Dermot Francis Donnelly
- Assistant Professor of Chemical Education
- California State University, Fresno
- ddonnelly@csuf resno.edu
Dermot F. Donnelly is currently an Assistant Professor at California State University, Fresno. His current research focuses on integrated science curriculum, project-based learning, and submicrorepresentations (SMRs). He teaches introductory Chemistry classes to non-science majors and Science pedagogy to pre-service elementary school teachers. He is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), and the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA).
Dermot was a former Post-Doctoral Researcher with the Technology Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS: 2012-2015; www.wise4.berkeley.edu) group at UC Berkeley, directed by Professor Marcia C. Linn. He worked on the NSF-funded CLASS, GRIDS, and PLANS projects, studying the use of automated guidance, graphing, and projects to support middle school science learning.
Dermot's Ph.D. research studied the use of a virtual laboratory to support student inquiry in Irish secondary school science classrooms (Supervisors: Drs. John O'Reilly & Oliver McGarr). He spent 10 months as a visiting post-doctoral fellow at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, researching the use of wikis to support online teacher collaboration (Collaborators: Suzanne Boniface & Anne Hume). Dermot obtained his BSc. in Physical Science Education.
His overall research interests include:
-computer-based inquiry learning environments/simulations in education
-teacher adaptation of technology and inquiry based approaches