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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

Book

2019

Design Roots
Keelin Leahy Ruairi Farrell

Book Chapter

2019

Teaching Design Innovation Skills: Design Heuristics Support Creating, Developing, and Combining Ideas
Shanna Daly; Seda McKilligan; Keelin Leahy; Colleen M. Seifert
Design Education Today: Technical Contexts, Programs and Best Practices DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-17134-6_3

Conference Contribution

2016

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

Conference Publication

2018

PATT 36. Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology Conference
Beinean Conway; Keelin Leahy; Muireann McMahon

2018

PATT 36. Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology Conference
Beinean Conway; Keelin Leahy; Muireann McMahon

2017

International Journal of Engineering Education
Leahy K.;Phillips D.;Debartolo E.;Brackin P.;Chenoweth S.;White A.
International Journal Of Engineering Education

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.

2010

DESIGNING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE: SHIFTING THE FOCUS
Leahy, K,Chova, LG,Belenguer, DM,Torres, IC
3rd International Conference Of Education, Research And Innovation (Iceri2010)

2008

7th European Conference on e-Learning.
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F.

Other Journal

2018

Supporting idea generation with design tools: nesting design heuristics within morphological analysis
Leahy K.;Daly S.;McKilligan S.;Seifert C.
Global Journal of Engineering Education

Other Publication

Peer Reviewed Journal

2018

Transforming early concepts with Design Heuristics
Leahy K.;Daly S.;Murray J.;McKilligan S.;Seifert C.
International Journal Of Technology And Design Education 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
International Journal Of Engineering Education

2014
2013
2013

Impact of a tool-set for design activities
Leahy, K
Design Principles And Practices: An International Journal

2012

Impact of a toolset for design activities
Leahy K.
Design Principles And Practices

2009

Preferential learning styles as an influencing factor in design pedagogy.
Leahy, K; Gaughran, WF
Design And Technology Education: An International Journal

2009

Acknowledging and Developing the Design and Creative Abilities of Students in the Irish Second Level Education System.
Leahy, K; Gaughran, WF
Design Principles And Practices: An International Journal