University of Limerick NCE-MSTL

This site and the accompanying face-to-face sessions with student science teachers in the University of Limerick are part of a larger research project investigating the effect of blended learning on misconceptions and conceptual understanding in chemistry.

The site content is developed by Muireann Sheehan as part of this project and under the supervision of Dr. Peter E. Childs.

2012-10-17_1705Muireann Sheehan is a PhD student in the Chemistry Education Research Group and the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning. She is an Irish Research Council  holder. She received her B.Sc. (Ed.) degree in Physical Sciences from the University of Limerick in 2011.

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Peter-Childs 2005Peter Childs, a nationally and internationally well known scholar in chemistry and science education, is involved in the innovation of chemistry and science teaching in Ireland, e.g. by organizing in-service training courses, conferences, publishing a science teachers’ journal, organizing science shows and science weeks, or developing new curricula. Peter taught chemistry at university level since 1970 – first in Uganda and since 1978 in Ireland. During that time he has also been involved with chemistry teachers and in training science teachers. He started Chemistry in Action! magazine in 1980 for Irish and UK teachers, and organised the annual ChemEd-Ireland conferences from 1982-2006. He has also run many in-service courses for teachers, including the Chemistry Demonstration Workshops (2007-2013). He was involved in the Primary Schools Science Project (1986-89). Peter has also coordinated a programme of Science Magic Shows for schools outreach since 1990, and has been involved in organising two National Chemistry Weeks and two Science Fairs at the University of Limerick. He started the Schools Information Centre on the Irish Chemical Industry in 1989 and has coordinated the production of teaching materials, including 10 TY Science modules, working with trainee science teachers. He have written articles and book chapters, and given talks on the history of Irish chemistry, and have a continuing series in Education and Chemistry on the language of chemistry (Chemlingo) and on chemistry and chance. He has also given talks and organised a course (funded by the Templeton Foundation) on Science and Faith.
In 2008 the National Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning was set up at the University of Limerick. Peter Childs is Associate Director with responsibility for chemistry and is series editor for the Research & Resources Guides. He is past President of the Irish Science Teachers’ Association, the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland and past-chairman of the EuCheMS Division of Chemical Education.

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