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Dr. Joanne Banks

Assistant Professor (Education)

Dr Joanne Banks is a lecturer and researcher in inclusive education at the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin. Joanne's research interests are in the field of inclusive education and educational inequality. She has published widely on the social and academic experiences of students who experience barriers to learning in mainstream education. She is creator/presenter of the Inclusion Dialogue podcast series. Joanne welcomes queries from prospective Masters and Ph.D. students who are interested in the following topics: inclusive education, disability and education, educational disadvantage and inequality. For more information on my research and programmes, check out this short video:
  Alternative Modes Education   EDUCATION   Educational Administration and Policy   Educational disadvantage in children   Educational Evaluation/Assessment   Inclusive Education   Sociology of Education   Special Education   special educational needs   Universal design for learning
 Blended Learning in Schools: A Universal Design Approach
 Pathways to post-secondary settings for students with intellectual disabilities
 Report on the feedback on the QQI Green Paper on Assessment of Learners and Learning
 Teaching and Learning practices during COVID: a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) perspective

Details Date
Scientific Committee of the journal L'Integrazione Scolastica e Sociale, Edizioni Erickson (Italy) 2021
Reviewer for European Research Council 2020
Reviewer for Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education (OREE) 2020
Member of the Growing Up in Ireland Scientific Advisory Group 2019
Member of the Mapping Experiences of Pathological Demand Avoidance in Ireland steering group. 2019
Member of the Trinity Access Research Advisory Group. 2020
Reviewer for Irish Educational Studies (Taylor and Francis) 2013
Reviewer for the British Educational Research Journal (Wiley) 2015
Reviewer for the European Journal of Special Needs Education (Taylor and Francis) 2020
Reviewer for Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice (Taylor and Francis) 2015
Reviewer for Learning and Individual Differences (Elsevier) 2016
Reviewer for the International Journal of Inclusive Education (Taylor and Francis) 2016
Details Date From Date To
Member of Inclusion in Education and Society Research Group 2018 Present
Member of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland 2008 Present
Member of the Disability Research Network. 2018 Present
Joanne Banks, Emer Smyth, "We respect them, and they respect us": The Value of Interpersonal Relationships in Enhancing Student Engagement, Education Sciences, 11, (10), 2021, p634-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
A Winning Formula? Funding Inclusive Education in Ireland in, editor(s)Goldan, J., Lambrecht, J. and Loreman, T. , Resourcing Inclusive Education (International Perspectives on Inclusive Education, Vol. 15, Emerald Publishing Limited, 2021, pp7-19 , [Joanne Banks], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Margaret Flood and Joanne Banks, Universal Design for Learning: Is It Gaining Momentum in Irish Education?, Education Sciences, 11, (7), 2021, p341-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Michael Shevlin, Joanne Banks, Inclusion at a Crossroads: Dismantling Ireland's System of Special Education, Education Sciences, 11, (4), 2021, p161-, Notes: [Special Issue: Special and Inclusive Education: Perspectives, Challenges and Prospects], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Rhona Dempsey, Olive Healy, Emma Lundy, Joanne Banks, Margaret Lawler, Air travel experiences of autistic children/young people, Annals of Tourism Research Empirical Insights, 2, (2), 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Joanne Banks, Financing Inclusive Education: Implications for the Implementation of Inclusive Education, ECER symposium , Education and Society: expectations, prescriptions, reconciliations, Geneva, September 2021, 2021, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Joanne Banks, Una formula vincente? Il finanziamento dell'inclusione scolastica in Irlanda, L'integrazione scolastica e sociale , 20, (1), 2021, p1 - 17, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Examining the Cost of Special Education in, editor(s)Umesh Sharma , Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education, New York, Oxford University Press, 2020, [Joanne Banks], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ann Devitt, Colm Ross, Aibhín Bray and Joanne Banks, Parent Perspectives on Teaching and Learning During Covid-19 School Closures: Lessons Learned from Irish Primary Schools, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, July, 2020, Notes: [Parent Survey on home learning during the COVID-19 school closures], Report, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Ann Devitt, Aibhin Bray, Joanne Banks, Eilís Ní Chorcora, Teaching and Learning During School Closures: Lessons Learned. Irish Second-Level Teacher Perspectives, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, July, 2020, p1 - 93, Notes: [COVID school closures Education policy relevance], Report, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text

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Joanne Banks, Implementing Inclusive Pedagogy: International Voices , CRISPESH - UDL@Dawson | Virtual Symposium 2021, Montreal, 02/06/21, 2021, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Joanne Banks, Michael Shevlin, Shivaun Quinlivan, The Right to Education: Examining Inclusive Education in Ireland under the UNCRPD, Children & Disability Webinar 10-11 September, Leeds, 10 September 2020, 2020, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Joanne Banks, Generating Momentum Across Campuses Using Universal Design for Learning to Create a Common Discourse, 15 March 2021, In:Darcy McGee Beacon Fellowship Lecture, 2021, Dublin, Frederic Fovet, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Banks, Joanne, Green Paper on Assessment of Learners and Learning: Stakeholder Feedback, Dublin, QQI, November, 2019, Report, PUBLISHED
McCoy, Selina; Byrne, Delma; Banks, Joanne, Too much of a good thing? Gender, 'Concerted cultivation' and unequal achievement in primary education, 2010, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Banks, Joanne, Smyth, Emer and McCoy, Selina, Senior Cycle Review: Analysis of discussions in schools on the purpose of senior cycle education in Ireland, 2018, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Banks, Joanne, Smyth, Emer and McCoy, Selina, Leaving Certificate Applied Programme Discussion Paper, 2018, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Banks, Joanne, Belonging in School: The What, Why and How of Inclusive Education, 2019, Trinity Long Room Hub, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Banks, Joanne, Inclusive Education: Lessons from Canada, 2019, School of Education, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Banks, Joanne, Disability data in the Growing Up in Ireland Study, Irish Disability Studies Association (IDSA) seminar, School of Education, Trinity College, 2018, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Darcy McGee Beacon Fellowship Host Award 2021
Digital Badge in Universal Design for Teaching & Learning 2020
Joanne's research interests are in the field of inclusive education and educational inequality. Her work examines the social and and academic experiences of students with disabilities in mainstream education. She is particularly interested in the continued use of segregated settings, such as special classes in mainstream schools and special schools, in the context of Ireland's recent ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability. Her work focuses on how systems level factors (such as funding and resource allocation) and school level factors (such as leadership and climate) impact on the extent to which inclusive education can be realised. A second (related) strand to Joanne's research is the area of educational inequality and disadvantage with a particular focus on the experience of post-primary students. Her work examines both individual and school level factors influencing student disengagement from school, early school leaving, post-school choices and aspirations. In particular, she focuses student decision-making in school and questions the extent to which young people have equal access to information in making these decisions.