Prof. Joseph Giordmaina

Prof. Joseph Giordmaina

Prof. Joseph Giordmaina


Associate Professor

Room 229
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2347
As a student at the University of Malta I studied education, was initially employed as a teacher with the Ministry for Education, and over the years, taught at all levels of education, from early years to post-graduate level. As a lifelong learning I formally studied education, philosophy, psychology and criminology. In philosophy my main area of interest is ethics. In criminology my main area of interests are penology and radicalisation. I have set up two Platforms at the University of Malta: The Prison Education and Re-Entry Platform, where the main focus is advocacy and research for successful rehabilitation and reintegration of prison inmates back to society. The Platform for the Teaching of Ethics in Schools focuses on research and advocacy the subject of Ethics in our schools. Informally during the years I have learned a lot from working in schools and prisons, as well as from a considerable number of EU supported projects I participated in. My role as an academic at the University of Malta is to share this knowledge with my students and encourage and support them in furthering their studies. With my colleagues from both within the Faculty and across Faculties, my role is to create knowledge in these areas of study, mainly through research.
  • Penology
  • Education in prisons
  • Prison Architecture
  • Rehabilitation of Prison Inmates
  • Radicalisation
  • Juvenile Justice systems
  • Ethics Education

GIORDMAINA, J., 2021. For better and for worse: Universitisation, the Bologna Process and Initial Teacher Education in Malta. In: D. WOREK and C. KRALER, eds, New York: Waxmann, pp. 39-47.

GIORDMAINA, J., 2019. A Prison Brief. Malta: Ministry for Home Affairs and Security.

GIORDMAINA, J. and ZAMMIT, L., 2019. Shaping the identity of the new Maltese through ethics education in Maltese schools. Education Sciences, 9(4), pp. 253.

GIORDMAINA, J. and SCHEMBRI, A., 2018. Physical and Emotional Considerations in Conducting Research in Prisons. Hungarian Educational Research Association (HERA), 8(4), pp. 80-93.

CAMILLERI, M., GIORDMAINA, J. and SAMMUT HENWOOD, K., 2017. The Incentives and Earned Privilege System. Malta: Department of Correctional Services.

LOEWENTHAL, D., AVDI, E., CHAUHAN, G., SAITA, E., NATRI, T., RIGHI, R., TOMPEA, A., GIORDMAINA, J. and ISSARI, P., 2017. Evaluating the therapeutic use of photocards in European prisons. Counselling psychology quarterly, 30(1), pp. 67-85.

BORG, M., GIORDMAINA, J. and ZAMMIT, L., 2016. A Study of Parental/Guardian Preference For Ethics Lessons In State Primary And Secondary Schools.

GIORDMAINA, J., 2016. An exploration into the use of dialogue within a prison setting. Theoretical and Applied in Psychology, , pp. 81-85.

GIORDMAINA, J., 2014. Juvenile Justice in Malta. OutinOut EU Directorate General Justice Project JUST/2012/JPEN/AG/2936.

GIORDMAINA, J., 2013. The European Agenda for Education in Prison. In: P. MAYO, ed, Brill Sense, pp. 251-264.

BORG, M. and GIORDMAINA, J., 2012. Towards a quality education for all: Every teacher counts. Malta: Malta Union of Teachers.

GIORDMAINA, J., 2007. Communities of Conversation. In: J. GIORDMAINA, ed, Comenius 2.1 project, pp. 210.

GIORDMAINA, J., 2007. Dialogue on Dialogue: a resource book for the developing dialogue through philosophical enquiry course for teachers. Comenius 2.1 project.

GIORDMAINA, J., 2007. Postmodern Insights into Dialogue. In: J. GIORDMAINA, ed, Comenius 2.1 project, pp. 192-211.

GIORDMAINA, J., HOGAN, P. and WAIN, K., 2006. Philosophical Perspectives on Education in the 21st Century, , 03-06 August 2006 2006, Allied Newspapers Ltd, pp. 320.

GIORDMAINA, J., 2000. eEurope and e-Education. University of Malta. Faculty of Education.

GIORDMAINA, J., 2000. National Curriculum on its way : a conference on the implementation of the National Curriculum, University of Malta, 9-11 June, 2000 : Proceedings. Floriana: Floriana : Ministry of Education.

GIORDMAINA, J., 2000. Projected aims and costs of education in Malta in the year 2001. University of Malta. Faculty of Education.

GIORDMAINA, J., 1999. Systems of Knowledge: A Case Study of Curriculum Innovation in Malta. Switzerland;: International Bureau of Education, UNESCO.

GIORDMAINA, J. and SCERRI, L., J., 1996. Systems of Knowledge : A Guide. Book 2. Malta: Gutenberg Press Ltd.

GIORDMAINA, J., 1995. Systems of Knowledge: A Guide Book 1. Malta: Msida : Malta U.P.

GIORDMAINA, J. and FRANK, V., 1988. A survey of computers in Maltese schools. In: B. D M., ed, Bari: Bari : Laterza, pp. 33-43.

  • CRI5005 - Socio-Psychological Issues in the Criminal Justice System
I currently coordinate two University of Malta Platforms: the Prison Education and Re-Entry
Platform ( and the Platform for the
Teaching of Ethics in Schools (

I am also currently a partner in the E+ KA3 Social Inclusion Through Education, Training and
Youth Grant Agreement number: 621439-EPP-1-2020-1-SI-EPPKA3-IPI-SOC-IN, the title of which is
Inclusive Approach to Inmate Social Rehabilitation and Education (REEDU).

I also coordinate the ESF Project 02.064. Participation for Employment at CCF: Social inclusion
through Education and Training (P4E@CCF) project.