Mrs Devon Goodwin


Contact Details

Lecturer Above The Bar
Arts Millenium Room 335
Children's Studies Programme
School of Languages
University of Galway


Dr. Devon Goodwin is a Lecturer (above the bar) and Director the the BA Children's Studies degree, School of Education. Canadian by descent, she spent many years working in residential and community based disability services. After a brief period of living in Spain where she owned her own small business, she returned to Canada to pursue qualification as a primary school teacher. She has taught both mainstream and special education, and is deeply committed to honest and progressive discussion around education for all. Pedagogically, she holds both great respect for solid traditions of the past, and great enthusiasm for the potential of new directions in higher education.

Her doctoral research was in the area of the diversification of the teaching profession, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of teachers and aspiring teachers from working class backgrounds.  Her current research interests include diversity, appropriate education for diverse needs, and alternative pedagogical approaches.  She lectures in the areas of supporting children with diverse needs, the children's policy landscape, alternative, emerging and historical pedagogical approaches, and quantitative and qualitative research methods.  

Her contributions to the Galway community include sitting on five voluntary boards of management, including most recently as Chairperson for Cuan na Gaillimhe, known more commonly as the Galway Steiner School and board member of the Galway Autism Partnership.  

Research Interests

Critical Disability Studies
    - inclusive education
    - reconceptualising disability in education 

Critical Pedagogy
   - ungrading and alternative assessment in higher education

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
Parent Peer Support Pilot Project 01-JAN-23

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2021) 'Levels of Physical Activity and Mental Health in Adolescents in Ireland'
Molcho M;Gavin A;Goodwin D; (2021) 'Levels of Physical Activity and Mental Health in Adolescents in Ireland'. International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health, 18 (4) [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2022) 'The Rationale for Diversifying the Teaching Profession: Social Justice, Ethnic-Matching and Recent Trends'
Devon Goodwin and Elaine Keane (2022) 'The Rationale for Diversifying the Teaching Profession: Social Justice, Ethnic-Matching and Recent Trends' In: Diversifying the Teaching Profession Dimensions, Dilemmas and Directions for the Future. Oxon and New York: Routledge. [Details]


  Year Publication
(2019) Social Class and `Becoming' A Post-Primary Teacher in the Republic of Ireland.
Devon Goodwin (2019) Social Class and `Becoming' A Post-Primary Teacher in the Republic of Ireland. Thesis [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2023 Nominated for the President's Award for Teaching Excellence University of Galway
2013 IRC PhD Scholarship Irish Research Council
2013 Early Childhood Education Scholarship for Academic Merit University of Calgary
2012 Louise McKinney Award for Academic Excellence University of Calgary
2012 Victoria Mary MacTavish Memorial Education Bursary for Academic Excellence in Education University of Calgary

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Irish Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research Member 01-JUL-20 /
British Columbia Teaching Registration Board Registered Primary School Teacher 01-MAY-13 /


  Committee Function From / To
Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Education Academic Integrity Officer 01-SEP-22 /
Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Languages, Literature and Culture, University of Galway Head / Chair 01-SEP-19 / 01-SEP-21


  Employer Position From / To
Yarmouth Association of Community Residential Options, Halifax, NS Residential Counselor for youth on the Autism Spectrum 01-OCT-07 / 01-DEC-09
University of Galway Lecturer Below the Bar 01-JAN-19 / 01-JAN-23
Vocational and Rehabilitation Research Institute, Calgary, AB Youth Counselor (Residential and Community) for youth with complex needs and multiple disabilities 01-JUN-05 / 30-JUN-07
William Taylor School for children with high behavioral needs, CBE/Wood¿s Homes, Calgary, AB Classroom Counsellor 01-JUN-06 / 01-MAR-07
University of Galway Lecturer Above Bar 01-JAN-23 /
Aspen Child and Family Services, Calgary, AB Residential Counselor for youth with family and emotional/behavioral challenges 01-OCT-01 / 01-MAY-03
Global Water Strategies (Francesca McCann) Freelance Researcher 01-FEB-10 / 30-NOV-10
Oxford Seminars, Canada Instructor, Law School Admission Test Preparations 01-DEC-08 / 01-JUL-13
Department of Education and Skills, Ireland Teacher and Home Tutor 01-APR-17 / 31-DEC-19


  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2019 National University of Ireland, Galway PhD. Education (Sociology of Education)
2003 University of Calgary BA Psychology (First Class Honours) Psychology
2013 University of Calgary B.Ed (Professional Master's) Early Childhood Education / Primary Teaching

Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Board Membership Chairperson, Cuan Na Gaillimhe National School, ('The Galway Steiner School') 31-JAN-19 / 01-DEC-21
Board Membership Patron Nominee, Cuan Na Gaillimhe National School, ('The Galway Steiner School') 31-JAN-17 / 31-JAN-19
Board Membership Board Member, Galway Autism Partnership 19-JUN-19 /
Board Membership Chairperson, Start-Up Committee, Knocknacarra Educate Together National School, Galway 01-MAR-13 / 01-DEC-14
Other Volunteer Waterpolo Coach, Tribes Waterpolo / Minipolo 31-OCT-17 / 01-JAN-23
Other MENSA UK, Secretary and Newsletter Editor, Education Special Interest Group 01-JAN-14 / 01-JAN-16
Board Membership Patron Nominee, St. Joseph's Special School, Galway 01-SEP-20 / 14-SEP-22

Current Postgraduate Students (Research)

  Student Degree Type Type
Deirdre Fitzgerald Doctorate - Structured Ph.D. in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Co-supervisor (1)

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2020/2021 - present Connecting Research, Practice, and Policy in Children's Services and Children's Lives CN4105 Children's Studies
2020/2021 - present Quantitative Research Methods CN2101 Children's Studies
2023/24 Introduction to Academic Skills Cn1108
2018/19 - present European Educational Approaches, Practices, and Policies CN2107 Children's Studies
2020/2021 - present Supporting Children with Diverse Needs CN4100 Children's Studies
2020/2021 - present Qualitative Research Methods CN2102 Children's Studies

Internal Collaborators

  Name Description of Collaboration
Dr. Lhara Mullins
Parent Peer Support Pilot - Enable Ireland