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Dr. Grainne Walshe

Biography

Gráinne is the Director of the Science Learning Centre (Centre for Transformative Learning) at the University of Limerick. She teaches modules on Physics for Engineers. Her research areas focus on curriculum design and development for STEM disciplines, and improving gender diversity and inclusion in physics. She is Project Lead for the SOPHia Project, a Science Foundation Ireland-funded project that aims to increase positive perceptions of and uptake of school physics, especially by girls. She is an elected member of the national committee for the Institute of Physics Ireland and of the Institute of Physics Higher Education Group committee. She is a co-opted member of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment Senior Cycle Physics Development Group, which is working on redeveloping the upper second-level physics curriculum. She is a member of EU Genera Network for supporting women in physics. She is a member of the University of Limerick team that, along with our partners in DCU (lead institution) and NUIG, developed the new upskilling programme for physics teachers; the HEA-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Physics. She is a member of the University of Limerick team (based in EPI*STEM: The National Centre for STEM Education), that was contracted by the Department of Education (Irish Government Department) to carry out a comprehensive literature review on interventions to address the low uptake of STEM subjects by girls from early years through to end of secondary school.

Research Interests

Curriculum design and development for STEM subjects/disciplines; STEM integration, supporting student success in transitioning into higher education STEM disciplines; increasing gender diversity and inclusion in STEM, especially physics.

Teaching Interests

Introductory physics; science education; physics pedagogy

Professional Activities

Association

  • Member , Institute of Physics

Publications

Book Chapter

2020

Radical Constructivism—von Glasersfeld
Walshe, Gráinne
Science Education in Theory and Practice: An Introductory Guide to Learning Theory DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-43620-9_24

2020

Promoting 21st century skills through STEM integration: A comparative analysis of national curricula
Walshe, Gráinne; Johnston, Jennifer; Goos, Merrilyn
Science and mathematics education for 21st century citizens: Challenges and ways forward

2017

Integrating Mathematics into Science: Design, Development and Evaluation of a Curriculum Model
Walshe, Gráinne; Johnston, Jennifer; McClleland, George
Cognitive and Affective Aspects in Science Education Research: Selected Papers from ESERA 2015 Conference DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-58685-4_23

2017

Curriculum Implications of the Integration of Mathematics into Science
Bholoa, Ajeevsing; Walshe, Gráinne; Ramma, Yashwantrao
Science Education: An International Course Companion

Conference Contribution

2019

European Science Education Research Association (ESERA)
Walshe, G., Casey, V., Cauchi, M., Cusack, A., Kavanagh, Y., Quinn, M. and Clancy, I.

2018

Institute of Physics Higher Education Group Regional Community Meeting
Walshe, G., Casey, V., Clancy, I., Corcoran, D. Ní Eidhin, D. McFall, E. and Quinn, M.

2018

VICEPHEC (Variety in Chemistry Education and Physics Higher Education Conference)
Walshe, G., Casey, V., Clancy, I., Corcoran, D., McFall, E., Quinn, M., and Ní Eidhin, D.

2018

EPONA Launch
Ní Eidhin, D. and Walshe, G.

2017
2015

European Science Education Research Association (ESERA)
Walshe, G; Johnston, J; McClelland, G

2015
2013

European Science Education Research Association (ESERA)
Walshe, G; Johnson, J; McClelland, G

2013
2012

The IOSTE NW Europe Mini Symposium 2012
Walshe, G; Johnston, J; Starr, M

Conference Publication

2016

7th Science and Mathematics Education Conference (SMEC)
Erduran, S; Kelly, R; Guilfoyle, L; Walshe, G

2016

New Perspectives in Science Education
Johnston, J., Walshe, G. and Ní Ríordáin, M.

2014

SMEC/SAILS Science and Mathematics Education Conference
Walshe, G; Johnston, J; McClelland, G

2013

European Science Education Research Association (ESERA)
O' Dwyer, A., Walshe, G. and Cullinane, A.

2012

ESTABLISH | SMEC 2012 Teaching at the heart of Learning
Walshe, G; Johnston, J; McClelland, G

Other Journal

2014

An Integrated Approach to the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics Utilising Technology - The Teachers' Perspective
Johnston, J; Ní Ríordáin, M; Walshe, G
Journal on School Educational Technology

Other Publication

Peer Reviewed Journal

2019

Supporting Key Aspects of Practice in Making Mathematics Explicit in Science Lessons
Johnston J.;Walshe G.;Ríordáin M.
International Journal Of Science And Mathematics Education DOI: 10.1007/s10763-019-10016-1

2016

Making mathematics and science integration happen: key aspects of practice
Riordain, MN,Johnston, J,Walshe, G
International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology DOI: 10.1080/0020739X.2015.1078001

2016

STeP into Science Project: Engaging Students, Teachers and Parents in Debates.
Kelly, R., Erduran, S., Walshe, G., & Guilfoyle, L.
Chemistry In Action

2014

Integrating Mathematics into Junior Science
Walshe, G; Johnston, J; McClelland, G
Chemistry In Action

Published Report

2020

Review of Literature to Identify a Set of Effective Interventions for Addressing Gender Balance in STEM in Early Years, Primary and Post-Primary Education Settings
Goos, Merrilyn; Ryan, Veronica; Lane, Ciara; Leahy, Keelin; Walshe, Gráinne; O'Connell, Tracey; O'Donoghue, John; Nizar, Achmad