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Dr Cora O’Farrell

Human Development

Name: Dr Cora O’Farrell
Department: Human Development
Role: Academic Staff
Phone Number: 01 884 2106
Email Address: cora.ofarrell@dcu.ie
Room: Mov56
Campus: DCU St Patricks Campus

Biographical Details

Cora is a lecturer in Religious Education at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She also teaches on the Certificate in Religious Studies programme and co-ordinates a number of modules in both disciplines.

Cora’s background in education is as a primary teacher initially. She graduated from Coláiste Mhuire, Marino in 1987 and worked in three different primary schools in Dublin serving as a class teacher, learning support teacher and Home School Community Liaison coordinator. During that time she contributed to the design and delivery of a number of continuing professional development programmes provided by the DES, INTO and Drumcondra Education Centre. Such programmes included the Walk Talk programme, School Development Planning initiatives and courses on conflict resolution and teacher and pupil well-being.  Cora worked in Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Institute of Education from 2000-2005 where she was subject leader in the area of Religious Education.


Cora’s research interests include Religious Education, Practical Theology and Children’s Spirituality. She has a passion for Montessori inspired forms of Religious Education and has undertaken training in both Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (levels 1 and 2) and Godly Play. Her doctoral research which was completed in 2016, utilised Godly Play to give voice to children with regard to their experience and desire for spiritual education.    

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