As School Director of Teaching and Learning and as Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, I contribute to the School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programmes, doctoral supervision, Master and EdD level teaching. As a member of the Science and Technology Education Group (STEG), I undertake research in the area of science education. In particular my research interests include science and mathematics integration, peer and co-operative learning, learning science and teacher education.
I hold a PhD in science education and I am a qualified Science Teacher (BSc (Ed) Hons). My PhD research focused on utilising pre-service science teachers in a Peer Learning programme in undergraduate introductory physics with a particular focus on the student teachers’ conceptual understanding of physics. Before joining the University of Lincoln, I worked as the Head of Education and Director of School Placement at St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Ireland. St. Patrick’s College, Thurles specialises in concurrent Initial Teacher Education qualifying teachers at post-primary level. Prior to working at St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, I worked as a Senior Project Officer in Science Teaching and Learning at EPI-STEM - National Centre for STEM Education, at the University of Limerick, Ireland. I contributed to the development of evidence-based innovative research projects in science teaching and learning at primary, secondary and at third level education. Key projects included investigating Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) in second level science, developing and delivering science education CPD workshops, investigating assessment methods in Junior Cycle science, implementing Peer Learning programmes at third level, collaborating in projects with both national and international institutions and utilising technology to develop a collaborative approach to the teaching and learning of science and mathematics at second level.
I am the School Director of Teaching and Learning, where I have responsibility for all taught postgraduate programmes in the School of Education and I am Programme Leader for the Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance (LTSA) PGCE (Secondary) SCITT.
Science education, peer and co-operative learning, and teacher education.
— University of Limerick, 2010
Bachelor of Science Education in Biological Science with Physics
— University of Limerick, 2004
European Science Education Research Association (ESERA)
— Associate member
International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL)
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
— Associate member
Mallow Schools Development Partnership
— Awarded £100,000 in 2010
Public engagement grant
— Awarded £1,000 by Institute of Physics in 2010
The implementation and evaluation of a peer learning programme utilising undergraduate peer leaders in first year undergraduate science modules
— Awarded £4,500 by National Academy for Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) in 2009
Discovery Science and Engineering
— Awarded £150,000 in 2008
The design and evaluation of a Conceptual Physics course for 2nd year science teaching students to improve their conceptual understanding of physics
— Awarded £900 by Seed Funding- University of Limerick in 2008