Spectrum Research Centre (SRC) was established in 2017 to support young academics to bring their research into action. SRC was founded specifically at the request of local social and academic researchers and post-graduate students, who identified a local need to develop a space where research hypotheses and findings can be validated through local actions.
At the outset, SRC aimed to support academics throughout their research activities; however, as the company has grown, the aim is now also to provide academics with opportunities to give their research a European perspective. The number of academics supporting the work of the company has now grown to 22 and the long-term objective is to establish a Centre for Educational Innovation where research findings can be put into practice.
SRC draws on a wide range of expertise from diverse yet complimentary disciplines like pedagogy and didactics, instructional design, social policy, e-learning, gamification, entrepreneurship, anthropology, social psychology, local history, gerontology and early childhood learning.
SRC is committed to effecting policy change and publishes policy briefs on a wide range of topics throughout the year. Although SRC is a relatively new company, the vast majority of the 22 academics involved in the organisation have many years European experience mostly gained through ERASMUS exchanges and internships throughout Europe.
The research focus of the organisation is the field of innovation in education in response to needs identified in rural communities in Ireland. Specifically, the organisation works in the following areas:
Spectrum Research Centre works on projects funded through the European Lifelong Learning and Erasmus+ Programmes. Here are some of the projects we are currently working on: