Practising, Passing and ‘Polishing’: Traveller Women Negotiating Home and School Environments
Key Research Question: How do Traveller women negotiate the home-school interface?
The focus of my research is to investigate how Traveller women negotiate the home-school interface?
The focus of this study places Traveller women at the centre of the research, providing Traveller women’s perspectives. Whilst earlier researchers (e.g. Okely 1975, 1983) have considered Traveller women, their perspective focuses on Traveller society as a whole rather than women’s perspectives. By placing Traveller women at the centre, this work highlights the disjuncture between the generations, in particular, mothers and daughters, arguing that gender is the most important factor as it affects how identity is formed, experienced and constructed. Conceptions of the way in which gendered identities are expressed vary between families and between contexts. Life-stage impacts on the way in which gendered identity is experienced, therefore adolescence, marriage, motherhood and old age represent a significant change in understandings of Traveller identity.
Central Research Questions
1) How do Traveller women negotiate the home-school interface?
2) How does the school environment impact on Traveller women’s experience of themselves?
3) How has Traveller women’s educational experience changed over time?
4) How has Traveller women’s home experience changed over time?
5) How is education shifting Traveller identities?
Primary research discipline(s)
Travellers, Identity, Place, Education, Practioner-based Research
Peer reviewed journal publications
Mc Taggart, B, Pender, J, & Cavaliero, T. (2014) Smart Playing, Playing Smart: Childlinks (January, 2015). Mc Taggart, B, & Cavaliero, T. (2014) ‘A change will do you good’. Innovations in Education and Teaching International. Accepted for Publication DTBC.
Cavaliero, T. (2011) ‘Travellers’ Experiences of Education in County Sligo’ Research West Review vol. 1, no.2
2015 ‘Challenges facing Young Travellers accessing a range of educational settings and attempts to provide some insights for Social Care Practitioners (SCP) working with Travellers’ in Unity Through Relationships (forthcoming)
Cavaliero, T. and McGinley, M. (2012) ‘Travellers in Ireland and Issues of Social Care’ in Lalor, K. and Share, P. (eds) Social Care in Ireland: Theory, Policy and Practice 2nd edition forthcoming
Cavaliero, T. (2013) ‘How Was Your Day?’: Supporting Travellers at Primary Level ‘in McTaggart, B. and Share, P. (eds.) Our Children-Our Future Conference Proceedings. Big Fish Press
Cavaliero, T. (2012) R.E.C.A.L.L – Exploring The History of The Traveller Settled Relationship in County Sligo in White, K. and Costello, J. (eds) The Imaginary of the Stranger: Encountering the Other. Port Na Fáilte< Donegal County Council
Peer reviewed conference presentations
‘Creative Blocs’: Action Research Study on the implementation of Lego as a tool for reflective practice with Social Care Practitioners.’ (forthcoming) Journal of Teaching and Learning in Further and Higher Education Mc Taggart, B., Pender, J. & Cavaliero, T, (2014) When denial becomes a cultural thing. The struggle within (us). OMEP World Assembly: 03/07/2014. International Conference (Book of abstracts). Mc Taggart, B, & Cavaliero, T, (2013) There is no I in theme and not much of me either! (July) The Inaugural European Conference in Education. Brighton 12/07/2013. (Book of abstracts).
Cavaliero, T. and Dr. Mark Taylor (2013) “How Do Young People Want To Be Treated By Social Professionals? Evidence From Case Studies’ at Social Care Ireland Conference: Change, Challenge, Opportunity. Limerick.
Cavaliero, T. (2012) Traveller Youth and the Performance of Identity at the 2nd International Youth Conference NUI Maynooth
Cavaliero, T. (2011) Creatively Engaging with the Travelling Community in County Sligo at “Bringing Back Innovation and Creativity to Social Care Work’ themed Social Care Ireland Conference
Cavaliero, T. (2011) R.E.C.A.L.L – Exploring The History of The Traveller Settled Relationship in County Sligo at The Imaginary of the Stranger Conference, Letterkenny I.T
Cavaliero, T. (2011) ‘Exploring the History of Traveller-Settled Relation Over the last 100 Years’ at “Insights into our Folklore and Oral Heritage” Tuam Oral History and Folklore Society Seminar
Cavaliero, T. (2011) ‘How Was Your Day?’: Supporting Travellers at Primary Level at Our Children-Our Futures Conference, Sligo I.T.
Cavaliero, T. (2011) ‘Travellers Experiences’ of Education in County Sligo’ at S.A.I Postgrad Conference
Cavaliero, T. (2011) ‘Are You Country People to Me?: Exploring Identity with Travellers at School’ at S.A.I. Postgrad conference, Sligo I.T
Share, P., Cavaliero, T. and Taylor, M. (2011) ‘Practitioner-based Research: Involving Students, Learners, Researchers and Practitioners in Enhancing Practice in Social Professions’ at Research Showcase, Sligo Institute of Technology
Other conference presentations
November 2014 Building Relationships with Travellers in Educational and Home Settings: Challenges and Rewards – Unity Through Relationships International Conference, Dublin April 2014 ‘Creative Blocs: Using Lego in Social Care Environments’ at Social Care Ireland Conference, Cork ‘Diversity in Practice’ April 2014 ‘What’s Supervision Got To Do With It?’ Garland, C. and Cavaliero, T. at Social Care Ireland Conference, Cork ‘Diversity in Practice’
Cavaliero, T. (2008) Presentation on ‘Travellers and Working Through the Arts’ at the Travellers and Working Through the Arts Conference Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Cavaliero, T. Sligo (2011) ‘Creatively Engaging with the Travelling Community’ at Sligo IT Research Showcase Paper
North West Regional Drugs Task Force
Katherine Howard Foundation
Dr. Breda McTaggart, Dr. John Pender and Clive Garland
Cavaliero, T., May, J. and Dolan, S. (2010) R.E.C.A.L.L (Reflecting Each Community at Local Level) DVD Sligo: Loch Bo Films
O’Connor, D., Cavaliero, T & McGloin, L. (2003) Parenting – An Information Pack, Sligo County Childcare Committee, Sligo
O’Connor, D., Cavaliero, T & McGloin, L. (2002) Managing a Childcare Business– An Information Pack, Sligo County Childcare Committee, Sligo
O’Connor, D., Cavaliero, T & McGloin, L. (2002) Managing a Community Childcare Service – An Information Pack, Sligo County Childcare Committee, Sligo
 Taking the lead from Kenny (1994) I use the term ‘sedentary’ when referring to the settled community, as “ ‘settled’ has moral connotations – we settle down, settle up, even the Traveller child who is happy in school has settled in. Sedentary has no overtones” (p. 180).