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National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning NCE-MSTL Co-Directors Prof. J. O’Donoghue Dr. G. McClelland. NCE-MSTL – Overall Vision. To transform teaching and learning in science and mathematics by:

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National Centre for ExcellenceinMathematics and ScienceTeaching and LearningNCE-MSTLCo-DirectorsProf. J. O’DonoghueDr. G. McClelland

nce mstl overall vision
NCE-MSTL – Overall Vision

To transform teaching and learning in science and mathematics by:

  • Conducting best practice research into teaching and learning in maths and science
  • Collaborating and sharing information with all universities and IT’s – key requirement
  • Provision of advice to the sector – key activity
nce mstl
NCE-MSTL
  • Distributed Centre
  • University of Limerick is lead institution
  • Supported by centres of expertise which already exist in
    • UL,
    • MIC,
    • LIT
    • ITT
  • Success depends on a coordinated effort from all Consortium institutions
appointments
Appointments
  • Administrator:- Helen Fitzgerald
  • Liaison Officer:- Michelle Starr
  • Senior Projects Officers
    • Biological Sciences: Maeve Liston
    • Mathematics: Máire Ní Ríordáin
    • Physical Sciences: Jennifer Johnston
  • Projects Officers
    • Biological Sciences: Joanne Broggy
    • Mathematics: Miriam Liston
    • Physical Sciences: Sarah Hayes
background 1 teacher education in ul
BSc(Ed) Biological Sciences

BSc(Ed)Physical Science

BSc Physical Education

PE with elective in Mathematics

Junior and Senior Mathematics

4 Year Honours Degree with concurrent Teacher Education

Background 1 – Teacher Education in UL
background 2 academic staff
Mathematics – John O’Donoghue

Physics – George McClelland

Chemistry – Peter Childs

Life Sciences – Frank McGourty

Background 2 - Academic Staff
background 3 research
Background 3 - Research
  • Science Education
    • Active research in
      • Physics – 3 postgraduates
      • Chemistry – 4 postgraduates
      • Life Sciences 3 postgraduates
  • CAMET Ireland (http://www.ul.ie/camet/)
    • Biggest active centre for Mathematics Education research
    • Currently 15 postgraduate students
  • Recognised as world-class
stepping stones
Idea for National Centre in early 1990s

Founding of UL – incorporation of Thomond College

Proposal made to Minister in 1999

Learner Support infrastructure developed

Mathematics Learning Centre - 2000

Science Learning Centre - 2003

Regional Centre for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching and Learning 2007

Regional Centre for Science Teaching and Learning - 2007

Stepping Stones
learning centres
Learning Centres

Mathematics

  • Website:- http://www.ul.ie/~mlc/
  • Manager – Dr. Olivia Gill
  • Director – Prof. John O’Donoghue

Science

  • Website:- http://www.ul.ie/~slc/
  • Manager – Mr. Barry Fitzgerald
  • Director – Dr. G. McClelland
regional centres mathematics cemtl science rcstl
Regional Centres:- Mathematics (CEMTL)Science (RCSTL)
  • HEA funding – SIF Cycle 1 (3 years)
  • Regionalisation of learner support
  • T & L materials on-line
  • Innovative pedagogies
    • Peer Learning, Primary Science
  • Websites:- http://WWW.ul.ie/~cemtl/

http://www.ul.ie/~rcstl/

nce mstl11
NCE-MSTL
  • Culmination of developing vision
  • Recognises the urgent need for initiatives to address the crisis in these subjects
  • Acknowledgement by Government of the importance of teaching and learning of mathematics and science to the economic, social and cultural future of this country.
national
National ?
  • The NCE-MSTL will encourage stakeholders to become involved, including
    • Teachers
    • Academics
    • Industry
    • Government bodies
  • Extensive outreach and networking
    • Research linkages
    • Delivery of CPD
    • Exchange of ideas
themes 1 resources
Themes 1 - Resources
  • Establish a physical presence in all partner institutions
  • Establish a major physical presence in UL
    • Dedicated teaching space
    • Exhibition/display area
    • Resource Centre
    • Accommodation for administrative and research staff
    • Laboratory (state-of-the-art second level)
  • Establish the NCE-MSTL website
    • National facility.
    • locus of resources, support and innovation for mathematics and science educators and students.
  • Repository for T & L resources in each institution and, accessible nationally, on the website.
themes 2 research
Themes 2 - Research
  • Relevant projects in Science and Mathematics
  • Extensive publication and dissemination of research findings
  • Review international research and translate into practice
  • Level of research activity will
    • require at least 10-15 PhD completions
    • generate at least 20-25 refereed publications, 3 Annual Reports, published proceedings of International Symposium, and extensive T & L materials in electronic and print media.
themes 3 cpd
Themes 3 - CPD

Design, inform, advise on, and deliver:-

Nationally recognised courses and nationally accessible routes for

  • top-up qualifications
  • qualification of out-of-area teachers of mathematics and/or science
themes 4 liaison
Themes 4 - Liaison

Full-time Liaison Officer to (inter alia)

  • Liaise with industry, schools, the VECs, the HEA, the Consortium partners, academic departments, and 3rd level institutions nationwide
  • Seek and pursue sources of funding for NCE-MSTL activities
  • Devise and implement activities aimed at popularising and promoting mathematics and science
  • Plan, prepare and source exhibits and display material for mathematics and science, including travelling exhibits and roadshows
  • Organise, run and participate in programmes of schools visits
  • Play a major role in the organisation and running of activities for teachers and students
  • Build a network of careers guidance teachers
    • developments in mathematics and science based careers
acknowledgements
Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the support already provided by

  • Senior Management in UL
  • The Faculty of Science and Engineering in UL, particularly the Departments of
    • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Chemical and Environmental Science
    • Life Sciences
    • Physics
  • The Shannon Consortium
  • The Centre for Teaching and Learning in UL
  • The Department of Education and Science and the HEA