Thomas O'Donoghue

Professor, BA NCEA, MEd Trinity(Dub.), MA PhD NUI

  • The University of Western Australia (M428), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley

    Australia

  • 384 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
1985 …2020
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Personal profile

Roles and responsibilities

PhD Coordinator

Future research

Tier One national competitive grant (Australian Research Council, Discovery Grant Scheme) award of $198,000 over 3 years for a project entitled University curriculum reforms: An international comparative study. The project will provide an in-depth analysis of new developments in higher education curriculum policies and practices in selected universities across the globe where the emphasis is on engagement in ‘whole curriculum’ changes at the undergraduate level which are major departures for them in their own national and local contexts.

Funding overview

1. National competitive grant – award of $29800 under the competitive grants program of The Australian Learning and Teaching Council for further work on a project entitled Applying quality principles to Australian university transnational teaching and learning, with Dr. David Pyvis (Curtin University of Technology and Professor Anne Chapman (The University of Western Australia)

1. National competitive grant (Australian Research Council, Discovery Grant Scheme), award of $62,000.00 (sixty-two thousand dollars) for a project entitled From periphery to centre: an historical analysis of lay teachers' experiences in Australian Catholic schools, from 1940 to 1980. This was a sole grant for funding in 2013, 2014 and 2015;

2. National competitive grant – award of $116,000 (one hundred and sisteen thousand dollars)under the competitive grants program of The Australian Learning and Teaching Council for a project entitled ‘Applying quality principles to Australian university transnational teaching and learning’.

3.National competitive grant – award of $150,000 (one hundred and fifty thousand dollars)under the competitive grants program of The Carrick Institute for a project entitled ‘Generating quality principles for the improvement of Australian university transnational teaching and learning'.

Previous positions

1. High school teacher of Irish Gaelic and History in Ireland, 1975-1989;
2. Head of Education Department, OLSH Teachers' College, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea,1989-1992, and part-time lecturer at The University of Papua New Guinea;
3. Lecturer in curriculum theory, QUT, Brisbane, 1992;
4. Appointed as Assistant Professor in curriculum theory in the Graduate School of Education at UWA in 1993. Subsequently promoted to Associate Professor, Professor, and Winthrop Professor.

Current projects

1.Issues for school-based leaders (particularly in various challenging circumstances), especially in relation to curriculum and paedagogy;

2. Changing models of the 'whole' curriculum at university level: Historical and comparative perspectives

3. Lay teachers' in Australian Catholic Schools: Historical Prespectives.

Teaching overview

• In 2011 I was the recipient of the Excellence in Supervision Award across UWA’s Faculties of Education, Law, and Architecture, Landscape and the Fine Arts.

• In 2009 I received a ‘national citation for excellence in postgraduate supervision from the National Learning and Teaching Council. The citation was “for contribution to student learning at UWA and beyond through innovative, rigorous and sophisticated postgraduate supervision and ‘supervision education’ in ‘Education Studies’”.

• In 2007 I was the recipient of The Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia’s Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision award;

• In 2005 I was nominated for The Students’ Guild and The University of Western Australia’s Excellence in Teaching Award for Postgraduate Research Supervision;

• In 2005 I was nominated for The Students’ Guild and The University of Western Australia’s Excellence in Teaching Award for Postgraduate Research Supervision;

• In 2004 I was nominated for The Students’ Guild and The University of Western Australia’s Excellence in Teaching Award for Postgraduate Research Supervision;

• In 2000 I was the winner of The Students’ Guild and The University of Western Australia’s Excellence in Teaching Award for Postgraduate Research Supervision;

Biography

TOM O'DONOGHUE is Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education, the University of Western Australia. He is also an elected fellow of both the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and of the Royal Historical Society (UK).. He specialises in the history of education in the English-speaking world, with particular reference to the history of teachers and the process of education in faith-based schools. Another strand in his work is concerned with examining the historical antecedents of various contemporary educational issues. His work is distinguished methodologically by the way in which it is informed by theoretical perspectives from the social sciences, especially those clustered under the label of ‘interpretivist sociology’. He is a former President of the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Catholic University. For detailed profile see: http://www.web.uwa.edu.au/people/tom.odonoghue

Research

My current specialisms are in:
a. Generic curriculum theory (in relation to curriculum context, design, development, innovation and evaluation) including its application to leadership in a variety of challenging circumstances;
b. Qualitative research, especially interpretivism and symbolic interactionism;
c. Understanding contemporary issues through the study of the History of Education.

Languages

English
Irish Gaelic (Gaeilge)

Keywords

  • Comparative Education/ International Education
  • History Of Education
  • Education In Conflict
  • Teacher Education
  • Curriculum Theory
  • Curriculum development
  • Historical and qualitative research in education
  • International education
  • Parental involvement in education
  • Teacher education in developed and developing countries

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Projects 1996 2020

Research Output 1985 2018

Leading Rwandan Primary Schools: Some deliberations on the past, present and future.

Karareba, G., Clarke, S. & O'Donoghue, T., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Educational Reform.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Primary School Leadership in Cambodia: Context-Bound Teaching and Leading

Kheang, T., O'Donoghue, T. A. & Clarke, S. R. P., 20 Mar 2018, 1 ed. Australia: Palgrave Macmillan. 259 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Primary School Leadership in Post-Conflict Rwanda

Karareba, G., Clarke, S. & O'Donoghue, T., 2018, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Rwanda
primary school
leadership
leader
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Exploring the experience of secondary school education in Ireland prior to the introduction of 'free' second-level education in 1967: The potential of the life-story narrative approach

Harford, J. & O'Donoghue, T., 2017, Schools and schooling, 1650-2000: new perspectives on the history of education: The eight Seamus Heaney lectures. Kelly, J. & Hegarty, S. (eds.). Dublin: Four Courts Press, p. 159-177 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter