Dr Stuart Moir

Programme Director: BA (Hons) Community Education / Bicentennial Education Fellow

Background

I joined the University as a Bicentennial Educational Fellow in July 2012. Before then I worked as a Community Educator with a Local Authority in the Lothians. I gained a wide range of experience in working with young people and adults in various school and community settings. Some of my educational work was focused on supporting the development of political literacy to encourage civic involvement and political and electoral participation.

I currently contribute to the teaching and course organisation on the BA (hons) Community Education programme. I was Programme Director for this programme between 2015 & 2020. I also contribute to the teaching across  other programmes in Moray House School of Education and Sport.

My research & teaching interests include: Citizenship education and learning for democracy, critical pedagogy, Marxist analysis and critique of education, adult education and popular/radical education, youth political participation and activism, youth work in schools, critical social research and professional practice learning.

I completed my Doctorate in Education (EdD) in May of 2020. My thesis title is, ‘How Did Young Left Wing Political Activists Learn to Become Active and Critical Citizens?’.

I am a currently: an external examiner for the BA (hons) Community Education programme at the University of the West of Scotland; I represent the University of Edinburgh on the learning and teaching committee of Newtbattle Abbey College; I am a full member of the of the CLD Standards Council for Scotland, the relevant professional body for our field, and since October 2015 I have served as a member of their Registration, Approval and Professional Learning Committee. I also served as a member of the CONCEPT journal editorial board between 1998 and 2019 and I was editor between 2012 and 2019.

CV

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Qualifications

Doctor of Education (EdD)

PG Dip, Adult & Community Education, University of Edinburgh

MA (Hons) Politics & Social Policy, University of Edinburgh

 

Responsibilities & affiliations

I am external examiner for the BA (Hons) Community Education programme at the University of the West of Scotland.

I am the University of Edinburgh’s representative on the Learning & Teaching Committee of Newbattle Abbey College.

I am a Full Member of the CLD Standards Council for Scotland and since 2015 I have served as a member of their Approvals Committee.

Undergraduate teaching

Introduction to Community Education

Concepts and Controversies in Community Education

Community Education Professional Practice 3

Youth Work

Community Education Dissertation supervision

Educational Studies 1b

Research summary

My research contribution to date has been working towards a Doctorate of Education (EdD). My doctorate was awarded in May of 2020. My thesis title was: How Did Young Left Wing Political Activists Learn to Become Active and Critical Citizens?  My thesis explores the factors that inspired left wing young people to become politically active. In particular it examines their citizenship education experiences. It asserts a critical and maximal conception on citizenship education and offers insights into how it can be improved pedagogically to promote activism for social justice. This thesis draws on and contributes to the literature in three fields: political socialisation; citizenship education; Marxist analysis of education and critical pedagogy.

Current research interests

My research interests include: Citizenship education and learning for democracy, critical pedagogy, Marxist analysis and critique of education, adult education and popular/radical education, youth political participation and activism, youth work in schools, critical social research and professional practice learning.