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Job Title(s)Senior Lecturer
Phone No.+44 (0) 28 9026 8210 
Internal Phone No.ext. 210 


Education Studies Team

Short Description

I am senior lecturer in the Education Dept. at St Marys. In this role I teach on all four years of the B.Ed undergraduate. I also teach a Masters 'Level module entitled: Children and Young People In Crisis; Pastoral Care Responses and I supervise a number of final year M-Level students. In addition I provide support to the Irish-medium PGCE team during school experience.

Committee Membership

I am a member of the following committees and working groups in St Mary’s:

Schools Partnership;

Irish-medium Research Centre;

Academic Board;

Catholic Education Working Group.


I am a member of the following external bodies and organisations

Board of Governors, Lismore Comprehensive School, Craigavon.

Conradh na Gaelige

Comhar na Múinteoirí Gaelige

Steering group for facing History Project, funded by International Fund for Ireland

Current Research

I am completing a professional doctoral based study at Queens University, the focus of my study is the social and collective identities of Irish Language learners and speakers. I have an interest in the use of visual arts as a method of enquiry, which has supported my investigation of this subject. My research interests also include the effects of trauma on the lives of children and the impact of the Northern Ireland Troubles on children and schools.

I have experience of working on a 3 year education research and development pilot project for Queen’s University Belfast. This included researching the impact of the Troubles on young people, teachers and schools and providing in-service training for post-primary teachers relating to the effects of Trouble’s related trauma and inter-generational trauma on children and young people.


McKee, D. (2015) A Pastoral Care Dilemma: Higher Ground or Swampy Lowland?, Le Chéile, A Catholic Ethos Journal, 24, pp 5-6

McKee, D. (2011) Troubles and Traumas Le Chéile A Catholic School Ethos Journal, 15, pp 6-7

Black.G., McKee. D., White. J., (2006). Dealing with Emotions and Conflict in Society – Enabling Young Voices Schools’ Progamme. Armagh: SELB.

McKee, D., Black, G, White, J.(2004). An Interim Report On The Research And Development Work Carried Out By The Enabling Young Voices Pilot Project. Belfast: QUB

Leitch, R. McKee., D. Barr, A. Peake., S., Black, G., White.J. (2006).
The Research And Development Work Carried Out By The Enabling Young Voices Pilot Project. Armagh: SELB

Papers Presented:

Arts Based Educational Research Conference, Queen’s University Belfast (June 2005). Enabling Young Voices through Collage: researching the impact of the Northern Ireland conflict 2005

Researching and Writing Irish Storyscapes, (April, 2014). Education Centre, Institute of Technology, Sligo. , ‘Anglo’ or ‘Gael’? An Auto-Ethnographic Exploration of the Cross-Currents of Identity and Experience in the Life of an Irish Speaker.

The first all-Ireland research conference on immersion education (June 2015). Mary Imaculate College, Limerick. Léargas ar bharúlacha mic léinn ar a n-inniúlacht agus a riachtanais féin maidir le teagaisc i mbunscoileanna lán Gaeilge.

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