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School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies


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School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies
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Academic biography

Thomas John Johnston McCloughlin is an Assistant Professor of Biology & Education. He majored in Crop Productivity (applied botany) and Hydrobiology (aquatic - freshwater and marine) as part of his first degree (Ulster).

He holds Masters degrees in Education and Theology. His doctorate (TCD) concerns the cognition of biological natural kinds and their classification.  

Dr. McCloughlin is the curator of the DCU Science Archive & Herbarium and is engaged in research on the History & Philosophy of Science (HPS) especially in biology, and the material culture of science

Dr. McCloughlin is engaged in research concerning plant ecology, and the estuaries of north county Dublin, specifically on the biodiversity and how it is affected by the water quality entering the estuaries, especially phosphate pollution and its sequestration. 

Research interests

Learning in biology at all levels in school education involving research using the following methods:  Repertory Grid Analysis, Bayes Nets, conceptual framework mapping techniques, structural equation modelling in examining causal pathways in natural learning environments, Rasch Analysis, Multidimensional Scaling.

History, Philosophy and Sociology of biology at all levels in school education and in the following themes: experimental biology in history: photosynthesis, transpiration, plant growth; herbarium studies.  Nature of Biology (as a subset of nature of science). The philosophy of biology as it relates to biology education.

Systematics: Natural variations in species, biometrical and bioinformatical applications concerning dicotyledonous plants (teratology) and digenean trematode parasites. Plant distribution and herbarium studies.