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Dr John Francis McCullagh

Senior lecturer
Building: Central Building
Telephone: +44 (0) 28 90 384 257


Background & Qualifications

       BSc Chemistry, QUB 1983
       MSc Analytical Chemistry QUB 1984
       PhD Physical Chemistry QUB 1988
       PGCE QUB 1989
       MEd Educational Management QUB 2004
       Chemistry Teacher 1990-2001
       Head of Chemistry Department 1995-2001


BEd Courses / M-Level Courses / Other Teaching :
             BEd Primary and post-primary Physical Science
             BEd & PGCE Curriculum Studies Science
             BEd Subject application
             M-level STEM Education

Scholarship and Research

Recent Publications/Conference Papers
             McCullagh,J.F. & Doherty, A. (2018) Accrediting pre-service teachers'innovative practice in primary science within an ITE programme: Why and how?.Connecting Research,Policy and Practice in STEM Education. Proceedings from 8th Science and Mathematics Education Conference (SMEC)p.40-45. Dublin: Castel. Available at
             McCullagh,J.F. (2018)The 'salting out' effect: investigating the influence of both the nature and concentration of salt on the partition coefficient of butan-1,4-dioic acid, School Science Review,368 pp.77-81
             McCullagh, J., Doherty, A. (2018) 'Digital Makeover: What do pre-service teachers learn from microteaching primary science and how does an online video analysis tool enhance learning?' TEAN Journal, 10(2), pp. 15-28
             McCullagh,J.F. & Doherty,A. (2018) Lights,Camera,Science!How digital storytelling can support enquiry.Primary Science,151,Jan/Feb, p21-24
             McCullagh,J.F. & Doherty, A. (2018) Accrediting pre-service teachers' innovative practice in primary science within an ITE programme: Why and How? Presentation at the Science and Maths Education Conference, Dublin City University, June
             McCullagh,J.F. & Doherty, A. (2018) From College to Classroom: A model for developing pre-service teachers' reflective practice in primary science. Presentation at TEAN Annual Conference, Birmingham
             McCullagh,J. & Doherty,A (2017) Digital Enquiry: Using iPads in Primary Science. Presentation at the Primary Science Teaching Trust Annual Conference, Bristol October 2017
             McCullagh, J. & Doherty, A (2017)'How an online video analysis tool can enhance pre-service teachers' learning from microteaching primary science' presentation at the Teacher Education Enhancement Network (TEAN) Annual Conference, Birmingham.
             Doherty,A. & McCullagh,J. (2017) Playful Approaches to Science and Technology in G Walsh, D McMillan and C McGuinness (Eds.) Playful Learning and Teaching. London: Sage
             McCullagh,J.F & Doherty,A. (2017) The use of online video analysis as an assessment tool for the assessment of pre-service teachers' practice of primary science on campus and during placement.Poster presented at Queen's University Belfast Annual Learning & Teaching Conference: Embedding Digital Literacies in the Curriculum. Available at,753997,en.pdf
             McCullagh,J.F & Doherty, A (2017) Innovative approaches within initial Teacher Education to develop emergent science leaders. Journal of Emergent Science, 12, p55-63
             Doherty,A 7 McCullagh,J.F (2016) Coteaching and the Creation of Ideal Practice' .Presentation symposium which focused on 'Coteaching In Teacher Education: New Developments'. BERA, Dublin
             McCullagh,J.F. & Doherty,A. 'Co-teaching as an effective pedagogy for science teacher education.' Presentation at The Primary Science Teaching Trust International Conference, Belfast 2016
             Doherty, A.& McCullagh,J.F Playful Approaches to Science. Presentation at The Primary Science Teaching Trust International Conference, Belfast 2016
             McCullagh, J.F. & Murphy, C. 'What do student teachers consider to be ideal practice in Microteaching' Poster and presentation at NEW ACADEMIC YEAR: HARNESSING CHANGE TO IMPROVE STUDENT LEARNING conference, QUB 2016
             McCullagh, J.F. & Murphy,C. (2015)From Microteaching to Microlearning:The Final Report on the Video In STEM Teacher Assessment (VISTA) Project,Stranmillis University Belfast: SCoTENS available at,543825,en.pdf
             McCullagh, J.F. & Murphy, C. (2015) Towards ideal practice of micro-teaching: The collaborative thoughts and reflections of pre-service teachers from two ITE institutions. Presentation at Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) Annual Conference, Birmingham
             Bianchi, L. & McCullagh,J.F. 'Higher order thinking skills and personal capabilities in primary science: Theory-into-policy-into-practice, but now what?' Paper presented at BERA (London) Sept 2014
             Murphy, C., McCullagh, J. and Doherty, A. (2014) Piloting a model for coteaching in preservice teacher education school placements based on Vygotsky's zone of proximal development. AERA proceedings, available at:
             McCullagh, J.F. & Doherty, A. 'Coteaching as a methodology for developing reflective practice'. Paper presented at BERA (London) Sept 2014
             McCullagh,J.F. & Bell, I (2014) Exploring a theoretical framework for interpreting student teachers' interaction with video.Paper presented at 5th TEAN Annual Conference, Birmingham, May 2014
             Murphy, C., McCullagh, J.F., & Doherty, A.(2014) 'Developing reflective practice', in Susan Rodrigues(Ed.) Handbook for Teacher Educators. Rotterdam:Sense Publishers
             McCullagh, J.F., Bell, I., Corscadden, F. (2013) 'How does video analysis support student teachers in the very early stages of their initial teacher education?, Tean Journal 5(3), pp.38- 51.
             Murphy, C., Bianchi, L., McCullagh,J. & Kerr, K.(2013) Scaling up higher order thinking skills and personal capabilities in primary science: Theory-into-policy-into-practice. Thinking Skills and Creativity (2013),
             McCullagh,J.F., Murphy,C.A., & Doherty, A. (2013) The preliminary findings of the Science Coteaching in Teacher Education (SCITE Project): The student teachers' perspective.Presentation at the Irish Association for Social Scientific and Environmental Education annual confence, Dublin.
             McCullagh, J.F., Bell, I. & Corscadden,F. (2013) Where do we start? An evaluation of how video analysis may support student teachers during their initial classroom experiences. Paper presented at Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) Annual Conference, Birmingham
             McCullagh, J.F., Murphy, C.A. & Doherty, A.'Science Coteaching In Teacher Education' -Poster presented at the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust Conference October 2012
             McCullagh, J.F. (2012) 'How can video supported reflection enhance teachers' professional development?'. Cultural Studies Of Science Education, Vol 7,(1), 137-152
             McCullagh,J.F. & Greenwood,G.(2011) 'Big images and big ideas!'Primary Science 116, p13-16
             Corscadden, F., Bell, I, McCullagh, J. (2010). Teachers reflective practice via video enquiry: the usefulness of peers, teacher mentors and video as a method to enhance the enculturation and reflection of pre-service teachers. Critical and Reflective Practice in Education Vol. 1, Issue 2. University College Plymouth St Mark & St John
             McCullagh,J.F. (2010) Seeing is believing: How the use of video can support the development of student teachers'reflective thinking. Escalate News Autumn 2010
             McCullagh,J.F and Greenwood,G 2010 'Can a digital switchover switch on the learner?'. Paper presented at the National Association of Science Research and Teaching annual conference Philadelphia
             McCullagh,J.F, Walsh,G. and Greenwood,J. 'Books And Stories In Children's Science.' 2010 Poster presented at the National Association of Science Research and Teaching annual conference Philadelphia
             McCullagh,J, Walsh,G and Greenwood,G 2010 'Books And Stories in Children's Science.' 'Primary Science' ,111,Jan/Feb, p21-24
             McCullagh,J. and Jarman, R. 2009 'Climate change? A comparison of language and literacy practices relating to the teaching of science across the Key Stage 2/3 interface in two school clusters.''Literacy', Vol 43:3 p143-151 McCullagh,J., Stewart,J., Corscadden,F. 2009 'Developing a partnership between out of school agencies and initial teacher education.' Presentation to the 5th ESCalate ITE Conference at Glyndwr University
             McCullagh,J.,Walsh,G. & Greenwood.J. 2008. Books and Stories in Children's Science: The findings of the BASICS Project.In: O. Finlayson, T. McCloughling,A. Steberger (Eds.) Proceedings of the primary science symposium :science live for teachers.Dublin,RDS?CASTeL
             McCullagh, J., Stewart, J. & Greenwood, J. 2007. Discovering a Discovery Centre. Primary Science Review 99: 33 - 36
             Greenwood, J.G., Greenwood, J.J.D., McCullagh, J.M., Beggs, J. & Murphy, C.A. 2007. A survey of sidedness in Northern Irish schoolchildren: The interaction of sex, age, and task. Laterality 12 (1): 1 - 18
             Eaton, P., Bell, I., Greenwood, J. & McCullagh, J. 2006. Who is teaching your child? The issue of unqualified subject specialists in Northern Ireland. Cambridge Journal of Education 36(4): 549 - 564
             Barrett, D., Greenwood, J.G. & McCullagh, J.F. 2006. Kissing laterality and handedness. Laterality 11(6): 573 - 579
             Gray, C., Bell, I., Cummins, B., Eaton, P., Greenwood, J. McCullagh, J. & S. Behan. 2006. The Recruitment and Retention of Teachers in Post-Primary Schools in Northern Ireland. A Report Commissioned by The Department of Education (DE)
             McCullagh, J. Parition coefficient:a unifying concept. School Science Review, March 2004,85 (312): 11-13
             McCullagh, J. & Greenwood,J. 2007. The findings of the BASICS Project. Presentation to the IASSEE Conference at University of LImerick
             McCullagh, J. 2005. Promoting Investigative Science:An evaluation of a school-college partnership project. Presentation to IASSEE Conference at Stranmillis University College Belfast
             McCullagh,J. & Gray, C. 2003. The use of ICT for teaching and learning in the classroom: Practice and Perceptions.Presentation to the ECER conference Hamburg
             Burnett,M.G., McCullagh,J.F. (1990) The application of high performance liquid chromatography to analytical problems in the synthesis, substitution and linkage isomerism of cyanocobaltate (III) complexes. Inorg.Chim.Acta, 169(1), 31-37
             Abou-El-Wafa,M.H.M., Burnett,M.G., McCullagh,J.F.(1987) The relative nucleophilic efficiency of water and dimethyl sulphoxide in the aqueous substitution of aquapentacyanocobaltate(III) and chloropentacyanocobaltate(III) J. Chem Soc. Dalton Trans, 2311-2316
             Abou-El-Wafa,M.H.M., Burnett,M.G., McCullagh,J.F.(1987) The relative nucleophilic efficiency of water and the azide and thiocyanate ion in the aqueous substitution of chloropentacyanocobaltate(III).J. Chem Soc. Dalton Trans, 1059-1062
             Abou-El-Wafa,M.H.M., Burnett,M.G., McCullagh,J.F.(1986) The relative nucleophilic efficiency of water and the thiocyanate ion in the acid-catalysed substitution of azidopentacyanocobaltate(III) J. Chem Soc. Dalton Trans, 2083-2089
Research Interests
             Co-director of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT ) Northern Ireland HUB for innovation and research in primary science education. Funded projects include Playful Approaches To Science (PATS) Project and digital Story-telling in Enquiry-based Science Video In STEM Teacher Assessment (VISTA) Project 2014-2015, in partnership with Trinity College Dublin, funded by SCoTENS
             The use of video to develop reflective practice
             Science Coteaching In Teacher Education- SCITE Project funded by the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust 2012-2013
             Science Enhancement and Learning through Exchange and Collaboration among Teachers (SELECT Project) funded by SCoTens 2011-2012
             Creative Science Investigations- Fibonacci Project (EU funded) 2010-2012
             The use of digital resources within primary science. I am the lead researcher for the DREAMS (Digitally Resourced Engaging And Motivating Science) Project, funded by The AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust
             The role of literacy within science education, particularly at primary level.I am lead person in the 'BASICS Project' (Books And Stories In Children's Science) funded by the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust
             The use of out of school centres within the primary science curriculum
             Curriculum development in Chemistry
             The use of digital cognitive tools in ITE (CETL project)


       Adviser of Studies Year 4 (Primary) School based work coordinator (Year 2)

External Interests / Community Service

       External Examiner for Kingston University London (BA)
       External Examiner for Hibernia College Dublin (PDME)
       Member of the local committee of the Royal Society of Chemistry
       Lead organiser and contact person for RSC Analytical Division's 'Schools' Analyst Competition held here in Stranmillis
       Member of local committee of the Association for Science Education (ASE)
       Member of Northern Ireland Science Education Forum (NISEF)