School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies

Dr
James
Lovatt

Primary Department
School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies
Role
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
9119
Campus
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
C405

Academic biography

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). 

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).