Institute for Research in Social Sciences

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Dr Alan McCully
Dr Alan McCully

Senior Lecturer in Education (History & Citizenship)
Institute for Research in Social Sciences

School of Education
University of Ulster
Coleraine campus
Cromore Road
Co. Londonderry
BT52 1SA
Phone: +44 28 70124975


Dr. Alan McCully is a Senior Lecturer in Education in the School of Education in the University of Ulster. Currently, is Research Co-ordinator for the School and a member of the Institute for Research in Social Studies (IRiSS) . He is a member of the British Educational Research Association, the American Educational Research Association, a committee member of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland, President of the History Teacher Education Network and sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal, Theory and Research in Social Education. His research is largely focused on the Education and Conflict strand of the School’s research agenda while also contributing to work on initial teacher education. His interests are in the fields of History Education, Citizenship and the teaching of controversial issues, particularly as these relate to educational responses to conflict. He has over 50 publications, including 26 papers in academic and professional journals plus book chapters, research reports, educational textbooks and book reviews. His work has been funded by ESRC / TLRP, the Irish Academy, the Nuffield Foundation, the International Fund for Ireland, the Community Relations Council for Northern Ireland and the Standing Conference of Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENS). Within the university he collaborates with colleagues in the field of education, conflict and peace-building as an associate member of both the UNESCO Centre and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. He sits on advisory groups for a number of initiatives addressing educational practice in a divided society – Facing History Shaping our Future, Teaching Divided Histories, the Community Relations Round Table on Remembering the Decade of Centenaries and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) Steering Group on Teaching Controversial Issues.

Internationally, he has worked closely with Professor Keith Barton, Indiana University, on the relationship between history teaching and national identity which investigates the interface between history learned formally in schools and that learned in communities. Over the last 15 years his international commitments have included work for the Council of Europe, ADRA , OSCE and the British Council on history curriculum issues in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kosovo and the Russian Federation.