School of Policy & Practice


Primary Department
School of Policy & Practice
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPC M 314

Academic biography

Dr Alan Gorman, BEd (DCU), MEd (TCD), PhD (UCC) is Assistant Professor in the School of Policy and Practice in DCU Institute of Education. At initial teacher education level, he works as part of the School Placement Primary team (Bachelor of Education and Professional Master of Education' Primary Teaching). At postgraduate level, he lectures in qualitative research methods on the Master of Education (MEd) and in (i) pedagogies of practice and (ii) teacher education policy analysis on the Doctorate of Education (EdD).  He is a Research Fellow of the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC), where he specialises in policy analysis, policy implementation and policy impact. Prior to the DCU Incorporation, he was a lecturer in the Education Department, St Patrick's College, Drumcondra (2012-2016).  Before joining St Patrick's College, Alan worked as a primary school teacher in Dublin. 

Alan's primary research interests include: policy analysis; the interplay between policy, pedagogy and practice; teacher education policy; teacher professional learning across the continuum; professional identity formation of student teachers, teachers as teacher educators, and more recently of early-career principals.

Alan is also the Principal Investigator on a SCoTENS commissioned study focussing on early-career principal identity formation.