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Aoife Prendergast is a Lecturer in the Department of Humanities at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland. Having completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at NUI Galway, Aoife has undertaken a diverse breadth of work with a variety of client groups and settings.
Aoife Prendergast is a Lecturer in the Department of Humanities at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland. Having completed both her undergraduate (BSc, Diploma sa Gaeilge) and postgraduate studies (MA in Health Promotion) at NUI Galway, Aoife has undertaken a diverse breadth of work with a variety of client groups and settings.
Aoife has substantial lecturing and training experience in both the UK and Ireland in a variety of roles including National Training Projects Coordinator and Community Health Coordinator for NHS Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, UK. She has successfully created and managed numerous innovative training and development projects in public health within diverse communities in both the UK and Ireland. In addition, Aoife was selected as a Graduate Scholar for the International Aging and Society Community in November 2014 and a Community Empowerment Champion for her work in the East of England in 2010.
A skilled and successful lecturer, her exposure to various cultures and widely divergent groups ensures her comfort level in working with a variety of clients. Aoife draws upon her own experiences – personal elements of adaptability at the individual, familial, community, and institutional levels to illustrate mechanisms within social institutions and structures that can lead to success. Her research and pedagogy inform the work of practitioners as they serve diverse communities in the midst of political, organizational, and budgetary challenges within the contemporary landscape. Her scholarly work illustrates her commitment to advancing diverse perspectives on professionalization, creating connections between the institution and the community to enhance access to higher education, developing innovative approaches to qualitative research, and preparing practitioners to serve diverse and unique populations. She has presented extensively internationally in Canada, Italy, UK and Ireland.
Her abiding belief is that education is a personal and communal process that is the path to the social change needed by communities. Her research interests include participatory learning methodologies and assessment techniques, practice education and active citizenship. She is currently undertaking her PhD in Education exploring practice education and supervision.