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School of Human Development


Primary Department
School of Human Development
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPC M 204

Academic biography

Dr David Kennedy (BA, MA, Ph.D., SFHEA), Assistant Professor of Religious Education, joined the School of Human Development, Institute of Education, Dublin City University in 2019. David is also connected to the Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education, Institute of Education, Dublin City University as a teaching and research associate. He is a member of the Irish Philosophical Societythe Irish Theological Association; the European Society for Catholic TheologyAssociation of University Lecturers in Religious Education (AULRE); the Network for Researchers in Catholic Education; Global Researchers Advancing Catholic Education (GRACE); and Advance HE Connect. From 2013-2015, he was a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick where he worked as a

Research interests

- Philosophy/Philosophy of Education:

Hermeneutics – particularly the philosophical hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer and the critical hermeneutics of Paul Ricoeur; Phenomenology – particularly the work of Jean-Luc Marion; Philosophy of Education – particularly, the hermeneutics of education, critiques of positivist educational paradigms, the relationship between theology and philosophy in the meta-concepts of education; the role of religions, worldviews, values, beliefs in education systems in liberal democratic pluralist societies; existentialist approaches to education, particularly the work of Gert Beiste.

- Religious/Ethical/Multi-Belief and Values Education:

The hermeneutics of religious education; meta-concepts of religious education; Catholic Religious Education; European approaches to Religious Education and Ethical Education – particularly, critical realist, conceptual enquiry, and interpretative approaches; approaches to Religious/Ethical/Multi-Belief and Values education in Irish Education.

- Educational Studies: