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Dr Anita Gracie

General Information

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Coordinator of Primary RE Specialism Years 1-3
  • Coordinator of Catholic Religious Education Certificate
  • Post-Primary B.Ed Advisor of Studies
  • CPD course tutor in Primary Shared Education for the EA CASE TPL Programme
  • 1st Year PliCS Programme coordinator
  • North-South Student Teacher Exchange Programme coordinator
  • Member of college Child Protection and Safeguarding Committee

External Interests / Community Service

  • NATRE member
  • AULRE member
  • CCEA RE Advisory group member
  • Churches’ RE Core Curriculum group member
  • Methodist Church Board of Education member

Research Interests

  • Children’s rights to, in and through education
  • The pedagogy of religious education
  • The pedagogy of PDMU
  • Respect for religious and cultural heritage in education
  • Teaching spirituality in the primary classroom
  • Shared Religious Education

Background & Qualifications

  • EdD QUB (2012)
  • Adult Education Diploma in Theology, Milltown Institute of Theology, Dublin (1998)
  • H.Dip.Ed RE and Mod.Lang. Trinity College Dublin (1995)
  • M.Litt. Reformation History, Trinity College Dublin, (1993)
  • BA(Mod.) European Studies with French, Trinity College Dublin (1991)

Research & Scholarship

Journal Articles

Gracie, A. & Brown, A.W. (2019) ‘Controlled Schools in Northern Ireland: De facto Protestant or de facto secular’ in International Journal of Christianity and Education, Vol. 23(3) 349–368.

Greenwood, R., Richardson, N., Gracie, A., (2017) Primary humanities – a perspective from Northern Ireland, Education 3-13, Vol.45:3, 309-319.

Book Chapter

Gracie, A. (2018) ‘Moving to Multicultural Classrooms: Lessons from the Celtic Tiger’ in Tonna & Madlinska-Michalak, Teacher Education – International Perspectives and Inspirations, Warsaw: TEPE Network. Available at: https://pbn.nauka.gov.pl/sedno-webapp/getFile/38842


Gracie, A. & Moloney, D. (2002) World Religions – an A-Level textbook, Scholastech Media Ltd.

Conference Presentations

Gracie, A. (2019) ‘Healing the Scars of Conflict: Teaching Religious Education in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland’ at the 1st European Conference on Religion and Conflict, Struga, North Macedonia, October 2019

Gracie, A. (2018) ‘Child Protection and Self-Esteem.’ In-Service Teacher Training Workshop: Sneha School, Dehradun, India, April 2018.

Gracie, A. (2017) ‘Pre-Service Educators Learning about Childhood Trauma: location and effectiveness of programme content.’ NI branch of British Psychological Society Conference, 23rd March 2017.

Gracie, A. (2016) ‘Controlled Schools in Northern Ireland – De Facto Protestant or de facto Secular? Shared Education Symposium Queen’s University Belfast’, 16th December 2016

Gracie, A. (2016) ‘Moving to Multicultural Classrooms – Lessons from the Celtic Tiger.’ Teacher Education and Policy in Europe (TEPE) Network Conference, University of Malta 16-18th May 2016