Grainne Walshe


Contact Details

Director, Science Learning Centre,
Centre for Transformative Learning
University of Limerick
T: +35361234907
E: Grainne.Walshe@ul.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Gráinne is the Director of the Science Learning Centre (Centre for Transformative Learning) at the University of Limerick. She teaches modules on Physics for Engineers. Her research areas focus on curriculum design and development for STEM disciplines, and improving gender diversity and inclusion in physics. She is Project Lead for the SOPHia Project, a Science Foundation Ireland-funded project that aims to increase positive perceptions of and uptake of school physics, especially by girls. She is an elected member of the national committee for the Institute of Physics Ireland and of the Institute of Physics Higher Education Group committee. She is a co-opted member of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment Senior Cycle Physics Development Group, which is working on redeveloping the upper second-level physics curriculum. She is a member of EU Genera Network for supporting women in physics. She is a member of the University of Limerick team that, along with our partners in DCU (lead institution) and NUIG, developed the new upskilling programme for physics teachers; the HEA-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Physics. She is a member of the University of Limerick team (based in EPI*STEM: The National Centre for STEM Education), that was contracted by the Department of Education (Irish Government Department) to carry out a comprehensive literature review on interventions to address the low uptake of STEM subjects by girls from early years through to end of secondary school.

Research Interests

Curriculum design and development for STEM subjects/disciplines; STEM integration, supporting student success in transitioning into higher education STEM disciplines; increasing gender diversity and inclusion in STEM, especially physics.

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2020 'Promoting 21st century skills through STEM integration: A comparative analysis of national curricula'
Walshe, Gráinne; Johnston, Jennifer; Goos, Merrilyn (2020) 'Promoting 21st century skills through STEM integration: A comparative analysis of national curricula' In: Leite, L.; Oldham, E.; Afonso, A. S.; Viseu, F.; Dourado, L.; Martinho, H (eds). Science and mathematics education for 21st century citizens: Challenges and ways forward. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. [Details]
2020 'Radical Constructivism—von Glasersfeld'
Walshe, Gráinne (2020) 'Radical Constructivism—von Glasersfeld' In: Akpan, Ben; Kennedy, Teresa, J (eds). Science Education in Theory and Practice: An Introductory Guide to Learning Theory. Cham: Springer. [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Integrating Mathematics into Science: Design, Development and Evaluation of a Curriculum Model'
Walshe, Gráinne; Johnston, Jennifer; McClleland, George (2017) 'Integrating Mathematics into Science: Design, Development and Evaluation of a Curriculum Model' In: Cognitive and Affective Aspects in Science Education Research: Selected Papers from ESERA 2015 Conference. Dordrecht: Springer. [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Curriculum Implications of the Integration of Mathematics into Science'
Bholoa, Ajeevsing; Walshe, Gráinne; Ramma, Yashwantrao (2017) 'Curriculum Implications of the Integration of Mathematics into Science' In: Science Education: An International Course Companion. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2019 'Supporting Key Aspects of Practice in Making Mathematics Explicit in Science Lessons'
Johnston J.;Walshe G.;Ríordáin M. (2019) 'Supporting Key Aspects of Practice in Making Mathematics Explicit in Science Lessons'. International Journal Of Science And Mathematics Education, [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Making mathematics and science integration happen: key aspects of practice'
Riordain, MN,Johnston, J,Walshe, G (2016) 'Making mathematics and science integration happen: key aspects of practice'. International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology, 47 :233-255 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'STeP into Science Project: Engaging Students, Teachers and Parents in Debates'
Kelly, R., Erduran, S., Walshe, G., & Guilfoyle, L. (2016) 'STeP into Science Project: Engaging Students, Teachers and Parents in Debates'. Chemistry In Action, 108 (2):7-8 [Details]
2014 'Integrating Mathematics into Junior Science'
Walshe, G; Johnston, J; McClelland, G (2014) 'Integrating Mathematics into Junior Science'. Chemistry In Action, 102 :48-50 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2014 'An Integrated Approach to the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics Utilising Technology - The Teachers’ Perspective'
Johnston, J; Ní Ríordáin, M; Walshe, G (2014) 'An Integrated Approach to the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics Utilising Technology - The Teachers’ Perspective' Journal on School Educational Technology, 9 (4) :14-26. [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2020 Review of Literature to Identify a Set of Effective Interventions for Addressing Gender Balance in STEM in Early Years, Primary and Post-Primary Education Settings.
Goos, Merrilyn; Ryan, Veronica; Lane, Ciara; Leahy, Keelin; Walshe, Gráinne; O’Connell, Tracey; O’Donoghue, John; Nizar, Achmad (2020) Review of Literature to Identify a Set of Effective Interventions for Addressing Gender Balance in STEM in Early Years, Primary and Post-Primary Education Settings. Department of Education and Skills, Dublin. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME11),
Lane, C.; Walshe, G. (2019) Student mathematical preparedness for learning science and engineering at university. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME11), Utrecht University , 06-FEB-19 - 10-FEB-19 [Details]
2019 European Science Education Research Association (ESERA),
Walshe, G., Casey, V., Cauchi, M., Cusack, A., Kavanagh, Y., Quinn, M. and Clancy, I. (2019) Science outreach to promote physics to girls: An investigation into the impact of a school visit programme. [Oral Presentation], European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), Bologna, Italy [Details]
2018 Institute of Physics Higher Education Group Regional Community Meeting,
Walshe, G., Casey, V., Clancy, I., Corcoran, D. Ní Eidhin, D. McFall, E. and Quinn, M. (2018) ‘The SOPHia Project: Science Outreach for Promoting Physics to Female School Students’. [Oral Presentation], Institute of Physics Higher Education Group Regional Community Meeting, Glasgow , 12-JUN-18 - 12-JUN-18 [Details]
2018 Institute of Physics Higher Education Group Regional Community Meeting,
Walshe, G. and Lane, C. (2018) 'The Minerva Project: Investigating Student Mathematical Preparedness for Science and Engineering at University. [Oral Presentation], Institute of Physics Higher Education Group Regional Community Meeting, London , 26-NOV-18 - 26-NOV-18 [Details]
2018 VICEPHEC (Variety in Chemistry Education and Physics Higher Education Conference),
Walshe, G., Casey, V., Clancy, I., Corcoran, D., McFall, E., Quinn, M., and Ní Eidhin, D. (2018) ‘Addressing the gender imbalance in physics at third-level for undergraduates'. [Oral Presentation], VICEPHEC (Variety in Chemistry Education and Physics Higher Education Conference), Sheffield , 22-AUG-18 - 23-AUG-18 [Details]
2018 EPONA Launch,
Ní Eidhin, D. and Walshe, G. (2018) ‘Gender Equality in Physics’. [Invited Oral Presentation], EPONA Launch, University College Cork, Cork , 22-MAR-18 [Details]
2017 European Science Education Research Association Conference,
Walshe, G. and Johnston, J. (2017) ‘Interdisciplinary science education: do the Irish and Scottish curricula facilitate the incorporation of mathematics in the teaching and learning of science?’. [International Refereed Conference], European Science Education Research Association Conference, Dublin City University, Dublin , 21-AUG-17 - 25-AUG-17 [Details]
2017 Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference: Making Connections and Sharing Pedagogy,
Walshe, G., Newport, D., Barnett, J. and Casey, V. (2017) ‘Impact of Participation in a Learning Support Unit for Students of a First Year Engineering Module’. [Oral Presentation], Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference: Making Connections and Sharing Pedagogy, Edinburgh. Scotland , 29-JUN-17 - 30-JUN-17 [Details]
2015 European Science Education Research Association (ESERA),
Walshe, G; Johnston, J; McClelland, G (2015) Integrating Mathematics into Science: Design, Development and Evaluation of a Curriculum Model. [International Refereed Conference], European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), Helsinki, Finland , 31-AUG-15 - 04-SEP-15 [Details]
2015 European Science Education Research Association (ESERA),
Broggy, J; O'Dwyer, A; Walshe, G (2015) Developing In-Service Teachers Understanding of the Nature Of Science through Implicit Approaches. [International Refereed Conference], European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), Helsinki, Finland , 31-AUG-15 - 04-SEP-15 [Details]
2013 Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Conference,
O' Dwyer, A; Walshe, G; Cullinane, A (2013) The Mallow Schools Project: A self-sustainable model for CPD in science and mathematics education. [Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Conference, Limerick , 21-MAR-13 - 23-MAR-13 [Details]
2013 European Science Education Research Association (ESERA),
Walshe, G; Johnson, J; McClelland, G (2013) Designing, Developing and Evaluating a Syllabus Map and Teaching and Learning Sequence for Integrated Science and Mathematics at Lower Secondary-Level in Ireland. [International Refereed Conference], European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), Nicosia, Cyprus , 03-SEP-13 - 07-SEP-13 [Details]
2012 The IOSTE NW Europe Mini Symposium 2012,
Walshe, G; Johnston, J; Starr, M (2012) The Mallow Schools Project: Promoting Science and Mathematics Education in the Mallow District. [Invited Oral Presentation], The IOSTE NW Europe Mini Symposium 2012, University of Limerick , 18-APR-12 - 20-APR-12 [Details]
2012 The Fibonacci Project Conference on Inquiry-Based Science and Mathematics Education,
Walshe, G; Johnston, J; McClelland, G (2012) Modelling Science and Mathematics Integration at Second-Level in Ireland, Taking an Inquiry-Based Approach to Learning. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], The Fibonacci Project Conference on Inquiry-Based Science and Mathematics Education, University of Leicester, UK , 26-APR-12 - 28-MAR-12 [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2019 Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education
Lane, C. ; Walshe, G. (2019) Student mathematical preparedness for learning science and engineering at university Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education Utrecht University, [Details]
2017 COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE ASPECTS IN SCIENCE EDUCATION RESEARCH
Walshe, G;Johnston, J;McClelland, G (2017) Integrating Mathematics into Science: Design, Development and Evaluation of a Curriculum Model COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE ASPECTS IN SCIENCE EDUCATION RESEARCH , pp.309-321 [DOI] [Details]
2016 7th Science and Mathematics Education Conference (SMEC)
Erduran, S; Kelly, R; Guilfoyle, L; Walshe, G (2016) STeP into Science Project: Engaging Students, Teachers and Parents in Debates 7th Science and Mathematics Education Conference (SMEC) Dublin City University 16th -17th June, Dublin, , 16-JUN-16 - 17-JUN-16 [Details]
2016 New Perspectives in Science Education
Johnston, J., Walshe, G. and Ní Ríordáin, M. (2016) Utilising Different Models of Integration to Enhance the Teaching and Learning of Second Level Science and Mathematics New Perspectives in Science Education Florence, Italy, , 17-MAR-16 - 18-MAR-16 [Details]
2014 SMEC/SAILS Science and Mathematics Education Conference
Walshe, G; Johnston, J; McClelland, G (2014) Designing, Developing and Evaluating Integrated STEM Activities for Junior Science SMEC/SAILS Science and Mathematics Education Conference Dublin City University, , 24-JUN-14 - 25-JUN-14 [Details]
2013 European Science Education Research Association (ESERA)
O’ Dwyer, A., Walshe, G. and Cullinane, A. (2013) Facilitating in-service Science teachers in reforming their Continued Professional Development European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Nicosia, Cyprus, , 03-SEP-13 - 07-SEP-13 [Details]
2012 ESTABLISH | SMEC 2012 Teaching at the heart of Learning
Walshe, G; Johnston, J; McClelland, G (2012) Modelling Science and Mathematics Integration at Second-Level: Prototyping and Proof of Concept of an Intervention . In: van Kampen, P; Nolan, B; Finlayson, O; McLoughlin, E eds. ESTABLISH | SMEC 2012 Teaching at the heart of Learning Dublin City University, , 07-JUN-12 - 09-JUN-12 , pp.141-147 [Details]

Workshops

  Year Publication
2017 Argumentation in Physics Teaching: How do we know what we know?.
Walshe, G.; Kelly, R. (2017) Argumentation in Physics Teaching: How do we know what we know?. Workshops [Details]
2016 STeP into Science Project: Engaging Students, Teachers and Parents in Debates: Resources for Continuing Professional Development.
Kelly, R.; Erduran, S.; Walshe, G.; Guilfoyle, L. (2016) STeP into Science Project: Engaging Students, Teachers and Parents in Debates: Resources for Continuing Professional Development. Workshops [Details]

Other Items Published

  Year Publication
2016 STeP into Science: Engaging Students, Teachers and Parents in Debates.
Kelly, R., Erduran, S., Walshe, G., & Guilfoyle, L. (2016) STeP into Science: Engaging Students, Teachers and Parents in Debates. Other Items Published [DOI] [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Institute of Physics Member /

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2019 Physics for Engineers 1 PH4011physics
2020 Physics for Engineers 2 PH4012physics