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Dr. Keelin Leahy

Biography

Keelin Leahy is Course Director and Lecturer of Technology Education at the University of Limerick. Keelin received her PhD from the University of Limerick in 2009 focusing on Design-based Strategies for second level education. In 2016 Keelin embarked on a research sabbatical with University of Michigan and Iowa State University. Keelin's main research interests include creativity in education, design methods and approaches for the development of creativity and design based activities and pedagogy across the levels of education. Keelin's main teaching areas include undergraduate Wood Design and Technology, Wood Processing Practice and Safety, School Placement tutoring, and supervising taught Masters thesis / articles.

Research areas / interests: Creativity in Education, Design based activities in Education, Ideation methods and strategies, Creative cognition, Environmental and Sustainable practices and strategies in Education.

Research Interests

Research Areas/ Interests

Creativity in Education
Design based activities in Education
Ideation methods and strategies
Creative cognition and quotient
Environmental and Sustainable practice and strategies

Teaching Interests

Ideation methods
Creativity development and strategies
Creative cognition and quotient
Design pedagogy in Technology Education
Design methods and strategies
Design thinking
Wood technology and design
Environmental and Sustainable practice and strategies

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2018 - ERASMUS+STEM
  • 2017 - IRC Funding Award: Ideation Development for Educational Approaches and Skills (IDEAS)
  • 2013 - IRC New Foundations Award: Assessing creativity through Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking
  • 2011 - SEED FUNDING: A comparative study investigating the creative capacity of students on completion of the Irish education system at primary and post primary level.
  • 2007 - IRCSET: A strategic approach to education and training in design activities in the technologies
  • 2005 - President's Advanced Scholar Award Programme
  • 2001 - Women in Engineering Award

Employment

  • 2013 University of Limerick - Lecturer below the bar
  • 2007 University of Limerick - Postgraduate Research Assistant - IRCSET
  • 2005 University of Limerick - Teaching Assistant
  • University of Limerick - Lecturer above the Bar

Committee

  • 2011 Research Ethics Committee,
  • Green Campus Committee,
  • Environmental Committee,
  • Internationalisation Committee,

Education

  • 2010 University of Limerick - Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2005 University of Limerick - BTech

Association

  • Council Member, Design Research Society
  • Member, Teaching Council

Consultancy

  • National Council for Curriculum and Assessment - Wood Technology Development group
  • Junior Cycle for Teachers - Various subject departments

Research Collaborators

  • Allen White - Joint Publication - Rochester Institute of Technology -USA
  • Ann- Marie von Otter - Host Incoming Visitor - University of Gothenburg -Sweden
  • Ber Bergström - Host Incoming Visitor - Jönköping University -Sweden
  • Björn Citrohn - Host Incoming Visitor - Linnaeus University -Sweden
  • Claes Klasander - Host Incoming Visitor - Linköping University -Sweden
  • Colleen Seifert - Joint Publication - University of Michigan -USA
  • Colleen Seifert - Sabbatical - University of Michigan -USA
  • Dan Philips - Joint Publication - Robert Gordon University -Scotland
  • Elizabeth De Bartolo - Joint Publication - Rochester Institute of Technology -USA
  • Erik Bohemia - Outgoing Visitor - Loughborough University -England
  • Hannele Junkala - Host Incoming Visitor - Dalarna University -Sweden
  • James Huff - Joint Publication - Harding University -USA
  • Jan Grenholm - Host Incoming Visitor - University of Gävle -Sweden
  • John Mark Dawidow - Joint Publication - Harding University -USA
  • Maria Svensson - Host Incoming Visitor - University of Gothenburg -Sweden
  • Niclas Åhman - Host Incoming Visitor - Linnaeus University -Sweden
  • Patsy Bracken - Joint Publication - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology -USA
  • Per Norström - Host Incoming Visitor - KTH Royal Institute of Technology -Sweden
  • Peter Lloyd - Outgoing Visitor - University of Brighton -England
  • Richard Gonzalez - Sabbatical - University of Michigan -USA
  • Seda Yilmaz - Joint Publication - Iowa State University -USA
  • Seda Yilmaz - Sabbatical - Iowa State University -USA
  • Shanna Daly - Joint Publication - University of Michigan -USA
  • Shanna Daly - Sabbatical - University of Michigan -USA
  • Susanne Engström - Host Incoming Visitor - KTH Royal Institute of Technology -Sweden
  • Thomas Ginner - Outgoing Visitor - Linköping University -Sweden
  • Thomas Ginner - Host Incoming Visitor - Linköping University -Sweden
  • Yvonne Hyltse- Eckert - Host Incoming Visitor - Jönköping University -Sweden

Publications

Books

2019

Design Roots
Keelin Leahy Ruairi Farrell
(2019) Design Roots
Dublin, Ireland : Gill Education

Book Chapters

2019

Teaching Design Innovation Skills: Design Heuristics Support Creating, Developing, and Combining Ideas
Shanna Daly; Seda McKilligan; Keelin Leahy; Colleen M. Seifert
(2019) Teaching Design Innovation Skills: Design Heuristics Support Creating, Developing, and Combining Ideas
In Design Education Today: Technical Contexts, Programs and Best Practices; Dirk Schaefer, Graham Coates, Claudia Eckert(Ed.) Switzerland : Springer International Publishing, 2019 pp. 37-60
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-17134-6_3

Peer Reviewed Journals

2018

Transforming early concepts with Design Heuristics
Leahy K.;Daly S.;Murray J.;McKilligan S.;Seifert C.
(2018) Transforming early concepts with Design Heuristics
In International Journal Of Technology And Design Education; Germany :
DOI: 10.1007/s10798-018-9473-0

2017

Encouraging Creativity in Capstone Design
Leahy, K,Phillips, D,Debartolo, E,Brackin, P,Chenoweth, S,White, A
(2017) Encouraging Creativity in Capstone Design
In International Journal Of Engineering Education; pp. 1468-1484

2016

Winning the Future: An Investigation into the Creativity Capacity Across the Levels of Education in Ireland
Leahy, K
(2016) Winning the Future: An Investigation into the Creativity Capacity Across the Levels of Education in Ireland
In Creativity Research Journal; pp. 188-197
DOI: 10.1080/10400419.2016.1162543

2014

A review of Technology Education in Ireland; a changing technological environment promoting design activity
Leahy, K,Phelan, P
(2014) A review of Technology Education in Ireland; a changing technological environment promoting design activity
In International Journal Of Technology And Design Education; pp. 375-389
DOI: 10.1007/s10798-014-9266-z

2014

A comparative study investigating the creative capacity across the STEM disciplines in Third level teacher training Ireland
Leahy, K
(2014) A comparative study investigating the creative capacity across the STEM disciplines in Third level teacher training Ireland
In Teacher Education & Practice Journal;

2013

Impact of a tool-set for design activities
Leahy, K
(2013) Impact of a tool-set for design activities
In Design Principles And Practices: An International Journal; pp. 121-141

2013

Promoting best practice design intent in 3D CAD for engineers through a task analysis
Leahy, K.
(2013) Promoting best practice design intent in 3D CAD for engineers through a task analysis
In American Journal of Engineering Research; pp. 71-77
[ULIR]

2012

Impact of a toolset for design activities
Leahy K.
(2012) Impact of a toolset for design activities
In Design Principles And Practices; pp. 121-135

2009

Acknowledging and Developing the Design and Creative Abilities of Students in the Irish Second Level Education System.
Leahy, K; Gaughran, WF
(2009) Acknowledging and Developing the Design and Creative Abilities of Students in the Irish Second Level Education System.
In Design Principles And Practices: An International Journal; pp. 43-68

2009

Preferential learning styles as an influencing factor in design pedagogy.
Leahy, K; Gaughran, WF
(2009) Preferential learning styles as an influencing factor in design pedagogy.
In Design And Technology Education: An International Journal; pp. 25-44

2007

The Influence of different learning styles on teaching the Technology subjects in Ireland
Leahy, K
(2007) The Influence of different learning styles on teaching the Technology subjects in Ireland
In TechKnowledge; pp. 33-37

Other Journals

2018

Supporting idea generation with design tools: nesting design heuristics within morphological analysis
Leahy K.;Daly S.;McKilligan S.;Seifert C.
(2018) Supporting idea generation with design tools: nesting design heuristics within morphological analysis
In Global Journal of Engineering Education ; pp. 159-170

Conference Publications

2018

PATT 36. Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology Conference
Beinean Conway; Keelin Leahy; Muireann McMahon
(2018) PATT 36. Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology Conference
pp. 521-536

2018

PATT 36. Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology Conference
Beinean Conway; Keelin Leahy; Muireann McMahon
(2018) PATT 36. Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology Conference
pp. 521-536

2017

International Journal of Engineering Education
Leahy K.;Phillips D.;Debartolo E.;Brackin P.;Chenoweth S.;White A.
(2017) International Journal of Engineering Education
In International Journal Of Engineering Education; pp. 1468-1484

2016

123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA
Dawidow, J., Huff, J., & Leahy, K.,
(2016) 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA

[ULIR]

2016

ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
Leahy K.;Mannix-McNamara P.
(2016) ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings

2016

123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA
Leahy, K., Yilmaz, S., Seifert, C. M., Daly, S.
(2016) 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA

[ULIR]

2016

123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA
Leahy, K. & Mannix-McNamara, P.
(2016) 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA

[ULIR]

2015

NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research, Chicago, USA.
Erduran, S., Kaya, E., Cetin, P. S., O'Grady, A., Leahy, K., Uworwabayeho, A., & Mutarutinya, V.
(2015) NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research, Chicago, USA.

2014

International Creativity Collaborative
Leahy, K.
(2014) International Creativity Collaborative
University of Georgia, Athens, USA

2014

European Conference on Information Systems
Holohan, S., Leahy, K., DeEyto, A.
(2014) European Conference on Information Systems
Baumöl, Ulrike; vom Brocke, Jan; Jung, Reinhard(Ed.) Tel Aviv, Israel

2014

Designa 2014, International Conference on Design Research
Holohan, S., Leahy,K., deEyto,A.
(2014) Designa 2014, International Conference on Design Research
pp. 59-60 Portugal

2012

Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) 37th Annual Conference. Educational Research in a Time of Transformation: Insights, influences and impacts
Leahy, K.
(2012) Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) 37th Annual Conference. Educational Research in a Time of Transformation: Insights, influences and impacts

2012

PATT 26, Technology Education in the 21st Century
Leahy, K.
(2012) PATT 26, Technology Education in the 21st Century
pp. 282-291

2012

Proceedings of American Association of Engineering Education Mid-Year Conference Universal Graphics Multiple Perspectives.
Leahy, K.
(2012) Proceedings of American Association of Engineering Education Mid-Year Conference Universal Graphics Multiple Perspectives.
pp. 59-66

2010

Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Borders, Boundaries and Identities:
Leahy, K.
(2010) Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Borders, Boundaries and Identities:

2010

International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F.
(2010) International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
pp. 4516-4522

2010

The 6th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F.
(2010) The 6th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research

2010

DESIGNING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE: SHIFTING THE FOCUS
Leahy, K,Chova, LG,Belenguer, DM,Torres, IC
(2010) DESIGNING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE: SHIFTING THE FOCUS
In 3rd International Conference Of Education, Research And Innovation (Iceri2010); pp. 4516-4522

2010

IDATER Online Graphicacy and Modelling Conference
O'Dowd, C., Leahy, K.
(2010) IDATER Online Graphicacy and Modelling Conference

2009

Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing ¿ (FAIM 2009) 19th International Conference.
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F.
(2009) Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing ¿ (FAIM 2009) 19th International Conference.
Farhad Nabhani(Ed.)

2009

International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F.
(2009) International Technology, Education and Development Conference

2009

ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
Leahy K.;Gaughran W.
(2009) ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings

2009

Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing – 19th International Conference
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F.
(2009) Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing – 19th International Conference

2009

International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED 2009)
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F.
(2009) International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED 2009)
David Mart¿(Ed.)

2009

ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
Leahy K., Gaughran W.
(2009) ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings

2009

American Society for Engineering Education 116th Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, TX.
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F.
(2009) American Society for Engineering Education 116th Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, TX.

2008

International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI 2008)
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F.
(2008) International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI 2008)
David Mart¿(Ed.)

2008

Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL 2008
Leahy K.;Gaughran W.
(2008) Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL 2008
pp. 80-90

2008

7TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON E-LEARNING, VOL 2
Leahy, K; Gaughran, W
(2008) 7TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON E-LEARNING, VOL 2
pp. 80-90

2008

7th European Conference on e-Learning.
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F.
(2008) 7th European Conference on e-Learning.
Dr Joan Ballantine(Ed.) pp. 80-90

2008

International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F.
(2008) International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation

2007

Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Design and Technology Educational Research 2007, Glasgow.
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F.
(2007) Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Design and Technology Educational Research 2007, Glasgow.
John R Dakers(Ed.)

2007

PATT 18 Teaching and Learning Technological Literacy in the Classroom
Leahy, K., Gaughran
(2007) PATT 18 Teaching and Learning Technological Literacy in the Classroom

Conference Contributions

2018

Design Research Society International Conference 2018
Leahy, K. & McMahon, M.
(2018) Design Research Society International Conference 2018
University of Limerick

2016

Capstone Design Conference 2016
Leahy, K., Chenoweth, S., Philips, D., Rickel, S., & White, A.
(2016) Capstone Design Conference 2016
Columbus, OH

Thesiss

2010

A strategic approach to education and training in design activities in the Technologies in Ireland
Leahy, K
(2010) A strategic approach to education and training in design activities in the Technologies in Ireland
University of Limerick :

Non Published Reportss

2007

The Influence of different learning styles on teaching the Technology subjects in Ireland.
Leahy, K; Gaughran, WF
(2007) The Influence of different learning styles on teaching the Technology subjects in Ireland.
Joseph Terry(Ed.) Techno Teachers Association