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PhD projects

• Outdoor learning • Connection to nature • Teacher professional development in science • Science education for primary aged children


Research output per year

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Personal profile

Research Statement

My research area is Science Education. As well as completing my PhD study on primary children's attitudes to science and their concept development, I have also published and researched in the areas of teacher continuing professional development for science, asessment in science and, in particular, outdoor learning. I am the grant holder for the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) project at Queen's. Together with the Field Studies Council NI we are rolling out this work in Northern Ireland. It is a citizen science project which aims to engage members of the public in outdoor learning and environmental monitoring. We aim to reach over 8500 children and young people in the next three years. I am also conducting an outdoor learning project entitled Science Teaching for Transition in the Outdoor Classroom (STTOC) funded by the Primary Science Teaching Trust as part of the Northern Ireland hub. I have also managed several Randomised Controlled Trials with accompanying process evaluations for interventions at primary and early post-primary levels.


International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCEi)

Co-ordinator of the post-primary PGCEi

Education Studies and International Perspectives module

Main Subject Methods module (generic and science)

School Experience tutor (Biology)


Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Education Studies module (tutorial group leader, Theories of Learning lectures)

Main Subject Methods (Science)

School Experience tutor (Biology)



Master's dissertation supervision

EdD theses supervision

PhD theses supervision

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R3188EDU: Department of Education - Project 928/ITT 1533

Connolly, P., Kerr, K., O'Hare, L., Sibbett, C. & Winter, K.

01/08/2009 → …

Project: Research

Research Output

Open Access
  • Report for Belfast City Council: An evaluation of the ParkLife Education Programme

    Kerr, K., Oct 2017, 47 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
  • 26 Downloads (Pure)

    Effective Teaching and Learning of Science in the Outdoors: A Blended Model

    Kerr, K., Apr 2016. 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • 492 Downloads (Pure)

    Let's Talk about Science

    McClune, W., Jarman, E., Kerr, K. & Alexander, J., 09 Jan 2016.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Science learning in the outdoors to support primary-secondary transition

    Kerr, K., 01 Sep 2016, In : School Science Review. 98, 362, p. 27-32

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2105 Downloads (Pure)


    • 2 Editorial activity

    Primary Science Journal (Journal)

    Karen Kerr (Editorial board member)

    Jan 2009Aug 2014

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    International Journal of Science Education (Journal)

    Karen Kerr (Peer reviewer)

    Sep 2007 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Press / Media

    Parklife programme hailed as best in class

    Karen Kerr


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


    Vygotsky and Play: A Critical Exploration of Theory into Practice

    Author: Doherty, A., 2013

    Supervisor: Murphy, C. (Supervisor) & Kerr, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy