Alan Gorman


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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. 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. 

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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Start date Institution Qualification Subject
Trinity College Dublin Master of Education
University College Cork Doctor of Philosophy


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
Tias ,Silfia Asning PhD-track Supervisor
Dunne ,Stephen James 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 Policy Analysis ED9015
2023 Reflection and Enquiry ED2033
2023 Qualitative Research Methods ED8004
2023 Working in Schools ED8088
2023 Professional Learning Policy Analysis ED9012
2023 Teaching Studies ED2030