With published research interests in the areas of education, gender, social network analysis, community engagement and citizenship, Bernadette has established an international research profile through the representation of DkIT at national and international conferences and the on-going publication of research papers, book chapters and conference papers.
She is the Secretary of the All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE). As an Executive Member of AISHE, she is affiliated with the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED–http://icedonline.net) which promotes educational and academic development in higher education worldwide.
In December 2015, she was the recipient of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Teaching Expert Award.
In November 2016, she was seconded to membership of the National Forum Continuous Professional Development Expert Group.
She is a reviewer for the educational journals AISHE-J (Ireland), the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education – JLDHE (U.K.) and the Italian Journal of the Sociology of Education – IJSE (Italy).
In August 2016, she served as co-editor of TEL Tales: stories of enhancing learning through technology (a National Forum-funded published resource).
In October 2017, she will serve as Editor of a Special Issue of AISHE-J on ‘Higher Level Education, Inclusivity and Organisational Change’.
In 2016, she was appointed an international expert to review research applications by The Research Foundation – Flanders.
She has been a member of the European Sociological Association (ESA) and a board member of the international research network ESA Sociology of Education since 2003. Her duties include the co-organisation of annual international conferences, most recently in Milan, Italy in 2016. She is currently co-organising the up-coming ESA conference which will take place in Athens, Greece in August 2017.
As a Policy and Communications Working Group Convenor with ‘Campus Engage’, Bernadette contributed to positive action in higher level community engagement. This included the completion of a survey to discover stakeholder’s interpretation of national priorities and the creation of an action plan to deliver these priorities. Incorporating the National Charter for Civic Engagement, the group also developed an online resource centre.
In November 2015, Bernadette was funded by DkIT Research Office to attend the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement IARSCLE conference in Boston, USA to participate in the dissemination of new and innovative projects in higher-level civic engagement. As a result, in October 2016, Bernadette was invited to join the Irish Planning Committee for IARSCLE to organise the up-coming World Congress taking place in NUI Galway in 2017.
Some of her upcoming and recent research publications include:
- TEL Tales: stories of enhancing learning through technology National Forum-funded published book, Co-Editor, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), DkIT, October 2016
- Engaging Students in Technical Modules: The Quest to Promote Student Identification of Problematic Knowledge William Lyons, Bernadette Brereton; Book Chapter in The Digital Learning Revolution in Ireland: Case Studies from the National Learning Resources Service Ann Marcus-Quinn et al (2012) Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
- Co-editor for the Italian Journal of Sociology of Education, Special Issue: Pluralism and Diversity Management in Education Vol. 5 No. 2. http://ijse.padovauniversitypress.it/issue/5/2
- An analysis of the impact of formative peer assessment and technology–enabled feedback on veterinary nursing students’ learning Bernadette Brereton, Karen Dunne National Forum-funded Special Issue on the theme of ‘Assessment for, of and as learning’ AISHE-J (October 31st 2016)
- Integrating Customised Video Clips into the Veterinary Nursing Curriculum to Enhance Practical Competency Training and The Development of Student Confidence Karen Dunne, Bernadette Brereton, Ronan Bree, John Dallat in AISHE-J Volume 7, Number 3 (Autumn 2015)
- Education and Citizenship in DkIT, Ireland, 2 co-authored papers (Phase 1 and Phase 2) delivered at Research Network RN 10 Sociology of Education, European Sociological Association (ESA) – International Mid-term Conference: Education and Citizenship: Theoretical Issues, Policies and Practices, Lisbon, Portugal, (September 2014) and 12th Conference of the ESA: Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination, Prague, Czech Republic, (August 2015). ESA 2014 published in AISHE-J Volume 7, Number 1 (Spring 2015)
(Also featured in Research Focus:DkIT Research Publication April 2016)
(Book publication in preparation: Education and Citizenship with LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing Ltd. www.lap-publishing.com)
- Engaging Learning and Addressing Over-assessment in the Science Laboratory: Solving A Pervasive Problem, Ronan Bree, Karen Dunne, Bernadette Brereton, Gerry Gallagher, John Dallat AISHE-J Volume 6, Number 3, (Autumn 2014)
- Mentoring as a means of empowerment in higher education Bernadette Brereton, Conference paper at Research Network RN 10 Sociology of Education, European Sociological Association (ESA) – International Mid-term Conference: ‘Education as a means of Empowerment: Theories and Practices, Milan, Italy, (September 2016)
- The ‘meitheal’ and the ‘scáthach’: the positive effects of team-work and mentoring in education Bernadette Brereton, Mark McCormack, Conference paper at Research Network RN 10 Sociology of Education, European Sociological Association (ESA) – International Mid-term Conference: ‘Education as a means of Empowerment: Theories and Practices, Milan, Italy (September 2016)
- Perceptions of competence amongst veterinary nursing students and registered veterinary nurses Karen Dunne, Bernadette Brereton, Vivienne Duggan, Deirdre Campion. Poster presented at 69th AVTRW Annual Conference, London, UK (September 2015)
- Gender in the Labour Market and the Welfare State Bernadette Brereton, Kevin Howard, Conference paper presented at Research Network RN 3 Sociology of Education, European Sociological Association (ESA) – International Mid-term Conference: In and Of the State: Resisting Austerity London, UK (September 2014)
- Social Networks: an Essential Support for Learners in Higher Education? Bernadette Brereton, DkIT and Professor Neil Hurley, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, University College Dublin (UCD) Conference paper presented at 11th Conference of the ESA: Crisis, Critique and Change, Turin, Italy (August 2013)