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Research Interests

My research interest concentrates mainly on Science education: with a specific focus on scientific literacy and the importance of literacy in science learning. This has concentrated on the area of science in the media and the consequent impact on the public response to science. Another research interest is in the area of teacher education.

The research profile shows publications in the areas of educational management and science education bringing together articles in a number of high profile journals, book chapters, books and teacher handbooks. These are of interest to education students, teachers and teacher educators.

‘Developing Scientific Literacy’ (Open University Press 2007) was reviewed very positively in the International Journal of Science Education and in 2010 was selected by the Ministry of Education in Spain for translation into Spanish. 

More recently book chapters, in Communicating science to the public: opportunities and challenges for the Asia-Pacific region and in Contextualizing teaching to improve learning: The case of science and geography, have extended and applied this research into more global and further interdisciplinary areas and contexts.

My contribution to science teacher education is evidenced in research-based support for professional practice; for example ASE publications ‘Science Newswise 2’ and contribution to ‘ASE Guide To Secondary Science Education’

My research profile shows sustained engagement with the international science education research community. Both peer reviewed and invited presentations have been made in the United States (NARST and NSTA): New Zealand NZARE;); Malaysia (World STE); Europe (EERA and ESERA) and UK (BERA and ASE) conferences.

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Research Output

Pre-service science teachers’ use of visual representations when communicating science information

Tippett, C. & McClune, W., 29 Aug 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Making time for science reading: The news is good.

    McClune, W., 17 Mar 2018.

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    QUB Teaching Award

    McClune, William (Recipient), 2005

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    • 1 Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups
    • 1 Membership of peer review panel or committee

    Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2015.

    William McClune (Member)


    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    4th World Conference on Science and Technology Education (World STE) (Event)

    William McClune (Member)

    2012Sep 2013

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee


    Emerging practices in a post primary school: challenges and opportunities when working with a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

    Author: McEnery, M., Jul 2015

    Supervisor: McClune, W. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy