My academic background lies in Theology and Education and brings a committed faith perspective and wide experience in Christian education across school, higher education, seminary, adult learning and professional development sectors.
I gained an MA in Catholic Religious Studies from the Institute of Religious Studies, St Joseph's Seminary, New York, USA and then completed a doctorate with the University of Liverpool, UK. My PhD thesis examined pedagogies of online learning and their application for Roman Catholic adult theological education. Key issues surrounding community and authority were addressed and empirical evidence included findings from online faculty and student bodies. The concept of ‘interruptive pedagogy’ was proposed as an interpretative model to appraise and promote online learning for future Catholic education.
My research interests cover the following areas: the relationship between theology and education, adult theological literacy and faith development, teacher professional development in church schools, and using educational technologies for online theological learning.
At Liverpool Hope University I lead the Church Certificates courses. These include the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies, a national course on behalf of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, and also the Anglican Church School Studies course. I also contribute to undergraduate Level H Theology, lead the Interdisciplinary Masters in Education block on Religious Education, and supervise at doctoral level in the broad field of Catholic/Christian and Religious Education. I also supervise Farmington Scholars on behalf of the university.
In terms of current research, I am director of the Centre for Christian Education at Liverpool Hope University and work with colleagues across a range of research initiatives and projects. One major research area, for which I am Lead Researcher, is the National Research Project for the CCRS Board of Religious Studies looking at the CCRS - 25 Years On and the impact on adult theological literacy across England & Wales.
My recent publications include:
Stuart-Buttle, R. & Shortt, J. (2018) eds Christian Faith, Formation and Education. Palgrave Macmillan.
Stuart-Buttle, R. (forthcoming 2018) 'Research and Practice in Catholic Educational Studies' in in Whittle, S. (forthcoming) Researching Catholic Education: Contemporary Perspectives. Springer.
Stuart-Buttle, R. (2017) 'Vatican II and New Thinking on Catholic Education: An English Perspective' in Whittle, S. ed (2017) Vatican II and New Thinking on Catholic Education. Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
Stuart-Buttle, R. (2017) 'Does RE Matter: What Do Teachers Think?' in Shanahan, M. ed.(2017) Does Religious Education Matter? Taylor & Francis.
Stuart-Buttle, R. (2015) Book Review: Worsley, H. ed. (2014) Anglican Church School Education: Moving Beyond the First Two Hundred Years. London & New York: Bloomsbury Academic. British Journal of Educational Studies Vol. 63 (2) pp.256-261.
Stuart-Buttle, R. (2014) ‘Interrupting Pedagogy: Christian Education Online’, Journal of Education & Christian Belief Vol. 18 (1), pp.51-71.
Stuart-Buttle, R. (2014) ‘Being Open to Online Others: Online Journals and Professional Learning Among Church School Practitioners’, Acise Conference Proceedings. Liverpool Hope University Press, pp.239-248.
Stuart-Buttle, R. (2013) Virtual Theology, Faith and Adult Education: An Interruptive Pedagogy. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK.
Stuart-Buttle, R. (2012)‘Interrupting Pedagogy for 21st Century Online Education’ , 18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference Proceedings. Published online.
Stuart-Buttle, R. (2011) ‘Communicating Faith and Online Learning’ in Sullivan, J. (ed.) Communicating Faith. Catholic University of America Press, pp.328-343.