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Ciaran Sugrue

Professor of Education

School Of Education

Tel: +353 1 7167944
Email: ciaran.sugrue@ucd.ie

Biography

Ciaran Sugrue is Professor of Education, School of Education, UCD, a position he has occupied since 2011. He has worked in the Irish Education system in a variety of capacities including: teacher, schools inspector, teacher educator and researcher. Prior to his appointment in UCD, he worked at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, and a fellow of St. Edmund's College. While at the faculty of education, he also had a leadership role within the Centre for Commonwealth Education, reflecting a long term commitment to, and involvement with, educational reform in the global south, sub-Saharan Africa in particular, working with agencies such as Ireland Aid, UNESCO and World Bank. This work has extended also to Egypt and Asia. He was a lecturer, senior lecturer and principal lecturer at St. Patrick's College Drumcondra where he had a variety of responsibilities over time.
He was General Editor of Irish Educational Studies (1998-2008), serves on the editorial boards of several international journals, is a past president of the International Study Association of Teachers and teaching, and was involved in creating the Irish Primary Principals¿ Network (IPPN). Currently, he is extern examiner for the MA in Educational Management and Administration at the University of Nottingham (as well as its Malaysian campus). He was Head of School from September 2011 until August 2014.

His research interests are wide-ranging and include: School Leadership and Educational Change, Continuing Professional Development, Teacher Educational Reform in developed and developing countries, and Educational Policy. He has expertise in Qualitative Research, particularly Life History. 

Publications

Books

Sugrue, C (2015) Unmasking School Leadership: A Longitudinal Life History of School Leaders. Dordrecht: Springer. [Details]
Sugrue,Ciaran; (1997) Complexities of Teaching: Child-Centred Perspectives. London: Routledge. [Details]

Book Chapters

Sugrue, Ciaran (2012) 'The Personal in the Professional Lives of School Leaders: Relating Stories Within Stories' In: Sugrue, Ciaran (eds). Explorations in Narrative Research. The Netherlands: Sense. [Details]
Younger, M., Sugrue, C., MacBeath, J. (2013) 'Partnerships for leading and learning : the contribution of the Centre for Commonwealth Education' In: Younger, M., Sugrue, C., MacBeath, J (eds). Common Wealth of Learning Millennium Development Goals Revisited. London & New York: Routledge. , pp.219-233 [Details]
Sugrue, C. (2013) 'Teachers' Lives and Work: Back to the Future' In: Flores, M. A., Varvalho, A., Ferreira, F., Vilaca, M. T (eds). Back to the Future Legacies, Continuities and Changes in Educational Policy, Practice and Research. Rotterdam: Sense. , pp.39-56 [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran (2013) 'Regimes of control and teacher educators' Janus face?' In: Lori Beckett (eds). Teacher Education through Active Engagement Raising the professional voice. London & New York: Routledge. , pp.125-140 [Details]
Fentiman, A., Sugrue, C., Wyse, D., Dach, H. (2013) 'Pedagogy and leadership in a Tanzanian primary school: a 'whole school' approach exploring classroom realities in an urban setting' In: Fentiman, A., Sugrue, C., Wyse, D., Dach, H (eds). Common Wealth of Learning Millennium Goals Revisited. London & New York: Routledge. , pp.21-34 [Details]
Ciaran Sugrue; (2011) 'Leadership: Professionally Responsible Rule Bending and Breaking?' In: Ciaran Sugrue; (eds). Professional Responsibility: New Horizons of Praxis. London & New York: Routledge. , pp.127-143 Available Online [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran; (2011) 'Professional Responsibility: New Horizons of Praxis' In: C. Sugrue & T. Dyrdal Solbrekke (eds). Professional Responsibility: New Horizons of Praxis. London & New York: Routledge. , pp.177-196 [Details]
Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke & Ciaran Sugrue; (2011) 'Learning from conceptions of Professional Responsibility and Graduate experiences in becoming novice practitioners' In: Anne McKee, & Michael Eraut, M (eds). Professional Learning over the Lifespan: Innovation and Change. Dordrecht: Springer. [Details]
Ciaran Sugrue; (2011) 'Between the Twin Towers of Autonomy and Accountability: Performative Acountability or Transformative Leadersship?' In: Helen O' Sullivan & John West-Burnham (eds). Leadership and Management In Schools: Irish Perspectives. California: Sage. [Details]
Ciaran Sugrue & Alicia Fentiman; (2012) 'Teachers' Lives and Work In Sub-Saharan Africa: Outsider Perspectives' In: Christopher Day (eds). International Handbook of School and Teacher Development. London & New York: Routledge. , pp.108-120 [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran; (2011) 'Autonomy and Accountability' In: H. O' Sullivan & J. West-Burnham (eds). Leading And Manging Schools. London & Thousand Oaks: Sage. , pp.59-74 [Details]
Dyrdal Solbrekke, T., and Sugrue, C.; (2011) 'Learning from Conceptions of Professional Responsibility and Graduates Experiences in Becoming Novice Practitioners' In: Dyrdal Solbrekke, T., and Sugrue, C.; (eds). Learning Trajectories, Innovation and Identity for Professional Development. Dordrecht: Springer. , pp.193-214 [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran; (2008) 'The Plate Tectonics of Educational Change In Ireland: Consequences fro research, quality, policy and practixce?' In: Ciaran Sugrue (eds). The Future of Educational Change: International Perspectives. London & New York: Routledge. , pp.35-47 [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran; (2006) 'Three Decades of College Life, 1973-99: the old order changeth?' In: James Kelly (eds). St. Patrick's College Drumcondra: A History. Dublin: The Four Courts Press. , pp.225-265 [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran; (2006) 'Structure and agency in the construction of creative teaching and learning: a view from the margins' In: Bob Jeffrey (eds). Creative Learning Practices: European Experiences. London: The Tufnell Press. , pp.87-108 [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran; (2005) 'Revisiting Student Teachers¿ Lay Theories and Cultural Arcetypes of Teaching' In: D. Beijaard, P. Meijer, G. Morine-Dershimer & H. Tillema (eds). Teacher Professional Development in Changing Conditions. Dordrecht: Springer. [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran; (2004) 'Rhetorics and realities of CPD across Europe: from cacophony towards coherence?' In: Day, Christopher & Sachs, Judith (eds). International Handbook on the Continuing Professional Development of Teachers (pp. 67-93). Maidenhead: Open University Press. Maidenhead: Open University Press. , pp.69-73 [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran ; (2004) 'Signposts and Silences: Situating the Local within the Global' In: Sugrue, Ciaran (eds). Curriculum and Ideology: Irish Experiences, International Perspectives. Dublin: The Liffey Press. , pp.269-313 [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran ; (2004) 'Whose Curriculum Is It Anyway? Power, Politics and Possibilities in the Construction of the Revised Primary Curriculum' In: Sugrue, Ciaran (eds). Curriculum and Ideology: Irish Experiences, International Perspectives. Dublin: The Liffey Press. , pp.167-208 [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran ; (2004) 'Introduction' In: Sugrue, Ciaran (eds). Curriculum and Ideology: Irish Experiences, International Perspectives. Dublin: The Liffey Press. , pp.1-15 [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran ; (2003) 'Teacher Education in Ireland' In: B. Moon, Vlasceanu, L., and Conley Barrows, L (eds). Institutional Approahes to Teacher Education within Higher Education in Euope: Current Models and New Developments. Bucharest:: UNESCO CEPES. , pp.195-233 [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran ; (2002) 'Sugrue, C. (2002). Principals' Professional Development through a support group: Social Collegiality or Professional Collaboration?' In: Biott, C., & Raunch, C (eds). Challenges and Support for School Leaders. Innsbruck:: Studienverlag. [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran ; (1997) 'Restructuring Initial Primary Teacher Education in Ireland' In: Hudson, A. & Lambert, D (eds). Exploring Futures in Initial Teacher Education (pp. 247-266). London: Institute of Education. , pp.247-266 [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran ; (1996) 'Student Teachers' Lay Theories of Teaching: Implications for Professional Development' In: Goodson, I. F. & Hargreaves, A (eds). Teachers' Professional Lives. London: The Falmer Press. , pp.154-177 [Details]
Dyrdal Solbrekke, Tone, & Sugrue, Ciaran ; (2011) 'Professional Responsibility: Back to the Future' In: Sugrue, Ciaran & Dyrdal Solbrekke, Tone (eds). Professional Responsibility: New Horizons of Praxis. London & New York: Routledge. , pp.11-28 [Details]

Edited Books

Ciaran Sugrue & Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke (Ed.). (2011) Professional Responsibility: New Horizons of Praxis. London & New York: Routledge. [Details]
Ciaran Sugrue (Ed.). (2008) The Future of Educational Change. London & New York: Routledge. [Details]
Ciaran Sugrue (Ed.). (2005) Passionate Principalship: Learning for the Life Histories of School Leaders. London: Routledge. [Details]
Ciaran Sugrue (Ed.). (2004) Curriculm & Ideology: Irish Experiences, International Perspectives. Dublin: The Liffey Press. [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran & Day, Christopher (Ed.). (2002) Developing Teachers and Teaching Practice International Research Perspectives. London & New York: Routledge/ Falmer. [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran (Ed.). (1998) Teaching, Curriculum and Educational Research. Dublin: St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra. [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran (Ed.). (1998) Restructuring Initial Teacher Education: A focus on Preservice and Induction at Primary Level. Dublin: St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Sugrue, Ciaran; (2011) 'Irish teachers' experience of professional development: performative or transformative learning?'. Professional Development in Education, 37 (5):793-815. [DOI] [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran and Morgan, Mark (2008) 'The seven challenges and four rewards of being a school principal: results of a national survey'. Oideas, 53 :8-26. [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran; (2011) 'Irish teachers' experience of professional development: performative or transformative learning?'. Professional Development in Education, 37 (5):793-815. [DOI] [Details]
Sugrue, Ciaran (2012) 'Reflections on the Minister's 'Manifesto''. Studies, 101 (402):153-166. [Details]
Wyse, D., Sugrue, C., Fentiman, A., Moon, S. (2014) 'English language teaching and whole school professional development in Tanzania'. International Journal of Educational Development, . [Details]
Mertkan, S., and Sugrue, C. (2014) 'Building Institutional Capacity: more accountability than autonomy?'. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 27 (2):331-343. [DOI] [Details]
Solbrekke, T., D., and Sugrue, C. (2014) 'Professional accreditation of initial teacher education programmes: Teacher educators¿ strategies Between ¿accountability¿ and ¿professional responsibility¿?'. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Teaching and Studies, 37 :11-20. [Details]
Sugrue, C. and Solbrekke, T.D. (2015) 'Policy rhetorics and resource neutral reforms in higher education: their impact and implications?'. Studies in Higher Education, . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Jarmo Houtsonen, Magdalena Czaplicka, Sverker Lindblad, Peter Sohlberg, Ciaran Sugrue; (2010) 'Welfare State Restructuring in Education and its National Refractions: Finnish, Irish and Swedish Teachers¿ Perceptions of Current Changes'. Current Sociology, 58 (4):597-622. [Details]
Ciaran Sugrue; (2010) 'Plowden: Progressive Education- A Four Decade Odyssey'. Curriculum Inquiry, 40 (1):105-124. [Details]
Ciaran Sugrue; (2009) 'Professionalism and Performativity: Irish Primary Principals Experience of Building Leadership Capacity'. European Educational Research Journal, 8 (3):372-386. [Details]
Ciaran Sugrue; (2009) 'From Heroes and Heroines to Hermaphrodites: Emancipation or Emasculation of School Leaders and Leadership?'. School Leadership and Management, 29 (4):353-371. [Details]
Ciaran Sugrue; (2009) 'Back to the Future: perspectives on current realities and future quality of educational research through the prism of Irish Educational Studies'. Irish Educational Studies, 28 (1):7-25. [Details]
Ciaran Sugrue; (2008) 'Professional Responsibility in higher education: a response from the ¿swamp¿. In No.2, pp. 131-142'. Utbildning & Demokrati, 2 :131-142. [Details]
Sugrue, C. ; (2003) 'Irish Primary Principals' Professional Learning: Problems and Possibilities'. Oideas, 50 :8-39. [Details]
Sugrue, C. & Furlong, C; (2002) 'The Cosmologies of Irish Primary Princiapal's Identities: Between the Modern and Postmodern'. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 5 (3):189-210. [Details]
Sugrue, C. ; (2002) 'Irish Teachers' Experience of Professional Learning: Implications for Policy and Practice'. Journal of In-Service Education, 28 (2):311-338. [Details]
Sugrue, C. ; (1999) 'Primary Principals' Perspectives on Whole-School Evaluation'. Irish Journal of Education, 30 . [Details]
Sugrue, C; (1997) 'Student Teachers' Lay Theories and Identities: Implications for Professional Development'. European Journal of Teacher Education, 20 :213-226. [Details]
Sugrue, C. & Uí Thuama, C. ; (1997) 'Lifelong Learning for Teachers in Ireland: Policy, Provision and Vision'. British Journal of In-Service Education, 20 :213-226. [Details]
Sugrue, C. ; (1990) 'Child-Centred Education in Ireland Since 1971'. Oideas, 41 :75-94. [Details]

Other Journals

Sugrue, C.; (2011) 'Ireland's Educational Performance: What's the Problem?' Public Affairs Ireland 76 (April/May) :12-13. [Details]
Sugrue, C. ; (2011) 'Re-dressing Ireland's educational problem: Is 'Better Literacy and Numeracy for Children and Young Adults' the answer?' Public Affairs Ireland 77 (June) :15-17. [Details]
 

Published Reports

Gleeson, J., Leitch, R., Sugrue, C., & O'Flaherty, J. (2013) Understanding the role and potential for research capacity-building in initial teacher education (ITE) programmes North-South Ireland: A baseline and comparative study. Centre for Cross Border Studies foStanding Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS), Armagh. Link to full text [Details]
                                                                                       

Research

Research Interests

My research interests are wide-ranging and include: Leadership Learning for School Improvement, Continuing Professional Development of teachers, teachers¿ lives and work, Organisational Change, educational reform in developing countries with particular emphasis on capacity building, qualitative research methods, particularly Life History, while an extension of this interest is the necessity to tailor research methods to cultural contexts, to address the ethical, practical and theoretical challenges that emerge.