Dr Leonardo Franchi
- Lecturer (Pedagogy, Praxis & Faith)
Dr Leonardo Franchi first taught in the University of Glasgow from 1986 until 1991 as a member of the Department of Adult and Continuing Education's team of tutors in Modern Languages (Italian). He subsequently spent 13 years teaching in schools while doing higher studies in Theology and working as a tutor with the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham.
Dr Franchi re-joined the University of Glasgow on a full-time basis in 2005 (Department of Religious Education, Faculty of Education). In 2012 Dr Franchi was appointed as the inaugural Head of the St. Andrew's Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education, his term ending in 2016.
Dr Franchi's scholarly interests are wide. He specialises in Religious Education with a particular interest in Catholic education, and has a keen interest in the potential of the liberal arts to shape Higher Education.
Dr Franchi is a member of the Executive of the Association of Catholic Institutes of Education (a sectorial body of the International Federation of Catholic Universities), a Council member of the Scottish Catholic Historical Association and is on the Steering Committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded Network 'New Approaches to Catholicism and Literature in 21st Century Scotland.'
Dr Franchi has made a significant scholarly contribution to the field of Religious Education, especially in the relationship between the catechetical and educational paradigms of Religious Education in the Catholic tradition. His other research interests include:
- the philosophy and practice of contemporary Catholic education;
- intercultural dialogue in Religious Education;
- the role of the liberal arts in contemporary education;
- the history of Christian education, especially models of formation in early Christianity;
- initial teacher education in the contemporary university.
Dr Franchi would be delighted to hear from prospective PhD students with an interest in the areas highlighted above.
NB: Please see our webpage on PhD studies for further information on how to apply for doctoral study at the University of Glasgow.
Franchi, L. (2017) Catholic schools and the new evangelisation. In: Convery, R., Franchi, L. and McCluskey, R. (eds.) Reclaiming the Piazza II: Catholic Education and the New Evangelisation. Gracewing, pp. 73-88. ISBN 978085244899
Franchi, L. and Rymarz, R. (2017) The education of teachers for Catholic schools: responding to changed cultural contexts. International Studies in Catholic Education, 9(1), pp. 2-16. (doi:10.1080/19422539.2017.1286905)
Franchi, L. (2017) Shared Mission: Religious Education in the Catholic Tradition. Scepter: Hounslow. ISBN 9781910644072
Franchi, L. , Conroy, J. and McKinney, S. (2015) Religious education. In: Wyse, D., Hayward, L. and Pandya, J. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment. Sage Publications: London. ISBN 9781446297025
£10,000 from Porticus UK (Commercial Grant) to support academics from developing countries to attend the ACISE 2018 conference.
Dr Franchi welcomes applications for Masters and Doctoral supervision in areas related to Religion, Education and Culture.
Doctoral Research Supervision
- Music and Religious Education in Islam (Yusuf Ögretici - PhD)
- The Perceptions and Views of Cypriot Teachers about a Cosmopolitan Future in Education (Frangis Frangopoulos - Ed D)
- Religious Education and Inspection in Scottish Non-Denominational Schools, 1972-2017 (Stephen Scholes - PhD )
- Supporting non-specialist teachers of Music (Julie Carrie - Ed D)
- Foundations for Senior Leadership in Catholic Education: Sacred or Secular? (Gerard Gaskin, John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Melbourne, Australia)
- Towards a New Approach for Teaching Religious Education in Catholic Schools (Anne Marie Irwin, Notre-Dame University, Fremantle, Australia)
- ‘School-based career guidance programmes in junior colleges in Singapore: An interpretivist study. (He Jia Wen, University of Western Australia)
- Integral and Holistic Catechesis for Children in the Third millennium (William O'Leary,Notre-Dame University, Fremantle, Australia)
NB: Please see our webpage for information on how to apply for doctoral study at the University of Glasgow.
Dr Leonardo Franchi has many years experience of teaching in schools and universities. He was Director of Catholic Teacher Education at the University of Glasgow from 2012-2016. Dr Franchi currently teaches on a wide range of course at both UG and PGT level and is a supervisor for students on our PhD and EdD programmes.
Dr Franchi has written the following courses:
- Theology in Education 1, an undergraduate course (20 credits), is mandatory for students on the MEduc who wish to qualify with the Catholic Teacher's Certificate in Religious Education. The course is also available to all students on campus.
- Curriculum Leadership in Religious Education, a Masters course (20 credits), is available as part of the School of Education's suite of Masters options and as a stand-alone course. The course explores the Catholic tradition of Religious Education through three themes: Christology, Ecclesiology and Sacramental Theology.
- Conceptual Frameworks in Contemporary Religious Education, a Masters course (20 credits), is available as part of the School of Education's suite of Masters options and as a stand-alone course. The course explores the nature of Religious Education in the Catholic tradition.
Dr Franchi is the School of Education’s representative on the University’s bespoke Access to Education initiative. Both roles involve a high level of engagement with senior school pupils who have expressed an interest in studying on an ITE programme at the University. In this role, Dr Franchi organises sessions for University Taster Days and contributes to related Widening Access events both on and off campus.
1986 Master of Arts - MA (Hons)
1991 Post Graduate Certificate in Education - PGCE (Pr.)
1998 Master of Education - MEd
2007 Post Graduate Certificate in Education - PGCE (Academic Practice)
2013 Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
Academic and Professional Body Membership
- General Teaching Council of Scotland (since 1993)
- Council Member, Scottish Catholic Historical Association (since February 2019)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2008)
Citywise (Trustee) (since 2014)