Dr Jim Gleeson - Faculty of Education & Arts (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Dr. Jim Gleeson is the inaugural Professor of Identity and Curriculum in Catholic Education at Australian Catholic University. Prior to that, he worked as a secondary teacher in Dublin and Tipperary before joining the Education Department, University of Limerick (UL). He has worked in post-primary (consecutive and concurrent) teacher education there for some thirty years. His responsibilities included Head of Department, Course Leader for the Master's in Education Leadership and for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Education. He has extensive experience in school-based curriculum development and was responsible for the development of the Leaving Certificate Applied with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment and the external evaluation of various curriculum projects including 'European Studies' and 'Exploring Masculinities'. He holds a PhD from the Centre for Applied Research in Education, University of East Anglia on the theme of curriculum policy issues and has published widely on a range of related issues. He directed the Curriculum Evaluation and Policy Research Unit at UL and has supervised many post-graduate research students at doctoral and Master's levels. Jim was nominated by the Higher Education sector to the Teaching Council of Ireland (2005-2012) and has been both an elected and ex officio member of the UL Academic Council. He has worked as an External Examiner in Scotland and Northern Ireland and in all universities in Ireland and he remains an Adjunct member of the Department of Education and Professional Studies at UL.


Phone :7786 (Brisbane)
Email :jim.gleeson@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Curriculum Development and Evaluation ; Managing Curriculum Change ; Teacher Education ; Participatory Action Research ; Masculinities ; Initial vocational education ; Moral reasoning ;

Methods Expertise

Qualitative Research ; Case-Study Research ; Mixed Methods ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


With Leitch R., Sugrue, C., O'Flaherty, J. Understanding the role and potential for research capacity-building in initial teacher education (ITE) programmes North-South Ireland: A baseline and comparative study. , in Armagh: Standing Committee

With O'Flaherty, J.Is it time to go back to the drawing board? Destinations of Leaving Certificate Applied students. , in Guideline, Journal of Guidance Counsellors of Ireland

The European Credit Transfer System and curriculum design: product before process? , in Studies in Higher Education, 38:6, 921-938

Table doesn't lie but it's not the full story. Successful education systems aren't just about league rankings. , in Sunday Times, April 7, 2013


With Dolan, A., Griffin, R., Lepota, L. Assessment practices in primary and post-primary schools in Lesotho. , in Centre for Global Development, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

With Tormey R The Gendering of Global Citizenship: findings from a large-scale quantitative study on global citizenship education experiences. Gender and Education. ., in Gender and Education Volume 24, Issue 6, 627-654

With Tormey, R. Irish post-primary students' attitudes towards ethnic minorities: findings from a large quantitative study. , in Irish Educational Studies Volume 31 Number 2 pp. 157-173

With McCormack, O. Exploring Masculinities: Curriculum politics, ownership and ideology ., in Irish Educational Studies Volume 31 Number 4 pp. 397-414

The professional knowledge base and practice of Irish post-primary teachers: what is the research evidence telling us? , in Irish Educational Studies, Volume 31, Number 1, 1-17

a??In My Opinion: Second-level reform proposals are to be applauded but they need tweakinga??. , in Irish Independent, March 28

Time to level the playing field in teacher education. Op Ed piece, , in Irish Times Tuesday November 6th


With McCormack. O., Attitudes of parents of young men towards the inclusion of sexual orientation and homophobia on the Irish post-primary curriculum. ., in Gender and Education, Volume 22, Number 4, 385-400

a??In My Opinion: Do we gain from Bonus Points?a?? , in Irish Independent April 21

Curriculum in context: praxis, partnership and power in Ireland. Oxford: Peter Lang.


with O Donnabh?!in, D., Strategic planning and accountability in Irish education: strategy statements and the adoption and use of performance indicators. , in Irish Educational Studies 27-46.

Other information

Forthcoming publications:
With Lynch, R., Hennessy J. Acknowledging Teacher Professionalism in Ireland: The case for a Chartered Teacher initiative. Irish Educational Studies
With Oa??Flaherty, J. Longitudinal study of levels of moral reasoning of undergraduate students in an Irish university: The Influence of Contextual Factors, Irish Educational Studies.
With Oa??Flaherty, J. Galvin, T., & Hennessy, J. Student teachers, socialisation, school placement and schizophrenia: the case of curriculum change, Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice.
With Oa??Flaherty, J., Irish student teachersa?? levels of moral reasoning: context, comparisons, and contributing factors, Teachers and Teaching Theory and Practice.
With Oa??Flaherty, J., 'School-based initial vocational education in the Republic of Ireland: parity of esteem and fitness for purpose of the Irish Leaving Certificate Applied programmea??, Journal of Vocational Education and Training.