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Orla Kelly

Dr

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T: Ext. 2314
E: orla.kelly@dcu.ie



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Biography

Dr Orla Kelly is a Lecturer in Social, Environmental and Scientific Education. Her main teaching responsibilities are for science, history and geography education on the BEd primary programme. She has research expertise and a strong publication record in the area of science education, with recent publications on creativity in primary science and education for sustainability. She is the Church of Ireland Center Management Committee representative on the Irish Aid funded DICE project. She is also Research Ethics Advisor for the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies.  

Research Interests

Research interests include creativity in primary science, learning outside the classroom, education for sustainability and inquiry based science education. My PhD in Science Education (DCU 2005) investigated the impact of problem-based learning in a chemistry practical module. 

Research Projects

  Title Funder From - To Role Award
Bringing the primary curriculum outdoors through professional development of initial teacher education students – transforming knowledge into action Higher Education Academy 15-MAY-17 - 31-DEC-18 PI 5,947.00
Sustainability Education: Continuing Professional Development for School Teachers and Faculty Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes (GCSO) 17-APR-17 - 16-APR-18 Co-investigator 24,112.38

Contract Researchers

  Researcher Name Project Role Funding Body
Dr Yesim Tunali Flynn Bringing the primary curriculum outdoors through professional development of initial teacher education students – transforming knowledge into action Research Assistant

Internal Collaborators

  Name Institute Country
Dr Majella McSharry DCU Institute of Education IRELAND
Dr Greg Smith DCU Institute of Education IRELAND
Dr Cliona Murphy DCU Institute of Education IRELAND
Dr Ben Mallon DCU Institute of Education IRELAND

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Dr Janet McKennedy Dublin Institute of Technology IRELAND
Dr Roger Cutting University of Plymouth UNITED KINGDOM
Tomás Aylward Institute of Technology Tralee IRELAND

Books

  Year Publication
2014 Creative teaching in primary science.
Cutting, Roger and Kelly, Orla (2014) Creative teaching in primary science. London: Sage. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2017 'Understanding Places and People Through History and Geography outside the Classroom'
James, Bettany, Roger Cutting, Orla Kelly (2017) 'Understanding Places and People Through History and Geography outside the Classroom' In: Sue Waite (eds). Children Learning Outside the Classroom From Birth to Eleven. London: Sage. [Details]
2015 '“We Weren’t Taught This Way”: Overcoming Barriers When Transitioning to New Forms of Pedagogy'
Cutting, Roger and Kelly, Orla (2015) '“We Weren’t Taught This Way”: Overcoming Barriers When Transitioning to New Forms of Pedagogy' In: Stratton, S., Hagevik, R., Feldman, A., Bloom, M (eds). Educating Initial Science Teachers for Sustainability. Switzerland: Springer. [Details]
2015 'Designing Courses on the Nature and History of Science'
Leyh, B., Avitabile, G. and Kelly, O. (2015) 'Designing Courses on the Nature and History of Science' In: Maciejowska, I. and Byers, B (eds). Pre-service Training for Chemistry Teachers: A Guidebook of Good Practice. Krakow: Jagiellonian University of Krakow. [Details]
2011 'Understanding places and society through history and geography outside the classroom'
Kelly, Orla and Cutting, Roger (2011) 'Understanding places and society through history and geography outside the classroom' In: Waite, Sue (eds). Children Learning Outside the Classroom: From Birth to Eleven. London: Sage. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2009 'A hurdle too high? Students' experience of a PBL laboratory module'
Kelly, O;Finlayson, O (2009) 'A hurdle too high? Students' experience of a PBL laboratory module'. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 10 :42-52 [DOI] [Details]
2007 'Providing solutions through problem-based learning for the undergraduate 1st year chemistry laboratory'
Orla Kelly and Odilla Finlayson (2007) 'Providing solutions through problem-based learning for the undergraduate 1st year chemistry laboratory'. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 8 (3):347-361 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2012 'A case study exploring students’ problem-solving strategies in a PBL chemistry task'
Kelly, Orla and Lovatt, James (2012) 'A case study exploring students’ problem-solving strategies in a PBL chemistry task' New Directions in the teaching of Physical Sciences, (8) :38-42. [Details]
2010 'Easing the transition from secondary school to higher education through recognition of the skills of our students'
Kelly, O.C. and Finlayson, O.E. (2010) 'Easing the transition from secondary school to higher education through recognition of the skills of our students' New Directions in the teaching of Physical Sciences, 6 :51-55. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2012 New Perspectives in Science Education conference
Kelly, Orla and Lovatt, James (2012) Insights into Science Students’ Problem-Solving Strategies in the Chemistry Laboratory New Perspectives in Science Education conference Florence, Italy, , 08-MAR-12 - 09-MAR-12 [Details]
2012 XIV IOSTE International Symposium on Socio-Cultural and Human Values in Science and Technology Education. 30th October to 2nd November
Kelly, Orla (2012) How old are sea turtles? Using drama and modern children’s stories to teach primary science XIV IOSTE International Symposium on Socio-Cultural and Human Values in Science and Technology Education. 30th October to 2nd November [Details]
2010 XIV IOSTE Symposium, Socio-cultural and human values in science and technology education
Cutting, Roger and Kelly, Orla (2010) Science for Sustainability: Contextualising Problem-based Learning XIV IOSTE Symposium, Socio-cultural and human values in science and technology education , pp.13-18 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 The Mediation of Experiences by Technology in the Outdoors,
Orla Kelly (2018) Stimulating meaning-making for digital natives: a teaching & learning approach using aesthetic technologies and natural settings. [Oral Presentation], The Mediation of Experiences by Technology in the Outdoors, CŠOD Bohinj, Slovenia , 19-SEP-18 - 23-SEP-18 [Details]
2018 Connecting Research, Policy and Practice in STEM Education,
Orla Kelly (2018) STEAM Education Outside the Classroom – a CPD model. [Oral Presentation], Connecting Research, Policy and Practice in STEM Education, Dublin City University , 26-JUN-18 - 26-JUN-18 [Details]
2018 Chemistry Education Research Network Meeting,
Orla Kelly (2018) The Holy Grail – from good classroom practice to publishable research. [Invited Oral Presentation], Chemistry Education Research Network Meeting, University of Strathcylde, Glasgow , 29-MAY-18 [Details]
2017 Methods in Chemistry Education Research,
Orla Kelly (2017) Evaluating Classroom Practice. [Invited Oral Presentation], Methods in Chemistry Education Research, Burlington House, London , 19-MAY-17 [Details]
2016 RDS STEM Learning National Conference - The Outdoor Classroom,
Orla Kelly (2016) Earthwalks. [Invited Oral Presentation], RDS STEM Learning National Conference - The Outdoor Classroom, Royal Dublin Society, Dublin , 26-NOV-16 [Details]
2016 ISTA Primary Science Conference,
Orla Kelly (2016) Inquiry Based Science Education and the Energy and Forces Strand. [Invited Oral Presentation], ISTA Primary Science Conference, Limerick Institute of Technology , 09-APR-16 [Details]
2016 STEM Teacher Education - Initial and continuing Professional Development,
Orla Kelly (2016) SMEC 2016. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], STEM Teacher Education - Initial and continuing Professional Development, Dublin City University , 16-JUN-16 - 17-JUN-16 [Details]
2015 SEAI Annual Meeting for Regional Centres,
Orla Kelly (2015) Inquiry Based Science Education. [Invited Oral Presentation], SEAI Annual Meeting for Regional Centres, Brigid's Garden, Galway , 26-MAR-15 [Details]
2013 MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF A GLOBALISED WORLD,
Duke, Rosalind and Kelly, Orla (2013) EXPERIENCES OF AND LESSONS FROM TEACHING EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY. [Oral Presentation], MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF A GLOBALISED WORLD, St Patrick's College, Dublin , 20-JUN-13 - 21-JUN-13 [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
2005 The development, implementation and evaluation of alternative approaches to teaching and learning in the chemistry laboratory.
Kelly, Orla (2005) The development, implementation and evaluation of alternative approaches to teaching and learning in the chemistry laboratory. Thesis [Details]

Teaching Interests

Science Education, Education for Sustainability, Outdoor Learning, Social, Environmental and Scientific Education 

Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2 Project Approaches to Teaching and Learning SG309Outdoor Learning, Education for Sustainability and Cross-curricular project work
1 Fundamentals in Science SG201Science education