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School of Human Development


Primary Department
School of Human Development
Emeritus Status
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus

Academic biography

Hugh Gash obtained his doctorate at State University at Buffalo in 1974. He was a post-doc. at the University of Georgia with Charles Smock and then worked at St. Patrick’s College Dublin until 2010. He has published extensively on applications of constructivism, details on his work are shown on 
He was awarded the title of Emeritus Associate Professor by DCU Governing Body in June 2017. He is a Fellow of the Irish Psychological Society and an Emeritus Member of the Society for Research in Child Development. He is a member of the board of the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics and on the editorial board of Constructivist Foundations  
Some Recent Publications:

Gash,  H. (2022) Humberto Maturana: Using His Biological System in the Social Domain. Cybernetics and Human Knowing, 29, (1-2), pp. 77-86.

Usó-Doménech, J-L., Nescolarde-Selva, J.A. & Gash, H. (in press) Belief systems and ideological deep disagreement. International Journal of General Systems. Accepted February 10, 2022.

Usó-Doménech,  J-L., Nescolarde-Selva, J.A. & Gash, H. (2022) Epistemological considerations about mathematical concepts. Kybernetes, 51, 1, 95-115. Online Pub Date : 2021-05-18 , DOI: 10.1108/k-07-2020-0485 

Gash, H. (2020) Constructivism, Fast Thinking, Heuristics and Sustainable Development. Constructivist Foundations, 16(1), 1-12.

Research interests

I have published in the areas of attitude change, aspects of self perception including a series of papers on young people's heroes, and more broadly on constructivist approches to education. At present I work on the editorial board of the journal Constructivist Foundations, reviewing and contributing to the journal.