- AFHEA Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK
- PhD (Music Education), University of Cambridge, UK
- MA Music Performance, The Irish World Academy, Ireland
- BSc Psychology, Open University, UK
- BM Contemporary Writing & Production, Berklee College of Music, US
Patrick Olsen's approaches to researching teaching and learning were shaped by working as a professional music performer and as a teacher in especially diverse contexts. He has been fortunate to work internationally based in the US, Ireland, UK and Singapore with many music tours and teaching opportunities in between.
The research questions that he investigates have been stimulated by the developments of (a) education being increasingly viewed as a marketable product, (b) the roles of traditional teaching and learning contexts within the emerging marketisation and standardisation of education. With education being increasingly driven by political/commercial decision making, important questions arise regarding the changing roles of teachers, students and parents within the unfolding pedagogical landscape.
To address his research questions, Patrick favours interdisciplinary approaches to education (e.g. sociology, colonialism, performance, curriculum theory). His research output has primarily focused on the perceptions and practices within teaching and learning through analyses of verbal, musical and textual discourse.