Biography

Oliver McGarr's research and teaching interests are in the areas of Educational Technology, Reflective Practice in Teacher Education 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. His other research work has mainly focused on STEM education in Schools, the adoption of ICT in schools and reflective practice and teachers' thinking. He is currently project director of the national longitudinal study exploring the roll-out of the new Framework for Junior Cycle in Irish post-primary schools.

Research Interests

My research interests include:
  • The use of digital technologies in schools
  • Teachers professional digital competence and digital practices
  • 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

Books

This author has not written any publications of this type yet.

Book Chapters

ICT and School Improvement: The OECD/CERI Study Revisited

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2015
Dublin
Liffey Press
Read more

The elephant in the room: the influence of prevailing pedagogical practice on the integration of Design and Communication Graphics in the post-primary classroom

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2011
Limerick
IDATER
Read more

Technology as a discipline: A case study

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2011
Dublin
Liffey Press
Read more

IT Across the Curriculum in Irish Post-primary schools

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2001
Read more

OERs and Repositories

Dr. Ann Marcus Quinn
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2013
Cork
NAIRTL
Read more

Digital divide in post-primary schools

Dr. Ann Marcus Quinn
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2013
Dublin
ResearchPublishing.net
Read more

ICT in the English classroom

Dr. Ann Marcus Quinn
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2011
Cambridge
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Read more

How Do We Prepare Teachers as Global Educators and Balance National Accreditation Requirements With Global Challenges?

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2019
London
Bloomsbury Academic
Read more

Edited Books

This author has not written any publications of this type yet.

Peer Reviewed Journals

Problematizing Spatial Literacy within the School Curriculum

Dr. Raymond Lynch
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2019
Springer Netherlands
Read more

The use of case-based learning in the development of student teachers' levels of moral reasoning

Dr. Joanne O'Flaherty
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2014
Read more

A framework for teachers' integration of ICT into their classroom practice

Dr. John O'Reilly
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2011
Read more

An Irish perspective on initial teacher education: How teacher educators can respond to an awareness of the "absurd"

Dr. Oliver McGarr
Dr. Ciaran O'Gallchoir
2021
Read more

The role of the teaching principal in promoting ICT use in small primary schools in Ireland

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2009
Read more

Digital education futures in Irish educational policy: tempering commercial influence through an exploration of emerging ethical, environmental and educational realities

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2022
Read more

STEM and gender at university: focusing on Irish undergraduate female students' perceptions

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2019
Read more

Monopolising the STEM agenda in second-level schools: exploring power relations and subject subcultures

Dr. Raymond Lynch
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2017
Read more

Reflecting to Conform? Exploring Irish Student Teachers' Discourses in Reflective Practice

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2014
Read more

Underneath the veneer of techno-positivity exploring teachers' perspectives on technology use in Further Education and Training

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2020
Read more

Exploring pre-service teachers' future intentions to use technology through the use of comics

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2019
Read more

By-passing teachers in the marketing of digital technologies: the synergy of educational technology discourse and new public management practices

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2021
ABINGDON
Read more

Exploring the digital competence of pre-service teachers on entry onto an initial teacher education programme in Ireland

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2021
Read more

Examining supervising field instructors' reporting and assessment of technology use by pre-service teachers on school placement

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2020
Read more

Negotiating Subject Hierarchies: Neo-Liberal Influences on the Comprehensive Curriculum in Ireland

Dr. Raymond Lynch
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2016
Read more

Counterfactual mutation of critical classroom incidents: implications for reflective practice in initial teacher education

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2016
Read more

"Biting one's lip" and "distancing": exploring pre-service teachers' strategies in dysfunctional professional relationships

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2018
ABINGDON
Read more

Scaffolding or Stifling? The influence of journal requirements on students' engagement in reflective practice.

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2010
Read more

The development of ICT across the curriculum in Irish schools: A historical perspective

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2009
Read more

Flexibility in higher education: an Irish perspective

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2014
Read more

Curricular responses to Computer Science provision in schools: current provision and alternative possibilities

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2020
Read more

Students' perceptions of lecturer power and authority in a higher education PBL business programme

Dr. Raymond Lynch
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2020
Read more

Peer-supported collaborative inquiry in teacher education: exploring the influence of peer discussions on pre-service teachers' levels of critical reflection

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2019
Read more

Towards a Critique of Teachers' Digital Competence Frameworks

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2019
Read more

Using autobiographical comics to explore life stories and school experiences of pre-service early childhood educators

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2020
Read more

What about the gatekeepers? School principals' and school guidance counsellors' attitudes towards computer science in secondary schools

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2021
Read more

Teacher professional development and ICT: an investigation of teachers studying a postgraduate award in ICT in education

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2007
Read more

Introducing the PEAT model to frame professional digital competence in teacher education

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2021
Read more

Difficulty and self-efficacy: An exploratory study

Dr. Jason Power
Dr. Raymond Lynch
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2020
Read more

An investigation of university students and professionals' Professional STEM Identity Status

Dr. Regina Kelly
Prof. Merrilyn Goos
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2020
Read more

Examining the role of the ICT coordinator in Irish post-primary schools

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2013
Read more

Exploring pre-service teachers' justifications for one-to-one technology use is schools: implications for initial teacher education

Dr. Oliver McGarr
Dr. Ciaran O'Gallchoir
2020
Read more

Unpacking secondary school technology teachers' interpretations and experiences of teaching 'problem-solving'

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2022
DORDRECHT
Read more

What is caught rather than taught: messages of professionalism communicated by teacher educators

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2022
ABINGDON
Read more

The futile quest for honesty in reflective writing: recognising self-criticism as a form of self-enhancement

Dr. Oliver McGarr
Dr. Ciaran O'Gallchoir
2020
Read more

Clinical performance assessment tools in physiotherapy practice education: a systematic review

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2018
Read more

Teachers' use of reuseable learning objects in teaching English poetry: exploring the influence of prevailing pedagogical practices

Dr. Ann Marcus Quinn
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2015
Read more

Navigating the system: Physiotherapy student perceptions of performance-based assessment

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Arlene McCurtin
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2018
ABINGDON
TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Read more

Technology leadership or technology somnambulism? Exploring the discourse of integration amongst information and communication technology coordinators

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2015
Read more

Recycled teacher memories and upcycled teacher memories: categorising pre-service teachers' recollections of past teachers

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2019
Read more

A review of podcasting in higher education: Its influence on the traditional lecture

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2009
Read more

The use of virtual simulations in teacher education to develop pre-service teachers' behaviour and classroom management skills: implications for reflective practice

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2021
Read more

Digital competence in teacher education: comparing national policies in Norway, Ireland and Spain

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2021
Read more

Exploring students' justifications for studying a master's degree in business through problem-based learning

Dr. Raymond Lynch
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2021
Read more

Illusions of specificity in power-laden clinical performance assessment

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Arlene McCurtin
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2018
Read more

Enhancing the Student Experiment Experience: Visible Scientific Inquiry Through a Virtual Chemistry Laboratory

Dr. John O'Reilly
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2013
Read more

Comparing discourses on reflective practice in teacher education policy in Ireland and Norway: Critical reflection or performance management?

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2020
Read more

Parametric Pedagogy: Integrating parametric CAD in Irish post-primary schools

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2011
Read more

Exploring the theory-practice gap in initial teacher education: moving beyond questions of relevance to issues of power and authority

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2017
Read more

Using comics as a tool to facilitate critical reflective practice in professional education

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2021
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Read more

Analysing the construction of ‘sustainability'in lower secondary school technology syllabi in Ireland

Dr. Raymond Lynch
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2021
Read more

'Just enough to make you take it seriously': exploring students' attitudes towards peer assessment

Dr. Amanda Clifford
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2013
Read more

'Just Be Quiet and Listen to Exactly What He's Saying': Conceptualising power relations in inquiry-oriented classrooms

Dr. John O'Reilly
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2014
Read more

An Irish perspective on initial teacher education: How teacher educators can respond to an awareness of the 'absurd'

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2021
ABINGDON
Read more

Exploring Spanish pre-service teachers' talk in relation to ICT: balancing different expectations between the university and practicum school

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2018
Read more

Exploring the Evolution of Educational Technology Policy in Ireland: From Catching-Up to Pedagogical Maturity

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2021
Read more

Pre-service early childhood educators' career motivations: moving from a thematic analysis to recognising the performative nature of talk and text

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2021
Read more

Other Journals

This author has not written any publications of this type yet.

Conference Publications

ESAI Annual Meeting ‘Education as a Public Good'

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2016
Read more

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Dr. Oliver McGarr
Dr. Ciaran O'Gallchoir
2019
Read more

European Conference of Educational Research (ECER)

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2017
Read more

European Distance Education Network 2000

Dr. Oliver McGarr
1999
Read more

European Conference of Educational Research (ECER 2018)

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2018
Read more

International Conference on Mobile Technology in Teacher Education (MITE)

Dr. Oliver McGarr
Dr. Ciaran O'Gallchoir
2018
Read more

EDULEARN16: 8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2016
Read more

Educational Studies Association of Ireland annual conference

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2003
Read more

INTED2015: 9TH International Technology, Education and Development Conference

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2015
Read more

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Dr. Oliver McGarr
Dr. Ciaran O'Gallchoir
2018
Read more

ECER 2014, The Past, the Present and the Future of Educational Research

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2014
Read more

Educational Studies Association of Ireland annual conference

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2002
Read more

International Conference on Mobile Technology in Teacher Education (MiTE)

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2016
Read more

European Conference of Educational Research (ECER 2018)

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2018
Read more

ECER 2015, Education and Transition

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2015
Read more

Connecting Policy and Practice: Challenges for Teaching and Learning in Schools and Universities. The International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching Conference

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2001
Read more

EDUCA

Dr. Ann Marcus Quinn
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2008
Read more

International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED)

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2014
Read more

AERA 2018 (American Educational Research Association)

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2018
Read more

ECER 2016, Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2016
Read more

Annual Irish Educational Technology users' conference

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2001
Read more

EDTECH 2008

Dr. Ann Marcus Quinn
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2008
Read more

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference

Dr. John O'Reilly
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2011
Read more

European Conference of Educational Research (ECER 2018)

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2018
Read more

The 10th Biennial Conference of The International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching (ISATT)

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2001
Read more

Open classrooms in the digital age. European Distance Education Network

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2000
Read more

HEA Conference: How Equal? Access to Higher Education in Ireland

Dr. Raymond Lynch
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2013
Read more

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Dr. Oliver McGarr
Dr. Ciaran O'Gallchoir
2020
Read more

British Educational Research Association Annual Conference (BERA 2016)

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2016
Read more

International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED)

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2016
Read more

Making a Difference: ICT in Teaching and Learning. Annual Conference of the Association of Information Technology for Teacher Education

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2003
Read more

ILTA Annual Conference: TEL Quality Matters - People, Policies and Practices

Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr. Oliver McGarr
2018
Read more

European Educational Research Association (EERA:ECER)

Dr. Oliver McGarr
Dr. Ciaran O'Gallchoir
2019
Read more

European Science Education Research Association (ESERA)

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2011
Read more

European Conference on Educational Research

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2005
Read more

Critical debates in action research

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2003
Read more

Conference Contributions

American Educational Research Association Annual Conference

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2018
Read more

Published Reports

Computers and Curriculum - difficulties and Dichotomies.

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2004
Dublin
NCCA
Read more

ICT and School improvement, Irish Case Studies OECD/CERI ICT PROGRAMME

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2001
Paris
OECD
Read more

Case Studies on ICT and School Improvement

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2001
Paris
OECD/CERI
Read more

Executive Summary for Ireland - ICT and School Improvement Report

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2001
OECD
Paris
Read more

Digital Competence in Teacher Education

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2019
Limerick
University of Limerick
Read more

Exploring teachers' professional development to support the roll-out of Computer Science in Irish second-level schools

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2020
Limerick
LERO & EPI-STEM
Read more

Report on the Provision of Courses in Computer Science in Upper Second Level Education Internationally

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2017
Dublin
NCCA
Read more

An Evaluation of Feature-based Parametric CAD software in post-primary schools.

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2005
Dublin
NCCA
Read more

Editorials

This author has not written any publications of this type yet.

Book Reviews

This author has not written any publications of this type yet.

Other Publications

An Evaluation of the technical support provided by Eircom Ltd. to Ennis schools in conjunction with the Ennis Information Age town project

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2000
Read more

Teacher professional development and ICT: A longitudinal investigation into teachers' participation on a professional development postgraduate programme in ICT.

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2004
Read more

An investigation into the interest and feasibility of introducing and computer-based subject to the established leaving certificate programme.

Dr. Oliver McGarr
2000
Read more

An Investigation of Teachers' use of IMS Software in Irish Second-Level Schools: A Case Study

Dr. Oliver McGarr
1999
Read more