Fluent 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
Research Associate, Centre for Assessment, Research Policy and Practice in Education (CARPE), Institute of Education, Dublin City University. 2019 Present
Murchan, D. & Johnston, K., Curriculum Change within Policy and Practice - Reforming Second-Level Education in Ireland, 1, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, 1-277pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Bearding the lion: Reforming assessment in Junior Cycle in, editor(s)Murchan, D. & Johnston, K. , Curriculum Change within Policy and Practice. Reforming Second-Level Education in Ireland, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, pp161-187 , [Murchan, D.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Leading Organisational Change to Support Junior Cycle Reform in, editor(s)Murchan, D. & Johnston, K. , Curriculum Change within Policy and Practice. Reforming Second-Level Education in Ireland, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, pp229 - 254, [O'Connor, E. & Murchan, D], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Reforming Curriculum: Policy Optimism Meets Practice in, editor(s)Damian Murchan & Keith Johnston , Curriculum Change within Policy and Practice - Reforming Second-Level Education in Ireland, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, pp3 - 19, [Damian Murchan & Keith Johnston], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Junior Cycle Reform: Looking Forward in, editor(s)Damian Murchan & Keith Johnston , Curriculum Change within Policy and Practice - Reforming Second-Level Education in Ireland, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, pp255 - 267, [Keith Johnston & Damian Murchan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Murchan, D., What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Understanding Leaving Certificate adaptations in Ireland as a result of COVID-19, Annual Meeting of the Association for Educational Assessment - Europe, Online, 4-6 November, 2020, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Murchan, D., The Why, What and How of Senior Cycle Reform., Policy Forum for Ireland: The Senior Cycle in Ireland - the curriculum review, priorities for successful reform, and next steps for assessment and qualifications., Dublin, Online, 30 April, 2020, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Murchan, D., Ware, M., Quinn, R., & McMaster, L., Life gets in the way: Resits for students unable to present for high-stakes exams, Annual Meeting of the Association for Educational Assessment - Europe, Lisbon, Portugal, 13-16 November 2019, 2019, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Murchan, D., & Siddiq, F , Ethical considerations involving data analytics in educational assessment: A systematic literature review., Educational Testing Service and Educational Research Centre Conference: Opportunity versus Challenge: Exploring usage of log-file and process data in international large scale assessments, Dublin, 16-17 May 2019, 2019, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Lysaght, Z., Scully, D., Murchan, D., O'Leary, G., & Shiel, G. , Aligning assessment, learning and teaching in curricular reform and implementation, Dublin, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, 2019, p1 - 25, Report, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
  

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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. & 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
Murchan, D., Loxley, A., & Johnston, K., Promoting best practice in professional development for teachers, Trinity Today, 11, 2006, p30 - 30, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Murchan, D. , Assessment and the primary school curriculum, 2002, Notes: [Unpublished report prepared for the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), Dublin.], Report, SUBMITTED
Murchan, D. & O'Reilly, B. , Assessment in the primary curriculum: Report of the Assessment Subcommittee to Council, 1996, Notes: [Unpublished report prepared for the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), Dublin.], Report, SUBMITTED

  

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Fellow, Association for Educational Assessment - Europe November 2019
Invited public lecture as part of RTE's centenary commemoration, Reflecting the Rising, Dublin: March 2016
Invited speaker at Policy Forum for Northern Ireland, Belfast: December 2015.
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