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About Roland Tormey

I work on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and am particularly interested in the relationships between metacognition, emotions, and learning.
I am a sociologist and an educationalist, and my research and publications have focused on the role of education and teacher education in addressing identity and equality in a context of growing globalisation and diversity.
I lead the Teaching Support Centre (Centre d'Appui à l'Enseignement, CAPE) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
I worked in teacher education at secondary and higher education level (2004-2011) at the University of Limerick, where I was Assistant Dean for Research and later Head of the Ireland's largest department of second-level teacher education. I previously worked in primary teacher education at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (1996-2004). I have also worked as an Education Officer with the Irish National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) in the areas of Intercultural Education and Social and Political Education and where I was centrally involved in the development of the award winning guidelines, Intercultural Education in the Primary School.
In addition to researching in Ireland and Switzerland I have been involved in and supported educational research in Rwanda, Zambia, India, Lesotho and Uganda.
In 2007 my popular book on Gaelic Football (Summertime Blues) was nominated for the William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year.
I have represented the Government of Ireland on the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Steering Committee and Task Force on the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and am co-chair of the UNECE Expert Group on Competences in ESD since 2009. I am also a member of the Primary Working Group for the UNESCO/Brookings Institution Learning Metrics Task Force on measurement of learning across the globe.


Present Coordinator of Teaching Support Centre, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

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Books (8)