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Dr John O'Reilly

BSc, H Dip Ed, PhD

Biography

Dr. John O’Reilly is a lecturer in Initial Teacher Education in the University of Limerick addressing areas such as professionalism, planning, curriculum development, active learning, classroom management and assessment for the Postgraduate Masters in Education programme. His research interests are all schools-based with strong partnerships in the areas of science education (IBSE and PCK in particular) and curriculum development with schools(Negotiated Integrated Curriculum), professional development agencies and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. He served as a member of the junior cycle science specification development group and has just completed leading the FP7 project “Chain Reaction” focused on professional development for IBSE in Ireland.

Research Interests

Physical Sciences Education at second and third levels; Evidence Based Practice in Education; Active and Enquiry-based Learning; Pedagogical Content Knowledge; Curriculum development (Negotiated Integrated Curriculum); Professional Development                      

Teaching Interests

My learning philosophy is essentially inquiry-oriented and continuingly evolving in nature, reflective of my personal epistemology which is grounded in the sciences and developed through a view of education as a fundamental human right. I am influenced heavily by Paulo Friere and John Dewy and have incorporated principles of their philosophy in terms of learner decision-making and responsibility, making power structures visible, the teacher as a public intellectual and democratic education.
 
I adopt an “evidence-informed” approach to my teaching that I have developed through a critically reflective analysis of “evidence-based” teaching methodologies with secondary and higher education students (in both science and education modules) over many years. I view myself as a professional educator in an on-going action research cycle to improve my practice to the benefit of my students. I am then able to model this for my Initial Teacher Education students both in practical methodologies and disposition. Drawing on Hattie (2009) and the National Research Council (2000) I have identified 9 core principles of learning that act as anchors for emerging practice and are constant reference points (Appendix 2, Principles of Learning).
 
My aim in this is to facilitate the development of student capacity for independent professional action where they take responsibility for their own learning as researchers of their own practice and scholars of teaching and learning, developing and making explicit their own understandings. In this I emphasise that teachers are made rather than born with approaches that require action on reflection for professional development.  Students are active participants in my modules and I make clear that I learn from them by building on their emerging understandings and concerns as described below. I share this both anecdotally with them and explicitly to illustrate how I learn and my efforts to improve my practice.

Professional Activities

Association

  • 2005 Member, Irish Science Teacher's Association

Employment

  • 2005 National University of Ireland, Galway - Lecturer
  • 2003 National University of Ireland Galway - Marie-Curie Post-doctoral fellowship
  • 2001 Uniersite Paris-Sud, France - Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • 2000 Southeast Missouri State University, USA - Visiting Professor
  • 1998 Kober University, Japan - Post-doctoral researcher
  • 1997 Tallaght Institute of Technology - Associate Lecturer
  • 1993 National College of Ireland - Associate Lecturer

Education

  • 2005 National University of Ireland, Galway - H.Dip.in Ed.
  • 1998 University College Dublin - Ph.D.
  • 1992 University College Dublin - B.Sc.

Language

  • French

Publications

Book

2000

Doppler-free high resolution spectral atlas of iodine molecule 15000 to 19000 cm-1""
Kato, H; Baba, M; Ishikawa, K; Misono, M; Kimura, Y; O'Reilly, J; Kuwano, H; Shimamoto, T; Shinano, T; Fujiwara, C; Ikeuchi, M; Fujita, N; Kabir, M; Ushino, M; Takahashi, R; Matsunobu, Y

Book Chapter

2017

Interdisciplinarity in Science Education
Broggy, J., O’Reilly, J., Erduran, S.
Science Education An International Course Comparison

2016

Interdisciplinarity and science education
Broggy, J., O’Reilly, J., & Erduran, S.
Science Education: An International Course Companion

Conference Publication

2013

QUALITY AND EFFICIENCY IN E-LEARNING, VOL 2
Rezaei-Zadeh, M,O'Reilly, J,Hogan, M,Cleary, B,Murphy, E,Roceanu I,Stanescu I,Barbieru, D
Anywhere, Anytime - Education On Demand, Vol Ii

2013

2013 FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON E-LEARNING AND E-TEACHING (ICELET)
Rezaei-Zadeh, M,Abbasali, Z,Cleary, B,O'Reilly, J,Hogan, M,Murphy, E,
2013 Fourth International Conference On E-Learning And E-Teaching (Icelet)

2012

The 11th international conference on science-to-business marketing – Entrepreneurial Universities Conference
Rezaei Zadeh, Morteza. Cleary, Brendan. O’Reilly, John. Murphy, Eamonn

2011

Education reform and reform criticism
Rezaei Zadeh, Morteza. Cleary, Brendan. O’Reilly, John. Murphy, Eamonn

2011

PROCEEDINGS OF THE 6TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP, VOL 1 AND 2
Rezaei-Zadeh, M,Cleary, B,O'Reilly, J,Abdollahi, A,Murphy, E,Fulford, H
Proceedings Of The 6th European Conference On Innovation And Entrepreneurship, Vol 1 And 2

2011

ANYWHERE, ANYTIME - EDUCATION ON DEMAND, VOL II
Rezaei-Zadeh, M,O'Reilly, J,Cleary, B,Murphy, E,Frunzeti, T,Popescu V,Jugureanu, R,Stefan V,Radu, C
Anywhere, Anytime - Education On Demand, Vol Ii

2011

The 6th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ECIE 2011) proceeding
Rezaei Zadeh, Morteza. O’Reilly, John. Abdollahi, Abdolhossein. Murphy, Eamonn

2011

The 7th eLearning and Software for Education Conference (eLSE 2011) proceeding
Rezaei Zadeh, Morteza, O’Reilly, John. Cleary, Brendan. Murphy, Eamonn.

Other Publication

Peer Reviewed Journal

2016

Core entrepreneurial competencies and their interdependencies: insights from a study of Irish and Iranian entrepreneurs, university students and academics
Rezaei-Zadeh, M., Hogan, M., O’Reilly, J., Cunningham, J. and Murphy, E.
International Entrepreneurship And Management Journal

2014

Using interactive management to facilitate a student-centred conceptualisation of critical thinking: a case study
Dwyer, C., Hogan, M., Harney, O. and O’Reilly, J.
Etr&D-Educational Technology Research And Development

2014

Using interactive management to facilitate a student-centred conceptualisation of critical thinking: a case study
Dwyer, CP,Hogan, MJ,Harney, OM,O'Reilly, J
Etr&D-Educational Technology Research And Development DOI: 10.1007/s11423-014-9360-7

2013
2007

Photolysis of allene and propyne in the 7-30 eV region probed by the visible fluoresence of their fragments
Alnama, K; Boye, S; Douin, S; Innocenti, F; O'Reilly, J; Roche, AL; Shafizadeh, N; Zuin, L; Gauyacq, D
Journal Of Chemical Physics

2004

Neutral excited radicals formed by ethylene photodissociation in the 8-24eV region""
Alnama, K; Boye, S; Douin, S; Innocenti, F; O'Reilly, J; Roche, A; Shafizadeh, N; Zuin, L; Gauyacq, D
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

2002

High resolution Spectroscopy of jet-cooled naphthaleneNaphthalene: the 000 and 3301 Bands of the Ã1B1uX~1Ag Transition
Joo, D; Takahashi, R; O'Reilly, J; Kato, H; Baba, M
Journal Of Molecular Spectroscopy

2002

Doppler-free high resolution laser spectroscopies of the naphthalene molecule""
Kabir, M; Kasahara, S; Demtroder, W; Tatamitani, Y; Okubo, M; Misono, M; Wang, J; Baba, M; Joo, D; O'Reilly, J; Doi, A; Kimura, Y; Kato, H
Journal Of Chemical Physics