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 become involved in the area of school partnerships, fostering greater links with schools that regularly support Froebel students on School placement. In 2017Bernadette took on the role of M.Ed. (Research in Practice) programme leader. https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/froebel-department-primary-and-early-childhood-education/master-education-research-practice Bernadette became chair of the department research and ethics committee in 2019 which oversees the research activity of the postgraduate students on the MEd programme and also became a member of the department doctoral working group.
|2022||Smith, N. & Wrynn, B. (2022) 'Inquiry Based Science Education' Irish Teachers Journal, 10 :56-73. [Link]|
|Carysfort National School Co. Dublin||Civic Society||Parent Representative on Board of Management [Link]|
|Kildare County Council||Civic Society||Project Live in association with Kildare County Council and Maynooth University|
Curriculum and methodology development within the areas of Science, History and Geography education.
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.
Modules Co-ordinated: EDF685, EDF686, EDF689 and EDF457.