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Prof. Adrian-Mario Gellel
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Prof. Adrian-Mario Gellel

Prof. Adrian-Mario Gellel


Associate Professor
Pastoral Theology, Liturgy & Canon Law
Faculty of Theology
Room 323
Humanities A (Laws,Theology,Criminology)
University of Malta
contact+356 2340 2663

Associate Professor
Early Childhood and Primary Education
Faculty of Education
Room 323
Humanities A (Laws,Theology,Criminology)
University of Malta
contact+356 2340 2663

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Prof. Adrian-MarioGellel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Primary Education (Faculty of Education) and in the Department of Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law (Faculty of Theology).
His main areas of interest are Symbol Literacy, Child and Adolescent Spirituality, Religious Education and meeting individual differences in the classroom. His academic interests led him to convene the International Conference on Children’s Spirituality (2005), the International Conference EARLI SIG19 Religious and Spiritual Education Conference (2011), the International Conference on Catholic Religious Education (2018) and the International Association for the Study of Youth ministry European Bienale (2018).
Between 2009 and 2011 he served as a Theological Advisor to The Center of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescents, Minnesota, USA. Between 2011 and 2016 he acted as external Ph.D examiner and External Programme reviewer for Dublin City University, Waterford Institute and the Australian Catholic University
He developed and coordinated the Master of Arts in Youth Ministry and the Master of Education in Symbol Literacy. Together with Prof Buchanan he edited the Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education in Schools (Springer 2015).
Between 2006 and 2010 he was appointed by the Catholic Church in Malta as the National Coordinator for Religious Education in Schools for the Catholic Church. Amongst other, during his term of office he coordinated and led the publication of the consultation policy document Religious Education in Malta: Reflections by the Catholic Community.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • Symbol Literacy
  • Children's Spirituality
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Adaptive Education
  • Religious Education
  • Youth Ministry

Selected Publications

Gellel, A. & Rossi, C. 2017, Of Lamps & Clay Vessels: towards the Validation of Non-Formal and Informal Learning of Youth Leaders in church Youth Groups, Pastoral Formation Institute and Malta Catholic Youth Network, Malta.

Gellel, A. & Imbarack Dagach, P. 2016, "La educación como un ministerio central de la comunidad católica.", PEL Pensiamento Educativo, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 1-4.

Buchanan, M.T. & Gellel, A. (eds) 2015, Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education in Schools, Springer, Netherlands.

Gellel, A. 2014, "An Emerging Approach to Spiritual Development through Religious Education in Maltese Schools
" in Global Perspectives on Spiritual Education
, eds. J. Watson, M. de Souza & A. Trousdale, Routledge, New York, pp. 58-70.

Gellel, A. 2013, "Popular Music as a resource for the Religious Education Classroom. A study through Lady Gaga's Judas", Religious Education Journal of Australia, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 28-33.

Gellel, A. 2013, "Responding to the challengs of Globalization through an education anchored in Christian anthropology" in Leaderships and Religious Schools: International perspectives and challenges, ed. M.T. Buchanan, Bloomsbury Academic, New York, pp. 13-31.

Gellel, A. 2013, "Traces of Spirituality in the Lady Gaga Phenomenon", International Journal of Children's Spirituality, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 214-226.

Gellel, A. 2011, "Adaptive Religious Education at the service of inventiveness: A scientific way of being creative and effective in Religious Education", The Person and the Challenges: The Journal of Theology, Education Canon Law and Social Studies Inspired by Pope John Paul II, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 99-111.

Gellel, A. 2010, "Teachers as Key Players in Values Education: Implications for Teacher Formation" in International Research Handbook on Values Education and Student Wellbeing, eds. T. Lovat, R. Toomey & N. Clement, Springer, Netherlands, pp. 163-177.

Gellel, A. 2010, "Nurturing Spirituality through Symbol Literacy in Religious Education", Journal of Religious Education, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 44-51.


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