Paul Grimes

Dr.

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Assistant Professor

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T:+353 1 7009179

E:paul.grimes@dcu.ie

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Paul Grimes is an Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies, Dublin City University. He is a member of the Centre for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning (CASTeL). He is project coordinator and principal investigator for the Erasmus+ funded Supporting Transitions Across Mathematics and Physics Education (STAMPEd) project. Research interests include the use of design based research in education, discourse and sense - making in mathematics and physics, and research in teacher education in mathematics and science. He lectures in the areas of mathematics education and physics education on primary and post-primary initial teacher education programmes.

Before joining the school he worked as a postdoctoral researcher on both the Three Dimensions of Inquiry in Physics Education (3DIPhE) and Open Schools for Open Societies (OSOS) projects. He has a PhD in physics education and before this qualified as a second level mathematics and physics teacher. 

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2022 Kaur, T.;McLoughlin, E.;Grimes, P. (2022) 'Mathematics and science across the transition from primary to secondary school: a systematic literature review'. International Journal of STEM Education, 9 (13). [Link] https://doi.org/10.1186/s40594-022-00328-0
2019 Grimes, P; McDonald, S; van Kampen, P (2019) '“We’re getting somewhere”: Development and implementation of a framework for the analysis of productive science discourse'. Science Education, 103 (1):5-36. [Link] https://doi.org/10.1002/sce.21485
2019 McDonald, S; Grimes, P; Doughty, L; Finlayson, O; McLoughlin, E; van Kampen, P (2019) 'A Workshop Approach to Developing the Professional Pedagogical Vision of Irish Secondary Preservice Science Teachers'. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 30 (5):434-460. https://doi.org/10.1080/1046560X.2019.1583033

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.

Edited Book

Year Publication
2020 Lovatt, J., Grimes, P., McLoughlin, E (Ed.). (2020) Educational Design Research for Teacher Professional Learning. Slovenia: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education,

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2021 Grimes, P.;McLoughlin, E. (2021) Supporting transitions in mathematics: Initial design principles for teacher professional learning . In: Kingston, M.;Grimes, P eds. Proceedings of the Eighth Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland (MEI 8) [Link] https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5750775
2021 Kaur, T.;McLoughlin, E.;Grimes, P. (2021) Factors influencing students' experiences of mathematics transitions from primary to post-primary school . In: Kingston, M.;Grimes, P eds. Proceedings of the Eighth Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland (MEI 8) [Link] https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5750819
2021 Kingston, M;Grimes, P. (2021) Proceedings of the Eighth Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland (MEI 8) MEI 8: Eighth Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland (MEI 8) [Link] https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5573968
2019 Grimes, P; Dooley, T; O'Donnell, S (2019) Seventh Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland (MEI7) . In: L. Harbison and A. Twohill eds. Lesson play: Supporting pre-service teachers to envisage pupils' sense-making in mathematics lessons Dublin, http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3539099
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

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2022 Kaur, T;McLoughlin, E.;Grimes, P. (2022) GIREP Conference 2022: Effective Learning in Physics from Contemporary Physics to Remote Settings Co-designing rich tasks in physics as a model of deepening teacher professional learning Ljubljana, .
2022 Kaur, T.;McLoughlin, E.;Grimes, P. (2022) CASTeL 9th STEM Education Research Conference (SMEC 2022) Addressing transition issues in mathematics and physics through practitioner inquiry Dublin, .
2021 McLoughin, E.;Grimes, P. (2021) 3rd World Conference on Physics Education WCPE III Educational design research for physics teacher professional learning Hanoi/Online, .
2021 Kaur, T.;McLoughlin, E.;Grimes, P. (2021) 3rd World Conference on Physics Education WCPE III Transitions in physics from primary to secondary school - A systematic literature review Hanoi/Online, .
2021 Cepic, M.;Sokolowska, D.;Grimes, P.;Balgotensek, A.;McLoughlin, E. (2021) 3rd World Conference on Physics Education WCPE III Rich tasks that support transitions in physics education Hanoi/Online, .
2021 McLoughlin, E.;Grimes, P. (2021) IOP Ireland – Frontiers of Physics 2021 (Online Event) Supporting Transitions in Mathematics and Physics Education Dublin/Online, .
2021 Grimes, P.;McLoughlin, E. (2021) ESERA 2021: Fostering scientific citizenship in an uncertain world Supporting Transitions Across Mathematics and Physics Education: An Overview Braga, Portugal/Online, .
2021 Behan, J.;Cantley, I.;Grimes, P.;Harbison, L.;Kaur, T.;McLoughlin, E.;O'Hara, C.;O.Meara, N.;Prendergast, M. (2021) Eighth Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland Symposium: Learning Across the Transition: Bridging Mathematical Experiences from Primary to Post-Primary School Dublin, .
2021 Harbison, L., OReilly, M., Grimes, P., & Kingston, M. (2021) 45th Annual ATEE Conference Extending the agenda in primary mathematics pre-service teacher education: Preparing and equipping with competencies to lead University of Warsaw, .
2021 Harbison, L.;OReilly, M.;Grimes, P.;& Kingston, M. (2021) 45th Annual ATEE Conference Exploring the agenda in primary mathematics pre-service teacher education: Preparing and equipping with competencies to lead University of Warsaw, .
2020 Harbison, L; O' Reilly, M; Grimes, P. (2020) Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Conference 2020 Working with pre-service primary teachers to open up opportunities for peer leadership in mathematics Dublin (Online), .
2019 Grimes, P (2019) Methods of Research for Science Education Discourse Analysis in STEM Education Research Dublin, .
2019 Prendergast, M; Ni Shuilleabhain, A; Grimes, P; O'Meara, N (2019) CERME 11 When a number moves across, it changes its sign” – Investigating Teachers' Conceptual Understanding of Algebra Utrecht, .
2018 OReilly, M; Dooley, T; Grimes, P; Harbison, L; Twohill, A (2018) SMEC 2018 PRiME: A Project to Promote Subject Leadership in Primary Mathematics Among Student Teachers Dublin, .
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, .
2017 Grimes, P., van Kampen, P. (2017) GIREP-ICPE-EPEC 2017 Broadening Pre-Service Physics Teachers' Views of Inquiry - A Workshop Based Approach Dublin, .
2016 Grimes, P., McLoughlin E., Finlayson, O. & van Kampen, P (2016) SMEC 2016: STEM Teacher Education - Initial and Continuing professional development Discourse in the Classroom: Patterns of Discourse in Pre-service Teachers' Explanations Dublin, .
2015 Grimes P., McDonald S., McLoughlin, E., Finlayson O., & van Kampen P. (2015) ESERA 2015 Professional vision of inquiry based science education: An analysis of the highlighting and coding practices of pre-service science teachers in Ireland and the U.S Helsinki, .
2014 Grimes P., McDonald S., Doughty, L., & van Kampen P. (2014) AAPT Summer Meeting Preparing Irish Secondary Science Teachers for Inquiry Based Science Education Minneapolis, MN, .
2014 Grimes, P., McLoughlin, E., Finlayson, O., & van Kampen, P. (2014) SMEC 2014 Teacher-Student Dialogue in the Inquiry Classroom Dublin, .
2014 Grimes, P., McLoughlin, E. & van Kampen, P. (2014) Frontiers in Physics Talking About Light in the Inquiry Classroom Dublin, .

Newspaper

Year Publication
2019 Grimes, P (2019) SCOPE: The Irish Independent Maths Supplement for Primary Schools. NEWSA
2017 Grimes, P (2017) SCOPE: The Irish Independent Maths Supplement for Primary Schools. NEWSA

Thesis

Year Publication
2017 Grimes, P (2017) Pre-Service Science Teachers' Professional Vision of Inquiry - A Design Based Research Study. THES
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Committees

Committee Function From / To
Centre for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Member of Management Committee 01/09/2021 -
MEI 8 - 8th Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland Chair of Organising Committee 15/10/2021 - 16/10/2021
SMEC 2018 - Science and Mathematics Education Research Conference Chair - Early Career Researchers' Day 25/06/2018 - 25/06/2018

Professional Associations

Association Function From / To
Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Member -
Irish Mathematics Teachers' Association Member -
Association of Teachers of Mathematics Member -
British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics Member -

Reviews

Journal Role
Irish Educational Studies Reviewer
PLoS ONE Reviewer
Science Education Reviewer

Research Interests

  • Mathematics Education 
  • Physics Education
  • Science Education 
  • Teacher Education
  • Classroom Discourse
  • Sense-Making in Mathematics and Science

If you are interested in pursuing postgraduate research in any of these areas please feel free to get in touch. 

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date
Remote Inquiries in Science Education DCU Co-PI 01/03/2021 28/02/2023
Supporting Transitions Across Mathematics and Physics Education DCU PI 01/09/2020 31/08/2023
Project in Rich Mathematical Exploration (PRiME) DCU Project Team 01/09/2020 31/05/2021
Three Dimensions of Inquiry in Physics Education (3DIPhE) DCU Project Team 01/09/2017 31/08/2020
National Survey of Scientific Inquiry at Junior Cycle DCU Project Team 01/02/2016

Current Postgraduate Students

Student Name Degree Supervision
Kaur ,Tandeep PhD-track Supervisor

Teaching Interests


ED2031: Mathematics Education 2
ED2033: Teacher as a Reflective Practitioner
ED3052: Mathematics Education 3
ED4015: Mathematics Education Research Project
ED4055: Mathematics Education 4


SG311: Perspectives on Mathematics


ES563: Teaching and Learning in Mathematics Education


M.Ed (Mathematics Education)

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2022 Teaching & Learning in Mathematics Education ES563
2022 Perspectives on Mathematics SG311
2022 Mathematics Education 4 ED4055
2022 Mathematics Education 3 ED3052