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Research

This bibliography highlights recent research by DCU staff and doctoral students relevant to the question of Catholic Education in Ireland and beyond. The Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education seeks to encourage research in this area and hopes to encourage and support such research into the future:

Anderson, B., Byrne, G., and Cullen, S. (2016). Religious pluralism, education, and citizenship in Ireland. In E. Aslan., R. Ebrahim, & M. Hermansen (Eds.), Islam, religions, and pluralism in Europe. Dordecht: Springer.

Byrne, G. (2017). Religious education in Catholic second-level schools in Ireland today: An invitation to love, understanding, commitment, hospitality and dialogue. In M. Shanahan (Ed.) Does religious education matter? London and New York: Routledge.

Byrne, G. (2015). The national directory for catechesis in Ireland: An outworking of the council. In N. Coll (Ed.) Ireland and Vatican II: Essays theological, pastoral and educational. Dublin: Columba.

Byrne, G. (2014). Religious education helps create a cohesive society. Irish Times, 3 July.

Byrne, G. & Kieran P. (Eds.) (2013). Toward mutual ground: Pluralism, religious education and diversity in Irish schools. Dublin: Columba.

Byrne, G. (2013). Pluralism, dialogue and religious education in ‘Share the Good News: National Directory for Catechesis in Ireland’. In G. Byrne & P. Kieran (Eds.) Toward mutual ground: Pluralism, religious education and diversity in Irish schools. Dublin: Columba.

Byrne, G. (2013). Encountering and engaging with religion and belief: The contemporary contribution of religious education in schools. In G. Byrne & P. Kieran (Eds.) Toward mutual ground: Pluralism, religious education and diversity in Irish schools. Dublin: Columba.

Cullen, S. (2017). Interpreting between spheres: Religious education as a conversational activity. In M. Shanahan (Ed.) ‘Does religious education matter?’ Farnham: Ashgate.

Cullen, S. (2014).  Religious education in the Republic of Ireland: A snapshot of the contemporary discussion, published as: Cullen, S. Religionsundervising i den irske republikken-et glimt inn I aktuell debatt, Religion og Livssyn.

Francis, L., Byrne, G., Sweetman, B. & Penny, G. (2016). Growing up female and Catholic in the Republic of Ireland and Scotland: The intersectionality of religious identity, religious saliency, and nationality. In L. J. Francis and J. Astley (Eds.), Diversity and intersectionality: Studies in religion, education, and values. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Grenham, T. and P. Kieran (Eds.) (2012).  New educational horizons in contemporary Ireland: Trends and challenges. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Hession, A. (2015). Catholic primary religious education in a pluralist environment. Dublin: Veritas.

Irish Episcopal Conference (2015). Catholic preschool and primary religious education curriculum for Ireland. A. Hession, writer. Dublin: Veritas.

Irish Episcopal Conference (2010). Share the good news: National directory for catechesis in Ireland. G. Byrne, writer and editor. Dublin: Veritas.

Mahon, E. (2016), Investigating the perceptions of primary school communities in the Republic of Ireland regarding their Catholic identity. Doctoral Thesis, Dublin City University: supervisors Kevin Williams and Gerry McNamara.

 McGrady, A. (2014). Teaching Religion in Schools in Ireland. In Rothgangel, M.,  Jackson, R. and Jaggle, M., (Eds.) Religious Education at Schools in Europe: Part 2, Western Europe. Vienna, Vienna University Press, 121-145.

McGrady, A. (2013). ‘Teaching Religion’: Challenges and Opportunities for Educational Practice in a Pluralist Context. In Byrne, G. and Kieran, P., (Eds) Toward Mutual Ground: Pluralism, Religious Education and Diversity in Irish Schools. Dublin, Columba Press, 79 - 94.

Morrison Reilly, C. (2016). Doctoral thesis, Dublin City University: supervisors Sabrina Fitzsimons and P.J. Sexton.

O’Farrell, C. (2016). An exploration of children’s experiences of a process which provides opportunities for spiritual expression and development, Doctoral thesis, Dublin City University: supervisor Sandra Cullen.

Sheehan, E. (2016). An exploration of stakeholders' perceptions of the 'mission to serve' in second-level fee charging Spiritan schools in Ireland. Doctoral thesis, Dublin City University: supervisors Sandra Cullen and Gerry McNamara.

Sweetman, B. (2016). Godparenthood in Ireland: An empirical study of the educational intentions influencing parental selection of godparents. Doctoral thesis, Dublin City University: supervisor Andrew McGrady.

Walsh, O. (2016). Spiritan faith friends: An evaluation of faith development in a peer-ministry programme. Doctoral thesis, Dublin City University: supervisors Gabriel Flynn and Gerry McNamara.