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Kate Adams is Professor of Education and Childhood and Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange for the University. Kate initially worked in academic publishing before becoming a primary teacher. Whilst teaching, she earned a Farmington Fellowship from Oxford University to undertake a piece of research, which subsequently led to a PhD studentship in Education from the University of Glasgow. She lectured at the University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde and the University of Paisley in Education Studies, Religious Education and Professional Studies on PGCE and non-QTS degrees.

In 2005 she moved to Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln as a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies. She later led the Doctor of Education (EdD) programme and was promoted to Reader and Head of Research, obtaining Professorial title prior to joining the University of Winchester in 2017.

Kate is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Religious Education and Religions and is international consulting editor for the International Journal of Children’s Spirituality. She reviews for the International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, British Journal of Religious Education, Journal of Religious Education, Religions, European Journal of Early Childhood and Dreaming. Her research findings have made impact beyond the academic community, appearing in publications as diverse as The Daily Telegraph, Vogue, Reader’s Digest and BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and she undertakes consultancy for Dioceses.



Edited journals

  • Adams, K. (2017) (ed.) Spirituality and the whole child: interdisciplinary approaches. Special issue, International Journal of Children's Spirituality

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

  • Adams, K. (2020) Spirituality in Childhood Studies: encounters with imaginary friends and angels. Childhood Remixed. 7:1, 46-58
  • Adams, K.; Lumb, A.; Paige, R; and Tapp, J. (2019) Whole child, whole teacher: leadership for flourishing primary schools. Education 3-13:  International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education. DOI: 10.1080/03004279.2019.1666419
  • Adams, K. (2019) Navigating the spaces of children’s spiritual experiences: influences of tradition(s), multidisciplinarity and perceptions. International Journal of Children's Spirituality. 24: 1, 29-43, DOI: 10.1080/1364436X.2019.1619531
  • Adams, K. (2017) The concept of the child through a spiritual lens: implications for interdisciplinary research and Religious Education. Journal of Religious Education. 65:1-3, 81-93. DOI: 10.1007/s40839-017-0043-7
  • Adams, K. (2017) Towards an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the nurturing of spirituality and the whole child. International Journal of Children's Spirituality. 22:1,
    1-3. DOI: 10.1080/1364436X.2017.1279726
  • Lovelock, P. and Adams, K. (2017) From darkness to light: children speak of divine encounter. International Journal of Children's Spirituality. 22:1, 36-48. DOI: 10.1080/1364436X.2016.1268098
  • Adams, K. (2016) Children’s views of childhood. In Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies. Ed. Heather Montgomery. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199791231-0167
  • Adams, K.; Monahan, J. and Wills, R. (2015) Losing the whole child? A national survey of primary education training provision for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. European Journal of Teacher Education. 38:2, 199-216. DOI: 10.1080/02619768.2015.1030388
  • Adams, K.; Bull, R. and Maynes, M-L. (2015) Early childhood spirituality in education: towards an understanding of the distinctive features of young children’s spirituality. European Early Childhood Education Journal. DOI: 10.1080/1350293X.2014.996425
  • Adams, K. (2014) What is a child? Children’s perceptions, the Cambridge Primary Review and implications for education. Cambridge Journal of Education, 44:2, 163-178. DOI: 10.1080/0305764X.2013.860082
  • Adams, K. (2013) Childhood in crisis? Perceptions of 7-11 year olds and the implications for education’s well-being agenda. Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education, 41:5, 527-537. DOI: 10.1080/03004279.2011.613849
  • Parker, J.; Freer, K. and Adams, K. (2013) Characters, social interactions, emotions and self-representation in 7 to 8 and 9 to 11 year olds’ dream reports. International Journal of Dream Research, 6:1, 13-21. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11588/ijodr.2013.1.9425
  • Adams, K. (2010) Unseen worlds: placing children’s spirituality on the map in Education Studies. Discourse: Journal of the HEA Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies, 9:2, 49-58
  • Adams, K. (2009) The rise of the child’s voice; the silencing of the spiritual voice. Journal of Beliefs & Values, 30:2, 113-122. DOI:10.1080/13617670903174991
  • Adams, K. (2009) Searching for connectedness: the role of RE and spirituality in supporting children’s questions about death. Journal of Religious Education, 57:2, 12-17
  • Adams, K. and Hyde, B. (2008) Children's grief dreams and the theory of spiritual intelligence. Dreaming, 18:1, 58-67
  • Adams, K. (2008) The dreaming child: dreams, religion and religious education. British Journal of Religious Education, 30:1, 59-67
    Hyde, B. and Adams, K. (2007) From biblical dreams to scriptural dreams. Journal of Religious Education, 55:4, 37-42
  • Adams, K. (2006) Children’s divine dreams: a conceptual and empirical study with implications for Religious Education. Research in Education, 76:2, 88-90
  • Adams, K. (2005) Voices in my Dream: children’s interpretation of auditory message dreams. Dreaming, 15:3, 195-204


  • Adams, K.; Koet, B. and Koning, B. (eds) (2015) Dreams and spirituality: a handbook for ministry, spiritual direction and counselling. London: Canterbury Press
  • Adams, K. (2010) Unseen worlds: looking through the lens of childhood. London: Jessica Kingsley
  • Adams, K. (2009) Behaviour for learning in the primary school. Exeter: Learning Matters
  • Bulkeley, K.; Adams, K. and Davis, P. M. (eds) (2009) Dreaming in Christianity and Islam: culture, conflict, and creativity. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press
  • Adams, K.; Hyde, B., and Woolley, R. (2008) The spiritual dimension of childhood. London: Jessica Kingsley

Book chapters

  • Adams, K. (2017) Childhoods past and present: A reflexive approach to enhancing children’s spiritual wellbeing, in: M. de Souza and A. Halafoff (eds) Re-Enchanting Education: Spiritual wellbeing, belonging, identity and meaning-making for global citizens. London: Routledge. 123-134
  • Adams, K. (2016) Divine dreams: religious and spiritual themes in children's dreams, in: C.R. Johnson and J. Campbell (eds) Sleep monsters and super heroes: empowering children through creative dreamplay. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 211-226
  • Green, P. and Adams, K. (2015) Out of the mouths of babes: hearing the dreams of children and adolescents, in: K. Adams; B. Koet and B. Koning (eds) Dreams and spirituality: a handbook for ministry, spiritual direction and counselling. London: Canterbury Press, 203-209
  • Adams, K. (2014) Children’s dreams in the classroom, in: C. Hoffman and J. Lewis (eds) Weaving dreams into the classroom. Boca Raton, Florida: BrownWalker Press, 17-30
  • Adams, K. (2014) Spiritual development in schools with no faith affiliation: the cultural ambivalence towards children's spirituality in England, in: M. de Souza; A. Trousdale and J. Watson (eds) Global perspectives on spiritual education. Abingdon: Routledge, 21-32
  • Adams, K. and Chater, M. (2013) Faith in education, in: W. Curtis; S. Ward; J. Sharp and L. Hankin (eds) Education studies: an issues based approach, 6th edition. Exeter: Learning Matters, 182-190
  • Adams, K. (2011) Managing behaviour for learning, in: A. Hansen (ed.) Professional studies in the primary curriculum. Exeter: Learning Matters, 224-239
  • Adams, K. (2009) Seeking the spiritual: the complexities of spiritual development in the classroom, in: M. de Souza, L. J. Francis, J. O'Higgins-Norman and D. Scott (eds) The international handbook of education for spirituality, care and wellbeing. Dordrecht: Springer, 809-820
  • Adams, K. (2009) Dreams of Muslim and Christian children, in: K. Bulkeley, K. Adams and P. M. Davis (eds) Dreaming in Christianity and Islam: culture, conflict, and creativity. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 217-225
  • Adams, K. (2007) Questioning to support understanding dreams, in J. Johnston, J. Halocha and M. Chater (eds) Developing teaching skills in the primary school. Maidenhead: Open University Press, 91
  • Adams, K. and Chater, M. (2006) Faith in education: what place for faith communities in schools?, in: J. Sharp; S. Ward and L. Hankin (eds) Education studies: an issues based approach. Exeter: Learning Matters, 150-158


  • Adams, K.; Plater, M. and Atkin, C. (2016) Revisioning Initial Teacher Education: Report on the ITE pathfinder project. London: Church of England National Foundation for Educational Leadership
  • Atkin, C., Rose, A., Sharp, J., Hill, Y., Adams, K. and Sayers, R. (2015) Internationalising the curriculum: a developmental resource for initiating transformational change. York: The Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Adams, K., Atkin, C. and Hounslow-Ayre, A. (2014) Distinctive features of effective teaching and learning in primary schools with mixed age classes. Lincoln: Bishop Grosseteste University
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