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Dr Margaret Egan

MEd. (UL) PhD. (UCC)

Contact Number: 061 204337        

Office: R110 - Residence Block

Email: margaret.egan@mic.ul.ie   

Margaret is a member of the Dept. of Educational Psychology, Inclusive and Special Education.  She was Deputy Principal and SEN Co-ordinator in an all boys’ primary school before joining Mary Immaculate College (MIC) in 2006.  Margaret’s M.Ed. (SEN) researched Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), which included an examination of an Emotional Literacy programme at a school-wide level.  Her Ph.D. researched Inclusive Education Policy and Practice in primary schools, specifically examining models of support.  Margaret’s areas of research interest and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level include Inclusion Policy and Practice, the Language Curriculum for Students with SEN and Social and Emotional Learning, for all students, including those with Autistic Spectrum Difference (ASD).  Margaret is currently supervising a number of Masters’ and PhD students in these fields.  

Recent Publications

Egan, Margaret, (in press). ‘Effective Teaching Strategies to Promote Successful Learning’. In, E. Ring, P. Daly, and E. Wall (eds.), Autism from the Inside Out: A Handbook for Parents, Early Childhood, Primary, Post-primary and Special School Settings. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Curtin, Louise and Egan Margaret (in press).  ‘Facilitators of Change: Irish Teachers’ Perspectives and Experiences of Including Students with Special Educational Needs in the Mainstream Infant Classroom’.  LEARN Journal of Irish learning Support Association.

Dervan, Maria and Egan, Margaret (2018). ‘I want to say so I can play’:  An Examination of a Pragmatic Language Intervention for Children with Specific Speech and Language Disorder. Reach Journal of Special Needs Education in Ireland. Dublin IATSE.

Leahy, Patricia and Egan, Margaret (2015). “An Investigation into the Effectiveness of Cognitive Self-Instruction on Challenging Behaviour as part of a Whole School Positive Behaviour Support system”.  Learn:  The Journal of the Irish Learning Support Association.  Dublin: ILSA.

Doherty, Ursula, and Egan, Margaret (2012). Promoting Early Reading Skills in Children with Down Syndrome and General Learning Disabilities.  Reading Association of Ireland (RAI), Spring Newsletter

Egan, Margaret (2012). The Learning Support/ Resource Teacher in the Primary School.  ILSA, Winter Newsletter

Doherty, U., Egan, Margaret, Daly, Patricia, Coady, Monica, Holland, Marty, Kelleher, Deirdre, Long Stella, McCarthy, Eucharia, and O’Sullivan, Siobhán (2011). Strategies for Teachers to Respond Actively to the Needs of Children with Down Syndrome: STRANDS.  Limerick:  CDU MIC.

Doherty, Ursula and Egan, Margaret (2009). Report on Educational Provision for Pupils with Down Syndrome.  Limerick:  CDU MIC.


Conference Papers presented recently

Egan, Margaret, (2018) The Future of Inclusive Education Policy: Lessons form Ireland.  The Future of Education Conference.  28-30th June. Florence, Italy.

Egan, Margaret, (2018) Deconstructing Habitus:  An Essential Process in the Evolution of Education Policy.  Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference 2018 Values and Purpose in Education 5 – 7 April, University College Dublin.

Dervan,  Maria and Egan Margaret, (2018) “Teach them to say so they can play”:  Researching Inclusively to inform Inclusive Practice for Children with Specific Speech and Language Disorder. “Thinking Inclusively, Acting Inclusively and Planning Inclusively30th Conference of the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education DCU St. Patrick’s Campus Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May 2018.

Egan, Margaret, Conway, Paul F., (2016) Teacher Agency in the Constructions of Ability/Disability.  BERA International Conference, Leeds University Sept 13-15.

Egan, Margaret (2016) “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends”:  Ensuring access for all.  ILSA Annual Conference Surviving and Thriving in School.  Mount Wolsey Tullow, Co. Carlow Sept 23 and 24.

Egan, Margaret (2016). Global and Local Flows between Geography and Education – how geographical factors influence perceptions and experiences of education.

Symposium Discussant: Leavy Contributor: Egan, O’Keefe, O’Beirne, Bailey, Conway. ESAI Annual Conference, Galway, Thursday 31st March.

Davey, Nicole and Egan Margaret (2016). The Incredible Years Classroom Management Programme: An Exploration of Teachers’ and Educational Psychologists’ Experiences of Working collaboratively.  PSI Annual Conference Exploring the Psychology of Identity. Athlone Nov. 9-12

Egan, Margaret (2015). “Pull-Out” – It’s the way it’s done, it’s a tradition, a culture:  The Social and Emotional Impact of how ‘Inclusion’ gets ‘done to’ our children.  ENSEC 5th International Conference.  Lisbon University, Portugal.  July 2015.

Egan, Margaret and Conway, Paul  (2015).  The Geography of Opportunity and Special Educational Needs.  BERA Annual Conference, Queens University, Belfast. Sept. 2015.

Egan, Margaret, Conway, Paul and O’Keeffe Brendan (2015).  The Geography of Opportunity.  Poster Presentation at Launch of Institute for Educational & Social Policy Studies [PRISEM] research morning at MIC on Monday June 8th.

Daly, P., Ring E., Egan, M., et al.  (2015).  An Evaluation of Education Provision for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Republic of Ireland. BERA Annual Conference, Queens University, Belfast. Sept. 2015.

Egan, Margaret (2015). Evidence-based Instruction for Pupils Experiencing Difficulties in Early Literacy.  Rebuilding Special Education.  The INTO Consultative Conference on Special Education took place in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Saturday 7th March 2015.

Egan, Margaret (2015).  Assessment and Intervention in Early L:angauge and Literacy for Pupils with SEN.  Facing our Future…..Considering New Models of ProvisionILSA Spring Conference The Park Hotel, Kilkenny.  March, 2015.

Egan, Margaret (2015). Supporting Pupils with Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in Changing Times:  Moving Forward Proactively. Moving Forward Together in Changing Times. ILSA Annual Conference 2015.  St. Patrick’s College,, Dublin City University.

Egan, Margaret (2014).  Approaches to Assessment for Pupils with SEN.  40 Years Supporting Learning and Still Learning. ILSA Annual Conference.  St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.

Egan, Margaret (2014).  The Intersectionality between special education placement and socio-economic status. Learning in a Changing World Conference Institute of Education, University of London.

Egan, Margaret (2014).  Exclusionary Practices in Inclusive Education.  The 40th Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Imagining and Innovating    Athlone, March 2014.

Egan, Margaret, (2013). The Pobal HP Index of Affluence and Deprivation:  a systematic approach to targeting resources towards greatest need.  MIC Research Showcase.  Sept. 2013.

Egan, Margaret, (2013). Assessment in Language and Literacy for Students with SEN. Teaching is Rocket Science. ILSA Annual Conference.  St. Patrick’s College, Dublin.  September 2013.

Egan, Margaret and Conway Paul F (2013). Small Worlds/Big Policies.  The 39th Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Educational Policy in Changing Times: Consultation, Implementation and Impact'.   Limerick, March 2013.

Egan, Margaret (2013). Finding Better Ways: Assessment for Learning in Language and Literacy for Pupils with Learning Difficulties.  ILSA Spring Conference:  Finding Better Ways.   Drogheda, March 2013.

Egan, Margaret and Conway Paul F. (2012). Constructions of Ability/Disability.  British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference.  Manchester University.  Sept. 2012.

Egan, Margaret and Conway, Paul F.  (2012).  The General Allocation Model:  A Time of Transformation.  ESAI 37th Annual Conference, Cork, March 2012.


Work in progress: Collaborative project to develop a resource handbook for Early Years’ educators, teachers, student teachers, Speech and Language Therapists (SLTS) and trainee SLTs.

Working title:

Identifying and Supporting Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. Limerick: Curriculum Development Unit, MIC.


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