School of Policy & Practice


Primary Department
School of Policy & Practice
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPC M 319

Academic biography

Dr John Lalor is an Assistant Professor in the School of Policy & Practice  in the Institute of Education, DCU. John is also a researcher in DCU's Further Education and Training Research Centre (FETRC). He teaches at undergraduate level in the areas of Values, Identity and Intercultural Learning, Citizenship Education, Curriculum Evaluation and Research, Curriculum Design and Implementation, Research Methods and Teaching Practice. At post-graduate level his work involves the teaching and supervision of Masters students on the MSc in Education and Training, Leadership strand and the Professional Masters in Education (Post-Primary). He currently co supervises a number of PhD students in the area of Further, Adult and Continuing Education. John acts as the Teaching and Learning convenor for the School of Policy & Practice and represents the school in this capacity on the IOE Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee. In the past, John was the Chair of the BSc in Education & Training programme. The Further, Adult and Continuing Education strand of this degree is the only Teaching Council recognised concurrent teaching degree in Ireland. John is the DCU PI on the CIM project, an Erasmus+ research project aiming to promote creativity and innovation management in an innovative blended learning and validation programme at the interface between higher education (HE) and business John is also a researcher on the En-Abilities project which developed tools aimed at encouraging autonomous language learning for adult students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in Europe and in Ireland gave adults who have refugee status or who are living in Direct Provision some informal support in learning English to promote their social inclusion John is the DCU academic representative on the regional steering group of College Connect, a Higher Education Authority (HEA) funded three-year PATH 3 (Programme for Access to Higher Education) project which aims to admit 400 students from specific target groups, who are under-represented in college
Previous research activity focussed on two thematic areas through EU funded research projects: Access and Inclusion in Education in national and European contexts Includ-Ed and Curriculum Assessment in Vocational Education settings Credivoc. John conducted his PhD studies in the area of Education in Culturally Diverse settings and was a member of the DCU Migration and Interculturalism Initiative. He has organised a number of national and international conferences, workshops and seminars in the area of Intercultural and Inclusive Education in DCU. Other research work has focussed on Curriculum Development and Implementation, Curriculum Evaluation and Assessment in Vocational Training contexts, Social Disadvantage and Pluralism and Diversity. John has also conducted research for The Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council Arts Office into Community Music practice in informal contexts. John has been involved in the design and provision of education courses for people with disabilities. John's background is in the Arts where he has acted at various times at consultancy, management, practitioner and research level.. John has also served as an external examiner in FET contexts.