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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 coordinates the Reflection and Enquiry tutorials in BEd1, BEd2 and PMEP1, and lectures in Teaching Studies in BEd1, BEd2 and PMEP1.

He teaches qualitative research methods on the Master of Education (MEd) and supervises and assesses MEd theses in the area of leadership and policy research. 

Alan is the APF (Area of Professional Focus) leader for Professional Learning and Teacher Education on the Doctor of Education Programme at DCU. On the EdD, he teaches the core module 'Policy Analysis' and modules ‘Pedagogies of Practice' and ‘Professional Learning Policy Analysis’ on the Professional Learning and Teacher Education APF.  He supervises EdD and PhD students in the areas of teacher education, critical policy research, professional learning, and leadership. He welcomes contact from potential EdD and PhD candidates who have an interest in pursuing doctoral research in teacher education, professional learning, education policy, leadership, and critical policy research.   

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. 

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

Prior to the DCU Incorporation, he was a lecturer in the Education Department, St Patrick's College, Drumcondra. Before joining St Patrick's College, Alan worked as a primary school teacher in Dublin. 

Research interests

Critical policy research; education policy; education leadership; teacher professional learning across the continuum; professional identity formation