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Dr. Ted Fleming is adjunct Associate Professor of Adult Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Previously he has been a senior academic and Head of Department at Maynooth University Ireland and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. He is Academic Advisor to the Citizens' University of Larissa in Greece.

Member of the Editorial Board: Journal of Transformative Education and  ABAC Journal (Thailand)

Awarded a B.Sc. (NUIM) and a B.D. before undertaking graduate studies (M.A & Ed.D.) at Teachers College, Columbia University with Jack Mezirow as academic advisor. He also studied with Paulo Freire in Boston.

Received the 'Jack Mezirow Living Theory of Transformative Learning Award' (2014) for his 'original contribution to the development of the theory of learning' - writing on the critical theory of Axel Honneth. Link to paper.  In 2016 he delivered the inaugural Mezirow Memorial Lecture at Columbia University. Link to paper



Fleming, T., Kokkos, A. and Finnegan, F. (in press, September, 2019). European Perspectives on Transformation Theory. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Fleming, T. (in press, 2019). Jürgen Habermas: Neoliberalism and the Importance of Higher Education for Democracy. In R. Barnett & A. Fulford (Eds.), Debating Higher Education: Philosophers on the University. Heidleberg: Springer.

Fleming, T. (in press, 2019). Mezirow’s Theory of Transformative Learning: In Dialogue with Honneth’s Critical Theory. In
E. Kostara & A. Gavrielatos (2019). Transformative Learning Theory & Praxis. London: Routledge.

Fleming, T. (April 1). Landscapes of Learning: Maps, Roadsigns and other Allies on a Research Adventure. Keynote at ESREA/University of Milan-Bicocca Spring School at Lake Como School of Advanced Studies, Como, Italy. Theme: Lifelong Learning and Social Justice: Dilemmas of Complexity in Researching Contemporary Adult Education. Link to Paper

Fleming, T. (2018). Education as a Public Good. Paper presented at the  Irish Adult Education Officers Association Annual Conference Portlaoise, November 29. Paper_at_AEOA_Conf_2018.pdfLarisssa_Oct_2018

Fleming, T. (2018). Democracy in times of crises. Course taught at the Citizens' University Municipality of Larissa, Greece October 14.

Fleming, T. (2018). Education, Critical Thinking and Imagination. Paper presented at Roundtable at the 4th International Conference on Innovation in Education at the University of Thessaly Medical University, Larissa, Greece, October.

Fleming, T. (2018).
Attachment Theory and Transformative Learning: Rethinking the Origins of Meaning Making. In M. Welch, V. Marsick & D.Hope (Eds.), Building transformative community: Proceedings of the XII Transformative Learning Conference (pp. 288-294). New York: Teachers College Columbia University. Link to paper

Fleming, T. (2018). Teaching for critical and transformative learning. Paper at 1st Summer School: Building a Learning City, Larissa Greece. Sponsored by Larissa City Council, Hellenic Open University, Hellenic Adult Education Association and UNESCO. (June 2018). 

Fleming, T. (2018). The Learning City: Questions from Citizens about Learning, Teaching and Education in a Democracy.
Paper presented at Larissa Conference at the Citizens University of Larissa, Greece, (June 2018). Link to speaking notes

Fleming, T. (2018).Critical theory and transformative learning: Rethinking the radical intent of Mezirow's theory. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and TechnoCritical_theory_book_3_Dlogy, 9(3), 1-13.Link to sample of journal article

Fleming, T. (2018). Mezirow and the Theory of Transformative Learning. In V. Wang, (Ed.), Critical Theory and Transformative Learning, (pp. 120-136). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. Link to Sample of Chapter

Fleming, T. (2018). Learning Careers and Transformative Learning: Challenges of Learning and Work in neoliberal Spaces. In B. Merrill, A. Galimberti, A. Nizinska and J. Gonzalez Monteaugudo (Eds.), Continuity and Discontinuity in Learning Careers: Potentials for a Learning Space in a Changing World (pp. 19-34) Leiden NL & Boston: BRILL/SENSE.
Sample Chapter 1

Fleming, T., Finnegan, F. & Loxley, A. (2017). Access and Participation in Irish Higher Education. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Fleming, T. (2017). Celebrating Learning. Presentation of Certificates and Awards at Henrietta Adult and Community Education, June 27th.

Fleming, T. (2017). Transformative learning and higher education: Making critical theory useful. Invited paper at University of Edinburgh, Institute of Academic Development Conference (April). Link to paper

Fleming, T. (2017). Social Care Education: Where culture, politics and psychology Collide. Invited keynote at Carlow College Conference Celebrating 20-Years of Department of Social Care, Carlow (March).

Fleming, T. (2017). The Joy of Learning. Invited paper at City of Dublin Local Education and Training Board Seminar for AONTAS Adult Learning Festival (March).

Fleming, T. (2016). No Democracy without Education: Training, Education and the FE Training Strategy. Paper delivered at the Limerick Clare Education and training Board Conference on Further Education Dromoland, Co Clare (December).

Fleming, T. (2016). Dancing Minds: Mezirow and Habermas meet Honneth. In Fleming, T., Marsick, V., Kasl, E. and Rose, A. Dancing at the Crossroads: Recollections and Reflections on Jack Mezirow’s Early Work. Symposium paper at the XII International Transformative Learning Conference, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, USA. In
A. Nicolaides & D. Holt (Eds.). (2016). Engaging at the Intersections (pp. 87-99). Proceedings of the XII International Transformative Learning
Conference: Tacoma, WA: Pacific Lutheran University. Link to papers

Fleming, T. (October, 2016). There is no democracy without education: Transforming cities through learning and adult education. Keynote paper at the 2nd Larissa Learning City International Conference - Seeking Common Actions in a Period of Crisis, Larissa, Greece, October 14-15. Link to Larissa site on Facebook

Fleming, T. (October, 2016). Recognition and Community Education. Presentation to the AONTAS Community Education Network, Dublin.

Fleming, T. (September 2016). Freire, critical theory and Ireland. Paper delivered in response to Antonia Darder, keynote 'Paulo Freire and the politics of literacy: The struggle for a revolutionary praxis of adult education' at the 8th Triennial European Society for Research in the Education of Adults Conference (ESREA) at Maynooth University (September 2016). Link to paper

Fleming, T. (October, 2016). Recognition of Learning - Learning to Recognise. Speech at Awarding of Special Purpose Certificates and Diplomas by Carlow Institute of Technology and An Cosán Virtual Learning Community College.

Fleming, T. (2016). Poverty and adult education. Paper read at United Nations International Day against Poverty Conference at An Cosán, Tallaght, Dublin (September 2016)
Link to paper

Fleming, T. (June 2016). Paulo Freire and Jack Mezirow: Adult education theories in dialogue. Panel paper at the ESREA 2nd International Transformative Learning Conference
The Role, Nature and Difficulties of Dialogue in Transformative Learning, Athens.

Fleming, T. (2016). Rethinking the critical theory influences on transformative learning: In dialogue with Honneth. Paper presented at the ESREA 2nd International Transformative Learning Conference: The Role, Nature and Difficulties of Dialogue in Transfor
mative Learning, Athens. , Link to paper

Fleming, T. (June 6, 2016). Toward a living Theory of Transformative Learning: Going beyond Mezirow and Habermas to Honneth. This is the text of the 1st Mezirow Memorial Lecture at Columbia University Teachers College sponsored by AEGIS IXX, the Department of Organization and Leadership and the Office of Alumni Relations at Teachers College.  You Tube version. Link to paper

Fleming, T. (2016). The labour market and further education: An ally? Paper at Conference of The Further Education and Training Forum at the National College of Ireland. Link to paper

Fleming, T. (2016). The critical theory of Axel Honneth: Implications for transformative learning and higher education. In V. Wang and P. Cranton (Eds.), Theory and Practice of Adult and Higher Education (pp. 63-85). Little Rock, AK: Information Age Publishing.

Fleming, T. (2016). Reclaiming the emancipatory potential of adult education: Honneth’s critical theory and the struggle for recognition. European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, 7(1), 13-24. Link to journal article

Fleming, T. (2015). Recognising Community Education. Commencement Address at An Cosan, Adult Education Centre, Dublin.

Fleming, T. (2015). Working with non-traditional students. Paper read at Limerick School of Art and Design Staff Seminar. Link to paper

Fleming, T. (2015). Indignation and the struggle for recognition: Learning Cities, transformative learning and emancipation. Invited keynote at Larissa City Council and Hellenic Adult Education Association Conference: Adult education and the Learning City, Larisssa, Greece. Link to paper

Fleming, T. (2015). Educating non-traditional students in higher education. Invited keynote at the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference on Understanding and Supporting Access Transitions in Higher Education at  University of Limerick+.

Fleming, T. (2015) The recognition turn in Honneth’s critical theory: Implications for transformation theory. Invited paper at Teachers College, Academic Festival.

Fleming, T. (2015). Studies in higher education classrooms: Belgium, Norway and Ireland. Association for Higher Education Access and Disability Conference: Universal Design for Learning, Dublin Castle.

Fleming, T. (2014). Samus Heaney’s concept of ‘In-Between’ as an epistemological position for PhD researchers: A Forward. Trinity Education Papers, Dublin: Trinity College Dublin.Link to paper

Fleming, T. (2014). Axel Honneth and the struggle for recognition: Implications for transformative learning. In A. Nicolaides and D. Holt (eds.). Spaces of transformation and transformation of space. Proceedings of the 11th International Transformative Learning Conference  (pp. 318-324). New York: Teachers College.

Fleming, T. & González-Monteagudo, J. (2014). Theorizing student experience: Structure, agency and inequality. In F. Finnegan, et al. (eds.). Student Voices on Inequalities in European Higher Education: Challenges for Policy and Practice in a Time of Change (pp. 13-24). London: Routledge.

Fleming, T. & Finnegan, F. (2014). Critical theory and non-traditional student experience in Irish higher education. F. Finnegan et al., (eds.). Student Voices on Inequalities in European Higher Education: Challenges for Policy and Practice in a Time of Change (pp. 51-62).
London: Routledge.

Finnegan, F., Thunborg, C. & Fleming, T. (2014). Enduring inequalities and student agency: Theorizing an agenda for change in higher education. In F. Finnegan, B. Merrill & C. Thunborg (eds.) Student Voices on Inequalities in European Higher Education: Challenges for Policy and Practice in a Time of Change (pp. 151-162). London: Routledge.

Fleming, T., Golding, B., Evoy, J., Donnelly, T. & Hermers, D. (2014). Twelve tips for Men's Sheds to deal with research proposals. Dublin: Irish Men's Sheds Association Journal. Link to paper

Fleming, T. & Finnegan, F. (2014). A critical journey toward lifelong learning: Including non-traditional students in university. In A. Loxley, A. Seery & J. Walsh (eds) Higher Education in Ireland: Practices, Policies and Possibilities (pp. 146-159). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

O’Murchada, S. & Fleming, T. (2014). Supporting people with disabilities in higher education. Paper at Review of National Disability Policies and Strategies Conference at Mansion House Dublin.

Fleming, T. (2014). Imagining Further Education: The role of imagination in education. Invited keynote at Conference: Teaching and Learning in Further Education: Skills for 21st Century at National College of Ireland.

West, L., Fleming, T. & Finnegan, F. (2013). Connecting Bourdieu, Winnicott and Honneth: Understanding the experiences of non-traditional learners through an interdisciplinary lens. Studies in the Education of Adults, 45(2), 119-134.

Murphy, M. & Fleming, T. (2013). Between common and college knowledge: Exploring the boundaries between adult and higher education. In M. Murphy (ed.) Social Theory and Education Research (Vol. 1), (pp. 163-180). London: Sage.

Quirk, M. & Fleming, T. (Eds.). (2013). Journeys of Students with Disabilities from AHEAD'S 25 Year History. Dublin: Association for  Higher Education Access and Disability.  

(2013). Adult education for a change: Teaching and learning for the addiction professional. Paper presented at the National Health Research Board Conference: Twenty five year celebration of the National Documentation Centre on Drug Use, Dublin. 

(2013). Adult Education for the Addiction Professional. Invited Keynote address at STRADA and Scottish Government Conference: The Road to Recovery: Five Years On, University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Fleming, T. (2012). Review of Claudia W. Ruitenberg & D.C. Phillips (Eds.) (2012). Education, Culture and Epistemological Diversity: Mapping a disputed terrain. New York: Springer, in Teachers College Record.

Murphy, M. & Fleming, T. (Eds.) (2012). Habermas, teoria krytyczna i edukacja. Wroclaw, Poland: Academic Press.

Fleming, T. (2012). The self in transformation: What gets transformed in transformative learning? In C.J. Boden & S.M. Kippers (eds.) Pathways to Transformation: Learning in Relationship (pp. 343-353). Little Rock, AK: Information Age Publishing.

Fleming. T. (2012). Fromm and Habermas: Allies for adult education and democracy. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 32(2), 123-136.

Murphy, M. & Fleming, T. (eds.) (2012).Habermas, Critical Theory and Education Paperback Edition. New York: Routledge.

Fleming, T. (2012). 'Habermas, Critical Theory and Education'. Paper presented at Conference Pedagogika krytyczna dzis: Pytania o teorie i praktyke (Critical theory today: Questions about theory and practice) at the Pedagogical Institute, University of Gdansk, Poland.

Fleming, T. (2012). Education in Hard Times: The opportunities for adults learning. Invited paper at Gilson Summer School, Oldcastle. URL: http:laurencegilson.wordpress.com/

Fleming, T. (2012). Cinderella or Prince: History and other narratives of adult education in a university. Keynote address at EU Gruntvig Conference New Dynamics of Learning & Aging: Research, Policy and Practice  at NUI Maynooth, March 2012. 

Fleming, T. (2012). 'Working and linking together in times of change.' Paper read at Link-Up and Learn Community Education Conference, Dodder Valley Partnership, Tallaght, (May 23, 2012).

Fleming, T. (2011). Recognition in the work of Axel Honneth: Implications for Transformative Learning Theory. In M. Alhadeff-Jones & A. Kokkos, (Eds). Transformative Learning in Time of Crisis: Individual and Collective Challenges (pp. 95-101). New York: Teachers College.

Fleming, T. (2011). Models of Lifelong Learning: An overview. In M. London (Ed). Oxford Handbook of Lifelong learning, (pp. 29-39). New York: Oxford University Press.

Finnegan, F., Fleming, T., Kurantowicz, E. & Nizinska, A. (2011). Uczenie się i uznanie: Doświadczenia studentów i badaczy  w projekcie RANLHE. Terazniejszosc - Czlowiek - Edukacja, 53(1), 7-19.  

Fleming, T & Finnegan, F. (2011). Cultural and Institutional Perspectives on Access and Retention of Non-Traditional Students in Irish HE: A Research Report. RANLHE, University of Wroclaw, Poland.

Fleming, T. & Finnegan, F. (2011). Non-Traditional Students in Irish Higher Education: A Research Report. RANLHE, University of Wroclaw, Poland. Link to research web site

Fleming, T., Loxley, A., Kenny, A. & Finnegan, F. (2010). Where Next? A Study of Work and Life Experiences of Mature Disadvantaged Students in three Higher Education Institutions. Dublin: Combat Poverty Agency.
Fleming, T. & Finnegan,F. (2010). Towards a critical theory of access and retention in Irish HE. In B. Merrill & P. Armstrong, (Eds.). Looking Back, Looking Forward: Learning, teaching & research in adult education past, present & future (SCUTREA), (p.132-135). Univ of Sussex: Centre for Continuing Education/SCUTREA.

Fleming, T. & Finnegan, F. (2010). Retention and Progression in Irish Higher Education. Paper read at Higher Education Authority of Ireland Conference  Retention and Progression in Higher Education in Ireland. Dublin.
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