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School of Education

Dr Patricia Hannam

Dr Patricia Hannam

Honorary Research Fellow



Published books, papers and book chapters 


Biesta, G., & Hannam, P. (eds). (2021). Religion and Education: The forgotten dimensions of religious education. Leiden: Brill.

Hannam, P. (2018). Religious education and the Public Sphere. London: Routledge.

Hannam, P., & Echeverria. E. (2009). Philosophy with teenagers: Nurturing a moral imagination for the 21st Century. London: Continuum (Bloomsbury).

Recent Papers:

Hannam, P.(2024). Religious education as if the world mattered. British Journal of Religious Education.

Hannam, P. & May, C. (2022). Religious education and social justice: reflections on an approach to teaching religious education. Journal of Religious Education. 

Hannam, P. (2022). Reflections on the place of spirituality in policy making for religious education, Journal for the Study of Spirituality, 12(1), 78-85, DOI: 10.1080/20440243.2022.2062823

Hannam, P. (2021). Religious education syllabus development and the need for education theory. Journal of Religious Education. 69(3). 341–351. DOI: 10.1007/s40839-21-00154-6  

Hannam, P., & Panjwani, F. (2020). Religious education and the potential for mitigating xenophobia. Journal of Religious Education. 68(3). 385-396.

Hannam, P., Biesta,G., Whittle,S., Aldridge. D. (2020). Religious literacy: a way forward for religious education? Journal of Beliefs and Values 41(2). 214-226.

Hannam, P., & Biesta, G. (2019). Religious education, a matter of understanding? Reflections on the final report of the Commission on Religious education. Journal of Beliefs and Values. 40(1). 55-63.

Biesta, G. & Hannam, P. (2019). The uninterrupted life is not worth living: On religious education and the public sphere. Zeitschrift fur Padagogik und Theology. 71(2).173-185.

Hannam, P. (2017). Teachers as gardeners: thinking, attentiveness and the child in the community of philosophical enquiry. Childhood and philosophy. 13(28). 605-614. 

Book Chapters

Biesta, G. & Hannam, P. (2022). The world is not enough: Religious education beyond worldview perspectivism. In L Philip Barnes (ed). Religion and Worldviews: The triumph of the secular in religious education. London: Routledge.

Hannam, P. (2020). What should religious education seek to achieve in the public sphere?. In G. Biesta & P. Hannam (eds). Religion and education, the forgotten dimensions of religious education. Leiden: Brill. pp. 124-136. 

Hannam, P., & Echeverria, E. (2016). The community of philosophical inquiry (P4): a pedagogical proposal for advancing democracy. in M. Rollins-Gregory, J. Haynes & K. Murris (eds). The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children. London: Routledge 

Hannam, P. (2012). P4C in religious education. in L. Lewis & N. Chandley (eds). Philosophy for Children through the secondary curriculum. London: Bloomsbury. 

Hannam, P. (2010). Philosophy with teenagers: nurturing a moral imagination for the 21st Century, or why we need an enquiry based pedagogy for religious education in the secondary school. In C. Cole, J. Schmack, M. Thompson, Torvelle, D. (eds). Engaging religious education. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing


PhD, MA, BPhil, PGCE, BAHons.

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Research interests

Education in the public sphere.

Teaching and the role of teachers in a time of climate and ecological crisis

History education.

Religious education. 

Philosophy of Education

Research projects

Exploring RE leadership engagement with the Religion and Worldviews discussion/conceptualisation/transformation as envisaged in the Commission on Religious Education (CoRE) final report 2018 and subsequent literature

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