Dr Bríd Connolly

Adult and Community Education

Maynooth University School of Education
(01) 708 3306


I have been an adult educator for over thirty years, beginning with women's studies in 1985, with the Department of Adult and Community Education, MU. Since then, I have worked with many different groups at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, both non-formal and formal.
Professionally, I am the director of the PhD in adult and community education I also work on the Doctorate in Higher and Adult Education, Masters in adult and community education, and HDip in Further Education programmes. I supervise theses and teaching practice in all of these programmes.
My research interests developed from this work, with particular interest in feminist and critical pedagogy, gender and diversity and groupwork in adult learning.On sabbatical leave in 2016-2017, I focused on feminist pedagogy in the context of the era of diversity.
 I am also very interested in creativity in all fields. In 2014, I enrolled on the MU Certificate in Creative Writing for Publication, and since then, I won the Kildare Readers' Festival Short Story Competition, in 2015 and I was short listed for the RTÉ Francis MacManus Story Story competition in 2016 and 2017.    


Year Publication
2008 Dr Brid Connolly (2008) Adult Learning in Groups. : McGraw Hill and Open University Press.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2014 Dr Brid Connolly (2014) 'Community Education: Exploring Formative Influences within the Maelstrom of Conflicting Social Forces' In: Michael Murray, Bernie Grummell, Anne Ryan(Eds.). Further Education and Training: History, Politics, Practice. Maynooth : MACE.
2007 Connolly, B. (2007) 'Beyond the Third Way: New Challenges for Critical Adult and Community Education' In: Radical Learning for Liberation 2. Maynooth : MACE. [Full-Text]
2006 Connolly, B. (2006) 'Adult and Community Education: A Model for Higher Education?' In: What Price the University? Perspectives on the meaning and value of higher education from the National Universityof Ireland, Maynooth. Maynooth : NUI Maynooth. [Full-Text]
2005 Connolly, B. (2005) 'Learning from the women's community education movement in Ireland' In: J. Crowther, V. Galloway & I. Martin(Eds.). Engaging the Academy. Leceister : NIACE.
2002 B. Connolly, A. Walsh, L Borys (2002) 'Imagination and Epistemology: Creating really useful 'knowledge'' In: Set in Stone. Maynooth : MACE.
2000 B. Connolly, A. B. Ryan (2000) 'Women's Community Education in Ireland: the need for new directions towards 'really useful knowledge'' In: Stretching the Academy.
1999 Connolly, B. (1999) 'Group work and facilitation skills: A feminist evaluation of their role in transformative Adult and Community Education. Volume 1' In: Women and Education in Ireland. Maynooth : MACE. [Full-Text]
1998 B. Connolly, M., Drea, S., and Quinlan, K. (1998) 'Group Skills for Community Development' In: Facilitators Resource Pack.
1996 Connolly, B. (1996) 'Community Development and Adult Education: Prospects for change?' In: Radical Learning for Liberation. Maynooth : MACE. [Full-Text]

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2018 brid connolly (2018) 'Reflective Practice and the Feminist Lens: The Other Side'. The Adult Learner, :23-35. [Link] [Full-Text]
2013 Dr Brid Connolly (2013) 'The War Against People: Adult Education Practice for Critical Democracy'. The Adult Learner, 1 :76-89. [Full-Text]
2013 Dr Brid Connolly (2013) 'Theorising Creative Critical Pedagogy: the art of politicised agency'. To be added, 14 :1-15. [Full-Text]
2009 Dr Brid Connolly, with Anne B Ryan, Bernie Grummell and Fergal Finnegan (2009) 'Beyond Redemption? Locating the Experience of Adult Learners and Educators '. The Adult Learner, 1 :131-137. [Full-Text]
2005 Connolly, B. (2005) 'The Local and the global: Context for the development of community education in Ireland'. JOURNAL OF LIFELONG LEARNING IN EUROPE, 3 :191-197.
2005 Connolly, B. (2005) 'Saint Bob and me: women's community education and the struggle for global political change'. ADULTS LEARNING, 16 :17-20. [Full-Text]
2003 Connolly, B. (2003) 'Community education: Listening to the voices'. The Adult Learner, 10 :9-19. [Full-Text]

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2003 (2003) European Association for the Education of Adults Hamburg, 11/09/2003-11/10/2003.
2003 (2003) International Council on Adult Education Ocho Rios, Jamaica, 08/09/2003-08/12/2003.
2003 (2003) Global Citizenship: Learning Gender Justice Workshop Ocho Rios, Jamaica, 08/09/2003-08/12/2003.
2003 (2003) Training for Transformation Conference Kimmage Manor, 07/09/2003-07/11/2003.

Book Review

Year Publication
2013 Dr Brid Connolly (2013) Human Development and Capabilities: Re-imagining the university of the twenty-first century, Boni, Alexjandra and Walker, Melanie, (editors), Routledge, Abingdon, 2013. BREV
2012 Dr Brid Connolly (2012) Book Review: Global Perspectives on Higher Education and Lifelong Learners edited by maria slowey & hans g. schuetze (2012) routledge isbn 97 8-0-415-67507-9. BREV
2011 Connolly, B. (2011) AONTAS Flower Power: AONTAS guide to best practice of women's community education. BREV
2011 Connolly, B. (2011) Adult Learning in Groups. BREV
2005 Connolly, B. (2005) Book of the years 2005: That they may face the rising sun: A review. BREV

Magazine Article

Year Publication
2013 Dr Brid Connolly (2013) Adult education in times of crises: from Trojan Horses to New Ethics. [Magazine Article] [Full-Text]
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