Shaw, Regan


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Personal profile


Regan Shaw is a lecturer in Community Learning and Development. She has moved to the University of Dundee after twelve years in practice in the community. As well as generic community education work, Regan has worked on projects such as The Adult Guidance project, ‘Alternatives to Exclusion’ and a social inclusion project working to improve the experiences of young people leaving care. She has also led teams of community workers in Adult Learning and generic community education work. Regan’s passions lie with the community and the power of change and personal growth.

Regan’s research interests have grown from her belief that critical reflection is a central force in professional practice and that learning must be a positive, transformative process and she is completing her professional doctorate in this area. Regan teaches across the professional Community Learning and Development programme.




 Professional programme in Community Learning and Development.



 · ESWCE School Disability Support Officer

· CLD Admissions Tutor

· BA1 Coordinator

· Module Leader


Research Groups and Collaborations

Regan has recently taken part in the ESRC funded series of seminars, ‘Critical Reflection in the Professions’ which will develop international research networks.

Regan is a member of the National Training and Development Network for Community Learning and Development run by Education Scotland which is about developing CPD opportunities for the field.

Regan has recently become a member of proPEL: Professional Practice, Education and Learning. This is an international, collaborative and inter-disciplinary network for research and knowledge exchange in issues of professional education, practice and learning.


Research Funding

 · Scottish Funding Council

· Insights Institute

Research interests

My area of expertise has developed from my experience of providing supportive and effective communications with Communities. I am interested in research that links both my areas of specialism: Psychology and Community Learning and Development and am particularly interested in: Transformative Learning; Critically Reflective Practice; Professional Development; Dialogue; Critical Pedagogy; Reflexive Practice and  Lifelong Learning.

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Research Output 2008 2013

  • 7 Citations
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Digital or Visual Products
7 Citations (Scopus)
Student Experience
Critical Reflection
Learning Communities

University of Dundee, BA (Hons) Community Learning and Development Promotional DVD.

Barber, C., Evans, R., Glen, P. & Shaw, R., 2012

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products


A Transformative Journey to Reflexivity: an exploration into students experiences of being a Critically Reflective Practitioner

Shaw, R., 2011, Proceedings of the Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) Annual Conference 2011. Scottish Educational Research Association, p. 58 1 p. 57

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Raising the standard in Scotland: a report on perspectives of practitioners, trainers and students on qualifying training in community learning and development

University of Dundee. School of Education, Social Work and Community Education, Jan 2008, Scottish Government.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report