James Lovatt

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Dr. Lovatt is an Associate Professor in Science Education and previously served as the inaugural Head of the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies in the DCU Institute of Education between 2016 and 2020. Dr. Lovatt has previously served as Chair of the Professional Masters of Education and as management committee representative on the BSc Science Education, BSc Physical Education with Biology and BSc Physics Education with Mathematics.

Dr. Lovatt teaches and researches in the area of Initial Teacher Education and STEM Education and Education He is particularly interested in the areas of Science Education, Teacher Education, Teaching and Learning Methodologies with specific interest in Conceptual Development, Inquiry-Based-Science-Education (IBSE), Classroom Discourse, Assessment, Problem Solving, and Education Design. He qualified as a second level science teacher (physics/chemistry) before completing is PhD in the area of Chemistry Education. He is a member of the Centre for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning (CASTeL).

Dr. Lovatt has participated in EU 7th Framework and H2020 projects including: Strategies for Assessment of Inquiry Learning in Science (SAILS) and Open Schools for Open Societies (OSOS). He was the DCU PI on the Erasmus+ project Three Dimensions of Inquiry in Physics Education (3DIPhE). 

Book

Year Publication
2020 Lovatt, J., Grimes, P., McLoughlin, E., (2020) Educational Design Research for Teacher Professional Learning, Part A: Education Design Research. Slovenia: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education.
2015 Finlayson, O.E., McLoughlin, E., Coyle, E., McCabe, D., Lovatt, J., van Kampen, P. (Eds) (2015) SAILS Inquiry and Assessment Units Volume 2.
2015 Finlayson, O.E., McLoughlin, E., Coyle, E., McCabe, D., Lovatt, J., van Kampen, P. (Eds) (2015) SAILS Inquiry and Assessment Units Volume 1.

Edited Book

Year Publication
2020 Lovatt, J., Grimes, P., McLoughlin, E. (Ed.). (2020) Slovenia: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education,

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2015 Dragica Trivić, Odilla Finlayson, James Lovatt, Lorraine McCormack (2015) 'Design of Learning and Assessment Tasks' In: Iwona Maciejowska & Bill Byers(Eds.). Krakow : Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University.
2012 O'Hara, J., Lahart, J., Lovatt, J., McSharry, M., & McNamara, G. (2012) 'Managing Stress in Initial Teacher Education: - Challenges and Opportunities' In: Nikolaeva, S., Mulcahy, C., Scanlon, G.(Eds.). Ireland
2012 Kelly, O. Lovatt, J. (2012) 'Insights into Science Students' Problem-Solving Strategies in the Chemistry Laboratory, New Perspectives in Science Education' In: Pixel(Eds.). Florence, Italy : Simonelli - University Press.

Reports

Year Publication
2015 Harrison, C.; Howard, S.; Matthews, B.; Finlayson, O.; Lovatt, J.; McCabe, D.; McLoughlin, E.; van Kampen, P.; SAILS consortium (2015) SAILS project report: Finalised evaluation materials for teacher education in IBSE with integrated assessment. REPORT Link
2015 Finlayson, O.; McLoughlin, E.; van Kampen, P.; Lovatt, J.; SAILS consortium (2015) SAILS project report: Report from EAP on assessment materials (Part B). REPORT Link
2015 Finlayson, O.; McLoughlin, E.; van Kampen, P.; Lovatt, J.; SAILS consortium (2015) SAILS project report: SAILS dissemination activities. REPORT Link
2015 Finlayson, O.; McLoughlin, E.; van Kampen, P.; Lovatt, J.; SAILS consortium (2015) SAILS project report: Report from EAP on teacher education programme and CoP. REPORT Link
2015 Lundström, M.; Jönsson, A.; Finlayson, O.; McLoughlin, E.; Lovatt, J.; van Kampen, P; McCabe, D. (2015) SAILS project report: IBSE Teacher Education and Assessment Programme, Stage 2. REPORT Link
2014 Harrison, C.; Finlayson, O.; McLoughlin, E.; van Kampen, P.; Lovatt, J.; Friege, G.; Barth, M.; McCabe, D. (2014) SAILS project report: Evaluation of implementation with pilot teachers - Part B. REPORT Link
2014 Finlayson, O.; McLoughlin, E.; van Kampen, P.; Lovatt, J.; SAILS consortium (2014) SAILS project report:Activities of the Community of Practice (CoP) I. REPORT Link
2014 Finlayson, O.; McLoughlin, E.; van Kampen, P.; Lovatt, J.; SAILS consortium (2014) SAILS Networking activities. REPORT Link
2014 Finlayson, O.; McLoughlin, E.; van Kampen, P.; Lovatt, J.; SAILS consortium (2014) SAILS project report: European conference presentation on the SAILS CoP. REPORT Link
2014 Finlayson, O.; McLoughlin, E.; van Kampen, P.; Lovatt, J.; SAILS consortium (2014) Report from EAP on teacher education - Stage 1. REPORT Link
2014 Finlayson, O.; McLoughlin, E.; van Kampen, P.; Lovatt, J.; SAILS consortium (2014) SAILS project report: Activities of the Community of Practice (CoP) I. REPORT Link
2014 Finlayson, O.; McLoughlin, E.; van Kampen, P.; Lovatt, J.; SAILS consortium (2014) SAILS project report: Evaluation of implementation with pilot teachers - Part B. REPORT Link
2013 Finlayson, O.; McLoughlin, E.; van Kampen, P.; Lovatt, J.; SAILS consortium (2013) SAILS project report: IBSE Teacher Education. REPORT Link
2013 Finlayson, O.; McLoughlin, E.; van Kampen, P.; Lovatt, J.; SAILS consortium (2013) SAILS project report: Assessment frameworks and instruments for IBSE skills - Part A. REPORT Link
2013 Finlayson, O.; McLoughlin, E.; van Kampen, P.; Lovatt, J.; SAILS consortium (2013) SAILS project report:Strategy for the assessment of skills and competencies suitable for IBSE. REPORT Link
2013 Finlayson, O.; McLoughlin, E.; van Kampen, P.; Lovatt, J.; SAILS consortium (2013) SAILS project report: Report from EAP on assessment materials (Part A). REPORT Link
2012 Finlayson, O.; McLoughlin, E.; van Kampen, P.; Lovatt, J.; SAILS consortium (2012) SAILS project report: Organisation of the Community of Practice (CoP) in each participating country. REPORT Link

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2019 Trimble, J., Lovatt, J., & Finlayson, O.E. (2019) 13th International ESERA Conference . In: Levrini, O. & Tasquier, G eds. Questioning strategies to promote and assess, cognition metacognition and conceptual understanding in chemistry: an analysis Bologna,
2018 Mcloughlin, E; Grimes, P; Lovatt, J; Mordan, C; Murphy, P (2018) SMEC 2018: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice in STEM Education Open schools for open societies: Encouraging innovation in schools and communities
2015 Ashkanani, A;O'Hara, J;Lovatt, J;Al-Hassan, A;Tamtam, A (2015) INTED2015: 9TH INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE THE IMPACT OF PERSONAL FACTORS ON INSTRUCTORS ATTITUDE TOWARD E-LEARNING SYSTEM IN KUWAIT UNIVERSITY USING TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTANCE MODEL TAM
2014 Odilla Finlayson, Eilish McLoughlin, James Lovatt, Deirdre McCabe and Paul van Kampen (2014) SMEC 2014- Thinking Assessment in Science and Mathematics . In: McLoughlin, E.; Finlayson, O.; Brady, S.; Lovatt, J.; McCabe, D.; van Kampen, P eds. Teacher Education Programmes in Inquiry and Assessment across Europe Link
2007 Lovatt, J;Finlayson, OE;James, P (2007) CHEMISTRY EDUCATION RESEARCH AND PRACTICE Evaluation of student engagement with two learning supports in the teaching of 1(st) year undergraduate chemistry

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2021 Lovatt, J. (2021) 'Full STEAM ahead - Implications for Teacher Education in the Context of Curricular and Policy Reform in Ireland'. Asia Research Network Journal of Education, 1 (1):1-14.
2014 Holland, C., Mulcahy, C., Judge, M., Lovatt, J., Scanlon, G., Rami, J., Corrigan, T. & McSharry, M. (2014) 'A Case Study of Infusing Sustainability within Dublin City University, through engagement in the EU TEMPUS Reorienting University Curricula to Address Sustainability (RUCAS) project. IN Reorienting University Curricula to Address Sustainability: RUCAS Case Studies'. :143-156.
2013 Lovatt J.;Finlayson O. (2013) 'Investigating the transition into third level science - Identifying a student profile'. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 14 (1):62-72.
2012 Kelly, O. and Lovatt, J. (2012) 'A case study exploring students' problem-solving strategies in a PBL chemistry task'. NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE TEACHING OF PHYSICAL SCIENCES, 8 :38-42.
2007 Lovatt J.;Finlayson O.;James P. (2007) 'Evaluation of student engagement with two learning supports in the teaching of 1st year undergraduate chemistry'. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 8 (4):390-402.

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2019 Trimble, J., Lovatt, J., Finlayson, O.E. (2019) 13th International ESERA Conference, The beauty and pleasure of understanding: engaging with contemporary challenges through science education Questioning Strategies to Promote and Assess, Cognition Metacognition and Conceptual Understanding in Chemistry: An Analysis Bologna, .
2019 Lovatt., J (2019) 2nd International Conference on Teacher Education Renovation in conjunction with the International Annual Meeting on STEM Education (I AM STEM 2019) Full STEAM ahead - implications for Teacher Education in the context of curricular and policy reform in Ireland Thai Nguyen University of Education, Vietnam, .
2015 Ashkanani, A., O'Hara, J., Lovatt, J., Al-Hassan, A., Tamtam, A., (2015) 9th International Technology Education and Development Conference The Impact of Personal Factors on Instructors Attitude Toward E-Learning System in Kuwait University using Technology Acceptance Model Madrid, Spain, 02/03/2015-04/03/2015.
2015 Nolan, B., Dempsey, M., Lovatt, J., O'Shea, A. (2015) European Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning:Bridging Boundaries through the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching UCC, Cork, 08/06/2015-09/06/2015.
2015 Ford, J., Lorenzi, F., Lovatt, J. (2015) Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) 40th Annual Conference - Educational Research and Practice in Times of Transition: Looking to the Future Supporting 2nd year students in self-assessment: a case study in the context of CPD for the new Junior Cycle Framework Maynooth University, Ireland, 09/04/2015-11/04/2015.
2012 Corbett, K., van Kampen, P., Lovatt, J. (2012) Educational research in a Time of Transformation: Insights, influences and impacts, Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) 37th Annual Conference Community of practice as a method to proliferate the learning of inquiry based learning in second level science education in Ireland Cork, 29/03/2012-31/03/2012.
2012 Ford, J, Lorenzi, F., Lovatt, J. (2012) Educational research in a Time of Transformation: Insights, influences and impacts, Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) 37th Annual Conference The Subject Learning Portfolio and its application in supporting the training of 2nd year students in self-assessment techniques Cork, 29/03/2012-31/03/2012.
2011 Lovatt, J., McLoughlin, E., Finlayson, O.E., Murphy, P. (2011) Interdisciplinary experiences - collaborations and collisions Sixth annual Celsius Symposium on Science and Society Developing a module in Interdisciplinary Science The Helix Gallery, Dublin City University, 10/06/2011-10/06/2011.
2010 Lovatt, J., Finlayson, O.E. (2010) 10th European Conference on Research In Chemical Education Using a quantitative approach to investigate teaching and learning of undergraduate chemistry in the Micro symposium: How can research influence practice? Examples given by young researchers from different countries, representing a variety of research approaches: Krakow, Poland, 04/07/2010-09/07/2010.
2010 Kelly, O., Lovatt, J. (2010) Inquiry-based learning: Facilitating authentic learning experiences in science and mathematics, Science and Mathematics Education Conference SMEC 2010 Identifying students’ problem solving strategies and their relation to approaches to learning Dublin City Univeristy, 16/09/2010-17/09/2010.
2008 Lovatt, J., Finlayson, O.E. (2008) Variety in Chemistry Education Expectations, Approaches to learning and Academic Achievement: Are there correlations for the first year undergraduate chemistry student? Dublin City University, Ireland, 28/08/2008-29/08/2008.
2008 Lovatt, J., Mc Crudden, E.B., Ramírez-García, S., Finlayson, O.E., O'Malley, P. (2008) 9th European Conference On Research In Chemical Education Selggog Abbey – a context laboratory problem for introductory undergraduate chemistry Istanbul, Turkey, 06/06/2008-09/06/2008.
2007 Finlayson, O.E., Lovatt, J., Ramirez-Garcia, S. (2007) 2nd European Variety in Chemistry Education Small-scale teaching within large groups – empowering the tutors in a 1sy year undergraduate chemistry laboratory Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 27/06/2007-30/06/2007.
2007 Lovatt, J., Finlayson, O.E., Ramirez-Garcia, S. (2007) 2nd European Variety in Chemistry Education Modification of an expository laboratory for 1st year undergraduate chemistry Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 27/06/2007-30/06/2007.
2007 Lovatt, J., Finlayson, O.E., Ramirez-Garcia, S. (2007) Variety in Chemistry Education Assessment for learning in undergraduate laboratory teaching University of Leicester, UK, 30/08/2007-30/08/2007.
2006 Lovatt, J., Finlayson, O.E., James, P. (2006) 8th International ESERA Summer School Addressing the learning of chemistry at undergraduate level Braga, Portugal, 15/07/2006-22/07/2006.
2006 Lovatt, J., Finlayson, O.E., James, P. (2006) 8th European Conference On Research In Chemical Education Evaluation of student engagement with a virtual learning environment (Moodle) in the teaching of 1st year undergraduate organic chemistry Budapest, Hungary, 31/08/2006-01/09/2006.
2005 Lovatt, J., Finlayson, O.E., James, P. (2005) Fifth International ESERA Conference on Contributions of Research to Enhancing Students’ Interest in Learning Science Development and evaluation of approaches to student teaching and learning of chemistry at tertiary level using a VLE platform Barcelona, Spain, 01/08/2005-05/08/2005.
2020 Trimble, J., Finlayson, O.E., Lovatt, J. (2020) 15th European Conference on Research in Chemical Education - Excellence and Innovation in Chemistry Teaching and Learning ECRICE 2020 Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, .
2018 Grimes, P; Lovatt, J; Mcloughlin, E; Mordan, C; Murphy, P (2018) SMEC 2018: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice in STEM Education Beyond STEM: STEAM Education, Open Schools and More Developing Open Schooling in Ireland: Examining Schools as Evolving Learning Ecosystems Dublin, .
2015 Nolan, B., Dempsey, M., Lovatt, J. and O'Shea, A (2015) British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics Developing Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (MKT) for pre-service teachers: a study of students' developing thinking in relation to the teaching of mathematics St. Patrick's College, Dublin, 27/02/2015-28/02/2015.
2015 Ashkanani,A., O Hara, J. Lovatt, J., Al-Hassan, A. and Tamtam,A. (2015) 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference THE IMPACT OF PERSONAL FACTORS ON INSTRUCTORS ATTITUDE TOWARD E-LEARNING SYSTEM IN KUWAIT UNIVERSITY USING TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTANCE MODEL Madrid, Spail, 02/03/2015-04/03/2015.
2012 Kelly, O., Lovatt, J. (2012) New Perspectives in Science Education Insights into Science Students’ Problem-Solving Strategies in the Chemistry Laboratory Florence, Italy, 08/03/2012-09/03/2012.
2011 O'Malley, P., Lovatt, J., Finlayson, O.E. (2011) Engaging Minds: Active learning, participation and collaboration in Higher education, NAIRTL 5th Annual Conference and Galway Symposium on Higher Education Sustaining Change - what happens after a research project? National University of Ireland, Galway, 09/06/2011-10/06/2011.
2008 Lovatt, J., Mc Crudden, E.B., Ramírez-García, S., Finlayson, O.E., O'Malley, P. (2008) Sciences serving science: Cross-disciplinary issues in Mathematics & Science Education, SMEC 2008 Selggog Abbey - a context laboratory for 1st year undergraduate science students¬ Dublin City University Ireland, 11/09/2008-12/09/2008.
2006 Lovatt, J., Finlayson, O.E. (2006) SMEC, Interconnections between Science and Mathematics: 2nd Science and Mathematics Conference Monitoring Approaches to Learning in Undergraduate Chemistry St. Patrick’s College & Dublin City University, Ireland, 23/09/2006-24/09/2006.
2006 Lovatt, J., Finlayson, O., James, P. (2006) The 7th Variety In Irish Chemistry Teaching Meeting Evaluation of students engagement with moodle VLE in a 1st year organic chemistry blended learning module Dublin Institute of Technology,Ireland, 10/04/2006-10/04/2006.
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Professional Associations

Association Function From / To
Irish Association of Science Education Lecturers (IASEL) Member -
Royal Society of Chemistry Member -
Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) Member -
European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Member -

Education

Start date Institution Qualification Subject
Dublin City University Ph.D. Science Education Science Education
Dublin City University B.Sc. Science Education Science Education

Research Interests

Dr. Lovatt's research interests and expertise are in the areas of Science Education, Teacher Education, Teaching and Learning Methodologies with specific interest in Conceptual Development, Inquiry-Based-Science-Education (IBSE), Classroom Discourse, Assessment, Problem Solving, and Education Design.  Dr. Lovatt is involved in a number a European and Industry Funded Projects through collaborations with colleagues in the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching & Learning (CASTeL) and is also a member of the Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection (EQI).

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date
Remote Inquiries in Science Education DCU Co-PI 01/03/2021 28/02/2023
Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Scheme DCU Co-PI 29/05/2017 04/09/2017
Building Mathematical Content Knowledge for Teaching DCU Co-PI 01/01/2013 29/12/2015
Development Initiative for life science teachers DCU Project Team 01/08/2012 29/03/2014
Strategies for assessment of Inquiry Learning in Science (SAILS) DCU Project Team 01/01/2012 29/12/2015
Trial and Error? How novice and experts approach problem solving DCU-PI 01/09/2009 18/05/2010

Current Postgraduate Students

Student Name Degree Supervision
Bolger ,Michelle Caroline Master of Arts Supervisor
Trimble ,James Joseph PhD Supervisor

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2021 Microteaching and School Placement ES228
2022 Teaching and Learning in Science Education ES572
2022 Microteaching & Teach Prep ES143