School of Human Development

Assist. Prof
Cora
O’Farrell

Primary Department
School of Human Development
Role
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
9267
Campus
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPC M G06

Academic biography

Cora is an Assistant Professor Religious Education in the School of Human Development, DCU. She teaches Religious Education at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She also teaches on the Certificate in Religious Studies Programmes (both full-time and part-time) and co-ordinates a number of modules in both disciplines. She is currently Chair of the Certificate in Religious Studies (Part time) Programme. 

Cora’s research interests include Religious Education, Practical Theology and Children’s Spirituality. She has a passion for Montessori inspired forms of Religious Education and has undertaken training in both Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (levels 1 and 2) and Godly Play. Her doctoral research which was completed in 2016, utilised Godly Play to give voice to children with regard to their experience and desire for spiritual education. Cora is a Godly Play Trainer and a founding member of Godly Play Ireland. She is also a Deep Talk practitioner. 

Cora’s background in education is as a primary teacher initially. She graduated from Coláiste Mhuire, Marino in 1987 and worked in three different primary schools in Dublin serving as a class teacher, learning support teacher and Home School Community Liaison coordinator. During that time she contributed to the design and delivery of a number of continuing professional development programmes provided by the DES, INTO and Drumcondra Education Centre. Such programmes included the Walk Talk programme, School Development Planning initiatives and courses on conflict resolution and teacher and pupil well-being.  Cora worked in Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Institute of Education from 2000-2005 where she was subject leader in the area of Religious Education.