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Assoc Professor Jennifer Symonds

Assoc Professor

Jennifer Symonds

Associate Professor
School of Education
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University College Dublin, School of Education, Roebuck Offices Belfield Dublin 4


Current Projects Children's School Lives: Ireland's national longitudinal cohort study of primary schooling. Funder: National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. Lead investigator: Dympna Devine; Joint Lead Investigator: Jennifer Symonds; Co-Investigator: Seaneen Sloan. Safe Learning Study in Sierra Leone: A randomized controlled trial of children's literacy and wellbeing. Funder: Concern Worldwide. Lead Investigator: Dympna Devine; Joint Lead investigator: Ciaran Sugrue; Co-Investigators: Jennifer Symonds and Seaneen Sloan. Human Learning: Promoting students’ psychosocial competencies associated with success in college through a school-to-college transition support programme. Funder: UCD Learning Enhancements Project Fund and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Lead Investigator: Jennfier Symonds; Joint Lead Investigator: Chris Jepsen; Co-Investigators: Sarah Brown, Benjamin Torsney, and Tony Perez. Funders The Academy of Finland, the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB), Concern Worldwide, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), the General Teaching Council for England, the Irish Research Council (IRC), the Jacobs Foundation, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, the National Middle Schools Forum, the Nuffield Foundation, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and University College Dublin (UCD). Engagement in Learning, Schools and Societies Lab (ELSS Lab) Topics 1. Momentary engagement 2. Educational engagement 3. Eudaimonic engagement Methodology 1. Microgenetic designs 2. Longitudinal analysis 3. Intraindividual development and person-oriented modelling 4. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches Application 1. Open educational resources 2. Educational programmes 3. Educational interventions For more information please visit


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Children’s School Lives (CSL)
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)
19 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2025
Safe Learning Model in Sierra Leone
Concern Worldwide
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Aug 2022
Level Up: Enhancing socially disadvantaged young people’s career college and work readiness through a school-based training programme
University College Dublin (UCD)
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2018
Staying Engaged: Enhancing young people’s educational well-being and mental health in postprimary schooling
Irish Research Council (IRC)
9 Jan 2017 - 9 Jan 2019
OBRSS Research Support Scheme
University College Dublin (UCD)
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Oct 2020
Report on the Children's Equality Commission consultation by the DCYA
Dept. of Children and Youth Affairs (CYA)
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2019