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Orla Kelly

Dr

Contact Details


B119

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

Centre For Advancement Of Stem Teaching And Learning (Castel)

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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. Her PhD in Science Education (DCU 2005) investigated the impact of problem-based learning in a chemistry practical module. 

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
2013 MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF A GLOBALISED WORLD
Duke, Rosalind and Kelly, Orla (2013) EXPERIENCES OF AND LESSONS FROM TEACHING EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF A GLOBALISED WORLD [Details]
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]

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]

Media

  Title Year Type Authors
Orla Kelly on Teaching Primary Science (Part 2) 2016 Radio Interviews Sean Delaney on Inside Education
Orla Kelly on Teaching Primary Science (Part 1) 2016 Radio Interviews Sean Delaney on Inside Education

Teaching Interests

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

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
0 SESE3 SESE3Social, Environmental and Scientific Education
0 SESE2 SESE2Social, Environmental and Scientific Education