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Dr Veronica McCauley Ph.D, B.Sc
Veronica McCauley, PhD is a lecturer in science education at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her primary degree is in science education, which instigated doctoral research in the areas of self-directed and technology-based learning. Within the sphere of science education, she has carried out research in initial teacher education, interactive learning environments, mentoring, STEM outreach activities and the effective use of technology in teaching and learning at the University of Limerick (Ireland), Harvard University (Cambridge, USA) and at the National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland).
Veronica is involved in a number of current research projects relating to the effective use of technology in the science classroom, in particular in the area of marine biology and physics education. This research has grown from the recent publication of a Sci-Hook series published in the i-Bookstore. In terms of STEM outreach and engagement, Veronica was one of the core organisers of the first STEM outreach conference in Ireland (2007) and several after, which brought together key stakeholders from across Ireland, the UK and Europe to inform STEM communication within Ireland and to discuss and debate best practice and evaluation. Following on from this, recent publications have drawn upon research in the third space, between science outreach and primary education, in an effort to explore pedagogical practices both in primary science education and in STEM outreach activities.
|Davison, K; Domegan, C., McCauley, V. and McClune, W. (2008) A Review of Science Outreach Strategies North and South: With Some Recommendations for Improvement. Belfast: Centre for Cross Border Studies. [Details]|
|McCauley, V. and McClelland, G. (2001) 'Development of Information Technology Based Self-Directed Learning in Physics at the University of Limerick' In: Twenty-First Century Advances in Self-Directed Learning. Florida: Motorola University Press. [Details]|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Gomes, D. and McCauley, V. (2013) 'Science Outreach and Science Education In the Primary Level: Conceptual and Pedagogical Challenges Faced'. Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal, 1 (2). [Details]|
|Higgins, A., Heinz, M., McCauley, V., Fleming, M. (2012) 'Creating the future of teacher education together: the role of emotionality in university-school partnership'. Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, . [Details]|
|Gomes, D. and McCauley, V. (2012) 'Interrogating Dilemmas in the Primary Level Science Classrooms in Ireland: Outreach and Education'. Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal, . [Details]|
|Domegan, C., McCauley, V. and Davison, K. (2010) 'Realising the Management Challenges for Science Communication Outreach: A Social Marketing Perspective'. Irish Journal Of Management, . [Details]|
|Domegan, C., McCauley, V. and Davison, K. (2007) 'Key findings from the first annual conference on science communication, outreach and public engagement'. Irish Scientist Year Book, 15 :59-59. [Details]|
|Morris, GA,Branum-Martin, L,Harshman, N,Baker, SD,Mazur, E,Dutta, S,Mzoughi, T,McCauley, V (2006) 'Testing the test: Item response curves and test quality'. American Journal Of Physics, 74 :449-453. [DOI] [Details]|
|McCauley, V., Davison, K, and Sullivan K. (2006) 'Innovative initiatives: Targeting the declining science enrollments in Ireland'. New Zealand Annual Review Of Education, 15 :187-208. [Details]|
|Gourty, F., Kiely, E., McClelland, G., Childs, P. and McCauley, V. (2004) 'The Lucent Science Teacher Initiative (LSTI) at the University of Limerick, Ireland'. Polish Association Of Science Teachers (PSNPP) Journal, . [Details]|
|McCauley, V and McClelland, G. (2004) 'Further studies in Self-Directed Learning in Physics at the University of Limerick, Ireland'. International Journal of Self-Directed Learning (IJSDL), 1 (2):26-37. [Details]|
|McCauley, V and McClelland, G. (2002) 'Computers in the Physics Classroom'. Irish Scientist Year Book, . [Details]|
|Gomes, D., & McCauley, V. (2013) Science Outreach and Science Education at Primary Level in Ireland: a Mixed Methods Study New Perspective for Science Education [Details]|
|Childs, P.E., McClelland, G., McGourty, F., Geary, T. and McCauley, V. (2003) The Lucent Science Teacher Initiative: A Mentoring Project for Trainee Teachers of Second-Level Science European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Conference The Netherlands, [Details]|
|Gomes, D & McCauley, V. (2014) Why do we teach science: four arguments for teaching science and the role of science outreach. Chemistry In Action. Magazine Article [Details]|
|McCauley, V. and Davison, K. (2012) Guerrilla Science and other Innovative approaches to STEM outreach. University College Cork: Conference Paper [Details]|
|Davison, K, McCauley, V, and Domegan C. (2010) A Social Marketing Approach to Managing Science Communication and Outreach. NUI Galway, Galway: Conference Paper [Details]|
|Knight, S., Beale, J, Hall, T. and McCauley, V. (2009) The Digital Hedge School Project: Challenges and Opportunities within a Multi-Generational Partnership. Dubliln: Conference Paper [Details]|
|Hall, T., McCauley, V. and Dervan, S. (2007) Getting Something 'Out of School': Children's Informal Learning with Novel Technology, Ecology of Young Children's Technology Experience. Chicago, Illinois, USA: Conference Paper [Details]|
|Davison, K, McCauley, V. Domegan, C and McClune, B. (2007) Building Effective Science Outreach Strategies North and South. Malahide, Dublin, Ireland: Conference Paper [Details]|
|McCauley, V. (2004) The Interactive Learning Toolkit: Supporting Interactive Classrooms. Miami Beach, Florida, USA: Conference Paper [Details]|
|McCauley, V. (2004) From Questions to Concepts . DVD/CD-Rom/Video Spectrum Media Production, Somerville, USA and Mazur Group. Harvard University, Cambridge, USA: Media [Details]|
|McCauley, V. (2004) Learning to Think. Interactive DVD; Spectrum Media Production, Somerville, USA and Mazur Group. Harvard University, Cambridge, USA: Media [Details]|
|McCauley, V, and Hall, T. (2010) Using Digital Technology within and beyond the Science Classroom. School of Education: Workshops [Details]|
|McCauley, V. (2006) Cúrsa In-Seirbhíse sa Chemic do Ghaelscoileanna. co-hosted by Veronica McCauley & Brendan Duane. Education Department NUI Galway: Workshops [Details]|
|McCauley, V. (2005) Discover Primary Science Workshop. co-hosted by Veronica McCauley & Aisling Barry. Education & Physics Dept NUI Galway: Workshops [Details]|
|McCauley, V. (2004) Peer Instruction for Science and Math Teachers Workshop. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA: Workshops [Details]|
|McCauley, V. (2004) Interactive Education and Peer Instruction in Physics and Astronomy Introductory Courses' Workshop. The 204th AAS Meeting. Denver CO, USA: Workshops [Details]|
|McCauley, V. (2003) Active Learning and Interactive Lectures - breakout session. The Workshop for New Physics and Astronomy Faculty. American Center for Physics, College Park, MD, USA: Workshops [Details]|
|McCauley, V. (2000) Information Technology-Based Self-Directed Learning in Physics. Faculty Teaching Week. University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland: Workshops [Details]|
|Association: American Educational Research Association (AERA), Function/Role: Member|
|Association: Irish Science Teachers Association, Function/Role: Honorary Branch Secretary|
|Association: European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), Function/Role: Member|
|Association: Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI), Function/Role: Member|
|Association: Center for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC), Function/Role: Research Associate|
|Association: Irish Science Teachers Association, Function/Role: Galway Branch Committee Member|
|Committee : Professional Master of Education (PME) Review Committee, School of Education, NUI Galway|
|Committee : Research Committee, School of Education, NUI Galway|
|Committee : Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Education, NUI Galway|
|Committee : College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies Committee on Structured Ph.D.’s (Teaching Hours/Balanced Criteria)|
|Committee : College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies - Examinations Security Group|
|Committee : NUI Galway University Research Ethics Committee|
|Committee : Institute for Business, Social Sciences & Public Policy Research, Theme 4: Social and Policy Innovation, Cluster 4: Innovation, Creative Communities and the Smart Economy|
|International Journal Of Science Education: Reviewer.|