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Dr Dorothy Morrissey

Dr Dorothy Morrissey

BEd (NUI); MA (NUI); Graduate Diploma (Drama) (NCEA); Graduate Diploma (Dance) (UL) & Ed D (University of Bristol)
Lecturer

Research interests

Gender, the arts in education, teacher identity, theatre for young audiences, performance, narrative inquiry, and arts-based research methods.

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SHORT BIO

Dorothy Morrissey has been a lecturer in drama education at Mary Immaculate College since 2002. She is coordinator of the College's MA in Education and the Arts (META). Prior to this, Dorothy worked with the Primary Curriculum Support Programme (PCSP), providing professional development and curriculum support for teachers in the areas of English, visual arts and learning support. She also worked as a primary teacher in mainstream and special education and as an adult education tutor at University College Cork, teaching courses in women's studies and English literature. During her time at MIC, Dorothy has taught across a range of areas: drama education, dance, poetry, oral language, aesthetic education, arts education policy and practice, performance studies, theatre for young audiences, adult education, reflective and professional practice, teaching and curriculum studies, curriculum leadership, arts-based research and narrative inquiry.. She was commended the regional award for teaching excellence in higher education within the Shannon Consortium in 2009 and was shortlisted for the award in 2016. Dorothy has contributed to the following MIC programmes:          

  • BEd Bachelor of Education
  • PME Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching)
  • META MA in Education and the Arts
  • Graduate Diploma in Adult and Further Education
  • BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies
  • Structured PhD (Education)

PUBLICATIONS:      

Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

Morrissey, D. (2018) The habits of history: a research based play script. The Qualitative Report 23 (2): 403-421.

Morrissey, D. (2016) Reviewing literature on gender using found poetry and dramatic script. The Qualitative Report 21 (12): 2284-2307. 

Morrissey, D. (2014) An autoethnographic inquiry into the role of serendipity in becoming a teacher educator/researcher. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 27 (7): 837-849 [published online 22 Aug 2013]. 

Morrissey, D. (2012) Goldilocks’s testimony: an auto/ethnodrama. In Sparkes, A. C. (Ed) Auto/Biography Yearbook 2011.  Durham: Russell Press, pp.124-134.

Book chapters

Morrissey, D. (2019) The roles we ‘were born to fill’: thinking about performing teaching with Mona Lisa Smile. In Conrad, D. and Prendergast, M. (Eds) Teachers and teaching onstage and onscreen: dramatic depictions. Bristol, UK: Intellect.

Morrissey, D. (2018) Metaphor and narrative as teaching, learning and research strategies in teacher education. In Hanne, A. and Kaal, A. (Eds) Narrative and metaphor in education: look both ways. London: Routledge, pp. 193-207.

Morrissey, D. (2011) Having a ball: intertextuality and the performance of feminine identity in Maguy Marin’s dance work, Cinderella. In Kerchy, A. (Ed) Contemporary fictional repurposings and theoretical revisitings of fairy-tales and fantasies. Lewiston, Lamepter: Edwin Mellen Press, pp. 49-66.

Reports

Kenny, A. and Morrissey, D. (2016) Exploring teacher-artist partnership as a model of CPD for supporting and enhancing arts education in Ireland: a research report. Dublin: DES and DAHRRGA. Available at: https://www.chg.gov.ie/app/uploads/2017/03/research-report.pdf

Morrissey, D. (2017) A review of Belltable:Connect Theatre Makers. Available at: http://belltableconnect.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/A-Review-of-BelltableConnect-Theatre-Makers-11-Oct-17.pdf

Conference proceedings

Morrissey, D. (2010) In our own image? Cultivating creativity in a culture of compliance. In: Creativity and the arts in the primary school: discussion document and proceedings of the consultative conference on education 2009. Dublin: INTO, pp.106-110.

Morrissey, D. (2009) Moving through the looking glass: a physical approach to drama and story. In Govas, N. (Ed) Proceedings of the 6th Athens international theatre/drama and education conference 2008. Athens: The Hellenic Theatre/Drama and Education Network, pp.408-416.

Practitioner journal articles

Morrissey-Gleeson, C. and Morrissey, D. (2014) Ideas for dance with third and fourth classes. In Touch 114 (May), pp.66-67.

Morrissey, D. (2013) The Arts in Education Charter and its implementation. In Touch 138 (Oct), p.41.   

Stokes, T. and Morrissey, D. (2012) Billie Butterfly’s adventure: ideas for dance and drama with infant classes. In Touch 131 (Nov), pp.60-61.

Morrissey, D. (2007) Movement and dance. In Moloney, M. et al. (Ed) Voice and choice. Limerick: Mary Immaculate College & Limerick City Childcare Committee, pp.55-58.

Submission

Morrissey, D. (2017) Submission 22. Written submissions: consultation on curriculum structure and time, NCCA. Available at: https://www.ncca.ie/media/3234/written-submissionsdocument_structureandtime_ncca.pdf

Videos

Morrissey, D. and MacLochlainn, M. (2017) A lens on our lives: a teacher-artist partnership project in performance studies.  Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJfpWzqCJsM

Morrissey, D. (2014) Let’s take a risk. MIC Ed Talks. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STDS_QPkhRU

EXTERNAL FUNDING AWARDS

  • Commission from the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 2014-16. ‘Teacher-Artist Partnership as a Model of CPD for Supporting and Enhancing Arts Education in Ireland’ (with Dr Ailbhe Kenny)
  • Funded by the European Network for the Diffusion of Performing Arts for Early Childhood to attend the 2013 international festival of theatre and culture for early childhood, Visioni di futoro, visioni di teatro, at Teatro Testoni  Ragazzi, Bologna, Italy.

ARTISTIC OUTPUT

  • (2018) ‘She didn’t see him’, a postcard story. Dublin: Irish Writers’ Centre.
  • (2018) Production manager and cast member of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ by Eve Ensler, performed at MIC by staff and postgraduate students for International Women’s Day.
  • (2017) Dramaturg and cast member of ‘This Little Piggy’, a professional work of theatre for young audiences in collaboration with Octopus Soup and Dunn Create. Toured to: Nenagh Arts Centre, Wexford Arts Centre, Belltable, Limerick.
  • (2005) Curator of 'Building Bridges: A Day of Dance’, celebrating community dance in Ireland, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Research-based conference performances

Morrissey, D. Goldilocks’s testimony

  • (2016) INTO Consultative Conference on Equality 2016: The Effect of Gender on Career Progression in Primary Teaching. Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co. Laois, (curated conference).
  • (2012) Borders and Translations. 7th International Drama in Education Research Institute (IDiERI). Mary Immaculate College.
  • (2011) Hidden Lives, BSA Auto/Biography Study Group XXth Auto/Biography Summer Conference, University of Reading.
  • (2011) Inaugural International Research Methods Summer School; Research Methods in Education: Moving Towards New Possibilities, Mary Immaculate College.

McDonagh, F. and Morrissey, D. Some say I am …

  • (2016) 3rd International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference. NUI, Galway.
  • (2015)  8th International Drama in Education Research Institute. Open culture in the Asian Century: Reimagining Drama Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • (2015) Fourth International Research Methods Summer School: Turning Evidence into Impact in Personal, Professional and Public Contexts, Mary Immaculate College.

Research-based conference presentations

McDonagh, F. and Morrissey, D. (2019) Using theatre to trouble gender with young children. International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network Conference at ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2019. Kristiansand, Norway.

Morrissey, D. (2019) Representations of femininity in Granny O’ Grimm’s Seeping Beauty. EUPOP 2019 – The 8th European Popular Culture Association Conference. Mary Immaculate College.

Morrissey, D. (2019) Troubling dominant modes of research representation through creative writing. 5th International Irish National Narrative Inquiry Conference 2019. Trinity College Dublin.

Morrissey, D. (2018) From Benson to Creative Ireland (1979-2019): The evolution of ‘partnership’ in the arts and education in Ireland. History of Education Annual Society Conference: Revolution, Remembrance and Re-Vision: Charting the Path of Education. Mary Immaculate College.

Morrissey, D. (2018) Dramatic performance as pedagogy in initial teacher education. 9th International Drama in Education Research Institute IDIERI 9: Tyranny of Distance. University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Morrissey, D., McDonagh, F, Curran, A. and Daly, D. (2018) Using theatre to trouble young children’s gender narratives. 4th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference: Narrating Neo-Liberalism in an Irish Context. Institute of Technology, Sligo.

Morrissey, D. (2017) Performance as pedagogy in teacher education. Teacher Education and Teacher Educator National Forum. University of Limerick.

Morrissey, D. and McDonagh, F. (2017) Making theatre to trouble gender with young children. Irish Women Playwrights and Theatre Makers Conference. Department of Drama and Theatre Studies MIC. (Curated conference).

Morrissey, D. and MacLochlainn, M. (2017) A teacher-artist partnership approach to performance as pedagogy in teacher education. Performative Spaces in Language, Literature and Culture Education, 2nd International SCENARIO Forum Conference, University College, Cork.

Morrissey, D. (2017) Teacher-artist partnership as a model of CPD. National Arts in Education Portal Day 2017. St Patrick’s Institute, DCU. (Invited presentation).

Morrissey, D. (2017) Metaphor and narrative as teaching, learning and research strategies in teacher education. Look both ways: narrative and metaphor in education conference. VU University, Amsterdam.

Morrissey, D. (2017) Troubling my quest to trouble gender. European Society for Research on the Education of Adults: Life History and Biography Network: ‘Discourses we live by’ (How) Do they benefit the world we live in? Aarhus University, Campus Copenhagen.

Morrissey, D. (2016) Risk as praxis. Fifth International Research Methods Summer School; Vital Simultaneities: Researching Praxis in Personal, Professional and Public Contexts, Mary Immaculate College.

McDonagh, F. and Morrissey, D. (2016) Collaborative learning as renegotiation of selves. Irish Society for Theatre Research 2016: Conversations on Collaborations. Waterford Institute of Technology.

Kenny, A. and Morrissey, D. (2016) Teacher-artist partnership: locally significant, nationally important. Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference 2016: Education as a public good. Radisson Hotel Galway.

Morrissey, D. (2016) From narrative inquiry to autoethnography. 3rd International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference. NUI, Galway.

Kenny, A, and Morrissey, D. (2015) Exploring teacher-artist partnership as a model of CPD for supporting and enhancing arts education in Ireland. Féilte: Sharing Teaching-Connecting Learning. RDS.

Morrissey, D. (2015) Goldilocks’s Testimony: the aftermath. 8th International Drama in Education Research Institute. Open culture in the Asian century: reimagining drama education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Morrissey, D. (2015) Performance-centred teaching/research: gathering evidence and making an impact. Fourth International Research Methods Summer School: Turning Evidence into Impact in Personal, Professional and Public Contexts, Mary Immaculate College.

Morrissey, D. (2015) Performing gender narratives in teacher education. A Field in the Making: The Second Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference, NUI Maynooth.

Morrissey, D. (2013) The Arts in Education Charter and artist-teacher partnerships: learning from research and practice. Creating a Culture of Creativity. Association of Teachers’/Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI) Conference, Dublin. (Curated conference).

Finneran, M. and Morrissey, D. (2013) Noticing deeply: exploring the borderlands and tensions between imagination and subversion in teacher education. Creative Teachers for Creative Learners: Implications for Teacher Education. 10th Annual Conference of the Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENs). (Curated conference).

Morrissey, D. and Finneran, M. (2013) A journey in aesthetic education and drama education. 8th Drama and Education IDEA World Congress, Paris.

Morrissey, D. (2013) Performances of innocence and experience: ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. Symposium on The Role of Fairytale in Contemporary Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin. (Curated symposium).

Morrissey, D. and Finneran, M. (2011) The path of needles: an inquiry based approach to aesthetic education with student teachers. ESAI Annual Conference. Church of Ireland College, Dublin.

Morrissey, D. (2010) Poetry, film and writing as creative processes of inquiry into the identity of the adult educator. Galway Symposium on Higher Education, NUI Galway.

Morrissey, D. (2010) Teacher as learner: creativity and competency. Colloquium on Adult Education. Mary Immaculate College.

Morrissey, D. (2009) In our own image? Cultivating creativity in a culture of compliance. Irish National Teacher’s Organisation Education Conference on Creativity and the Arts in the Primary School. Gorey, Co. Wexford. 13 Nov. (Invited keynote address).

Morrissey, D. (2009) At play: the construction of feminine identity in Maguy Marin’s Cinderella. ‘At Play’: Children’s Literature Conference. University of Limerick.

Morrissey, D. (2009) Having a ball: intertextuality and the representation of femininity in Maguy Marin’s Cinderella. The Fairy Tale after Angela Carter: A Conference to mark the 30th Anniversary of The Bloody Chamber. University of East Anglia.

Morrissey, D. (2009) Teaching from within: creativity and teaching. International Professional Development Association, Ireland, 2nd Annual Conference. St Patrick’s College, Dublin.

Morrissey, D. (2009) Creativity in contradiction. IPDA Ireland, 2nd Annual Conference. St Patrick’s College, Dublin.

Morrissey, D. (2008) Moving through the looking glass: a physical approach to drama and story.  6th Athens International Theatre/Drama & Education Conference 2008: Theatre and Education at Centre Stage, Athens University.

Morrissey, D. (2006) Bullying: dramatic art as a transformative methodology with primary school children. Creative Transformation XVII SIPE International Congress, Queens University Belfast.

Burke, M., Morrissey, D. and Fullam, P. (2006) National Pilot Project on Teacher Induction (NPPTI): the Limerick experience. Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference, National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

Morrissey, D. (2006) Dance as art: developing receptivity and reflectivity through resource based dance teaching. Physical Education, Physical Activity and Youth Sport Research Forum, University of Limerick.

Cosgrove, C., Coulter, M. and Morrissey, D. (2005) Physical education in early childhood. National Forum of Physical Education, University of Limerick.

Morrissey, D. (2003) A model for dance education as a model for drama education. The Irish Dance Research Forum 2, The Irish World Music Centre, University of Limerick.

RESEARCH SUPERVISION (COMPLETED THESES)

M.Ed.

Hargreaves, J. (2018) A qualitative study of the value of art education in Further Education and Training (FET) (MIC).

Ryan, C. (2013) From implicit to explicit: an examination of the effects of Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR) on the comprehension strategy usage, motivation to read and critical thinking of 3rd and 4th class children (MIC).

Burns-Sharma, C. (2012) Creating safe learning environments (MIC).

Cleary, M. (2012) A narrative inquiry into how the experience of learning to read transformed the lives of a learner and a teacher in adult education (MIC).

McGealy, K. (2011) An exploration of techniques used to strengthen the resilience of educators (MIC).

Makoni Fenix, P.  (2009) An investigation into factors affecting the use of Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) for children with emotional social and behaviour difficulties: a case study (Roehampton University, London: School of Education).

Neylon, J. (2007) A study into the processes involved in computer-based collaborative groupwork with second class (MIC).

O’ Reilly, C. (2007) An investigation into the dietary intake and physical activity patterns of two groups of fifth class children in a disadvantaged area in Mid-West Ireland (MIC).

Laherty, B. (2006) Visual art in rehabilitative education (MIC)

McGrath, M. (2004) The practice of learning support in two to seven teacher primary schools in Co Limerick (MIC).

Brady, O. (2003) How can puppetry, as a concrete manipulative, motivate children to show care and consideration to others?  (MIC).

MA in Education and the Arts (META)

Curran, A. (2016) Unmasking the superhero: a narrative inquiry into the construction of gender narratives in early childhood (MIC).

O’Sullivan, M. (2015) What does All About Eve teach a woman about ageing? (MIC).