Dr. Keelin Leahy

Dr. Keelin Leahy
Lecturer In Technology Education
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Keelin Leahy

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Lecturer Above the Bar
Schrodinger Building
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Health Sciences
University of Limerick
T: +00 353 (0)61 233746
E: Keelin.Leahy@ul.ie
 
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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   

Books

  Year Publication
2019 Design Roots.
Keelin Leahy Ruairi Farrell (2019) Design Roots. Dublin, Ireland: Gill Education. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
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: Dirk Schaefer, Graham Coates, Claudia Eckert (eds). Design Education Today: Technical Contexts, Programs and Best Practices. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2019. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Transforming early concepts with Design Heuristics'
Leahy K.;Daly S.;Murray J.;McKilligan S.;Seifert C. (2018) 'Transforming early concepts with Design Heuristics'. International Journal Of Technology And Design Education, 29 (4) [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Encouraging Creativity in Capstone Design'
Leahy, K,Phillips, D,Debartolo, E,Brackin, P,Chenoweth, S,White, A (2017) 'Encouraging Creativity in Capstone Design'. International Journal Of Engineering Education, 33 :1468-1484 [Details]
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'. Creativity Research Journal, 28 :188-197 [DOI] [Details]
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'. International Journal Of Technology And Design Education, 24 :375-389 [DOI] [Details]
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'. Teacher Education & Practice Journal, 27 (3) [Details]
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'. American Journal of Engineering Research, 2 (5):71-77 [ULIR Link] [Details]
2013 'Impact of a tool-set for design activities'
Leahy, K (2013) 'Impact of a tool-set for design activities'. Design Principles And Practices: An International Journal, 6 (Annual Review):121-141 [Details]
2012 'Impact of a toolset for design activities'
Leahy K. (2012) 'Impact of a toolset for design activities'. Design Principles And Practices, 6 (1):121-135 [Details]
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'. Design Principles And Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3 (Issue 3):43-68 [Details]
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'. Design And Technology Education: An International Journal, Volume 14 (Issue 2):25-44 [Details]
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'. TechKnowledge, :33-37 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
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' Global Journal of Engineering Education, 20 (3) :159-170. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 Design Research Society International Conference 2018,
Leahy, K. & McMahon, M. (2018) Design Research Society bi-annual international conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Design Research Society International Conference 2018, University of Limerick , 24-JUN-18 - 28-JUN-18 [Details]
2016 Capstone Design Conference 2016,
Leahy, K., Chenoweth, S., Philips, D., Rickel, S., & White, A. (2016) Encouraging Creativity in Capstone Design. [Plenary Lecture], Capstone Design Conference 2016, Columbus, OH , 06-JAN-16 - 06-JUN-16 [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2018 PATT 36. Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology Conference
Beinean Conway; Keelin Leahy; Muireann McMahon (2018) Teaching Sustainability in Technology Education: Perception Versus Practice PATT 36. Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology Conference , pp.521-536 [Details]
2018 PATT 36. Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology Conference
Beinean Conway; Keelin Leahy; Muireann McMahon (2018) Teaching Sustainability in Technology Education: Perception Versus Practice PATT 36. Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology Conference , pp.521-536 [Details]
2017 International Journal of Engineering Education
Leahy K.;Phillips D.;Debartolo E.;Brackin P.;Chenoweth S.;White A. (2017) Encouraging creativity in capstone design International Journal of Engineering Education , pp.1468-1484 [Details]
2016 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA
Leahy, K., Yilmaz, S., Seifert, C. M., Daly, S. (2016) Integrating Design Heuristics into Your Classroom 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA [ULIR Link] [Details]
2016 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA
Leahy, K. & Mannix-McNamara, P. (2016) Crossing the individual / group divide; Brainsketching in education 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA [ULIR Link] [Details]
2016 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA
Dawidow, J., Huff, J., & Leahy, K., (2016) Investigating How Design Concepts Evolve in Engineering Students 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA [ULIR Link] [Details]
2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
Leahy K.;Mannix-McNamara P. (2016) Crossing the group-individual divide; brainsketching in design education ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings [Details]
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) Research and Development on Argumentation in Pre-Service Teacher Education in Rwanda NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research, Chicago, USA [Details]
2014 International Creativity Collaborative
Leahy, K. (2014) Winning the future: An investigation into the creativity capacity across the levels of education in Ireland International Creativity Collaborative University of Georgia, Athens, USA, [Details]
2014 European Conference on Information Systems
Holohan, S., Leahy, K., DeEyto, A. (2014) Design Thinking, Intergration and Implementation in Business Information Systems . In: Baumöl, Ulrike; vom Brocke, Jan; Jung, Reinhard eds. European Conference on Information Systems Tel Aviv, Israel, , 08-JUN-14 [Details]
2014 Designa 2014, International Conference on Design Research
Holohan, S., Leahy,K., deEyto,A. (2014) A Design Thinking Approach to Learning Business Analysis in Business Information Systems Designa 2014, International Conference on Design Research Portugal, , 20-NOV-14 - 21-NOV-14 , pp.59-60 [Details]
2012 Proceedings of American Association of Engineering Education Mid-Year Conference Universal Graphics Multiple Perspectives
Leahy, K. (2012) Promoting best practice design intent in 3D CAD Modelling: Feedback as a constructivist paradigm of teaching and learning Proceedings of American Association of Engineering Education Mid-Year Conference Universal Graphics Multiple Perspectives , pp.59-66 [Details]
2012 PATT 26, Technology Education in the 21st Century
Leahy, K. (2012) Are we educating to promote students creative capacities: A study in Technology Education Ireland PATT 26, Technology Education in the 21st Century , pp.282-291 [Details]
2012 Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) 37th Annual Conference. Educational Research in a Time of Transformation: Insights, influences and impacts
Leahy, K. (2012) Charting student’s creative capacity across the levels of education Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) 37th Annual Conference. Educational Research in a Time of Transformation: Insights, influences and impacts [Details]
2010 International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F. (2010) Designing with young people: Shifting the focus International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation , pp.4516-4522 [Details]
2010 IDATER Online Graphicacy and Modelling Conference
O’Dowd, C., Leahy, K. (2010) Investigating the use and impact of different communication techniques in Technology Education within the Irish Education system IDATER Online Graphicacy and Modelling Conference [Details]
2010 The 6th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F. (2010) Design Communication for Technology Education The 6th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research [Details]
2010 DESIGNING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE: SHIFTING THE FOCUS
Leahy, K,Chova, LG,Belenguer, DM,Torres, IC (2010) 3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (ICERI2010) DESIGNING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE: SHIFTING THE FOCUS , pp.4516-4522 [Details]
2010 Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Borders, Boundaries and Identities:
Leahy, K. (2010) A universal design language prompting problem solving in second level education Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Borders, Boundaries and Identities: [Details]
2009 American Society for Engineering Education 116th Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, TX
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F. (2009) A Design Taxonomy as a Paradigm in Design Pedagogics American Society for Engineering Education 116th Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, TX , 14-JUN-09 - 17-JUN-09 [Details]
2009 Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing ¿ (FAIM 2009) 19th International Conference
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F. (2009) An Intelligent Design Pedagogy for Engineers . In: Farhad Nabhani eds. Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing ¿ (FAIM 2009) 19th International Conference , 06-JUL-09 - 08-JUL-09 [Details]
2009 International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F. (2009) Design methodologies for process and product in second level education International Technology, Education and Development Conference [Details]
2009 Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing – 19th International Conference
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F. (2009) An Intelligent Design Pedagogy for Engineers Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing – 19th International Conference [Details]
2009 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
Leahy K., Gaughran W. (2009) Toward a design taxonomy as a paradigm in design pedagogies ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings [Details]
2009 International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED 2009)
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F. (2009) Design methodologies for process and product in second level education . In: David Mart¿ eds. International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED 2009) , 09-MAR-09 - 11-MAR-09 [Details]
2009 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
Leahy K.;Gaughran W. (2009) Toward a design taxonomy as a paradigm in design pedagogies ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings [Details]
2008 7th European Conference on e-Learning
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F. (2008) Enhancing Design Pedagogy through e-Learning Strategies . In: Dr Joan Ballantine eds. 7th European Conference on e-Learning , 06-NOV-08 - 07-NOV-08 , pp.80-90 [Details]
2008 International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F. (2008) Designing Education in the Irish Technology Subjects International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation [Details]
2008 7TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON E-LEARNING, VOL 2
Leahy, K; Gaughran, W (2008) Enhancing Design Pedagogy Through e-Learning Strategies 7TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON E-LEARNING, VOL 2 , pp.80-90 [Details]
2008 Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL 2008
Leahy K.;Gaughran W. (2008) Enhancing design pedagogy through e-learning strategies Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL 2008 , pp.80-90 [Details]
2008 International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI 2008)
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F. (2008) Designing Education in the Irish Technology Subjects . In: David Mart¿ eds. International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI 2008) , 17-NOV-08 - 19-NOV-08 [Details]
2007 PATT 18 Teaching and Learning Technological Literacy in the Classroom
Leahy, K., Gaughran (2007) Transferring Design Rich Ideations within the Technologies PATT 18 Teaching and Learning Technological Literacy in the Classroom [Details]
2007 Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Design and Technology Educational Research 2007, Glasgow
Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F. (2007) Transferring Design Rich Ideations within the Technologies . In: John R Dakers eds. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Design and Technology Educational Research 2007, Glasgow , 21-JUN-07 - 25-JUN-07 [Details]

Non Published Reports

  Year Publication
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. Non Published Reports [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
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: Thesis [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2018 ERASMUS+STEM ERASMUS+
2017 IRC Funding Award: Ideation Development for Educational Approaches and Skills (IDEAS) Irish Research Council Research for Policy and Society
2013 IRC New Foundations Award: Assessing creativity through Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking Irish Research Council. New Foundations
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. University of Limerick
2007 IRCSET: A strategic approach to education and training in design activities in the technologies Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology
2001 Women in Engineering Award University of Limerick
2005 President's Advanced Scholar Award Programme University of Limerick

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Design Research Society Council Member /
Teaching Council Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Research Ethics Committee member, DMT department representative 2011 /
Internationalisation Committee School of Education Representative /
Environmental Committee member /
Green Campus Committee Environmental Committee representative /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
University of Limerick Teaching Assistant 01-SEP-05 / 30-JUN-07
University of Limerick Lecturer above the Bar /
University of Limerick Lecturer below the bar 01-SEP-13 / 02-JUN-14
University of Limerick Postgraduate Research Assistant - IRCSET 03-SEP-07 / 31-AUG-09

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2005 University of Limerick BTech Bachelor of Technology, Materials and Construction concurrent with teacher education
2010 University of Limerick Doctor of Philosophy

Consultancy

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

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

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
Autumn Wood Processing and Safe Practice WT4013Wood Processing and Safe Practice
Autumn Wood Design and Technology 2 WT4025Wood Design and Technology 2
Spring Wood Design and Technology 3 WT4028Wood Design and Technology 3
Spring Wood Technology and Design 1 WT4002Wood Technology and Design 1

International Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
AllenWhite Rochester Institute of Technology USA
Yvonne Hyltse-Eckert Jönköping University Sweden
BerBergström Jönköping University Sweden
BjörnCitrohn Linnaeus University Sweden
ClaesKlasander Linköping University Sweden
ColleenSeifert University of Michigan USA
ColleenSeifert University of Michigan USA
Dan Philips Robert Gordon University Scotland
ElizabethDeBartolo Rochester Institute of Technology USA
Erik Bohemia Loughborough University England
Hannele Junkala Dalarna University Sweden
JamesHuff Harding University USA
Jan Grenholm University of Gävle Sweden
John Mark Dawidow Harding University USA
Maria Svensson University of Gothenburg Sweden
Niclas Åhman Linnaeus University Sweden
PatsyBracken Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology USA
Per Norström KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
PeterLloyd University of Brighton England
RichardGonzalez University of Michigan USA
SedaYilmaz Iowa State University USA
SedaYilmaz Iowa State University USA
Shanna Daly University of Michigan USA
Shanna Daly University of Michigan USA
Susanne Engström KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
Thomas Ginner Linköping University Sweden
Thomas Ginner Linköping University Sweden
Ann-Marie von Otter University of Gothenburg Sweden