BA (National Council of Educational Awards, Ireland), MA (University College Dublin), MEd (Trinity College Dublin), PhD (National University of Ireland)

TOM O'DONOGHUE is Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education, the University of Western Australia. He is also an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He specialises in the history of education in the English-speaking world, with particular reference to the history of teachers and the process of education in faith-based schools.

Another strand in his work is concerned with examining the historical antecedents of various contemporary educational issues. His work is distinguished methodologically by the way in which it is informed by theoretical perspectives from the social sciences, especially those clustered under the label of 'interpretivist sociology'.

He is a former President of the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society.

He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of the Professions at the University of Adelaide.

Fellowships, Honorary Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society;
  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide (2010 - 2014 );
  • Adjunct Professor, The University of the Sunshine Coast, Qld (2007 - 2009);
  • Visiting Professor, Divine Word University, Madang, PNG (2000 - 2009);
  • President of the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society (2002 & 2003
  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education, Australian Catholic University (2016 -


Kheang. T., O’Donoghue, T. and Clarke, S. (in press for 2018) Primary School Leadership in Cambodia: Time Present and Time Past (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan)

O’Donoghue, T. and Moore, K. (in press for 2018) Teacher Preparation in Australia: History, Policy and Future Directions (Biggley, UK: Emerald Publishing).

O’Donoghue, T., Harford, J. and O’Doherty, T. (2017) Teacher Preparation in Ireland: History, Policy and Future Directions (Biggley, UK: Emerald Publishing) (9781787145122).

Karareba, G., Clarke, S., and O’Donoghue, T. (2017) Primary School Leadership in Post-conflict Rwanda : A Narrative Arc (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan)

O’Donoghue, T. (2017) Understanding Contemporary Education: Key Themes and Issues (London: Routledge) (97811386725 - 5).

O’Donoghue, T. and Harford, J. (2016) Secondary School Education in Ireland: History, Memories and Life Stories, 1922-1967 (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan).

Clarke, S. and O’Donoghue, T. (2016) School Leadership in Diverse Contexts (London: Routledge).

Zuniga, C.G., O’Donoghue, T., and Clarke, S. (2015) A Study of the Secondary School History Curriculum in Chile from Colonial Times to the Present (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers) (ISBN: 9789462099241).

Ledger, S., Vidovich, L. and O’Donoghue, T. (2014) Global to Local: Curriculum Policy proceses: The Enactment of the International Baccalaureat in Remote International Schools (The Netherlands: Springer) (ISBN 978-3-319-08762-7).

Shine, K. and O’Donoghue, T. (2013) Schoolteachers in the News (New York: Cambria Press).

O'Donoghue, T. & Clarke, S.(eds.)(2013). School Leadership in Post-conflict Societies: The Importance of Context (London: Routledge).

O’Donoghue, T. (2012). Catholic Teaching Brothers: Their Life in the English-speaking World, 1891-1965. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Lopes, E., O’Donoghue, T. and O’Neill, M. (2011). The Education of Children in Geographically Remote Regions through Distance Education: Perspectives and Lessons from Australia. North Carolina: Information Age Publishing.

O’Donoghue, T.A. and Clarke, S. (2010). Leading Learning: Process, Themes and Issues in International Perspective. London: Routledge.

O’Donoghue, T.A. (2007). Planning Your Qualitative Research Project: A Beginner’s Guide to Research in Education. London: Routledge.

O’Donoghue, T.A. (2004). Come Follow Me and Forsake Temptation: Catholic Schooling and the Recruitment and Retention of Teachers for Religious Teaching Orders,1922-65. Bern: Peter Lang.

O’Donoghue, T.A. and Punch, K. (eds) (2003). Qualitative Educational Research in Action. London: RoutledgeFalmer.

O’Donoghue, T.A. (2001). Upholding the Faith: The Process of Education in Catholic Schools in Australia, 1922-65. New York: Peter Lang.

O’Donoghue, T.A. (1999). The Catholic Church and the Secondary School Curriculum in Ireland, 1922-62. New York: Peter Lang.

O’Donoghue, T.A. and Dimmock, C.A.J. (1998). School Restructuring: International Perspectives. London: Kogan Page.

Dimmock, C.A.J. and O’Donoghue, T.A. (1997). Innovative School Principals and Restructuring: Life History Portraits of Successful Managers of Change. London: Routledge.


Vidovich, L. and O’Donoghue, T. (2017) Investigating global-local networks and policy learning in university curriculum policy transformations: A focus on case studies from the Asia-Pacific Region. International Journal of Educational Reform, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 305-320.

Clarke, S. and O’Donoghue, T. (2017) Educational leadership and context: A rendering of an inseparable relationship. British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 65, No. 2, pp. 167-182.

O’Donoghue, T., Gleeson, J. and McCormack, O. (2017). National newspaper reporting on state examinations: The exceptional case of the Irish Leaving Certificate. Encounters in Theory and History of Education (Canada).

Clarke, S. and O’Donoghue, T. (2017) School leadership and borderlands: Crossing into uncharted

territory. International Journal of Leadership in Education,, pp. 1-12.

Malcolm, M. and O’Donoghue, T. (2016). Confessional theology and contestation in a secular university, Educational Research and Perspectives.

Gillett, J., Clarke, S. and O’Donoghue, T. (2016). Leading schools facing challenging circumstances: Some insights from Western Australia. Issues in Educational Research, Vol. 26, No. 4, 2016, pp. 592-603.

O’Donoghue, T. (2016). Being able to see the wood from the trees in courses of teacher education. Encounters in Theory and History of Education, Vol. 17, pp. 165-176.

Ledger, S., Vidovich, L. and O’Donoghue, T. (2015) ‘International and remote schooling: Global to local curriculum policy dynamics in Indonesia’. The Asia Pacific Education Researcher

O’Donoghue, T. and Byrne, D. (2014) ‘Historical inquiry into the construction of religion as a school subject for Catholic schools in Australia, The Australasian E-Journal for Catholic School Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp.1-20.

O’Donoghue, T. (2014) ‘History of education research in Australia: Some current trends and possible directions for the future’, Paedagogica Historica.Vol. 50, No. 6, pp. 813-821.

Barry, M.J., Hauck, Y.L., O’Donoghue, T, and Clarke, S. (2014) ‘Newly-Graduated midwives transcending barriers: Mechanisms for putting plans into action’. Midwifery, Vol. 30, No. 8, pp. 962-967.

Striepe, M. and O’Donoghue, T. (2014). ‘Servant leadership in a Catholic school: A study in the Western Australian context’. Educational Research and Perspectives. Vol. 41, pp. 130-153.

O’Donoghue, T. and Harford, J. (2014). ‘The conception, construction and maintenance of the identity of Catholic female religious teachers’. Teachers and Teaching, Volume 20, No. 4, pp. 410-426

Allender, T. and O’Donoghue, T.A (2014) ‘Identity dystopias, Empire framing and theoretical Hegemonies: Two case Studies, India and Ireland’, The Journal of Educational Administration and History, Vol. 46, No. 2, pp. 134-144.

Striepe, M., Clarke, S. and O’Donoghue, T. (2014). ‘Spirituality, values and the school’s ethos: Factors shaping leadership in a faith-based school’. Issues in Educational Research, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 85-97.

O’Donoghue, T. and Harford, J.(2013). ‘Addressing the apparent paradox of the Catholic sister principal, 1940-1965’. History of Education, Vol. 13, No. 6, pp. 765-782.

Chapman, A. and O’Donoghue (2013). ‘An analysis of recruitment literature used by orders of Catholic religious teaching brothers in Australia in the first half of the twentieth century: A social semiotic analysis. Paedagogica Historica iFirst.

Shine, K. and O’Donoghue, T. (2013). ‘Teacher representation in news reporting on standardized testing: A case study from Western Australia’, Educational Studies. iFirst

Barry, M.J., Hauck, Y.L., O’Donoghue, T, and Clarke, S. (2013). ‘Newly-graduated midwives transcending barriers: a grounded theory study’. Midwifery. iFirst.

O’Donoghue, T. and Harford, J. (iFirst 2012)‘Contesting the Limond thesis on British influence on Irish education since 1922: A comparative perspective. Comparative Education (UK),

Vidovich, L., O’Donoghue, T. and Tight. M. (iFirst, 2011) ‘Transforming university curriculum policies in a global knowledge era: Mapping a global-local research agenda’, Educational Studies (UK).

O’Donoghue, T. and Harford, J. (2011). ‘A comparative history of Church-State relations in Irish education’, Comparative Education Review (USA), Vol. 55, No. 3, pp. 315-341.

Harford, J. and O’Donoghue, T. (2011). ‘Continuity and change in the perspectives of women religious in Ireland on themselves both as religious and as teachers in the years immediately prior to, and following, the Second Vatican Council (1962-65),’ Paedagogica Historica (Europe), Vol. 47, No. 3, 2011, pp. 399-413.

O’Donoghue, T. and Chapman, A. (2011) ‘A social semiotic analysis of the discursive construction of teacher identity in the ‘book of rules and customs’ of the Australian Sisters of St. Joseph of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,’ History of Education (UK), Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 391-408.

Toffoli, A., Vidovich, L. and O’Donoghue, T. (2010). ‘Middle schooling policy processes in a Catholic context: Synergies and dissonances,’ Asia Pacific Education Researcher, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2010, pp. 199-212.

O’Donoghue, T. and Harford, J. (2010) ‘Troubling some generalisations on teacher education in the English-speaking world: The case of the Republic of Ireland,’ South African Journal of Education, Vol. 30, pp. 91-104.

Hanafin, J., O’Donoghue, T.A., Flynn, M. and Shevlin, M. (2010). ‘The primary school’s invasion of the privacy of the child: Unmasking the potential of some current practices,’ Educational Studies (UK), Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 143-152.

Trotman, J. and O’Donoghue (2010) ‘Becoming a woman teacher: Memories of learning to be a monitor in Western Australia in the 1920s and 1930s,’ Oxford Review of Education (UK), Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 171-185.

O’Donoghue, T. and Harford, J. (2009). ‘A contemporary overview on secondary school teacher education in the Irish Republic,’ New Educational Review, Vol. 19, Nos. 3-4, pp. 235-246.

O’Donoghue, T.A. (2009) ‘Colonialism, education and social change in the British Empire: The cases of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Ireland,’ Paedagogica Historica (Europe), Vol. 45, No. 6, pp. 787-799.

O’Donoghue, T.A. and Burley, S. (2008) ‘God’s Antipodean teaching force: An historical exposition on Catholic teaching religious in Australia,’ Teaching and Teacher Education (UK), Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 180-189.

Chapman, A. and O’Donoghue, T.A. (2007) ‘The recruitment of religious as teachers: A case study from 1960s Australia,’ Cambridge Journal of Education (UK), Vol. 37, No. 4, pp. 561-577.