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Job Title(s)Head of Education
Chair of the BEd Programme Board
Principal Lecturer
Phone No.+44 (0) 28 9026 8254 
Internal Phone No.ext. 254 


Education Studies Team

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Short Description

Teaching and Administration
I am the Head of Education and Chair of the BEd Programme Board. As Head of Education, my role is to manage and develop the Education Studies courses within the College's undergraduate teacher education programmes. As Chair of the BEd Programme Board, I am responsible for the leadership of the BEd Primary and BEd Post-Primary degree programmes.
I teach on all four years of the undergraduate programmes in the areas of the philosophy and sociology of education and I also teach on the Master of Education Programme working on two modules within the Education Management and School Organisation Pathway. I supervise the dissertations of both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

I am the Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Holy Child Nursery School, Belfast.

In June 2009, I was approved as an Educational Enhancement Process Panel Member for Queen's University, Belfast and as a member of the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) Register of Expert Panellists. I have been a panel member on a number of programme reviews and validation events in institutions across the UK and Ireland and I am currently external examiner on the BEd Programme at the University of Glasgow.

Membership of professional organisations
I have been a fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2000.

Research Interests

My research interests include teacher education and the development of professional identity; comparative approaches to educational practice; and cultural diversity issues in schooling. I have presented a number of papers on these themes at both national and international conferences and have a range of publications in peer reviewed journals.

Recent Conference Presentations
Eaton, P. and Hagan, M. (2014), Professionalism and the governance of teacher education: a Northern Irish perspective. Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, the Past, the Future and Present of Educational Research in Europe, 2-5 September 2014, University of Porto, Portugal.

Hagan, M. (2014), Developing research capacity in initial teacher education through the introduction of Capstone Study. Paper presented at the Higher Education Academy Teacher Education Dissemination Event, 11 July 2014, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK.

Hagan, M. and Finn, P. (2014), It’s Teacher Education – Not Training! Mediating Competences and Values for Authentic Learning in Initial Teacher Preparation. Paper presented at the German Rector's Conference, Education and Training for European Teachers: Competence Models, Curricular Objectives and Harmonising Theory and Practice, 20-21 January 2014, Zollverein World Heritage Site, Essen, Germany.

Recent Publications
Hagan, M. (2013), Developing teacher competence and professionalism in Northern Ireland: an analysis of 'Teaching the Reflective Profession' (GTCNI, 2007), Teacher Education Network Journal, Vol. 5 (1) pp. 60-69

Hagan, M. (2011), (Contributor), Teacher Education for Inclusion Across Europe: Challenge and Opportunities, Brussels: European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education, ISBN (Print): 978-87-7110-184-3, ISBN (Electronic): 978-87-7110-205-5

Quinn, F., Hagan, M., Ryan, A., O'Toole, B. and Bracken, S. (2009), English as an Additional Language in Undergraduate Teacher Education Programmes in Ireland: Report for the Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENS), Armagh: The centre for Cross Border Studies, ISBN No. 978-1-906444-27-3

Hagan, M. (2009), Welcoming the Stranger in our Schools. Le Cheile, a Catholic School Ethos Journal, Issue 12, December 2009, ISSN: 1744-1471

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