Dr. Graham McDonough

Dr. Graham McDonough
Professor, Philosophical Foundations, and Associate Fellow, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society
Curriculum and Instruction
Office: MacLaurin A556

PhD (Philosophy of Education) University of Toronto, MA (Philosophy of Education) University of Toronto, BA (English Literature) University of Saskatchewan, BMus in Music Education (Secondary Music Education; English Literature Education) University of Saskatchewan

  • Philosophy of Education

  • Moral Education

  • Dissent and Minority Rights

  • Independent and Separate Schools
  • Catholic Education

  • Religion/Spirituality in Schools

Educational Foundations:

  • EDCI 303 - Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Canadian Education

  • EDCI 431 - Philosophical Foundations of Education

  • EDCI 432 - Historical Foundations of Education
  • EDCI 433 - Anthropology and Education

  • EDCI 434 - Sociological Foundations of Education
  • EDCI 520 - Seminar in Contemporary Educational Issues in Philosophical Perspective

McDonough, G.P.  (2021, 18 November). How Supersessionism Obstructs the Catholic Church’s Approach to Reconciliation.  Centre for Studies in Religion and Society Thursday Public Lecture Series, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC. (audio recording available on SoundCloud; audio and video recording available on YouTube)

McDonough, G.P. 2020.  Religious Diversity, Catholic Schooling, and Pope Francis.  Centre for Studies in Religion and Society Weekly Lecture Series, 9 January 2020.

McDonough, G.P.  2016.  The Importance of Philosophical Study for Teacher Candidates.  Dean's Lunchtime Lecture Series, Greater Victoria Public Library, Victoria, BC, 15 April 2016.

McDonough, G.P.  2015.  Cultivating Identities: The Catholic School as Diverse Ecclesial Space.  Early Career Invited Lecture to the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society, Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Congress 2015, Ottawa, ON.

Dr. Graham McDonough's delivery of the 2014 Waterloo Catholic District School Board Lecture at St Jerome’s University entitled:

Faithful Disagreement: an opportunity for rediscovery in Catholic education


McDonough, Graham P.; Mintz, Avi I.; & Memon, Nadeem A. 2013. Discipline, Devotion, and Dissent: Jewish, Catholic, and Islamic Schooling in Canada. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

McDonough, Graham P. 2012. Beyond Obedience and Abandonment: Toward a Theory of Dissent in Catholic Education. Montreal, QC and Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen’s University Press

Chapters in Books:

McDonough, Graham P. 2018. The Joy of Dialogue in an Intercultural World: Educational Implications from Evangelii Gaudium. Annual Review of Sociology of Religion Volume 9: The Changing Faces of Catholicism, Eds. S. Lefebvre & A. Pérez-Agote, 222-244. Boston, MA: Brill Publishing.

Journal Articles: 

McDonough, G.P; Bialystok, L.; Norris, T.; & Pinto, L.  2022.  “I do have to represent the faith”:  An Account of an Ecclesiological Problem when Teaching Philosophy in Ontario’s Catholic High SchoolsEncounters in Theory and History of Education 23, 147-166.  https://doi.org/10.24908/encounters.v23i0.15688

McDonough, G.P. 2021. Persuading Pre-Professionals to be Participant Observers: Reflections on Teaching Anthropology and Education to Professional Teacher Candidates. Teaching Anthropology 10(3), 70-82. 

McDonough, G.P. 2021. Exaggerating Emile (and Skipping Sophie) while sliding past The Social Contract: Why Philosophy of Education textbooks require a comprehensive view of Rousseau's work. Teaching Philosophy

McDonough, G.P. 2020. Examining portrayals of Jews and Judiasm in Catholic religious education. Religious Education 115(5), 492-506. 

Bakker, Colin; Dubensky, Kate; Harvey, Lyndze C.; & McDonough, Graham P. 2019.  The Inadequacies of Assigning "My Philosophy of Education" Statements in Teacher Education Courses.  Philosophical Inquiry in Education 26(1), 1-19.

McDonough, Graham P. 2019. Pluralizing Catholic Identity.  Journal of Religious Education 114(2), 168-180.

McDonough, Graham P.  2017.  The "Scandal" of Gay-Straight Alliances in Ontario Catholic Schools.  The Ecumeni​​st: A Journal of Theology, Culture, and Society 54(1): 1-9

McDonough, Graham P.  2016.  Cultivating Identities: The Catholic School as Diverse Ecclesial Space.  Philosophical Inquiry in Education 23(2), 160-177.  http://journals.sfu.ca/pie/index.php/pie/article/view/434/545

McDonough, Graham P.  2016.  Catholic Schooling, the Concept of Laity, and the Future Church.  British Journal of Religious Education 39(3), 247-256.

McDonough, Graham P.  2016.  Bearers of Diverse Ecclesiologies: Imagining Catholic School Students as Informing a Broader Articulation of Catholic School Aims. Journal of Catholic Education, 19 (3), 66-85. http://dx.doi.org/10.15365/joce.190052016

McDonough, Graham P.  2015.  The Catholic school, controversial issues and the laity: A Canadian research study.  International Studies in Catholic Education 7(2), 162-177.

McDonough, Graham P.  2014.  Challenging Catholic School Resistance to GSAs with a Revised Conception of Scandal and a Critique of Perceived Threat.  Paideusis: The Journal of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society 22(1), 71-80

Pinto, Laura E.; McDonough, Graham P. & Boyd, Dwight R. 2011. High school philosophy teachers’ use of textbooks: Critical thinking or teaching to the text? Journal of Curriculum and Instruction 5(2), 45-78.

McDonough, Graham P. 2010. Why dissent is a vital concept in moral education. Journal of Moral Education 39(4), 421-436.

Graduate area advisor in Social, Cultural and Foundational studies