Alan Gorman


Contact Details

SPC M 314, School of Policy and Practice
DCU Institute of Education
T:+353 1 700 9260
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Dr Alan Gorman, BEd (DCU), MEd (TCD), PhD (UCC) is Assistant Professor in the School of Policy and Practice in DCU Institute of Education. Alan is the APF (Area of Professional Focus) leader for Professional Learning and Teacher Education on the Doctor of Education Programme at DCU. His research interests are in the areas of policy analysis, professional learning and teacher education. 

Alan was awarded the DCU President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2022. 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 also teaches qualitative research methods on the Master of Education (MEd) and supervises and assesses MEd theses in the area of leadership and policy research. At initial teacher education level, he lectures in the area of Teaching Studies in BEd1, BEd2 and PMEP1.

He is a Research Fellow of the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC), where he specialises in the analysis of anti-bullying policy in schools, specialising in leadership, policy enactment and impact. 

Alan is also the PI on a SCoTENS commissioned study focussing on early-career principal identity formation. He is co-PI on a University funded projected exploring the use of AI and VR technologies in teacher professional learning. 

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. 

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2023 Gorman, A.; Furlong, C. (2023) 'Partnership or prescription: a critical discourse analysis of HEI-school partnership policy in the Republic of Ireland'. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 51 . [Link] [DOI]

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2019 Brennan, A. & Gorman, A (2019) Teacher Education Policy Europe (TEPE) Annual Conference: Quality Teachers and Quality Teacher Education: Research, Policy and Practice Developing transformative models of professional learning for inclusive practice across the continuum of teacher education Krakow, Poland, .
2018 Furlong, C. & Gorman, A. (2018) Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) [International Peer Reviewed Conference] Examining the operationalisation of the School Placement Guidelines in relation to the roles of cooperating teachers in the school placement experience: a critical discourse analysis Braga, Portugal, 18/05/2008-.
2017 Gorman, A. (2017) European Conference on Education Research (ECER) [International Peer Reviewed Conference] Supporting student teachers on school placement through an online hybrid learning space Copenhagen, .
2017 Furlong, C., Gorman, A. & White, J. (2017) European Conference on Education Research (ECER) [International Peer Reviewed Conference] Conscription or cooperation: exploring the (de)motivational perspectives on being cooperating teachers on school placement Copenhagen, .
2017 Furlong, C. & Gorman, A. (2017) Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) [International Peer Reviewed Conference] The teacher I have to be: An exploration into the influence of lay theories; the problem that won't go away Limerick, Ireland, .
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Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/05/2022 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Dublin City University


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
01/04/2014 University College Cork Doctor of Philosophy Education
01/09/2009 Trinity College, University of Dublin Master of Education Education
01/09/2003 St Patrick's College, Dublin City University Bachelor of Education Education


Journal Role
International Journal of Research and Method in Education Reviewer

Research Interests

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

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date
Documenting early-career primary and post-primary principals’ identity formation DCU PI 02/09/2019 31/08/2020

Current Postgraduate Students

Student Name Degree Supervision
Cunnane ,Triona Doctor of Education Supervisor
O Connor ,Stephanie PhD Supervisor
Dunne ,Stephen James Doctor of Education Supervisor
Tias ,Silfia Asning PhD Supervisor
Moynihan ,Denis Doctor of Education Supervisor

Internal Collaborators

Type Name Company Role
Internal National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC) Dublin City University Academic

External Collaborators

Type Name Company Role
External Professor Kathy Hall University College Cork Academic
External Dr Claire Woods University of Ulster Academic

Teaching Interests

Qualitative Research Methods; Teaching Studies; Policy Analysis; Professional Learning; Teacher Education

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2023 Reflection and Enquiry ED2033
2023 Policy Analysis ED9015
2023 Teaching Studies ED2030
2023 Professional Learning Policy Analysis ED9012
2023 Working in Schools ED8088
2023 Qualitative Research Methods ED8004