Professor Donald Gillies
Professor of Education Policy
M.A.(Hons.); M.Ed.; PhD
Donald Gillies joined the faculty in 2012 as
Professor of Education Policy. Prior to that he had been Lecturer,
and Senior Lecturer, in Educational Studies at the University of
Strathclyde in Glasgow. Before moving into higher education, he
worked for 21 years as a secondary school teacher, latterly as
Principal Teacher of English in a large comprehensive school in
Professor Gillies has his main research
interests in the governance of state education, and in the ways in
which issues of educational inequality are managed politically. He
has particular interests in education policy, the critical
discourse analysis of policy, the philosophy of education, the
impact of socio-economic and cultural factors on education, and in
the educational relevance of the work of Michel Foucault and of
Pierre Bourdieu. He has supervised a number of students towards
M.Ed., M.Phil., MSc., EdD., and PhD degrees.
Higher Education Academy; Scottish Educational
Research Association; British Educational Research Association;
European Educational Research Association; Philosophy of Education
Society of Great Britain; Society of Educational Studies. Editorial
board member Scottish Educational Review.
Pirrie, A., & Gillies, D.
(2012). Untimely meditations on the disciplines of education.
British Journal of Educational Studies, 60(4).
Gillies, D. (2011). State
education as high-yield investment: Human Capital Theory in
European policy discourse. Journal of Pedagogy, 2(2),
Gillies, D. (2011). Agile
bodies: a new imperative in neoliberal governance. Journal of
Education Policy, 26(2),
Gillies, D. (2010). Economic
goals, Quality discourse, and the narrowing of European state
education. Education, Knowledge & Economy, 4(2),
Gillies, D., Wilson, A.,
Soden, R., Gray, S., & McQueen, I. (2010). Capital, culture,
and community: understanding school engagement in a challenging
context. Improving Schools, 13(1), 21–38.
Gillies, D. (2008).
Educational potential, underachievement, and cultural pluralism.
Education in the North, 16, 23–32.
Gillies, D. (2008). Quality
and equality: the mask of discursive conflation in education policy
texts. Journal of Education Policy, 23(6),
Gillies, D. (2008). The
politics of Scottish education. In T.G.K. Bryce & W.M. Humes
(Eds.), Scottish education (3rd ed., pp.
80–89). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Gillies, D. (2008). Student
perspectives on videoconferencing in teacher education at a
distance. Distance Education, 29(1), 107–118.
Gillies, D. (2008).
Developing governmentality: conduct3and
education policy. Journal of Education Policy,
Gillies, D. (2007).
Excellence and education: rhetoric and reality. Education,
Knowledge and Economy, 1(1), 19–35.
Gillies, D. (2006).
Excellence, improvement, and HMIE’s new six-point scale.
Education in the North, 14, 15–22.
Gillies, D. (2006). A
Curriculum for Excellence: a question of values. Scottish
Educational Review, 38(1), 25–36.
Bryce, T., Humes, W., Gillies,
D., & Kennedy, A. (Eds.). (2013, forthcoming).
Scottish education (4th ed.). Edinburgh:
Edinburgh University Press.
Gillies, D. (2013,
forthcoming). Educational leadership and Michel Foucault.
Gillies, D. (1999).
Radical diplomat. London: I.B.Tauris.[Biography of Lord
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