Assistant Professor of EducationProfessor Geraldine Magennis

MEH 124


Ph.D. in Education from Queen’s University in Belfast, 2003
B Ed [1st class Hons] in Education with Physical Education, St Mary’s Teacher Training College, Belfast , 1991


Dr. Geraldine Magennis joined Valparaiso in August, 2017. Her classroom experience includes early years teaching (ages 5-9 years) in various elementary schools within the Greater Belfast area in Northern Ireland. As a Fulbright Teacher Exchange Scholarship (1996-97) recipient, she also taught in second grade in Oceanside, California. She has a PhD in Education (2003) from Queen’s University in Belfast. Her doctoral dissertation centers on a comparative study of the teaching of early reading instruction in a Belfast primary school and a Californian elementary school. She began her tertiary teaching career in 2003, working in both Stranmillis and St Mary’s University Colleges in Belfast. Her areas of responsibility include elementary Education and Literacy theory, methods and field supervision. She has also taught at Master’s level on Early Years Education and most recently taught a blended course in Master’s level Educational Research Methods. Her Master’s dissertation supervision spans a variety of topics including Young Children Reading for Pleasure, Identity in Nursery (PreK) Children and the Development of Oral Language in the Early Years. She is a member of a number of national/international networks including the British Education Research Association (BERA), the American Education Research Association (AERA), the Teacher Education Group (TEG) and the Standing Conference on Teacher Education: North & South (SCoTENS). Her research has included investigations into how student teachers perceive the assessment procedures around their field placement. Currently she is working with the SCoTENS committee and in partnership with Prof. Etienne Wenger on a piece of research relating to the organisation as a social learning space. In February, 2016 she qualified as a Life Coach and has her own business (Compass Life Coaching). She has been consulted in her home institution on the creation of a self-development course for pre-service students as they move through college.


Early Years Literacy, Children’s Literature, Comparative Education Systems, Work/Life Balance.

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