Dr. Conor Mellon
Lecturer in Education
01 799 9216
Block B, The Merrion Centre, Merrion Road, Dublin 4, D04 H2H4
PGC (Quantitative Methods)
School of Education
Conor is a Lecturer in Education (Research) in the School of Education at Hibernia College. He spent over a decade as a primary teacher in Dublin, almost exclusively in the field of special and inclusive education. Prior to joining Hibernia, Conor was seconded to the Teachers’ Learning and Research section of the Teaching Council. His work here focused on teachers’ engagement in professional learning and research, with a particular focus on critical reflection. He supported the Council’s CROÍ Research Series, including research webinars, ezines, the Council’s Research Support Framework, and research resources for teachers. Conor has supported researchers on commissioned projects, including longitudinal studies on experiences of school placement, the Droichead induction process, and initial teacher education for inclusion. He has worked extensively with groups of teachers, schools, and other agencies, exploring professional learning practices and engagement in critical reflection, and he has developed a range of resources to support teachers engaging in reflection on learning and practice.
Conor previously taught on undergraduate and postgraduate initial teacher and early childhood education programmes in Ireland (including with Hibernia College), focusing on reflective practice/ leadership, inclusion and diversity, and research methods. He was awarded an INTO research bursary for his doctoral work, exploring discourses around inclusion and ethos in Educate Together schools. His research interests include inclusion and diversity, reflective practice/ reflexivity, and the role of ethos in schools.
Conor is a graduate of NUI Maynooth, Durham University, the University of Ulster, and Queen’s University Belfast, and is a former member of the Central Executive Committee for the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education.