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Bernadette Sweetman

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E: Bernadette.Sweetman@dcu.ie
Post-Doctoral Researcher
Mater Dei Centre For Catholic Education
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Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education
Institute of Education
DCU, St. Patrick's Campus
Drumcondra, Dublin 9

T: (01) 8842276
E: bernadette.sweetman@dcu.ie
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Biography

Dr. Bernadette Sweetman is a Post-doctoral Researcher in Adult Religious Education and Faith Development at the Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education.

Research Interests

Religious Education, Religious and Cultural Diversity, Socio-religious Irish culture, Culturally responsive teaching and learning.  CPD for RE Teachers.  Godparenthood and Education.   LGBTQ and Education

Research Projects

  Title Funder From - To Role Award
CPD and RE: An Empirical Study of the CPD needs of RE teachers in the Republic of Ireland DCU 01-MAY-17 - 31-JUL-17 Field worker
E-Evalinto: Evaluation environment for fostering intercultural mentoring tools and practices at school Erasmus+ 01-JAN-16 - 30-SEP-18 Project Manager of Irish Partner (EQI)

Books

  Year Publication
2013 Encountering Christ in the Sacraments.
Maura Hyland, Bernadette Sweetman (2013) Encountering Christ in the Sacraments. Frisco, Texas, USA: Veritas. [Details]
2013 The Body of Christ: The Church.
Caroline Kehoe, Bernadette Sweetman (2013) The Body of Christ: The Church. Frisco, Texas, USA: Veritas. [Details]
2012 Son of God, Son of Mary.
Bernadette Sweetman (2012) Son of God, Son of Mary. Frisco, Texas, USA: Veritas. [Details]
2012 Our Family Mass: Resources for the Family Sunday Liturgy Year C.
Bernadette Sweetman (2012) Our Family Mass: Resources for the Family Sunday Liturgy Year C. Dublin: Veritas. [Details]
2011 Our Family Mass: Resources for the Family Sunday Liturgy Year B.
Bernadette Sweetman (2011) Our Family Mass: Resources for the Family Sunday Liturgy Year B. Dublin: Veritas. [Details]
2010 Our Family Mass: Resources for the Sunday Family Liturgy - Year A.
Bernadette Sweetman (2010) Our Family Mass: Resources for the Sunday Family Liturgy - Year A. Dublin: Veritas. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 'Exploring the personal, social and spiritual worldview of male adolescent atheists within the Republic of Ireland: An Empirical Enquiry'
Gareth Byrne, Leslie J. Francis, Ursula McKenna, Bernadette Sweetman (2019) 'Exploring the personal, social and spiritual worldview of male adolescent atheists within the Republic of Ireland: An Empirical Enquiry' In: Gareth Byrne, Leslie J. Francis (eds). Religion and Education: The Voices of Young People in Ireland. Dublin: Veritas. [Details]
2019 'Sustaining churchgoing young Catholics in the Republic of Ireland: Assessing the importance of parental example'
Gareth Byrne, Leslie J. Francis, Bernadette Sweetman, Ursula McKenna (2019) 'Sustaining churchgoing young Catholics in the Republic of Ireland: Assessing the importance of parental example' In: Gareth Byrne, Leslie J. Francis (eds). Religion and Education: The Voices of Young People in Ireland. Dublin: Veritas. [Details]
2019 'CPD and RE: What do RE teachers in Irish Catholic Schools Say They Need?'
Byrne, G., Sweetman, B. (2019) 'CPD and RE: What do RE teachers in Irish Catholic Schools Say They Need?' In: Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education in Schools Volume II: Learning and Leading in a Pluralist World. Singapore: Springer. [Details]
2018 'Godparenthood and Education: An Irish Perspective'
Bernadette Sweetman (2018) 'Godparenthood and Education: An Irish Perspective' In: Religious Education in Catholic Schools: Perspectives from Ireland and the UK. London: Peter Lang. [Details]
2016 'Growing Up Female and Catholic in the Republic of Ireland and in Scotland: The Intersectionality of Religious Identity, Religious Saliency, and Nationality'
Francis, L.J., Byrne, G., Sweetman, B., Penny, G. (2016) 'Growing Up Female and Catholic in the Republic of Ireland and in Scotland: The Intersectionality of Religious Identity, Religious Saliency, and Nationality' In: Diversity and Intersectionality: Studies in Religion, Education and Values. Bern: Peter Lang. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2013 My Simple Mass Book
Pierpaulo Finaldi, Bernadette Sweetman (Ed.). (2013) My Simple Mass Book London: Catholic Truth Society. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2020 2nd International Conference on Catholic Religious Education in Schools,
Bernadette Sweetman (2020) Exploring Adult Religious Education and Faith Development in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], 2nd International Conference on Catholic Religious Education in Schools, Melbourne, Australia [Details]
2020 2nd International Conference on Catholic Religious Education in Schools,
Bernadette Sweetman (2020) Chaired session. [Chaired Session], 2nd International Conference on Catholic Religious Education in Schools, Melbourne, Australia [Details]
2019 Catholic Education: Formal, informal and lifelong,
Bernadette Sweetman (2019) Adult Religious Education in Ireland: Pushing the boat out. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Catholic Education: Formal, informal and lifelong, DCU [Details]
2018 ESAI Conference 2018,
Bernadette Sweetman (2018) Religion. [Chaired Session], ESAI Conference 2018, UCD [Details]
2018 The Voice of Young People on Religion and Education: Research, Policy and Impact,
Gareth Byrne, Bernadette Sweetman (2018) Sustaining churchgoing young Catholics in the Republic of Ireland: Assessing the importance of parental example. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Voice of Young People on Religion and Education: Research, Policy and Impact, DCU [Details]
2018 International Conference on Catholic Religious Education,
Gareth Byrne, Bernadette Sweetman (2018) CPD and RE: What do RE teachers in Irish Catholic primary and post-primary schools say they need?. [Chaired Session], International Conference on Catholic Religious Education, Malta [Details]
2018 The Voice of Young People on Religion and Education: Research, Policy and Impact,
Gareth Byrne, Bernadette Sweetman (2018) Growing up female and Catholic in the Republic of Ireland and in Scotland: The intersectionality of religious identity, religious saliency, and nationality. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Voice of Young People on Religion and Education: Research, Policy and Impact, DCU [Details]
2018 ESAI Conference 2018,
Bernadette Sweetman, Joe O'Hara (2018) Tackling early school leaving in migrant populations through peer mentoring: The E-Evalinto Project. [Invited Oral Presentation], ESAI Conference 2018, UCD [Details]
2017 CEIST Annual Conference,
Bernadette Sweetman, Gareth Byrne (2017) Presentation on Growing Up Female and Catholic: An Irish Perspective. [Invited Oral Presentation], CEIST Annual Conference, Athlone [Details]
2016 ICRE RE Lecturers and Researchers Colloquium,
Gareth Byrne, Bernadette Sweetman (2016) Growing up Female and Catholic in the Republic of Ireland and Scotland: The Intersectionality of Religious Identity, Religious Saliency, and Nationality. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract ], ICRE RE Lecturers and Researchers Colloquium, Dublin [Details]
2016 New Thinking about Catholic Education,
Bernadette Sweetman (2016) Godparenthood in Ireland: An Empirical Study of the Educational Intentions Influencing Parental Selection of Godparents. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract ], New Thinking about Catholic Education, Heythrop College, London [Details]
2016 European Society of Historical Demography,
Bernadette Sweetman (2016) Godaprenthood in Ireland 1965 - 2015. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract ], European Society of Historical Demography, Leuven, Belgium [Details]
2015 ICRE RE Lecturers and Researchers Colloquium,
Bernadette Sweetman (2015) Godparenthood in Ireland. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract ], ICRE RE Lecturers and Researchers Colloquium, Dublin [Details]
2014 European Society of Historical Demography,
Bernadette Sweetman (2014) Godparenthood in Ireland: Exploring the Landscape. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract ], European Society of Historical Demography, Alghero, Sardinia [Details]
2014 DCU Postgraduate in Humanities and Social Sciences Conference,
Bernadette Sweetman (2014) Godparenthood in Ireland: Exploring the Landscape. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract ], DCU Postgraduate in Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, Dublin [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2018 A Review and Evaluation of the NUI Uversity collaborative model of higher education provision through the MA in Creative Process.
Joe O'Hara, Bernadette Sweetman, Denise Freir, Martin Brown, Gerry McNamara (2018) A Review and Evaluation of the NUI Uversity collaborative model of higher education provision through the MA in Creative Process. National University of Ireland, Dublin. [Details]

Online Article

  Year Publication
2019 Why do we have godparents?.
Bernadette Sweetman (2019) Why do we have godparents?. Online Article [Details]

Newspaper

  Year Publication
2019 Dominant public view of religious persons as less intelligent is lamentable.
Bernadette Sweetman (2019) Dominant public view of religious persons as less intelligent is lamentable. Newspaper [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
2016 Godparenthood in Ireland: An Empirical Study of the Educational Intentions Influencing Parental Selection of Godparents.
Bernadette Sweetman (2016) Godparenthood in Ireland: An Empirical Study of the Educational Intentions Influencing Parental Selection of Godparents. Thesis [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2012 Partial scholarship Irish Centre for Religious Education

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
European Society of Historical Demography Research 27-SEP-14 /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Advisory Board for the Irish Centre for Religious Education Board member 2017 / Ongoing

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Dublin City University Part-time Lecturer and Tutor 01-OCT-16 / 31-MAY-17
EQI : Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection, DCU Research Assistant 01-NOV-16 /
St. Colmcilles B.N.S. Swords Mainstream Teacher 01-SEP-01 / 31-AUG-11
Self-employed Author 01-SEP-11 / 30-SEP-13
Irish Centre for Religious Education Research and Development Officer 01-OCT-13 / 30-JUN-16

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2001 St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra Bachelor of Education Education (Primary)
2016 Dublin City University and Mater Dei Institute Doctor of Education Education (RE Strand)
2005 St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra and Mater Dei Institute Masters in Education Primary Religious Education

Outreach Activities

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

I was invited by Brackenstown Parish to speak with the Parish Pastoral Council and other parishioners on the development of Family Ministry in the parish.

I was invited by Castleknock parish to speak about family catechesis at their Parish Festival in October 2013.

Media

  Title Year Type Authors
The John Murray show 2015 Radio Interviews John Murray

Teaching Interests

Primary Education.   Post-Primary Education.  Religious education.  Non-formal education.  ICT in Education.  Professional Development.  Psychology, Philosophy and History of Education.  Curriculum Development and Evaluation.

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