Professor Rob Freathy
Associate Dean (Education), College of Social Sciences and International Studies

External responsibilities

External Examiner Positions

University of Warwick (MA)

University of Cambridge (BA)

External doctoral examining nationally and internationally

PhD and EdD Internal and External Examiner

Invited lectures

‘The 1944 Settlement – Engineering Religion, Culture and Education in post-war Britain’. (R. Freathy and S. Parker). A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools, St George’s, Windsor. February 2016.

‘Enquiry-based Theological Learning in the RE Classroom’ (R. Freathy). Church of England Archbishop’s Council Education Division and The National Society. Church House, Westminster, London. 27th and 28th April 2015. Invited speaker.

‘Theological Enquiry in the RE Classroom: A Narrative Approach’ (R. Freathy, E. D. Reed and A. Davis). Church of England Archbishop’s Council Education Division and The National Society. Church House, Westminster, London. 27th and 28th April 2015. Invited speakers.

‘The RE-searchers: A Critical, Dialogic and Enquiry-based Approach to RE’ (R. Freathy and G. Freathy). RE-imaging RE. Oxford Diocesan Board of Education, Oxford. 24th April 2015. Invited speakers.

‘The Art of Bible Reading: A Narrative Approach’ (R. Freathy, E. D. Reed, A. Davis and B. J. Turner). Dialogue Australasia Network Conference. Brisbane, Australia. 10th April 2015.

‘The relationship between the “professional quality” of teaching and the “professionalization” of teachers — The example of RE’. (F. Schweitzer and R. Freathy). Teacher Professionalization and the Professional Quality of Religious Education: An International Symposium, University of Exeter, UK, March 2015.

‘Understanding the learning journey in RE through the RE-searchers approach’ (R. Freathy and G. Freathy). Learn, Teach, Lead: Enhancing RE in the South West – The learning journey in RE: leading the way through religious understanding’. St Mellion, Cornwall. 17th October 2014. Invited speaker.

'An Introduction to Worldview Profiling in Religious Education’ (R. Freathy and G. Freathy). Learn, Teach, Lead: Enhancing RE in the South West – Sustaining RE: developing the art of subject leadership. Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon. 25th October 2013. Invited speaker.

‘How did we get to here in RE? Prospects and Problems Revisited’ (S. G. Parker and R. Freathy). The Future of Religious Education: Prospects and Problems for Religious Education (Revisited). University of Worcester, June 2013.

'Taking a historical perspective' (R. Freathy), Canterbury Christchurch University. Invited lecture. July 2013.

‘Religious Education and the Mary Whitehouse Experience, 1975-77’. (R.J.K. Freathy and S.G. Parker). Invited presentation. University of Birmingham, History of Religions Seminar. June 2010.

‘Brian Simon, Educational Studies and Learned Societies’. Brian Simon and Educational Change: Biography, History and Politics. Invited discussion panelist. Institute of Education, London. March 2010.

‘Introducing Exe Libris’. History of Education Society (UK): Research Conference - Sources and Archives. Birmingham Central Library. June 2008.

Invitation History of Education Seminar. 'The Triumph of Religious Education for Citizenship in English Schools, 1935-1949'. The Institute of Historical Research, London. February 2007.

‘What is research telling us about our needs for RE?’ St Gabriel’s RE Leaders Conference. Wokefield Park, Reading. 18th March 2007. Invited speaker.

‘Looking Forward’. ESRC Seminar Series – Social Change in the History of Education (RES-451-26-0169). Institute of Education, London. June 2006. Invited speaker.

Journal and book series Editorships and Editorial board membership

Series Editor. Religion, Education and Values. Peter Lang.

Co-editor of History of Education Researcher

Book Reviews Editor for History of Education

Editorial Board member of the British Journal of Religious Education

Editorial Board member of History of Education

Guest Editor of Special Issue. Freathy, R., Parker, S. G., Schweitzer, F. and Simojoki, H. (2016). Professionalism, Professionalization and Professionality in Religious Education. British Journal of Religious Education. 38(2).

Guest Editor of Special Issue. Parker, S. G., Freathy, R. and Aldridge, D. (2015). The Future of Religious Education. Journal of Beliefs and Values 36(1).

Guest Editor of Special Issue. Robinson, W., Freathy, R. and Doney, J. (2014). Politics, Professionals and Practitioners. History of Education. 43(6).

Guest Editor of Special Issue. Crook, D., Freathy, R.J.K. and Wright, S. (2011). Citizenship, Religion and Education. History of Education. 40(6).

Referee for British Journal of Educational Studies

Referee for British Journal of Religious Education

Referee for History of Education

Referee for International Journal of Children's Spirituality

Referee for International Journal of Educational Management

Referee for Journal of Intercultural Studies

Referee for Research Papers in Education

Referee for The Curriculum Journal

Other

Member of the Steering Committee for ‘Playing for Success’ (study support centre for raising standards of KS2 and KS3 pupils), Devon Children & Young People’s Services, in partnership with Exeter City Football Club.

External Validator. BA (Hons) Educational Studies. Swansea Institute of Higher Education. 12th July 2007.

Research-based contributions to practitioner and academic conferences

‘Understanding the professionalization of Religious Education: towards an international comparative perspective’. (S. Parker and R. Freathy). AULRE, St Mary’s University, Twickenham. September 2015.

‘The RE-searchers Approach: Critical, dialogic and enquiry-based Religious Education’. (R. Freathy and K. Walshe). AULRE, St Mary’s University, Twickenham. September 2015.

‘Towards international comparative research on the professionalization of Religious Education’. (R. Freathy and S. G. Parker). History of Education Society Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland, November 2014.

'Transatlantic Perspectives on Religious Education for Citizenship during the Second World War.’ (Stephen G. Parker and R. Freathy). International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Institute of Education, London, July 2014.

‘Mary Whitehouse, Religious Education and the Cold War: Cultural revolution and moral rearmament in England, 1975-1977.’ (R. Freathy and S. G. Parker). International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Institute of Education, London, July 2014.

‘‘Going Un-Christian’? Religious Education, the Church of England, and Church-State Relations, 1965-1970’. (S. Parker and R. Freathy). History of Education Society Annual Conference, Exeter, November 2013.

‘How to get published’. (M. Freeman, S. Wright, J. Doney, R. Freathy and G. McCulloch). History of Education Society Annual Conference, Exeter, November 2013.

‘Testimonies, teaching and testaments: using Oral Life History interviews to enrich the historiography of English Religious Education’. (J. Doney, S. Parker and R. Freathy). History of Education Society Annual Conference, Exeter, November 2013.

'RE-flect: Creating Metacognitive Environments in the RE Classroom - Worldview Profiles’. RE-flect Teachers' Workshop. St Luke’s Campus, University of Exeter. 7th June 2013.

‘The Hidden History of Religious Education’. (R. Freathy & J. Doney). Spotlight on Social Science Research. College of Social Sciences and International Studies Research Methods Festival, University of Exeter, May 2013.

‘The Aussie and the Schoolmistress: reforming RE and contesting English religious identity in the long 1960s’. (S. Parker and R. Freathy). History of Education Society (UK) Annual Conference: Rulers, Rebels & Reformers, University of Winchester, November 30 – December 2, 2012.

'The Christian Education Movement (1964-1980)’. (S.G. Parker and R.J.K. Freathy). International Seminar on Religious Education and Values. Turku, Finland, July 2012.

‘Religious Education and the Mary Whitehouse Experience’. (R.J.K. Freathy and S.G. Parker). International Seminar on Religious Education and Values. Turku, Finland, July 2012.

‘Problems & Prospects for Religious Education in England, 1967-1970: A Short Act?’ (R. Freathy and S. Parker). History of Education Society (UK) Annual Conference: Religion, Citizenship and Education. November 2010.

Love Thy Neighbour’?  Race, Religious Education and the Politics of Diversity, 1969-75: an historical case study. (S.G. Parker and R.J.K. Freathy). History of Education Society (UK) Annual Conference: Religion, Citizenship and Education. November 2010.

'Problems & Prospects for Religious Education in England, 1967-1970: A Short Act?' (R. Freathy and S. Parker). University of Worcester. October 2010.

‘Freedom from religious beliefs: A case-study from the history of English RE’. (R.J.K. Freathy and S.G. Parker). International Seminar on Religious Education and Values. Saint Paul University, Ottawa, July 2010.

‘Putting Religious Education in its Place: A case-study of the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Instruction (1975)’. (R.J.K. Freathy and S.G. Parker). History of Education Society (UK) Annual Conference, Sheffield, December 2009.

'The Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Instruction (1975): Learning 'to live and work together in a pluralist situation’'. (R.J.K. Freathy and S.G. Parker). Invited symposium. University of Tuebingen (Germany). December 2009.

‘The Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Instruction (1975): Learning “to live and work together in a pluralist situation”. (R.J.K. Freathy and S.G. Parker). International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, August 2009.

‘The Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Instruction (1975): Paradigmatic Change, Academic and Public Discourse and Professional Lives’. (R.J.K. Freathy and S.G. Parker). European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 2009.

‘The necessity of dialogue between historical inquiry and educational research: The case of religious education’. (R.J.K. Freathy and S.G. Parker). AULRE, University of Exeter. July 2009.

‘The hidden history of curriculum change in Religious Education in English schools, 1969-1979’. (R.J.K. Freathy and S.G. Parker). Research Seminar, School of Education & Lifelong Learning, University of Exeter. April 2009.

'Our Future Citizens: Schools, pressure groups and religion in the late 19th and early 20th centuries'. (R. Freathy and S. Wright). Educating the Citizen: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Seminar. Oxford Brookes University, Oxford. March 2009.

‘A paradigm shift in Religious Education’: putting the 1975 Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Instruction in its historical and contemporary context. (R. J. K. Freathy & S. G. Parker). British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. September 2008.

'Everything is in parables': An exploration of students' difficulties in understanding Christian beliefs concerning Jesus. AULRE Conference, Homerton College, Cambridge. July 2008.

‘Everything is in parables’: An exploration of pupils’ difficulties in understanding Jesus. Inter-University Colloquium for Research Students in Religion and Education. Oxford University Department of Continuing Education. April 2008.

‘Findings and Themes from the Empirical Work: Colleges of Further Education in their Community Settings in Post-war England’. Institute of Education (London). July 2007.

‘Christian Education for Citizenship in the Youth Service in England between 1939 and 1960’. History of Education Society Annual Conference: ‘Education, Health and Social Welfare’. Royal National Hotel, London. November 2006.

‘Ecclesiastical and Religious Factors influencing the triumph of Christian and Traditional Forms of Education for Citizenship over Secular and Progressive forms, 1934-1944’. History of Education Society Conference, Birmingham. December 2005.

‘Teaching Biblical Narrative’. Lincolnshire Diocesan Religious Education Conference. 17th November 2005.

‘Religious Education and Education for Citizenship in English Schools, 1934-1944’. ESRC Seminar Series on Social Change in the History of Education. (RES-451-26-0169). Institute of Education (London). November 2005.

‘Teaching Biblical Narratives to Young People Today’. Biblos Seminar. 17th March 2005. St Paul’s Centre, London.

‘Teaching about the Bible in Agreed Syllabus RE’. Peterborough Diocesan Board of Education. Biblos Training Event. Friday 11th March 2005.

‘Teaching Biblical Narrative’. National Christian Resources Exhibition. 10th May 2005. Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey.

'Religious Education and Education for Citizenship: Religious Traditionalism versus Secular Progressivism'. Crossing Frontiers in Religious Education. 3rd AULRE Conference, University of Gloucestershire. September 2004.

‘Citizens of the Past: Some Reflections on an Historical Perspective on Religious Education and Citizenship Education’. Citizens of the Future - their Faiths, Beliefs and Values Conference, University of East Anglia. April 2003.

Workshops/Conferences organised

Teacher Professionalization and the Professional Quality of Religious Education: An International Symposium, Exeter, March 2015

History of Education Society Annual Conference, Exeter, November 2013

History of Education Society Annual Conference, London, November 2010

Association of University Lecturers in Religion and Education, Exeter, July 2009

Co-organiser, with Dr Cheryl Hunt, of an ESRC-sponsored seminar on Researching spirituality as a dimension of lifelong learning (RES-451-26-0008), Exeter, February 2006

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