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/ InterestsCreativity in Education
Design based activities in EducationIdeation methods and strategies
Creative cognition and quotient
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

Books

Design Roots

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2019
Dublin, Ireland
Gill Education
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Book Chapters

Teaching Design Innovation Skills: Design Heuristics Support Creating, Developing, and Combining Ideas

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2019
Switzerland
Springer International Publishing, 2019
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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

Encouraging Creativity in Capstone Design

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2017
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A comparative study investigating the creative capacity across the STEM disciplines in Third level teacher training Ireland

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2014
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Impact of a tool-set for design activities

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2013
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Promoting best practice design intent in 3D CAD for engineers through a task analysis

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2013
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Acknowledging and Developing the Design and Creative Abilities of Students in the Irish Second Level Education System.

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2009
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The Influence of different learning styles on teaching the Technology subjects in Ireland

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2007
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Impact of a toolset for design activities

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2012
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Winning the Future: An Investigation into the Creativity Capacity Across the Levels of Education in Ireland

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2016
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Transforming early concepts with Design Heuristics

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2018
Germany
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A review of Technology Education in Ireland; a changing technological environment promoting design activity

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2014
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Preferential learning styles as an influencing factor in design pedagogy.

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2009
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Other Journals

Supporting idea generation with design tools: nesting design heuristics within morphological analysis

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2018
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Conference Publications

123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2016
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International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED 2009)

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2009
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International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2010
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Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL 2008

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2008
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NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research, Chicago, USA.

Dr. Keelin Leahy
Dr. Audrey O'Grady
Prof. Sibel Erduran
2015
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123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2016
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American Society for Engineering Education 116th Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, TX.

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2009
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The 6th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2010
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ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2009
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European Conference on Information Systems

Dr. Keelin Leahy
Dr. Adam De Eyto
2014
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123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA

Dr. Keelin Leahy
Assoc. Prof. Patricia Mannix Mcnamara
2016
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Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Borders, Boundaries and Identities:

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2010
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IDATER Online Graphicacy and Modelling Conference

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2010
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Designa 2014, International Conference on Design Research

Dr. Keelin Leahy
Dr. Adam De Eyto
2014
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International Creativity Collaborative

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2014
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Proceedings of American Association of Engineering Education Mid-Year Conference Universal Graphics Multiple Perspectives.

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

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2012
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International Journal of Engineering Education

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2017
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International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI 2008)

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2008
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PATT 18 Teaching and Learning Technological Literacy in the Classroom

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2007
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PATT 26, Technology Education in the 21st Century

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2012
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DESIGNING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE: SHIFTING THE FOCUS

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2010
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Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Design and Technology Educational Research 2007, Glasgow.

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2007
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International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2008
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7TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON E-LEARNING, VOL 2

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2008
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PATT 36. Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology Conference

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2018
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7th European Conference on e-Learning.

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2008
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International Technology, Education and Development Conference

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2009
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ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2009
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PATT 36. Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology Conference

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2018
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Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing ¿ (FAIM 2009) 19th International Conference.

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2009
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Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing – 19th International Conference

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2009
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ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings

Dr. Keelin Leahy
Assoc. Prof. Patricia Mannix Mcnamara
2016
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Conference Contributions

Design Research Society International Conference 2018

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2018
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Capstone Design Conference 2016

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2016
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Published Reports

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Editorials

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

A strategic approach to education and training in design activities in the Technologies in Ireland

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2010
University of Limerick
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The Influence of different learning styles on teaching the Technology subjects in Ireland.

Dr. Keelin Leahy
2007
Techno Teachers Association
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