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Dr Jonathan Doney

Research Fellow

 North Cloisters NC103

 

North Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

Jonathan Doney read Theology and Religious Studies at Bristol University and completed both his Masters (educational research) and PhD in Education (funded by an ESRC Studentship) at the University of Exeter. His main research interest is in methodological and analytical innovation, and he is currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Graduate School of Education working in the area of education policy development.

His Fellowship project (English Religious Education: A story of indoctrination, Instrumentalization and Ideology) focuses on contemporary uses of historical insights, specifically in relation to the policy of compulsory Religious Education in English schools since 1944. Jonathan's recently completed doctoral work investigates the ways in which pedagogical innovation has been undertaken historically. The project is methodologically innovative, setting out an operationalization of methods described in Foucault’s historical work, and has an international purview, considering how the insights from the main study inform histories of RE in other national contexts. The work is being internationally recognised, and he has delivered invited lectures on the methodology in Spain and Norway. 

Jonathan has previously made methodological and analytical contributions to a number of projects,including acting as: Research Fellow on the Novel training through virtual reality research project funded by National Aerospace Technology Programme (NATEP); Research Fellow on the Face to Faith educational programme research project funded by the Tony Blair Foundation; Research Fellow on the Group thinking measures and collaborative learning in mathematics in the UK and Japan (funded by the British Academy); and as a Consultant to the East Devon Character Building Project, funded by DFE.

Formerly, Jonathan has been involved in a number of historical projects including The Hidden History of Curriculum Change in Religious Education in English Schools, 1969-1979, an investigation into the history of the Girls’ Day School Trust, and Exe Libris: on-line Bibliography. He has also been involved in contemporary research projects including RE-Flect, The Art of Narrative Theology and RE-Searchers.

Qualifications

BA(Hons) (Bristol), PGCE (Exeter), PGDip (Exeter), MSc (Exeter), PhD (Exeter), AHEA.

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Research

Research interests

Jonathan Doney is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Graduate School of Education. His main research interest is in methodological and analytical innovation, and he is currently working in the area of education policy development, consolidating work on the method of policy interrogation (Statement Archaeology) that he developed during his doctoral research. 

He has an eclectic research background, having spent a decade working for the Civil Service as a researcher in agriculture, specializing in the interface between farming and wildlife management, the environmental emissions from cow slurry, and deer census techniques. He then worked for eight years  in theology and philosophy, focusing on ecumenical theology and relationships between different church groupings. Since 2009, Jonathan has been working in Educational research, contributing to a wide diversity of projects, both historical and contemporary.

He has worked at Exeter as: Research Fellow on the Novel training through virtual reality research project funded by National Aerospace Technology Programme (NATEP); Research Fellow on the Face to Faith educational programme research project funded by the Tony Blair Foundation; Research Fellow on the Group thinking measures and collaborative learning in mathematics in the UK and Japan (funded by the British Academy); and as a Consultant to the East Devon Character Building Project, funded by DFE.

Formerly, Jonathan has been involved in a number of historical projects including The Hidden History of Curriculum Change in Religious Education in English Schools, 1969-1979, an investigation into the history of the Girls’ Day School Trust, and Exe Libris: on-line BibliographyHe has also been involved in contemporary research projects including RE-FlectThe Art of Narrative Theology and RE-Searchers.

Research projects

Jonathan's current recent project:

Jonathan's Fellowship project (English Religious Education: A story of indoctrination, Instrumentalization and Ideology) focuses on contemporary uses of historical insights, specifically in relation to the policy of compulsory Religious Education in English schools since 1944. Jonathan's recently completed doctoral work investigates the ways in which pedagogical innovation has been undertaken historically. The project is methodologically innovative, setting out an operationalization of methods described in Foucault’s historical work, and has an international purview, considering how the insights from the main study inform histories of RE in other national contexts. The work is being internationally recognised, and he has delivered invited lectures on the methodology in Spain and Norway. 

 

 

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Books

Robinson W, Freathy R, Doney J (2017). Politics, Professionals and Practitioners. London, Routledge.

Journal articles

Wegerif R, Doney J, Richards A, Mansour N, Larkin S, Jamison I (In Press). Exploring the ontological dimension of dialogic education through an evaluation of the impact of Internet mediated dialogue across cultural difference. Society Culture and Social Interaction Full text.
Doney J (In Press). The British Council of Churches’ influence on the ‘Radical Rethinking of Religious Education’ in the 1960s & 1970s. Studies in Church History, 55 Full text.
Doney J, Freathy R (2018). Editorial: Handing on the Baton. History of Education Researcher, 101, 1-2. Full text.
Doney J, Freathy R (2018). Editorial: it’s goodnight from me, and it’s goodnight from him. History of Education Researcher, 102, 47-48. Full text.
Freathy R, Doney J (2018). History of Education Teacher?. History of Education Researcher, 102, 49-55. Full text.
Wegerif R, Fujita T, Doney J, Perez Linares J, Richards A, van Rhyn C (2017). Developing and trialing a measure of group thinking. Learning and Instruction, 48, 40-50. Abstract.  Full text.
Doney J, Freathy R (2017). Editorial: Fifty Years On. History of Education Researcher, 99, 1-3. Full text.
Freathy R, Doney J (2017). Editorial: Ripping Yarns. History of Education Researcher, 100, 75-77. Full text.
Doney J, Parker SG, Freathy R (2017). Enriching the historiography of Religious Education: insights from oral life history. History of Education, 46(4), 436-458. Abstract.  Full text.
Freathy R, Doney J, Freathy G, Walshe K, Teece G (2017). Pedagogical bricoleurs and bricolage researchers: the case of Religious Education. British Journal of Educational Studies, 65(4), 425-443. Abstract.  Full text.
Doney J (2017). Studies in Church history, vol 51, Christianity and religious plurality. JOURNAL OF BELIEFS & VALUES-STUDIES IN RELIGION & EDUCATION, 38(2), 223-224. Author URL.
Parker S, Freathy R, Doney J (2017). The professionalisation of non-denominational religious education in England: politics, organisation and knowledge (vol 37, pg 201, 2016). JOURNAL OF BELIEFS & VALUES-STUDIES IN RELIGION & EDUCATION, 38(2), 230-233. Author URL.
Freathy R, Doney J (2016). Editorial – the evolution of education. History of Education Researcher, 98, 63-65. Full text.
Doney J, Freathy R (2016). Editorial: ‘Ad fontes’. History of Education Researcher, 97, 1-3. Full text.
Doney J (2016). Religious education at schools in Europe Part 2: Western Europe. BRITISH JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, 38(1), 101-104. Author URL.
Parker SG, Freathy R, Doney J (2016). The Professionalisation of Non-Denominational Religious Education in England: politics, organisation and knowledge. Journal of Beliefs and Values: studies in religion and education, 37(2), 201-238. Abstract.  Full text.
Freathy R, Doney J (2015). Editorial: Richard Aldrich and the Importance of Historians of Education. History of Education Researcher, 95, 1-4. Full text.
Freathy R, Doney J (2015). Editorial: ‘Location, location, location’: Some reflections on geographical and spatial parameters. History of Education Researcher, 96, 53-54. Full text.
Doney J (2015). How did it become possible? Supranational Ecumenical developments and changes in Religious Education during the 1960s and 1970s. Nordidactica : Journal of Humanities and Social Science Education, 2015:2, 24-46. Full text.
Doney J (2015). Rethinking the History of Education: Transnational Perspectives on its Questions, Methods and Knowledge. HISTORY OF EDUCATION, 44(2), 245-247. Author URL.
Doney J (2014). Christian catechetical texts. HISTORY OF EDUCATION, 43(1), 128-130. Author URL.
Larkin S, Freathy R, Walshe K, Doney J (2014). Creating metacognitive environments in primary school RE classrooms. Journal of Beliefs and Values: studies in religion and education, 35(2), 175-186. Abstract.  Full text.
Doney J (2014). On the Edge: (Auto)biography and Pedagogical Theories on Religious Education. JOURNAL OF BELIEFS & VALUES-STUDIES IN RELIGION & EDUCATION, 35(2), 259-261. Author URL.
Robinson W, Freathy R, Doney J (2014). Politics, professionals and practitioners. History of Education, 43(6), 719-723. Full text.

Chapters

Robinson W, Freathy R, Doney J (2017). Introduction: Politics, professionals and practitioners. In Robinson W, Freathy R, Doney J (Eds.) Politics, Professionals and Practitioners, London: Routledge.
Larkin S, Freathy R, Walshe KSJ, Doney J (2016). Creating metacognitive environments in primary school RE classrooms. In Kuusisto A, Lovat T (Eds.) Contemporary Challenges for Religious and Spiritual Education, Routledge. Full text.
Freathy R, Doney J (2015). History of Education Researcher (UK). In Hernández Huerta JL, Cagnolati A, Diestro Fernández A (Eds.) Connecting History of Education: Scientific Journals as International Tools for a Global World, Salamanca: FahrenHouse, 141-143.
Freathy R, Parker SG, Doney J (2015). Raiders of the Lost Archives: Searching for the Hidden History of Religious Education in England. In Parker SG, Freathy R, Francis LJ (Eds.) History, Remembrance and Religious Education, Oxford: Peter Lang, 105-137.  Abstract.  Full text.
Doney J (2015). The overlooked ecumenical background to the development of English religious education. In Parker SG, Freathy R, Francis L (Eds.) History, Remembrance and Religious Education, Oxford: Peter Lang, 139-166.

Reports

Freathy G, Freathy R, Doney J, Walshe K, Teece G (2015). The RE-searchers: a New Approach to Primary Religious Education. Exeter, University of Exeter. Full text.

Publications by year


In Press

Wegerif R, Doney J, Richards A, Mansour N, Larkin S, Jamison I (In Press). Exploring the ontological dimension of dialogic education through an evaluation of the impact of Internet mediated dialogue across cultural difference. Society Culture and Social Interaction Full text.
Doney J (In Press). The British Council of Churches’ influence on the ‘Radical Rethinking of Religious Education’ in the 1960s & 1970s. Studies in Church History, 55 Full text.

2018

Doney J, Freathy R (2018). Editorial: Handing on the Baton. History of Education Researcher, 101, 1-2. Full text.
Doney J, Freathy R (2018). Editorial: it’s goodnight from me, and it’s goodnight from him. History of Education Researcher, 102, 47-48. Full text.
Freathy R, Doney J (2018). History of Education Teacher?. History of Education Researcher, 102, 49-55. Full text.

2017

Wegerif R, Fujita T, Doney J, Perez Linares J, Richards A, van Rhyn C (2017). Developing and trialing a measure of group thinking. Learning and Instruction, 48, 40-50. Abstract.  Full text.
Doney J, Freathy R (2017). Editorial: Fifty Years On. History of Education Researcher, 99, 1-3. Full text.
Freathy R, Doney J (2017). Editorial: Ripping Yarns. History of Education Researcher, 100, 75-77. Full text.
Doney J, Parker SG, Freathy R (2017). Enriching the historiography of Religious Education: insights from oral life history. History of Education, 46(4), 436-458. Abstract.  Full text.
Robinson W, Freathy R, Doney J (2017). Introduction: Politics, professionals and practitioners. In Robinson W, Freathy R, Doney J (Eds.) Politics, Professionals and Practitioners, London: Routledge.
Freathy R, Doney J, Freathy G, Walshe K, Teece G (2017). Pedagogical bricoleurs and bricolage researchers: the case of Religious Education. British Journal of Educational Studies, 65(4), 425-443. Abstract.  Full text.
Robinson W, Freathy R, Doney J (2017). Politics, Professionals and Practitioners. London, Routledge.
Doney J (2017). Studies in Church history, vol 51, Christianity and religious plurality. JOURNAL OF BELIEFS & VALUES-STUDIES IN RELIGION & EDUCATION, 38(2), 223-224. Author URL.
Parker S, Freathy R, Doney J (2017). The professionalisation of non-denominational religious education in England: politics, organisation and knowledge (vol 37, pg 201, 2016). JOURNAL OF BELIEFS & VALUES-STUDIES IN RELIGION & EDUCATION, 38(2), 230-233. Author URL.

2016

Larkin S, Freathy R, Walshe KSJ, Doney J (2016). Creating metacognitive environments in primary school RE classrooms. In Kuusisto A, Lovat T (Eds.) Contemporary Challenges for Religious and Spiritual Education, Routledge. Full text.
Freathy R, Doney J (2016). Editorial – the evolution of education. History of Education Researcher, 98, 63-65. Full text.
Doney J, Freathy R (2016). Editorial: ‘Ad fontes’. History of Education Researcher, 97, 1-3. Full text.
Doney J (2016). Religious education at schools in Europe Part 2: Western Europe. BRITISH JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, 38(1), 101-104. Author URL.
Parker SG, Freathy R, Doney J (2016). The Professionalisation of Non-Denominational Religious Education in England: politics, organisation and knowledge. Journal of Beliefs and Values: studies in religion and education, 37(2), 201-238. Abstract.  Full text.

2015

Freathy R, Doney J (2015). Editorial: Richard Aldrich and the Importance of Historians of Education. History of Education Researcher, 95, 1-4. Full text.
Freathy R, Doney J (2015). Editorial: ‘Location, location, location’: Some reflections on geographical and spatial parameters. History of Education Researcher, 96, 53-54. Full text.
Freathy R, Doney J (2015). History of Education Researcher (UK). In Hernández Huerta JL, Cagnolati A, Diestro Fernández A (Eds.) Connecting History of Education: Scientific Journals as International Tools for a Global World, Salamanca: FahrenHouse, 141-143.
Doney J (2015). How did it become possible? Supranational Ecumenical developments and changes in Religious Education during the 1960s and 1970s. Nordidactica : Journal of Humanities and Social Science Education, 2015:2, 24-46. Full text.
Freathy R, Parker SG, Doney J (2015). Raiders of the Lost Archives: Searching for the Hidden History of Religious Education in England. In Parker SG, Freathy R, Francis LJ (Eds.) History, Remembrance and Religious Education, Oxford: Peter Lang, 105-137.  Abstract.  Full text.
Doney J (2015). Rethinking the History of Education: Transnational Perspectives on its Questions, Methods and Knowledge. HISTORY OF EDUCATION, 44(2), 245-247. Author URL.
Freathy G, Freathy R, Doney J, Walshe K, Teece G (2015). The RE-searchers: a New Approach to Primary Religious Education. Exeter, University of Exeter. Full text.
Doney J (2015). The overlooked ecumenical background to the development of English religious education. In Parker SG, Freathy R, Francis L (Eds.) History, Remembrance and Religious Education, Oxford: Peter Lang, 139-166.

2014

Doney J (2014). Christian catechetical texts. HISTORY OF EDUCATION, 43(1), 128-130. Author URL.
Larkin S, Freathy R, Walshe K, Doney J (2014). Creating metacognitive environments in primary school RE classrooms. Journal of Beliefs and Values: studies in religion and education, 35(2), 175-186. Abstract.  Full text.
Doney J (2014). On the Edge: (Auto)biography and Pedagogical Theories on Religious Education. JOURNAL OF BELIEFS & VALUES-STUDIES IN RELIGION & EDUCATION, 35(2), 259-261. Author URL.
Robinson W, Freathy R, Doney J (2014). Politics, professionals and practitioners. History of Education, 43(6), 719-723. Full text.

Refresh publications

External Engagment and Impact

Awards/Honorary fellowships

  • Honorary Research Associate with the International Centre for Historical Research in Education (ICHRE) at IOE/UCL.
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  • Awarded funding to attend conferences and summer schools during doctoral study, including three Postgraduate Bursaries and a Brian Simon Bursary from The History of Education Society (totalling approx. £3.5k).
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  • Awarded a Santander Postgraduate scholarship (2015) to further develop international RE networks with Nordic contacts (£1k)

Competitively funded studentships and postdoctoral fellowships

  • ESRC Studentship (1+3 years, 2011-2015) Approximate value £54k plus tuition fees.

Conferences and invited presentations

Invited Lectures

Doney, J. (2017), ‘Religious Education in British Schools’, invited lecture at De Paul University, Chicago, US.

Doney, J. (2015) ‘The development of multi-faith RE in England: Insights for Norwegian histories of RE’, invited presentation at Sør-Trøndelag University College, Trondheim, Norway.

Doney, J. (2015) ‘Asking different questions: Post-structural Methods for Histories of Curriculum Development’, invited presentation at International Centre for Historical Research in Education (ICHRE), lunchtime seminar series, March 2015.

Doney, J. (2015) ‘Beyond inter-national comparisons: Can prioritising supranational ideas over nation-state boundaries tell us more?  The case of Religious Education’, invited presentation at International Symposium on ‘Teacher Professionalization and the Professional Quality of Religious Education’, held at The University of Exeter, March 2015.

Doney, J (2014) ‘Del odio al amor de la socialización religiosa al estudio de las religiones de mundo: el cambio de naturaleza de la educación religiosa en un país democrático durante los años 60 y 70’ [From ‘hatred’ to ‘love’, from Religious socialization to the study of world faiths: The changing nature of Religious Education in a democratic country during the 1960s and 1970s]. Invited lecture at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid, November 2014.

Freathy, R. and Doney, J. (2013) 'The Hidden History of Religious Education: Methodological issues’, invited presentation as part of the 'Spotlight on Social Science Research’. University of Exeter CSSIS Research Methods Festival, May 2013.

Doney J. (2012) 'Fostering Metacognition in Religious Education', invited keynote speaker at Westhill Trust Seminars, 2011 Series: ‘The Primary RE Curriculum: Current directions’. Bristol. March 2012.

Conference Presentations

Doney, J. (2016) ‘‘Dear Dr Hertz’ Correspondence between the President of the Board of Education and the Chief Rabbi regarding the development of the 1944 Education Act’. History of Education Society Conference, Exeter, November 2016.

Doney, J. and Wegerif, R. (2016), ‘Extreme measures? Evaluating an educational programme of international dialogue which aims to develop open-mindedness, particularly across religious divides. International Conference on Values and Education, The University of Winchester, September 2016.

Doney, J., Wegerif, R., and Gianchi, G. (2016) ‘Exploring the Pedagogical Affordances of Immersive Virtual Reality in the context of developing Training for Airline Cabin Crew.’ European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Dublin, August 2016.

Wegerif, R., Fujita, T., Doney, J., and Richards, A. (2016) ‘Measuring Group Thinking.’ European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Dublin, August 2016.

Doney, J. (2016) ‘Indoctrination, Instrumentalization, and Ideology: The Story of English Religious Education’. International Centre for Historical Research in Education (ICHRE) Summer Conference, London, July 2016.

Doney, J (2016) ‘Statement Archaeology: Post-structural theories in historical studies’. University of Exeter, GSE Annual Conference, April 2016.

Doney, J. (2015) ‘Compulsory Religious Education in England: Legalised Indoctrination?’. URL, University of Exeter, December 10th 2015.

Doney, J. (2015) ‘Its. Oh. So. Quiet. The marginalization and de-marginalization of education within Ecumenical discourses during the mid-twentieth century.’ History of Education Society Conference, Liverpool, November 2015.

Doney, J. (2015) ‘Post-structural Methods Meet Histories of Curriculum Development’. University of Exeter, GSE Annual Conference, May 2015.

Doney, J. (2014) ‘Ideas do not need passports. Tracing the transmission of ideas ‘beyond borders’; the case of Religious Education’, History of Education Society Conference, Dublin, November 2014.

Doney, J. (2014) ‘In dialogue with Althusser: Ideological State Apparatus and its intersection with English Religious Education’, International Seminar on Education Religions and Values (ISREV), York, August 2014.

Doney, J. (2014) ‘From Enemy to Ally: Ecumenical reconstruction of the 'religious other' and the adoption of world religions teaching in English Schools during the 1960s and 1970s’, International Standing Committee on the History of Education (ISCHE), London, July 2014

Doney, J. (2014) ‘Problematizing existing narratives of English Religious Education. Is it really about the transformation from confessionalism to post-confessionalism? Is ‘Ideology’ a more useful framework?’, University of Exeter, GSE Annual Conference, May 2014.

Doney, J. (2013). 'Its. Oh. So. Quiet.': The Marginalisation and De-marginalisation of Education within the Ecumenical Discourse During the Mid-Twentieth Century. ESRC SWDTC Student Conference: Knowledge Beyond Borders, November 2013.

Allan, A. and Doney, J. (2013) ‘Travel scholarship schemes and the development of global citizenship in high achieving girls.’ History of Education Society Conference, Exeter, 22nd to 24th November 2013.

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

Doney, J. (2013) 'Transcending National Boundaries: Ecumenical developments and changes in Religious Education during the 1960s and 1970s.' Nordic RE Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, June 2013.

Doney, J. (2013) ‘Local Manifestations of Supranational ideas: Ecumenical Developments and Schools Council Working Paper 36’, University of Exeter SSIS Annual Student Conference, May 2013.

Doney, J. (2012) 'The 'Birth' of 'Post-confessional', multi-faith RE in English Schools: A Foucaultian analysis of educational and ecumenical discourses’, History of Education Annual Conference, Winchester, Dec 2012.

Doney, J. (2012) ‘The overlooked ecumenical background to the development of English RE’, International Seminar on Education Religions and Values (ISREV), Turku, Finland, Aug 2012.

Parker, S., Freathy, R., and Doney, J. (2102) ‘The Christian Education Movement, c.1965 to 1980’, International Seminar on Education Religions and Values (ISREV), Turku, Finland, Aug 2012.

Doney, J. (2012) ‘Exploring the overlooked ecumenical background to the development of English RE - methodological issues and International perspectives’, European Education Research Association (EERA) Summer School, Lisbon University, Portugal, June 2012.

Doney, J. (2012) 'Through Dialogue and Collaboration; a critique of the existing historiography of English Religious Education', Festival of Research, Exeter University, May 2012.


Journal and book series Editorships and Editorial board membership

Co-Editor History of Education Researcher

Editor of Sources and Interpretations for History of Education

Treasurer and Trustee of History of Education Society

 

Teaching

Jonathan has taught on a variety of educational research related courses at level 7 and 8 (including statistics for educational research for MSc and EdD programmes) at Exeter. Earlier, he acted as an Associate Course Tutor on the RE PGCE programme at Exeter. This included teaching focused on RE content, inclusion, meeting special educational needs (inc EAL) and educational theory. As well as teaching, he undertook personal tutor responsibilities and acted as University Visiting Tutor. Jonathan also delivered lectures on RE in primary school for the Primary PGCE (Humanities strand).

Further, Jonathan has undertaken private tutoring in statistical methods, including SPSS and R, for a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate students at Universities of Exeter and Plymouth. In addition, he has led workshops on ‘Getting Published’ at conferences in Exeter, Nottingham and Liverpool, and on the use of R in educational research.

More recently, Jonathan has taught at level 4 and 5 at the University of Winchester, contributing to modules on the philosophy and sociology of education, and leading a module of the history of education, all of which contribute to their Undergraduate Educational Studies programme. Feedback from students is consistently excellent.

Supervision / Group

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