Dr Susan Pike

STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies


Susan is a Lecturer in Geography Education at the DCU Institute of Education
Susan has coordinated Geography Education at DCU Institute of Education since 2000. She is JV President of the Geographical Association (GA).  Susan coordinates the Geography Champions network and was awarded the GA’s Award for Excellence in 2016. She is a member of the GA’s Early Years and Primary Committee, Education Group and Governing Body.  Susan is currently External Examiner at the Universities of Roehampton (PGCE, Roehampton) and Chichester (BA Outdoor Learning, Colaiste Dhulaigh). Susan’s research interests span education in schools, teacher education and communities, specifically learning in geography, environmental education. Current projects include the Science Foundation Ireland Irish Sign Language (ISL) Glossary for Geography & Environmental Science. She is currently working on a book for teachers, entitled Learning Secondary Geography. She is also writing a curriculum and resources for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaption (DRRCCA) for the Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines with Sustainability Frontiers. Beyond DCU Susan is a member of the Geography Education Research Collective (GERECO), and is on the Editorial Board of the International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education (IRGEE).  Susan welcomes contact from organisations and individuals interested in all areas outlined above. Prospective students for study at Masters (Taught and by Research) and Doctoral level are also welcome to contact Susan by email.


Research Interests:
Teacher Education
Pedagogies and practices of Teacher Education, including inquiry in ITE.
Teacher Education in Geography Education.
Teacher experiences and identity in Teacher Education.
Enquiry in Teacher Education.
First in Family / First generation teachers.Children’s participation
Children’s participation in curriculum making in schools.
Children’s geographies and participation in local communities.
Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Education.Teaching and Learning in Schools
Learning in primary and secondary geography.
Digital technologies for teaching and learning.
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in schools.
Curriculum making and enquiry learning in schools.
Learning outdoors across the curriculum.
Learning in education for sustainability and climate change education.
Learning in in human rights and citizenship education.

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