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A Pedagogy of Purpose: Dr Gary Keogh

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Dr Gary Keogh will discuss his new book A Pedagogy of Purpose: Classical Wisdom for the Modern Classroom as part of the Hibernia College Research Webinar Series. Dr Keogh will explore how reading classic philosophers like Plato, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Seneca can have a profound and practical impact on classroom teaching. This month’s webinar will take place on 1 September.

Research in Theology and Philosophy

As a researcher in religions and theology, specialising in ethics, philosophy of science, religion and politics/public life, Dr Keogh has published in a number of journals including The Furrow and Doctrine and Life. His first book Reading Richard Dawkins: A Theological Dialogue with New Atheism explores how dialogue with antithetical viewpoints may offer new perspectives on classical theological problems.

A New Way Forward

In A Pedagogy of Purpose, Dr Keogh uses real classroom examples to demonstrate how insights from classical philosophy can have a positive influence on crucial issues in education. He explores student behaviour, assessment, attendance, the quality of teaching and learning and the mental health of students and teachers.

Experience in Education

Since 2013, Dr Keogh has been Lead Tutor in Theology at Hibernia College. He is also a full-time secondary school teacher in the UK and coordinator of his school’s personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) programme. He holds a PhD from Leiden University, a master’s and a Professional Diploma in Education from Trinity College. He was formerly a lecturer at the University of Manchester and a Farmington Scholar at Oxford University. Dr Keogh has taught at secondary school level, lectured at universities, examined PhDs, tutored in teacher-training programmes and lectured in adult education programmes across Ireland and the UK.

This presentation on A Pedagogy of Purpose is part of a series of research-focused webinars hosted by Dr Kevin Myers for Hibernia College students and faculty who are exploring research in the field of education, particularly the importance of research in the contemporary classroom. Read more about the previous Research Webinar Series presentation.

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