|MA in Learning and Teaching
|The objectives of the research were:
1. To identify, analyse and discuss teachers’ perspectives of teaching in multigrade
setting in Co. Donegal.
2. To identify, discuss and analyse teachers’ perspectives of students’ learning in
multigrade settings in Co. Donegal.
3. To contribute to previous existing knowledge and research on multigrade teaching
and learning by disseminating findings of the research
This research aimed to gather teachers’ perspectives of teaching and learning in a multigrade
setting in this county. Teachers discussed multigrade teaching in terms of teaching up to four
classes within one classroom setting and also pupils’ learning and how learning in a
multigrade setting can impact their learning outcomes. Within this research, four semistructured interviews with four multigrade teachers from different corners of the county are
included. This qualitative data was then be analysed thematically to present the findings from
the research interviews. The research concluded that although multigrade teachers feel there
is a copious amount of workload in their setting, especially in terms of paperwork planning
and preparation and also there are gaps in the training and continuous professional
development of teachers specifically for multigrade classes. Also, it was concluded that the
multigrade setting allows for strategies such as group and peer learning to have a beneficial
impact on pupils’ overall learning. Future policy and practice amendments are suggested such
as revisions to teacher training programmes and provisions for specified and collaborative
continuous professional development. Finally, opportunities for future research in the area of
multigrade teaching and learning are provided.
This study has provided a viewpoint unique to Donegal whereby only the perspectives of
multigrade teachers working in Donegal were used.
|Attribution 3.0 Ireland
|What are teachers’ perspectives of teaching and learning in a multigrade setting in county Donegal?
|Letterkenny Institute of Technology