Dr Bernie Grummell, is a lecturer with the Departments of Education and Adult & Community Education in Maynooth University since 2007.
She lectures in research methods, sociology and equality issues on the EdD, MEd and PDE programmes and currently coordinates the MLitt/PhD/EdD programmes.
She represents the interests of the staff of education departments in Maynooth University and develops collaborative research projects of interest to staff.
Dr Grummell reviously worked as a lecturer with the School of Sociology and a post-doctoral researcher with the Equality Studies Centre in UCD in the areas of equality and social justice, social research methods, education and media literacy for over 15 years.
She has developed expertise in qualitative and quantitative research and has completed a wide array of research projects with several organizations, including Department for Education and Science, Irish Aid/Higher Education Authority, National Adult Literacy Agency, Radio Telefis Eireann and National Digital Learning Repository. For list of Research Publications click here
Briefly describe what your current job entails?
My work involves working on the teaching and research programme of the two departments. I work jointly across the two departments developing research projects with staff in both departments and lecturing on a range of postgraduate programmes in education, research and social justice issues.
Why did you choose this particular career?
I have learnt so much from others and have always been encouraged by my family so I have always loved learning. Having said that, I didn’t like secondary school and found higher education unsettling as I was one of the first in my family to go to university.
Like many people in adult education, I ended up teaching in an adult education context by accident and loved it. Its commitment to a learner-centred participative approach and its social justice focus on how the world works (advantaging some and disempowering other groups) resonated with me. I’d found a home for my learning and worldview.
What career might you have chosen if you weren’t in your current one?
Working as a tutor in adult education.
Where are you from originally?
A farm on the coast of Wicklow.
What public figure do you most admire and why?
Those who continue to fight and celebrate life.
Do you have any hobbies?
At the moment I have a young family, so they’ve become my life and hobby as they are all consuming in a good way!!
Selected list of publications
Lynch, Kathleen; Grummell, Bernie and Dympna Devine (2015) New Managerialism in Education: Commercialization, Carelessness and Gender. (2nd edition) Palgrave Macmillan:Basingstoke.
Murray, Michael J., Grummell, Bernie and Anne Ryan (2014) Further Education and Training in Ireland: History, Politics, Practice. MACE: Maynooth
Grummell, Bernie; Lynch, Kathleen and Dympna Devine (2009) ‘Appointing Senior Managers in Education: homosociability, local logics and authenticity in the selection process’, Educational Management Administration and Leadership 37(3): 329-349
Grummell, Bernie (2007) ‘The “Second Chance” Myth: Equality of Opportunity in Irish Adult Education Policies’, British Journal of Educational Studies Vol 55:2, pp. 182-201