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I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Religion and education - Pedagogy and religious education - Inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue in educational environments

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PGCE: Religious Education; Education and Professional Studies

MEd: Contemporary Issues in Learning and Teaching

Research Interests

One of my core research interests is the interface between religion and education, another is in the area of teacher education.

With regards to religion and education I am interested in approaches to the teaching of religious education as a curriculum subject as well as the role religion plays in the organisation of schooling more generally. This latter theme has led me to conduct research into the challenges and possibilities for sharing a common education across schools of different religious ethos. I am currently involved in developing projects to explore the teaching about religions and beliefs in Ireland, both North and South, and to understand the part interbelief dialogue can play in these contexts.

In relation to teacher education I am interested in issues pertaining to the recruitment of student teachers as well as the role of religion and religious education in teacher education institutions. I am involved in a UK-wide project investigating 'Routes into Teaching' which has a particular focus upon understanding the changing nature of teacher education in the different regions of the UK. 


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Research Output 2004 2019

The Nature of Nurture in Inclusive Religious Education

Nelson, J., 13 Sep 2019, In : Religious Education. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

religious education
school type
educational program

Fostering Harmony and Dealing with Difference in Education: A Critical Review of Perspectives on Intergroup Relations

Hughes, J., Loader, R. & Nelson, J., 31 May 2018, Critical Human Rights, Citizenship, and Democracy Education. Keet, A. & Zembylas, M. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 123-138 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Open Access

The Case for Dialogical Learning as a Signature Pedagogy of Religious Education

Nelson, J., 2018, Values, Human Rights and Religious Education. Astley, J., Francis, L. & Lankshear, D. (eds.). Oxford: Peter Lang, p. 91-108 (Religion Education and Values; vol. 14).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

1 Citation (Scopus)
166 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
religious education
discourse analysis
World Wide Web

Activities 2014 2019

Rachel Wardle

James Nelson (Host)
Oct 2019Jun 2020

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting of external, non-academic visitor

Philip McMaster

James Nelson (Host)
Oct 2019Jun 2020

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting of external, non-academic visitor

Denver Wright

James Nelson (Host)
Oct 2019Jun 2020

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting of external, non-academic visitor

informa (Publisher)

James Nelson (Peer reviewer)
Dec 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Connected Leaders 1

James Nelson (Participant)
15 Nov 201928 May 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Common Education and Separate Schools: A Study of Sharing Education in Northern Ireland Using a Grounded Theory Methodology

Author: Nelson, J. H., Jun 2013

Supervisor: Galllagher, A. (External person) (Supervisor) & Purdey, N. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy