Dr Bernadette Wrynn

Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education

School of Education
(01) 474 7450


After graduating with her B.Ed in 1996 Bernadette began teaching across a range of school contexts and prompted a greater interest in curriculum development in primary schools. During her teaching career Bernadette took on the role of Deputy Principal and Acting Principal before accepting a post as curriculum trainer and advisor in the Primary Curriculum Support Programme (PCSP) in 2005. Bernadette was appointed Co-ordinator for the national team of SESE advisors to schools in 2008. During her time as Co-ordinator Bernadette completed postgraduate studies in educational leadership and management from Trinity College Dublin (TCD). Bernadette accepted a post with the Froebel (college) Department in 2009, completed her MA. Ed in 2010 (UCD) and was awarded her Ph. D (UCD) in 2015. Additional teaching experiences included work with the Adult Education Centre (UCD 2013) on the access programme (students preparing to re-enter education at undergraduate level). Bernadette has recently become involved in the area of school partnerships, fostering greater links with schools that regularly support Froebel students on School placement. Over the past year (2017) Bernadette has taken on the role of MEd (Research in Practice) programme leader. https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/froebel-department-primary-and-early-childhood-education/master-education-research-practice 

Research Interests

Sociological and epistemological studies of curriculum. The recontextualisation of curriculum across school contexts and the forces or imperatives affecting curriculum development in schools. The role of official and pedagogic discourses on curriculum teaching and learning.

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2015 Ph.D in Education UCD
2011 MA.Ed UCD
2011 P. Grad Dip (Leadership) TCD

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Teaching Council Programme Accreditation /
Network for Educational Action Research Ireland Collaborator 02-OCT-17 /


  Committee Function From / To
University Research Ethics Sub committee Reviewer 2016 / 2018
Department School Placement Committee School partnerships 2014 /
Department Academic committee Develop departmental academic programmes and affairs 2018 /
Department Research and Ethics Committee Develop staff research practice 2015 /


  Employer Position From / To
Professional Development Service for teachers Subject Co-ordinator 04-SEP-05 / 08-AUG-09
UCD ITEDP Course designer and lecturer 15-MAR-13 / 28-MAR-13


  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2015 UCD PhD Sociology of curriculum


  Client Description
Partners for development of school placement
Consultation on partnerships with schools

Other Activities


External examiner on level 7 and 8 programmes in a recognised third level institution (2016-2019)

MEd blended learning component

Teaching Interests

Curriculum development and the implementation of curriculum across educational contexts.
The sociological factors impacting curriculum in schools.
Postgraduate research teaching in the areas of educational practice leading to transformation.
Programme Co-ordinator of MEd (Research in Practice) and Supervisor of MEd theses in the area of Action Research.
Supervisor of school placement on the BEd and PMEd programmes across all year groups.

External Collaborators

  Name Role / Description Country
UCD Contributor and Lecturer IRAQ