Dr Camilla Fitzsimons

Adult and Community Education

Lecturer

Maynooth University School of Education
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(01) 708 3951

Biography

My name is Camilla, I am from Dublin and I have been working in adult and community education since the 1990s.  I have worked with women's groups, vocational groups, residents groups and campaign groups all as part of wider community development initiatives.  My practice is influenced by critical pedagogy and feminism and my research influence extends across the breadth of adult and community education where the emphasis is on equality, social justice and inclusive learning.  I have published extensively in community education, the professionalisation of adult and community education and the influence of policy on adult and community education.   When focusing on adult education practice, I seek to uncover dimensions of power in relation to gender, race, presumptions about ability, and other social and structural concepts.   At Maynooth I work across a range of programmes at under-graduate and post-graduate level.  I am currently the Course Coordinator of the Higher Diploma in Further Education.  Please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance in any way.  

Research Interests


Education/Community Education
The nature of knowledge 
Teaching Practice
Accreditation of Learning 
Social Justice 
Inequality 

Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
A Community Education response to anti-Muslim Racism (Islamophobia) in Ireland Coordinator and Researcher / 01-NOV-15 03-SEP-17
Integrating cultural diversity into Higher Education (HE4u2) Researcher / HE4u2 is initiated by European adult and continuing educators and is lead by EUCEN. Other participating universities are Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, University of Turku in Finland, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, University of Porto in Portugal, University of Vienna in Austria and University of Mainz in Germany. 07-JUN-15 01-JUL-17
Unlocking Freedom through Adult and Community Education Researcher / Other partners are Disability Federation Ireland (lead), Stewarts Care Ltd in Ireland, Centre de la Gabrielle France, KVPS Finland, UPEC (University Paris) and Institution for Community Based Social Services Foundation (ICSS) in Bulgaria. 01-JUN-15 02-JUN-18

Books

  Year Publication
2017 Community Education and Neoliberalism; Philosophies, practices and policies in Ireland.
Camilla Fitzsimons (2017) Community Education and Neoliberalism; Philosophies, practices and policies in Ireland. London: Palgrave MacMillan. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2014 'Further Education and Training, history politics and practice'
Camilla Fitzsimons (2014) 'Further Education and Training, history politics and practice' In: Murray, M., Grummell, B. and Ryan, A (eds). “Worlds Apart? The disunity of FET policy directives and Community-based Education for social change”. Kildare, Ireland: MACE publications. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'Precarious Professionality: graduate outcomes and experiences from an Initial Teacher (Further) Education programme in Ireland'
O'Neill, J. & Fitzsimons, C (2020) 'Precarious Professionality: graduate outcomes and experiences from an Initial Teacher (Further) Education programme in Ireland'. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, [Details]
2020 'Funding community Education in Ireland – making the case for a needs-based approach'
Camilla Fitzsimons and Conor Magrath (2020) 'Funding community Education in Ireland – making the case for a needs-based approach'. [Details]
2019 'Mapping out the research field of adult education and learning'
Camilla Fitzsimons (2019) 'Mapping out the research field of adult education and learning'. Studies in the Education of Adults, [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Working as a white adult educator, using our own life stories to explore asymmetries of power and privilege'
Camilla Fitzsimons (2019) 'Working as a white adult educator, using our own life stories to explore asymmetries of power and privilege'. Studies in the Education of Adults, [Details]
2017 'Rhetoric and reality: The Irish experience of Quality Assurance'
Fitzsmons, C. (2017) 'Rhetoric and reality: The Irish experience of Quality Assurance'. The Adult Learner, [Details]
2017 'Adult education responses to the ‘othering’ of Muslim identity: Perspectives from Ireland'
Fitzsimons, C. (2017) 'Adult education responses to the ‘othering’ of Muslim identity: Perspectives from Ireland'. 23 (2):263-280 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Swimming in the Swamp, inquiry into accreditation, community development, and social change'
Fitzsimons, C. and Dorman, P. (2013) 'Swimming in the Swamp, inquiry into accreditation, community development, and social change'. The Adult Learner, [IR Link] [Details]
2012 'Social Change Community Education – Where are we now?’'
Camilla Fitzsimons (2012) 'Social Change Community Education – Where are we now?’'. Volume 1 (4) [IR Link] [Details]
2011 'Professionalism in Community Work and its implications for Radical Community Education’'
Camilla Fitzsimons (2011) 'Professionalism in Community Work and its implications for Radical Community Education’'. The Adult Learner, [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 Being an adult educator in our contemporary world.
Fitzsimons, C and O'Neill, J. (2019) Being an adult educator in our contemporary world. [Oral Presentation], Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research on the Education of Adults, Nottingham, UK [Details]
2019 Adult education and curriculum tensions.
Fitzsimons, C. & O'Neill, J (2019) Adult education and curriculum tensions. [Oral Presentation], EuroACS 2019 conference: curriculum origins, trajectories and practices, Maynooth University [Details]
2018 ESREA network on Interrogating Transformative Processes in Learning and Education Conference on “Contemporary Dilemmas and Learning for Transformation”.
Camilla Fitzsimons (2018) ESREA network on Interrogating Transformative Processes in Learning and Education Conference on “Contemporary Dilemmas and Learning for Transformation”. [Oral Presentation], Adult Education and White Privilege - Untangling Dilemma of Power and Privilege, Milan, Italy, University of Milano-Bicocca [Details]
2016 This workshop supported adult educators to explore the values and principles important to their work and to contextalise these within the challenges of neoliberal policy.
Camilla Fitzsimons and Jerry O'Neill (2016) This workshop supported adult educators to explore the values and principles important to their work and to contextalise these within the challenges of neoliberal policy. [Oral Presentation], Values Challenges and Hope for Adult Educators, ESREA 8th Triennial European Research Conference, Imagining Diverse Futures for Adult Education [Details]
2016 Introductory analysis of the challenges of cross-European research to determine the experiences of migrants within Higher Education.
Fitzsimons, C, Grummell, B and Finn, J. (2016) Introductory analysis of the challenges of cross-European research to determine the experiences of migrants within Higher Education. [Oral Presentation], The Challenges of Researching Inclusive Learning in Higher Education across Europe: HE4u2 project, ESREA 8th Triennial European Research Conference, Imagining Diverse Futures for Adult Education [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2018 Precarious professionality: A review of the experiences and employment status of graduates of the Higher Diploma in Further Education at Maynooth University’s Department of Adult and Community Education (2013-2017).
O'Neill, J. and Fitzsimons, C. (2018) Precarious professionality: A review of the experiences and employment status of graduates of the Higher Diploma in Further Education at Maynooth University’s Department of Adult and Community Education (2013-2017). Executive Briefing. Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland, http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.ie/10205/. [IR Link] [Details]
2017 HE4u2 survey findings – Integrating cultural diversity in higher education.
Fitzsimons, C., Grummell, B. and Noone, M. (2017) HE4u2 survey findings – Integrating cultural diversity in higher education. EUCEN, http:/he4u2.eucen. eu/outputs. [Details]
2010 Supporting the Recreational Needs of Young Travellers in Bray and Surrounding Areas.
Camilla Fitzsimons and Sarah Connors (2010) Supporting the Recreational Needs of Young Travellers in Bray and Surrounding Areas. Bray Traveller Action Group, Wicklow, Ireland. [Details]
2008 Assessing the need for a Network of Educators in Ballymun and Surrounding Areas.
Camilla Fitzsimons (2008) Assessing the need for a Network of Educators in Ballymun and Surrounding Areas. Ballymun Partnership, Dublin, Ireland. [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2014 PhD Adult and Community Education Maynooth University

Outreach Activities

  Description

Board of Directors. Partners is a community education organisation working from principles of social justice and equality. Our approach to education is participatory, experiential and hands-on. Link

Steering Committee member. The Spectacle of Defiance & Hope is a broadly based Creative Resistance movement founded in 2010 by the Community, Youth & Voluntary Sector. Link

Board of Directors DDCI wants, - a fair and just society for everyone. - financial system that serves the needs of all people, rather than just some people, and which does not take the planet for granted. - We critically engage people to understand the structural causes of global inequality and power relations. We aim to empower people in Ireland to take informed action for greater economic justice globally. Tackling inequality and achieving a fairer society requires critiquing power structures in our society and globally - highlighting the causes of inequality, rather than the symptoms. Link

Teaching Interests

Co-Coordinator and Lecturer Masters in Adult and Community Education 
Co-Coordinator and Lecturer Higher Diploma in Further Education 
Academic adviser- Community Education History and Policy 
Lecturer Doctorate in Adult and Higher Education 
Lecturer PhD in Adult and Community Education 

External Collaborators

  Name Role / Description Country
Three Pillars collective sharing expertise, influencing policy direction. IRELAND
Journal of Social Science Education Guest Editor on special edition PORTUGAL
Partners, Training for Transformation civil society partnership IRELAND
Social and Health Project (SHEP) civil society partnership IRELAND