Faculty profile

Dr John Meegan

Lecturer in Education (Primary)

PME in Primary Education
Contact information


Block B, Merrion Centre
Merrion Road
Dublin 4
D04 H2H4




John is a lecturer in Primary Education in the School of Education, Hibernia College. John worked as a primary school teacher from 2011-2018 before taking a full-time secondment role with the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). John spent three years working as an advisor on the digital-technologies team (primary), where he was responsible for the implementation and dissemination of the Digital Learning Framework and Digital Learning Planning Guidelines to school leaders, digital technologies coordinators and all other teachers through national seminars and workshops, webinars, online supports, direct school support and professional learning communities. John was also involved in the pilot digital portfolio initiative (primary) and the digital communities of practice from 2019-2021.

Research interests

John’s research interests include social-emotional learning, arts-based narrative inquiry research, student voice and agency, and digital technologies for teaching, learning and assessment.


Recent Publications

Meegan, J. (2023) Tensions and dilemmas: a narrative inquiry account of a teacher-researcher, Irish Educational Studies, DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2023.2236592

Recent Outputs

Meegan, J., Casey, E. and O’Brien, N. (2022). Integrating 21st-Century Skills into Irish Primary Schools: A Pilot Study on the Outcomes, Experiences and Observations of Teachers Prepared. [Online] Available at: https://iasc.hiberniacollege.com/handle/20.500.13012/135

Meegan, J. (2021) An arts-based narrative inquiry into children’s experiences of the five foundations of the social emotional and academic learning program ‘You Can Do It! Program Achieve. PhD Thesis. Maynooth University. [Online] Available at: https://iasc.hiberniacollege.com/handle/20.500.13012/108

Conference Contributions

Meegan, J. (2023) European Digital Education Network (EDEN) Conference 2023: Virtual scenario-based learning (VSBL) as an integrative authentic assessment approach  
Meegan, J. (2023). The Higher Education College Assocaiation: Connected Conversations Conference: Cohort Connections: A Student Wellbeing Pilot Initiative

Meegan, J. (2022). An investigation and analysis of the 21st Century Skills programme ‘Magical Leaders. The Spring Association for Teacher Educators in Europe (ATEE) Conference.

Meegan, J. & Casey, E. (2022). Digital Transformations in the Blended Learning Environment. The Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) 10th anniversary conference.

Meegan J. (2021) New learnings, wonderings, and tensions: Explorations of a narrative inquiry into the impact of a social-emotional and academic learning program on students’ lives. 7th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference: Narrative Exchange in Risky Spaces. Dublin City University June 2021

Meegan J. (2019) ‘Relating Narratives-Storytelling and Selfhood’ in an Arts-Based Narrative Inquiry. 5th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference: Exploring Creativity in Narrative Inquiry. Trinity College Dublin May 2019.

Meegan J. & O’Reilly C. (2019) Active Digital Learning – using digital tools to enhance and support physical literacy and PE in the primary classroom. Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI) 2019: Creativity, Collaboration, and Computers: Practitioner Perspectives. Athlone Institute of Technology March 2019

Meegan J. & O’Flanagan D. (2018) ‘A performative piece’ A conversation on the power of narratives by John Meegan and Denise O’Flanagan. 5th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference: Narrating Neo-Liberalism in an Irish Context. Institute of Technology, Sligo April 2018

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