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Dr Ken McCulloch

Senior Lecturer in Community Education

Education, Community and Society (ECS)


Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 6184


Paterson's Land Room 1.42



  • PhD The University of Edinburgh 2002
  • MEd Heriot-Watt University 1995
  • PG Diploma in Community Education (Adult Education) The University of Ediunburgh 1988
  • Diploma in Youth & Community Work, Moray House College of Education 1973

Before coming to work at Moray House in 1992 I worked in various local authorities' Youth and Community Service or Community Education Services developing and supporting youth work and adult education programmes in a range of settings.

My teaching commitments involve me in a range of Community Education courses, as well as contributions to other postgraduate courses in the School. My PhD, completed in 2002, was 'Four Days Before the Mast: A study of sail training in the UK' and I have continued to develop research in this field. In my spare time I am co-owner of a cruising yacht based on Scotland's west coast.

I now work part time. I am generally working on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and occasionally on Mondays and Fridays

Principal interests

  • young people and non-school, non-formal education, including youth work and, particularly, sail training;
  • young people's citizenship;
  • educational work to help young people become critical social actors.

I am interested in the use of qualitative sociological, ethnographic research methodology in relation to these and other areas of education.

Research Supervision

I am interested in supervising research under the headings above.If you want to discuss a PhD or EdD proposal please contact me by email.

I currently supervise doctoral students in the following areas:

  • Douglas Briton Preparing accompanying teachers for 'emergencies' on educational expeditions.
  • Dana Cohlmeyer Youth work and digital media
  • Gary Fraser Delivering community engagement and participation – a contradiction in terms?
  • Carolyn Hutchinson Grandparents as carers and educators
  • Dorothy (Wing huen) Lee The education of citizenship: the making of future citizens in secondary schools in Hong Kong
  • Vicki Trowler Non-traditional students' engagement in universities

Research supervision

Projects supervised by Dr Ken McCulloch


Publications list for Dr Ken McCulloch

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