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Dr Eilish McLoughlin

Physical Sciences

Name: Dr Eilish McLoughlin
Department: Physical Sciences
Role: Deputy Head of School
Phone Number: Ext. 700 5862
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Room: N139
Campus: DCU Glasnevin Campus

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Eilish McLoughlin, PhD,  is an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Sciences and Director of the Research Centre for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning (CASTeL) at Dublin City University. She obtained her PhD in Experimental Surface Physics and for the past 18 years her interests have evolved to focus on physics and science education research that examine the development of curriculum, instruction and assessment models in STEM education, at all levels of education, from primary school to PhD level. She is currently Chairperson of the BSc Science Education Programme and co-leads the physics initial teacher education programme at Dublin City University fsince 2000. She has received recognition for her leadership in STEM Education and engagement across formal and informal contexts: including the NAIRTL National Award for Teaching Excellence (2010); Institute of Physics Lise Meitner Medal (2018) and the Young Professional Physicist of the Year (2016) and Dublin City University’s President Award for Public Engagement (2017) and for Teaching and Learning (2005). Eilish was Chairperson of two international research conferences in STEM education in 2017: ESERA 2017, the 12th European Science Education Research Association and GIREP-ICPE-EPEC 2017 a conference collaboration between the International Research Group on Physics Teaching (GIREP); European Physical Society – Physics Education Division, and the Physics Education Commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). She has served as an advisor to the EU Commission on the H2020 Science with and for Society Working Group and an expert evaluator of the EU FP7 Science in Society programme. She has served as a member of several international boards in science education, including IUPAP Commision for Physics Education, European Science Education Research Association, Science on Stage Europe and is current co-chair of the Institute of Physics (IOP) in Ireland Education group.

Eilish has led and collaborated in many research projects at EU, national, and local levels. Her research interests are in the implementation of innovative pedagogies in classroom practice, such as inquiry and interdisciplinary approaches and the effective use of digital learning. She as led several projects that support teachers, both in-service and pre-service, in adopting innovative practices in their classrooms and enhance student identity in Physics. She played a leading role in two major pan-European FP7 projects focussed on teacher education in Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) - including Coordinator ESTABLISH project (2010-2014) and deputy Coordinator SAILS project (2012-2015) Eilish is Coordinator of the Improving Gender Balance in Ireland (2017-2019) project funded by Science Foundation Ireland in a strategic partnership with the Institute of Physics. She is National Coordinator of the H2020 Open Schools for Open Societies project (2017-2019) and a PI on the Erasmus+ project Three Dimensions of Inquiry in Physics Education (3DIPhE) (2017-2019). 

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