New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 6

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Marie Walsh

Institution: Limerick Institute of Technology

Address: Moylish Park

Postal Code: nap ROI

Country: Ireland

Marie Walsh graduated with a BSc from the University of Glasgow, then a postgraduate teaching qualification in chemistry and biology from the Queen’s University of Belfast. She also has a Master’s degree in Communicating Science. She currently teaches theory and practical aspects of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
As well as teaching, she has worked as a research assistant in chemical education. This has included collecting, collating and disseminating information for use by chemistry teachers, e.g. The Directory of Irish Chemical Industry (1990) and Directory of Resources for Chemistry Teachers (1992) as well as writing for and helping with distribution of Chemistry in Action! - a magazine for chemistry teachers.
She has also been involved for over 25 years with the ChemEd-Ireland annual conferences for chemistry teachers, and for some time with Discover Primary Science and the Irish Science Teachers Association, as a committee member in the Limerick-Clare branch. She is also a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Education Division Ireland Sub-committee and an associate partner of the EPI*STEM, the National Centre for Excellence in Maths and Science Teaching and Learning. Marie is the Mid-west regional representative on council of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland.
She developed and taught a programme of science for non-scientists and has considerable experience of working with mature students and second-chance learners. She also works as an Advising Examiner for Junior Certificate Science.
Most recently she has developed workshops in support of the second level organic chemistry curriculum and produced a Chemistry and Space Science Magic Show in association with postgraduate researchers in the Institute. This s part of the college’s outreach activities. She is also the LIT co-ordinator for SciFest, a national second level project to promote inquiry-based learning, and CanSat - a project for secondary school students.
Marie was the Irish partner in Comenius Chemistry is all around us network project and has worked on a collaboration project in Ireland, SwitchonSTEM, which developed interactive and engaging science exhibition materials. She is currently a partner in the Erasmus+ project E-learning from Nature.

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