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Dr. Oliver Mc Garr

Biography

Dr Oliver McGarr is a senior lecturer in the school of education with research and teaching interests in the areas of Educational Technology, Reflective Practice and STEM Education. He is the former head of the School of Education and a former course director of the Masters in ICT in Education and the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Technology). He is also a former recipient of the University's Excellence in Teaching award and has published a number of studies in relation to his teaching work. Before joining the University he taught as a post-primary teacher of technology. Notable funded studies include the OECD/CERI study on ICT and school Innovation (2001), Curriculum change and ICT funded by the NCCA (2002), the use of Parametric CAD in Technology Education in Schools (2005) funded by the NCTE and NCCA and an international review of Computer Science (2017) which led to the introduction of Computer Science as a post-primary subject in Ireland. Related to this initiative he also chaired the national development group which developed the subject specification for the new Computer Science subject and is currently involved in research studies exploring its roll-out. His publications have mainly focused on STEM education in Schools, the adoption of ICT in schools and reflective practice and teachers' thinking. Along with Norwegian, Spanish and Maltese colleagues, he is currently involved in an ERASMUS+ project exploring digital competence in teacher education.

Research Interests

My research interests include:

  • The use of ICT and Educational Technologies in primary and post-primary schools

  • STEM Education 

  • Reflective practice in initial and continuing professional development in Teacher Education

  • Discourse analysis 

Professional Activities

Education

  • 2012 Open University - Postgraduate Diploma
  • 2004 University of Limerick - Ph.D.
  • 1999 University of Limerick - Master of Arts (Education)
  • 1998 University of Limerick - Bachelor of Technology (Education) First class honours

Publications

Book Chapter

2015

ICT and School Improvement: The OECD/CERI Study Revisited
Gleeson, J., Johnston, K. and McGarr, O.
Shaping the future - How Technology Can Lead to Educational Transformation

2013

Digital divide in post-primary schools
Marcus-Quinn, A., McGarr, O.
Internet in the humanities: an insight from Ireland

2013

OERs and Repositories
Marcus-Quinn, A
Emerging Issues III: From Capacity Building to Sustainability

2011

Technology as a discipline: A case study
McGarr, O.
Global Perspectives: Introducing student teachers to development education

2011

ICT in the English classroom
McGarr, O; Marcus-Quinn, A
Quality Issues in ICT Integration in Third Level Disciplines and Learning Contexts

2001

IT Across the Curriculum in Irish Post-primary schools
McGarr, O
Education and the information age

Conference Contribution

Conference Publication

2018
2016

ESAI Annual Meeting ‘Education as a Public Good’
McGarr, O., McCormack, O. & Comerford, J.

2016

EDULEARN16: 8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
McGarr, O,Gavaldon, G,Chova, LG,Martinez, AL,Torres, IC

2015

INTED2015: 9TH International Technology, Education and Development Conference
McGarr, O,McDonagh, A,Chova, LG,Martinez, AL,Torres, IC

2015

ECER 2015, Education and Transition
Crowe, F. & McGarr, O.

2011

European Science Education Research Association (ESERA)
Dermot Francis Donnelly, John O'Reilly, Oliver McGarr

2008

EDUCA
McGarr, O and Marcus-Quinn, A

2008

EDTECH 2008
McGarr, O and Marcus-Quinn, A.

2002

Educational Studies Association of Ireland annual conference
O'Doherty, T., Gleeson, J., Moody, J., McGarr, O. & Johnston, K.

1999

European Distance Education Network 2000
McGarr, O., O¿ Brien, J.

Other Publication

Peer Reviewed Journal

2020

Difficulty and self-efficacy: An exploratory study
Power J.;Lynch R.;McGarr O.
British Journal Of Educational Technology DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12755

2020

Exploring students' justifications for studying a master's degree in business through problem-based learning
O'Brien R.; McGarr O.; Lynch R.
Innovations In Education And Teaching International DOI: 10.1080/14703297.2020.1752280

2020

An investigation of university students and professionals’ Professional STEM Identity Status
Kelly, R., McGarr, O., Leahy, K., & Goos, M.
Journal Of Science Education And Technology

2019
2019

STEM and gender at university: focusing on Irish undergraduate female students' perceptions
Kelly R.;McGarr O.;Lehane L.;Erduran S.
Journal Of Applied Research In Higher Education DOI: 10.1108/JARHE-07-2018-0127

2019

Problematizing Spatial Literacy within the School Curriculum
Lane, D., Lynch, R., McGarr, O.
International Journal Of Technology And Design Education DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10798-018-9467-y

2018
2018

Illusions of specificity in power-laden clinical performance assessment
O'Connor, A,McCurtin, A,Cantillon, P,McGarr, O
Medical teacher DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1340637

2017
2014

Flexibility in higher education: an Irish perspective
Flannery, M,McGarr, O
Irish Educational Studies DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2014.978658

2013
2013
2011

Parametric Pedagogy: Integrating parametric CAD in Irish post-primary schools
McGarr, O. and Seery, N.
Design And Technology Education: An International Journal

2011

A framework for teachers' integration of ICT into their classroom practice
Donnelly, D; McGarr, O; O'Reilly, J
Computers & Education

2009

A review of podcasting in higher education: Its influence on the traditional lecture
McGarr, O
Australasian Journal Of Educational Technology

Published Report

2019

Digital Competence in Teacher Education
McGarr, O. & McDonagh, A.

2017

Report on the Provision of Courses in Computer Science in Upper Second Level Education Internationally
Keane, N., McInerney, C., Exton, C, McGarr, O. , Erduran, S., O'Connor, R, Ryan, K., Tiziana, M.

2004

Computers and Curriculum - difficulties and Dichotomies.
O'Doherty, T; Gleeson, J; Moody, J; Johnston, J; McGarr, O

2001

ICT and School improvement, Irish Case Studies OECD/CERI ICT PROGRAMME
Glesson, J; O'Grady, D; McGarr, O; Johnston, J

2001

Executive Summary for Ireland - ICT and School Improvement Report
Gleeson, J; O'Grady, D; McGarr, O; Johnston, K