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Professor Bob Bowie

I am Professor of Religion and Worldviews Education and Director of NICER, a University Research Centre focussed in Christianity and education.

I am a professor working in the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Education, leading a specialised research centre which undertakes mixed methods studies in hard to measure areas of education.

Currently I teach Epistemology on the Education Doctoral Program and Ethics to undergraduate students, and I supervise doctoral students. Prior to these roles, I taught on the PGCE Secondary Programme, leading RE for many years. Before that I taught English as a Foreign Language in Istanbul (Turkey) and Toyama (Japan), before teaching religious education in Kent. 

I research Religious Education, Human Rights Education, Christian education leading projects such as the Texts and Teachers project, Science Religion Encounters in the Classroom, and co-leading Faith in the Nexus. I also contribute to Worldviews education debates. 

Research Projects

  • ‘Catholic Schools, Spiritual Capital and Formation’. Researcher(s): Ms Ann Pittaway. Supervisor(s): Dr Mary Woolley, Professor Bob Bowie. [Postgraduate Research Project]
  • ‘Spirituality in Church of England Secondary Schools’. Researcher(s): Mrs Fran Bailey. Supervisor(s): Dr Mary Woolley, Professor Bob Bowie. [Postgraduate Research Project]
  • ‘The Grace of Faith, Reparation and Healing Wounds: An autoethnographic inquiry into Academy and Faith leadership’. Researcher(s): Dr Louise Mcgowan. Supervisor(s): Dr Gina Donaldson, Professor Bob Bowie. [Postgraduate Research Project (past)]
  • An exploration of ancient Greek conceptions of music and the transformation of soul, making use of a structure at the sanctuary at Epidaurus to develop central themes.. Researcher(s): Mrs BETTINA BORG CARDONA. Supervisor(s): Dr Simon Wilson, Professor Bob Bowie. [Postgraduate Research Project]
  • An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of Interprofessional Education; An investigation of the experiences of pre-registration healthcare students.. Researcher(s): Dr Mark Gradwell. Supervisor(s): Dr Sue Soan, Professor Bob Bowie. [Postgraduate Research Project]
  • Changes to school based mentoring since 2010. Researcher(s): Mr Alex Diamond. Supervisor(s): Dr Mary Woolley, Professor Bob Bowie. [Postgraduate Research Project]
  • Doctoral Research Project. Researcher(s): Dr Paul Hunt. Supervisor(s): Dr Simon Hoult, Professor Bob Bowie, Professor Trevor Cooling. [Postgraduate Research Project (past)]
  • Doctoral Research Project. Researcher(s): Mrs Clare Andrews. Supervisor(s): Professor Trevor Cooling, Professor Bob Bowie. [Postgraduate Research Project (past)]
  • How do Headteachers establish, articulate and maintain an ethos that provides a compelling vision of Christian faith? An international comparative study of Christian leadership in Schools.. Researcher(s): Mrs Claire Gibson. Supervisor(s): Dr Ann Casson, Dr Mary Woolley, Professor Bob Bowie. [Postgraduate Research Project]
  • How primary schools represent minoritized voices in their teaching of history. Researcher(s): Mrs Clare Stow. Supervisor(s): Dr Mary Woolley, Professor Bob Bowie. [Postgraduate Research Project]
  • Known by name: A Chaplain's Role. Researcher(s): Dr Ann Casson, Mrs Ann Pittaway, Professor Bob Bowie. [Project report]
  • MEANINGFUL LEARNING IN SECONDARY TEACHER EDUCATION Subtitle: A PORTRAITURE CASE STUDY AT A DUTCH CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY ON THE ROLE OF WORLDVIEW IN STUDENT TEACHERS’ EPISTEMOLOGY. Researcher(s): Dr Elisabeth Meijer. Supervisor(s): Professor Bob Bowie, Professor Trevor Cooling. [Postgraduate Research Project]
  • Perceptions of educational values from the perspectives of students and teachers at a case study school, in comparison with the school’s stated values and current government policy documents. It explores participants’ own priorities in terms of educational values, as well as student’s perceptions of teacher’s values, and teacher’s perceptions of student’s values.. Researcher(s): Dr Stephanie Burke. Supervisor(s): Dr Sabina Hulbert, Professor Bob Bowie, Professor Lynn Revell. [Postgraduate Research Project (past)]
  • Reflections on vocational education for Chinese convicts: Objectives, Motivation and Evaluation.. Researcher(s): Mr Kangkang Zhang. Supervisor(s): Dr Ruth Rogers, Professor Bob Bowie. [Postgraduate Research Project]
  • Texts and teachers: the findings report. Researcher(s): Professor Bob Bowie. [Project report]
  • THE IMPORTANCE OF AKAN CONCEPT OF TRUTH AND WORLDVIEW ON RELIGIOUS AND MORAL EDUCATION IN POST-COLONIAL GHANA: A CASE STUDY IN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS. Researcher(s): Rev Jacob Kyei-Baffour. Supervisor(s): Professor Bob Bowie, Dr Ruth Rogers. [Postgraduate Research Project]
  • The Swedenborgian infant school pedagogy of Samuel Wilderspin, 1820 - 1825: an actor-network analysis.. Researcher(s): Mrs Sarah Odhner. Supervisor(s): Reverend Dr Jeremy Law, Professor Bob Bowie. [Postgraduate Research Project]
  • TURKISH-DUTCH MUSLIM AND ORTHODOX REFORMED PARENTS IN THE NETHERLANDS: RELIGIOUS IDENTITY NEGOTIATIONS IN CONTEXTS OF CHILDREN’S EDUCATION. Researcher(s): Ms Rosanne Aantjes. Supervisor(s): Professor Bob Bowie, Professor Lynn Revell. [Postgraduate Research Project]
  • Using transformative techniques drawn from ancient wisdom traditions to help inmates gain self-knowledge, and thereby manage their time in prison and their reinsertion into society more effectively.. Researcher(s): Mr SIMÃO FERREIRA CORTÊS. Supervisor(s): Dr Simon Wilson, Professor Bob Bowie. [Postgraduate Research Project]

I am a trustee of the International Symposium for Religion, Education and Values (ISREV) and also a trustee for Culham St Gabriels Trust. I am in the editorial boards of the Journal of Beliefs and Values, the British Journal of Religious Education and the International Journal for Christianity and Education. I am a non executive board member of the Association of University Lecturers in Religion and Education. I have also published several textbooks for Religious Studies with Oxford University Press.