Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century (ISS21) - Reports

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    Widening participation in Irish higher education: Report 2020
    (University College Cork, 2020) Powell, Fred; Scanlon, Margaret; Jenkinson, Hilary; Irish Research Council; Department of Education and Skills, Ireland
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    Community parks and playgrounds: Intergenerational participation through Universal Design
    (Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, 2019) Lynch, Helen; Moore, Alice; Edwards, Claire; Horgan, Linda; National Disability Authority, Ireland
    Accessible and inclusive community environments are fundamental for enabling social inclusion. As a set of design principles, Universal Design (UD) offers the potential to create inclusive environments that are accessible to as many people as possible. Yet to date, community environments such as parks and playgrounds have received little attention in relation to UD, to designing for diverse groups of users, including children with and without disabilities, and intergenerational users. This report contains an analysis of play value, UD and usability of parks and playgrounds in one local council area (Cork City Council). The aims of the research were:•To explore what is known from an international perspective on UD as a method which delivers inclusivity, in relation to parks and playgrounds, play and participation. •To gain diverse users’ perspectives of children with and without disabilities and their families/carers, of their experiences of accessing and engaging in play in public parks and playgrounds. •To identify recommendations for best practice in providing for families in public parks and playgrounds, as a means of progressing lifetime communities from a UD approach.
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    Inclusive volunteering: Exploring migrant participation in volunteerism
    (University College Cork, 2022-03) Scanlon, Margaret; Martin, Shirley; Irish Research Council
    In partnership with Cork Volunteer Centre (CVC), this small-scale study explored migrants' experiences of volunteering in Cork city and county, including their motivations and pathways into volunteering, the benefits and challenges of volunteering, and the factors which facilitate or inhibit volunteering. The findings highlight the contribution which migrants make to local communities and the wide range of skills and experience which they bring to their volunteering roles. In line with international research, the study also indicates that volunteering can be an important aspect of two-way processes of integration.
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    Tell me about yourself: migrant children's experiences of moving to and living in Ireland
    (University College Cork, 2009-09) Ní Laoire, Caitríona; Bushin, Naomi; Carpena-Méndez, Fina; White, Allen; Sixth Framework Programme; European Commission
    During the past ten years, much attention has been directed to immigration and integration issues in Ireland, but, with some notable exceptions to date, very little focusing on children or young people. In this context, the need for research and initiatives which allow migrant children’s own voices to be heard is extremely important. Our research project, Migrant Children, aimed to address these gaps and to provide children’s and young people’s perspectives on issues relating to recent immigration to Ireland. The project was centred on an investigation of children’s and young people’s experiences of immigration and integration in Irish society. The aim was to explore the social worlds of migrant children and youth in Ireland from their own perspectives.