School of Human Development

Assoc. Prof

Primary Department
School of Human Development
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPC M 104

Academic biography

Jones Irwin is Associate Professor in Philosophy and Education. From 2014 until September 2019, he was seconded as Project Officer with NCCA on the multi-denominational curriculum in Community National Schools. He is also Subject Leader in Philosophy for Open Education, DCU, co-ordinator of the Values Education specialism on the EdD and the Chair of the Professional Diploma in Education.  He has previously lectured at University of Warwick, UK, and Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick and has been Visiting Lecturer at several universities including the University of Warwick (2010/2013), Ljubljana, Slovenia (2010), Linköping, Sweden (2010/2013) and University of Catania, Sicily (2018/19).
His research and teaching interests are currently in the areas of Philosophy of Education, Multi-Denominational Ethos, Values Education, 20th Century French Leftist Theory and Early Years Education.  He has published three main books to date, including the first text to explore Paulo Freire’s educational philosophy in toto. He is currently completing a monograph on existential philosophy and an introductory text on Ethical Education across Europe, as well as an edited text on the contemporary influence of Paulo Freire's work on European political thought and systems.
His current research work in education is focused on comparing approaches to Values Education across Europe (with particular interest in Ireland/UK), and on exploring how radical philosophical theory has influenced conceptions and practices of early years education. His newest project is concerned with the relation between literature and curriculum in Central and Eastern Europe (e.g. in Slovakia and Croatia) and develops from his earlier book (with the Slovene philosopher Helena Motoh) on Slavoj Žižek and the Former Yugoslavia.      
Jones is also Co-Editor (with Dr Stephen Cowden of Oxford Ruskin University) of the Peter Lang Series, New Disciplinary Perspectives on Education (Oxford/Geneva) and of the new Interventions series in education and politics (also with Peter Lang publishers). He is an affiliate member of The Cooperative Institute for Transnational Studies (CITS), an independent radical institution of higher learning which originated in Greece during the financial crisis.

Research interests

Philosophy of Education
Values Education inc. Comparative Beliefs and Religious Education
Curriculum - Theory and Practice
Multi-Denominational and Pluralist Schools and Ethoi
State Role in School Values (national/international)
Theory in Early Years Education (Steiner/Froebel)
19th and 20th Century European Philosophy
1960s and Post-'68 French Theory and Influence on Leftist Politics
Existential Thought
Participatory Action Research
Aesthetics/Poetics/Fiction (Literature and Philosophy)
Emergent Approaches to Introducing Philosophy