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Assoc Professor Jennifer Symonds

Assoc Professor

Jennifer Symonds

Associate Professor
School of Education
+353 1 716 7995
University College Dublin, School of Education, Roebuck Offices Belfield Dublin 4

TEACHING INTERESTS

At the UCD School of Education I coordinate doctoral research on the Doctorate in Educational Psychology programme. This involves working with a team of doctoral supervisors and students to bring doctoral dissertations to completion and examination. I also enjoy teaching a variety of modules on the psychology of education as detailed below. Undergraduate * Human learning (student engagement, motivation, self-regulation, identity, school to college transition). This module supports students develop their competencies for academic learning at university. It is an interdisciplinary module taught in collaboration with Aine Mahon (philosophy of education), Sheena Burke (mindfulness) and Sarah Brown (Career Development Centre). Masters * Internship (career development and motivation). On this module students develop their employability competencies through research and an internship in an organisation focused on education and/or children and young people. * Research methods (descriptive and inferential statistics, Grounded Theory, thematic analysis, interpretive phenomenological analysis, discourse analysis, narrative analysis). * Wellbeing of children and youth. This module gives learners an overview of wellbeing theory, through the lenses of positive and humanistic psychology, cross-cultural psychology, school mental health, and educational effectiveness and interventions. Students develop their ideas about how to support young people's wellbeing through a blue skies research and thought experiment project. * Keeping students engaged. This is a CPD module for teachers that uses the SLIM (science of learning and instruction model) and momentary engagement frameworks to guide teachers in understanding their own pedagogy and classroom context to better engage students in learning. Doctoral * DEd Psych dissertation tutorials. Doctoral students are assisted with research planning, using theory in dissertations, ethics, systematic literature reviewing, writing empirical journal articles, time management, and viva procedures. Advanced statistics * My teaching extends across the School of Education to workshops and tutoring in advanced statistical procedures for developmental and longitudinal research. These include latent growth curve modelling, structural equation modelling, autoregressive modeling, multilevel modelling, latent profile analysis, latent transition analysis, configural frequency analysis, hierarchical cluster analysis, propensity score matching, factorial invariance and missing data management.

TEACHING ACTIVITIES

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MODULE COORDINATED
2019
MODULE COORDINATED
2019
MODULE COORDINATED
2019
MODULE COORDINATED
Research Activity
2019
MODULE COORDINATED
2019
MODULE COORDINATED
2018
RESEARCH-BASED DEGREE SUPERVISION
Educational Psychol (DEdPsy)
Thesis Supervisor
RESEARCH-BASED DEGREE SUPERVISION
Educational Psychol (DEdPsy)
Thesis Supervisor
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