Lecturer in Education / Microteaching Co-ordinator

Lecturer in Education / Microteaching Co-ordinator


PhD
B.Sc.Ed.


Louise is a lecturer in Education in St Angela’s College. Louise is a qualified science teacher receiving her Degree in Biological Sciences with Education from the University of Limerick. She subsequently was awarded a PhD in Science Education from the University of Limerick in 2016. She has post-doctoral experience, working on significant projects including the Johnson and Johnson funded WiSTEM project and the FP7 funded Chain Reaction project both based in the University of Limerick. She also has experience working as an education tutor on several modules while in the University of Limerick.

Since moving to St Angela’s College, she is now a lecturer in several areas including general and science/biology pedagogics, history and policy of education, sociology of education and foundational biology. She is also the micro-teaching coordinator. She has several publications to date including the publication of a book based on the Chain Reaction project, journal articles and has presented at a number of international conferences including AERA, ESERA, NARST and ASERA.


Louise’s research interests include pre-service teacher education, scientific inquiry, teacher collaboration, nature of science, educational disadvantage, socio-scientific issues in science and pedagogical content knowledge


Year: 2020
Publication: Lehane, L. (2020)Experiential Learning in Science Education”, in Akpan, B. and Kennedy, T. Science Education in Theory and Practice, Springer (In Press).

Year: 2019
Publication: Bevins, S.K., Lehane, L. and Booth, J. (2019) Comparative Perspectives on Inquiry Based Science Education, Pennsylvania: IGI Publications.

O’Reilly, J., Guilfoyle, L. and Lehane, L. (2019) Chain Reaction: the Irish Context, in Bevins, S.K., Lehane, L. and Booth, J. (Eds) Comparative Perspectives on Inquiry Based Science Education, Pennsylvania: IGI Publications.

Bevins, S.K., Lehane, L. and Booth, J. (2019) Reflecting on Inquiry, in Bevins, S.K., Lehane, L. and Booth, J. (Eds) Comparative Perspectives on Inquiry Based Science Education, Pennsylvania: IGI Publications.

Kelly, R., McGarr, O., Lehane, L. and Erduran, S.(2019) “STEM and gender at university: focusing on Irish undergraduate female students”, Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 11(4), 770-787.

Lehane, L. (2019)Using a PCK lens to capture pre-service science teachers’ internalized knowledge of Nature of Science”, Paper presented at the biannual Australian Science Education Research Association (ASERA) Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Harvey, D., Lehane, L. and Mohan, K. (2019)Student Teacher Collaborations during School Placement: Perceptions from Practice”, Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Hamburg, Germany.

Harvey, D., Lehane, L. and Mohan, K. (2019)Collaborating during school placement: Investigating student teachers’ perspectives on the opportunities and barriers encountered”, Paper presented at the Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE), Bath, UK.

Harvey, D., Lehane, L. and Mohan, K. (2019) “Student Teacher Collaboration: Perceptions during School Placement”, Paper presented at the annual Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) conference, Sligo, Ireland.

Year: 2016
Lehane, L., O’Reilly, J. and Mooney Simmie, G. (2016) “Understanding the interactions between pre-service science teachers within a learning community focused on enhancing scientific inquiry orientations”, Paper presented at the annual Science and Mathematics Education Conference (SMEC), Dublin, Ireland.

Lehane, L., and Walshe, G. (2016) “Teacher-based curriculum development incorporating nature of science in Irish junior cycle science”, Paper presented at the annual Science and Mathematics Education Conference (SMEC), Dublin, Ireland.

Lehane, L. (2016) “Chain Reaction: reflections on a professional development project”, Part of the EPI*STEM Lecture Series, University of Limerick.

Lehane, L. (2016) ““Inquiring into our own practice: what is the place of a professional learning community in facilitating pre-service science teachers’ social construction of knowledge?”, part of the Education and Professional Studies Brownbag Series, University of Limerick.

Year: 2015
Lehane, L., O’Reilly, J. and Mooney Simmie, G. (2015) “Exploring the Interactions between Irish Pre-service Science Teachers engaged in a Professional Learning Community (PLC) focused on enhancing Scientific Inquiry Orientations”, Paper presented at the biannual European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) conference, Helsinki, Finland.

Lehane, L. (2015) “Chain Reaction: A Sustainable Approach to Inquiry Based Science Education”, Poster presented at the biannual European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) conference, Helsinki, Finland, 31st of August-5th of September.

Lehane, L., Broggy, J. O’Dwyer, A. O’Reilly, J. and Starr, M. (2015) “Chain Reaction: Promoting a Sustainable Approach to the use of Scientific Inquiry in the Chemistry Classroom”, Chemistry in Action, 104, p.33-35.

Lehane, L. and Bertram, A.R. (2015) “Getting to the CoRe of it: A review of a specific PCK conceptual lens in science education research”, Educación Química, [online], available: doi:10.1016/j.eq.2015.09.004.

Lehane, L., Broggy, J. O’Dwyer, A. O’Reilly, J. and Starr, M. (2015) “Chain Reaction: Promoting a Sustainable Approach to the use of Scientific Inquiry in the Chemistry Classroom”, Chemistry in Action, 104, p.33-35.


Honours and Awards:

  • 2006-2010: Seven letters of achievement from the President of the University of Limerick in recognition of grades received.
  • October 2010: Recipient of the University of Limerick, ‘Advanced Scholar Award’ for outstanding undergraduate academic achievement.
  • June 2016:Recipient of the SMEC 2016 later stage PhD presentation award.

Funding:

  • September 2010: Recipient of the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) EMBARK PhD Scholarship- Funding value €72,000
  • February 2016:EHS Seed Funding- Funding value €600
  • September 2016: Ubuntu Network Funding- Funding value €3,025
  • January 2017: Teaching Council Research Support Framework- Funding value €3,300

Professional Associations: AERA, ISTA, NARST

Committees: NARST organising committee, Teaching and Learning Committee and previously the Equity of Access committee both within St Angela’s. Member of the Ubuntu Assembly.
Reviewer for International Journal of Science Education, Cogent Education