Cliona has been lecturing in the area of science education at tertiary level for over 20 years. She has developed and implemented a range of pre-service, post-graduate and continuing professional learning programmes in science education. She has conducted and published research and developed educational resources in the areas of Nature of Science, Science Education, STEM Education, Inquiry- Based Science Education, Education for Sustainability and Climate Change Education. Cliona has collaborated in a number of National and International projects in Science Education, STEM Education, Education for Sustainable Development and Climate Change Education. Most recently Cliona was principal investigator on the Climate Our Oceans and Primary STEM Education: Climate and Ocean Literacy Network Ireland and Mauritius research project funded by the Irish Research. She is currently Irish principal investigator on the Erasmus Plus E^4 Project,.
Cliona's current roles include:
- Director of the Centre for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning (CASTeL). www.castel.ie.
- Chair of ALLEA’s Science Education Working Group https://allea.org/science-education/)
- Co-Chair of the scientific and pedagogical committee of the international Office for Climate Education. https://www.oce.global/en/home
Research interestsDr. Murphy's research interests include:
Science Education STEM EducationNature of Science Climate Change EducationEducation for SustainabilityInquiry Based Science Education (IBSE)