Catholic Teacher Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

A discussion on “Catholic Teacher Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives,’ (L. Franchi) was part of the University of Glasgow School of Education Research Showcase Ethics, Values and Religion in Education on March 17, 2021. This new seminar series draws on the expertise of the St Andrews Foundation staff to present some innovative and challenging thinking on the aims and purpose of Catholic Teacher Education.

To register for the seminars, please complete the registration form here.  Zoom joining details will be emailed beforehand.


Fundamentals of Catholic Teacher Education: Adjunct Element or Generative of a Catholic Worldview

Dr Robert Doherty

Thursday 17 February 2022, 5.00 pm

This presentation looks to explore the question of Catholic Teacher Education by attempting to develop a two-model schema. This representation is both descriptive of current institutions and points towards ambitions for a more expansive development of Catholic Teacher Education reflecting a higher project of teacher formation. In addition, the presentation touches upon the conditions of Catholic Teacher Education today in the context of recent Church history together with the wider historical sweep of mass education in modernity. Three propositions will be presented that seek to describe something of the central markers of the present in Catholic Teacher Education while orientating to the possibilities, demands, and perils of the future.

About the speaker

Robert Doherty is a lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. Robert’s interests include education policy, the politics of education and education theory. He has contributed to many programmes of teacher education over two decades and has been a member of the St Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education from its inception.


Agency in Catholic Teacher Education 

Dr Julie Harvie and Mrs Kathleen Kerrigan

Thursday 10 March 2022, 5.00 pm

This seminar will reflect upon Catholic teaching as a personal vocation and will propose that the fulfilment of this vocation requires both professionalism and spiritual capacity.  An ecological model of agency will be used as a framework for exploring approaches to developing the professionalism and spiritual capital that Catholic teachers require in order to fulfil their mission as Catholic educators. Personal, reflective encounters with the person of Christ are identified as important to the process of faith formation.  Using examples from practitioners, the seminar will explore how specific approaches such as Pilgrimage and Christian meditation might support Catholic teachers in their development of spiritual capital and in the fulfilment of their Catholic teaching vocation.

About the speakers

Julie Harvie is a Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Programme Leader for the In and Into Headship programmes at the University of Glasgow.  She is a member of the National Design Group for educational leadership within Scotland.  Julie is the Depute of the Educational Leadership and Policy Research and Teaching Group and Quality Enhancement Officer for the School of Education.  She supervises Phd, EdD and Masters students and teaches on a variety of Initial Teacher Education courses.  Julie previously held the role of Primary Head Teacher and also has experience of system leadership. She is an External Examiner for the University of Nottingham.  

Kathleen Kerrigan is a lecturer in Educational Leadership at the University of Glasgow and Deputy Director of the St Andrews Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education.  Kathleen has taught a range of programmes within the School of Education. She currently leads and delivers post-graduate programmes in the areas of educational leadership and teacher professional learning and supervises PhD and Masters students. Kathleen is a committee member of the Scottish Professional Learning Network. Her research interests include the development of leadership capacity, middle leadership in schools, teacher professional learning and Catholic Teacher Education. Kathleen previously worked as a secondary school teacher and middle leader and was Development Officer for the Scottish College for Educational Leadership.


Previous seminars

Catholic Teacher Education in Scotland: Historical Developments - Professor Stephen McKinney - Seminar Recording

Catholic Teacher Education in Scotland: Current Challenges - Dr Roisín Coll and Fr Stephen Reilly - Seminar Recording to follow