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Following some 15 years in the field of youth and community work, including senior management experience, I built on my interest in training to enter Higher Education. I am now Senior Lecturer Community Education, and currently Programme Director for the MSc/PGDip in Community Education. My MPhil by research was concerned with understanding good practice at unit level in youth and community work. I have over 10 years of experience of research in widening access to Higher Education. I recently completed my EdD thesis, which drew on Habermas's ideas about communicative action, to develop a conceptual framework for a discursive approach to training of community educators. I am particularly interested in teaching and learning in HE, and in work-based learning. In the past 10 years I have published regularly in these areas, but I am also interested in youth work, educational groupwork and voluntary sector management.
I am interested in enhancing teaching and learning in a variety of settings. Specific areas include:
I am happy to supervise research under the headings above.
I am currently involved in three main areas of personal academic research:
John is currently on secondment until July 2013 to the Centre for Effective Services in Dublin.
This article was published on Oct 25, 2011