Jonathan Doney BA(Hons), PGCE, PGDip, MSc, AHEA


March 2015:

Symposium on ‘Teacher Professionalization and the Professional Quality of Religious Education’, held at The University of Exeter.

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.

March 2015:

International Centre for Historical Research in Education (ICHRE) lunchtime seminar series

Invited presentation

Doney, J. (2015) Asking different questions: Post-structural Methods for Histories of Curriculum Development.

November 2014:

History of Education Society Annual Conference, Dublin.

Attended and presented:

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, 21st to 23rd November 2014.

November 2014:

Invited Lecture: UNED, Madrid

Lecture at UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia), Madrid.

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].

August 2014:

ISREV (International Seminar on Religious Education and Values), York.

Attended and presented:

Doney, J. (2014) In dialogue with Althusser: Ideological State Apparatus and its intersection with English Religious Education. ISREV, York, August 2014.

July 2014:

ISCHE (International Standing Committee on the History of Education)

Attended and presented:

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

10th May 2014:

GSE Postgraduate Conference, University of Exeter

As well as being involved in the organisation of this conference, I presented a paper:

Doney, J (2013) Problematizing existing narratives of English Religious Education. Is it really about the transformation from confessionalism to post-confessionalism? Is ‘Ideology’ a more useful framework?

8th November 2013:

ESRC SWDTC Student Conference: Knowledge Beyond Borders

As well as attending and participating in workshops on 'Engaged Research' and 'Developing Peer Support Structures', I presented a paper: 

Doney, J. (2013). 'Its. Oh. So. Quiet.': The Marginalisation and De-marginalisation of Education within the Ecumenical Discourse During the Mid-Twentieth Century.

November 2013:

History of Education Society Conference, Exeter 22nd to 24th November 2013

As well as acting as Conference Administrator, and being on the Organising Committee for this conference, which was held under the title ‘Politics, Professionals and Practitioners’, I helped lead a workshop on ‘Getting Published in the history of Education’ and presented the following papers:

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

Allan, A. & Doney, J. (2013) ‘Travel scholarship schemes and the development of global citizenship in high achieving girls.’

June 2013:

Nordic RE Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland. 10-13 June 2013

Attended the Nordic RE Conference, and presented an invited paper as part of a symposium on 'comparative studies in RE' together with colleagues from Norway, Denmark and Greenland. Presented: Doney, J. (2013) 'Transcending National Boundaries: Ecumenical developments and changes in Religious Education during the 1960s and 1970s.'

11th May 2013:

SSIS Annual Student Conference, May 2013

Assisted with the organisation of this internal conference, and presented on my doctoral work. Doney, J. (2013) Local Manifestations of Supranational ideas: Ecumenical Developments and Schools Council Working Paper 36.

9th May 2013:

CSSIS Research Methods Festival, May 2013

Attended the Research Methods Festival and presented as part of the 'Spotlight on Social Science Research. Freathy, R. and Doney, J. (2013) 'The Hidden History of Religious Education'.

December 2012:

History of Education Society Conference, Winchester 30th Nov to 2nd Dec 2012

Attended the History of Education Annual Conference in Winchester, which took the theme 'Rulers, Rebels and Reformers. Presented: Doney, J. (2012). 'The 'Birth' of 'Post-confessional', multi-faith RE in English Schools. A Foucaultian analysis of educational and ecumenical discourses.

July 2012:

ISREV (International Seminar on Religious Education and Values) Turku, Finland 29 July-3 Aug 2012

Participated at this bi-annual international conference. Presented: Jonathan Doney (2012) 'The overlooked ecumenical background to the development of English RE'. Also Stephen Parker,  Rob Freathy & Jonathan Doney (2012) The Christian Education Movement, c.1965 to 1980.

July 2012:

NCRM/ESRC Research Methods Festival, Oxford, July 2-5th, 2012

A four day conference presenting a variety of research methods in social science research.

June 2012:

EERA Histories of Education Summer School, Lisbon, 7-10 June 2012

Participated in this international summer school for doctoral students. Co-ordinated followup web based forum for student participants. Presented: Jonathan Doney (2012) Exploring the overlooked ecumenical background to the development of English RE - methodological issues and Iinternational perspectives.

May 2012:

Festival of Research, Exeter University 13-14 May 2012

Assisted in preparation and planning for this festival, chaired a session and presented: Jonathan Doney (2012) 'Through Dialogue and Collaboration; a critique of the existing historiography of English Religious Education'.

March 2012:

Westhill Trust Seminars, 2011 Series, Bristol 17-18th March 2012

Conference title: The Primary RE Curriculum:  current directions, Keynote speaker, 'Fostering Metacognition in Religious Education'.

Graduate School Skills Workshops

2nd April 2014:

Using NVivo - A Practical Workshop

Day long course using basic and more advanced functions in NVivo.

31st March 2014:

An Introduction to R

A day long introductory course building confidence and ability with R, the free data manipulation, statistical analysis and graphical software.

February 2014:

Using Visual Methods in Social Science Research

February 2014:

Doing Critical Research

21st November 2013:

'Writing Behind the Scenes'

April 2013:

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) Level 3

Self directed learning to build on the principles of LTHE level 2 course, leading to Masters level credits towards PCAP.

October 2012:

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) Level 2

A six week course looking in depth at learning, teaching, student support, assessment and evaluation. Covering teaching methods, planning, assessment, marking and feedback, teaching and evaluating practise and future professional development.

9th February 2012:

Making the most of Conferences

27th January 2012:

Time Management

20th January 2012:

Tackling a doctoral Literature Review

11th January 2012:

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) Level 1


January 2014:

History of Education Researcher - Co-editor

Together with Dr Rob Freathy, I am co-editor of the History of Education Researcher. We took up this responsibility in January 2014.

December 2013:

Reviewer - ISCHE 2014

I was part of the team that reviewed abstracts submitted for the 2014 ISCHE Conference 'Education, War and Peace'.

November 2013:

History of Education Society - Executive Board

I was elected to the Executive of the History of Education Society at their Annual General Meeting in November 2013.

June 2013:

Administrator for Post-structural Reading Group

Since Summer 2013 I have been administrator for the Graduate School of Education's post-structural reading group.

Research Project

January 2014:


I am Research Fellow on the RE-Searchers project, which focuses on the development of an innovative pedagogy of Religious Education based on critical studies and dialogic theory.  

November 2012:

The Hidden History of Religious Education: The Life-Histories of R.E. Professionals in the Midlands from the long 1960s to the 1980s

From November 2012, I have worked as an assistant on this project, undertaking oral history interviews and analysing themes from the interview data set.

March 2011:

Re-Flect: Fostering Metacognition in the Primary Classroom

Between March 2011 and July 2012, I was Associate Research Fellow for this project. I took responsibility for collecting data from partner schools, through video capture of lessons, audio capture of interviews with teachers and pupils (years 3-6) and quantitative data through questionnaires. I also undertook preliminary analysis of quantitative data and contributed to the writing of a number of papers arising from the project, as well as being involved in dissemination events.

December 2010:

The Hidden History of Curriculum Change in Religious Education in English Schools, 1969-1979

Worked as Archive Assistant on this British Academy funded research project between December 2010 and March 2011. I Worked with archivists at Institute of Education, London, Cadbury Archive, Birmingham and with public records at Kew.


February 2012:

The Art of Narrative Theology in Religious Education. Spring 2012

Acted as reviewing consultant on materials prepared for teachers arising from this Bible Society funded project, in addition I undertook consultation with other professionals, collating and reporting on their experience. I also assisted with the recording of 'talking heads' video clips as a supporting classroom resource.


January 2015:

Book Chapter

Doney, J. (2015). The Overlooked Ecumenical Background to the Development of English RE. In Stephen Parker, Rob Freathy, Leslie Francis and Arto Kallioniemi (eds) History, Remembrance and Religious Education. Peter Lang, pp139-166.

January 2015:

Book Chapter

Freathy, R., Parker, S and Doney, J. (2015). ‘Raiders of the Lost Archives: Searching for the Hidden History of Religious Education in England’, in History, Remembrance and Religious Education, eds. S. G. Parker, R. Freathy and L. J. Francis (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015): 105-138.


Journal Article

Doney, J., Parker, S.G, and Freathy, R. (in prep) Enriching the Historiography of Education with Oral Life Histories: The case of Religious Education, History of Education.


Journal Article

Doney, J. (2015 in prep) '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.


Journal Article

Doney, J. (in press, 2015) 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. Historia y Memoria de la Educatión.


Book Review

Doney, J. (2015) Review: Rethinking the History of Education: Transnational Perspectives on its Questions, Methods and Knowledge, History of Education, 44(2), 245-247.

November 2014:


Freathy, R. and Doney, J. (2014) ‘Editoral: The Metaphors we work with…’, History of Education Researcher, 94 (November 2014), 37-39.

May 2014:


Freathy, R. and Doney, J. (2014) ‘Editoral’, History of Education Researcher, 93 (May 2014), 1-3.

March 2014:

Journal Article

Larkin, S., Freathy, R., Walshe, K. and Doney, J. (2014). Creating Metacognitive Environments in Primary School RE Classrooms: A Summary Report of the RE-Flect project. Journal of Beliefs and Values.


Book Review

Doney, J. (2014). Review: On the edge: (Auto)biography and pedagogical theories on religious education. Journal of Beliefs & Values, 35 (2), 259-261.



Wendy Robinson, Rob Freathy & Jonathan Doney (2014) , Guest Editorial, Politics, professionals and practitioners, History of Education, 43 (6), pp 719-723.

August 2013:

Book Review

Christian Catechetical Texts, compiled by William P. McDonald, Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, 2011, viii + 1376 pp., £154.95, US$ 259.95, (hardback), ISBN 978-0-7734-1536-2.

History of Education (2014) Vol 43 issue 1.

April 2012:

Book Chapter

Parker, S. G., Freathy, R. and Doney, J. (in press) The English Movement for Christian Education and its Journals, c.1920 to 1970. In Bernd Schröder (ed)  Institutionalization and profile of RE - selected European case studies. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.


February 2014:

R Users Group

Training Courses

July 2013:

Modern British Archival Research Skills Workshop

I attended this AHRC funded, week long training course, held at The National Archive, Kew. The main emphasis of the course was on the location, use and understanding of modern domestic records held at the National Archive, and in local record offices. Four particular areas were covered: poverty, the law, public health and education.