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Dr John McCullagh

General Information

Teaching Responsibilities

  • B.Ed Primary and Post-Primary Science Education

External Interests / Community Service

  • Member of the Analytical Division of Northern Ireland Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Lead organiser of the RSC’s Northern Ireland heat of the Schools’ Analyst Competition.

Research Interests

  • Pedagogy of science teacher education
  • The use of video within teacher education
  • Primary Science Education
  • Curriculum development in Chemistry

Research & Scholarship

Journal Articles

McCullagh, J.F.  & Doherty A. (2021) A coteaching model for developing pre-service teachers’ practice and confidence in teaching primary science through inquiryEducation 3-13, 49 (3), pp 357-370,

Earle, S. & McCullagh J.F. (2020). ‘Developing understanding of science skills in Northern Ireland through co-teaching between pre- and in-service teachers‘. Journal of Emergent Science 18, pp.49-55

McCullagh, J.F. & Doherty, A. (2019) The benefits of setting science in an everyday context: a primary school perspective. School Science Review, 100(372)p.21-27

McCullagh,J. F. (2019) The analysis of Milk of Magnesia by acid-base titration. School Science Review 100(372)64-68

McCullagh, J.F. & Doherty, A. (2018) Digital Makeover: What do pre-service teachers learn from microteaching primary science and how does an online video analysis tool enhance this activity? Teacher Education Advancement Journal (TEAN), Vol 10(2) p. 15-28

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, p77-81

McCullagh, J.F & Doherty, A (2017) Innovative approaches within initial Teacher Education to develop emergent science leaders. Journal of Emergent Science, 12, p55-63

Books

McCullagh, J. (2021) Using Digital Video in Initial Teacher Education. St Albans: Critical Publishing

Book chapter

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

Murphy, C., McCullagh, J.F., & Doherty, A.(2014) ‘Developing reflective practice’, in Susan Rodrigues (Ed.) Handbook for Teacher Educators. Rotterdam:Sense Publishers

Periodical Articles

McCullagh J. (2021) How can digital video support initial teacher education? Media & Learning Newsletter. September 2021

McCullagh J.F. & Harriott M. (2021) ‘Iron in White Wine’, Chemistry Review, 30 (34 p21-23

McCullagh J.F. & Harriott M. (2021) ‘Titrating White Wine’ Chemistry Review, 30 (3) p28-31

McCullagh, J.F. & Doherty, A (2020) ‘Stranmillis College: a Model of Excellence in Primary Science in Initial Teacher Education.’ Why & How: The Primary Science Teaching Trust Newsletter, Spring 2020, p.25

McCullagh, J. F. (2019) Analysing limescale remover by acid-base titration. Chemistry Review, 29(2), p18-22.

McCullagh, J. F. & Doherty, A. (2018) Lights, camera, action. How digital story-telling can support science enquiry. Primary Science Jan/Feb 21-24

Web articles

McCullagh,J.F. & Doherty, A (2020) ‘Aspiring for excellence in primary science: A model for initial teacher education.’ Primary Science Teaching Trust, https://pstt.org.uk/application/files/9215/7849/8002/Stranmillis_SPSA_report_V3.pdf 

McCullagh,J.F. & Doherty, A (2020) ‘Accreditation of pre-service teachers’ innovative practice in primary science: Guide for initial teacher educators.’ Primary Science Teaching Trust. https://pstt.org.uk/application/files/8915/7312/3844/Stranmillis_primary_science_accreditation_programme_-_guide_for_ITE_providers.pdf

Conference proceedings and 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 https://www.dcu.ie/sites/default/files/smec/smec2018_proceedings.pd

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

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, (2016) 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 (2016) Playful Approaches to Science. Presentation at The Primary Science Teaching Trust International Conference, Belfast

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 http://www.stran.ac.uk/informationabout/research/projects/vistaproject/filetoupload,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

McCullagh, J.F. & Murphy, C. (2016) ‘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

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 http://www.stran.ac.uk/informationabout/research/projects/vistaproject/filetoupload,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: http://www.aera.net/Publications/OnlinePaperRepository/AERAOnlinePaperRepository/tabid/12720/Owner/941006/Default.aspx