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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 104

Academic biography

I am an Associate Professor in Philosophy and Education. From 2014 until September 2019, I was seconded as Project Officer with NCCA on the multi-denominational curriculum in Community National Schools. I also co-ordinate the Ethical and Multi-Denominational Education specialism on the EdD and am Chair of the Professional Diploma in Education.  
My main research and teaching interests are currently in the areas of Philosophy of Education, Multi-Denominational Ethos and Contemporary Continental Thought.  My co-edited new book on Paulo Freire's work in a contemporary European context (with especial reference to Italy) is being published in February 2022 by Peter Lang. I am also Co-Editor (with Dr Stephen Cowden) 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). 

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