Staff Profile

Dr John Francis McCullagh

Senior lecturer
Building: Central Building
Telephone: +44 (0) 28 90 384 257


Background & Qualifications

       BSc Chemistry, QUB 1983
       MSc Analytical Chemistry QUB 1984
       PhD Physical Chemistry QUB 1988
       PGCE QUB 1989
       MEd Educational Management QUB 2004
       Chemistry Teacher 1990-2001
       Head of Chemistry Department 1995-2001


BEd Courses / M-Level Courses / Other Teaching :
             BEd Primary and post-primary Physical Science
             BEd & PGCE Curriculum Studies Science
             BEd Subject application
             M-level Contribute to 'Thinking Skills across the curriculum'


Completed Research
             McCullagh,J.F. & Greenwood,G.(2011) 'Big images and big ideas!'Primary Science 116, p13-16
             Corscadden, F., Bell, I, McCullagh, J. (2010). Teachers reflective practice via video enquiry: the usefulness of peers, teacher mentors and video as a method to enhance the enculturation and reflection of pre-service teachers. Critical and Reflective Practice in Education Vol. 1, Issue 2. University College Plymouth St Mark & St John
             McCullagh,J.F and Greenwood,G 2010 'Can a digital switchover switch on the learner?'. Paper presented at the National Association of Science Research and Teaching annual conference Philadelphia
             McCullagh,J.F, Walsh,G. and Greenwood,J. 'Books And Stories In Children's Science.' 2010 Poster presented at the National Association of Science Research and Teaching annual conference Philadelphia
             McCullagh,J, Walsh,G and Greenwood,G 2010 'Books And Stories in Children's Science.' 'Primary Science' ,111,Jan/Feb, p21-24
             McCullagh,J. and Jarman, R. 2009 'Climate change? A comparison of language and literacy practices relating to the teaching of science across the Key Stage 2/3 interface in two school clusters.''Literacy', Vol 43:3 p143-151 McCullagh,J., Stewart,J., Corscadden,F. 2009 'Developing a partnership between out of school agencies and initial teacher education.' Presentation to the 5th ESCalate ITE Conference at Glyndwr University
             McCullagh,J.,Walsh,G. & Greenwood.J. 2008. Books and Stories in Children's Science: The findings of the BASICS Project.In: O. Finlayson, T. McCloughling,A. Steberger (Eds.) Proceedings of the primary science symposium :science live for teachers.Dublin,RDS?CASTeL
             McCullagh, J., Stewart, J. & Greenwood, J. 2007. Discovering a Discovery Centre. Primary Science Review 99: 33 - 36
             Greenwood, J.G., Greenwood, J.J.D., McCullagh, J.M., Beggs, J. & Murphy, C.A. 2007. A survey of sidedness in Northern Irish schoolchildren: The interaction of sex, age, and task. Laterality 12 (1): 1 - 18
             Eaton, P., Bell, I., Greenwood, J. & McCullagh, J. 2006. Who is teaching your child? The issue of unqualified subject specialists in Northern Ireland. Cambridge Journal of Education 36(4): 549 - 564
             Barrett, D., Greenwood, J.G. & McCullagh, J.F. 2006. Kissing laterality and handedness. Laterality 11(6): 573 - 579
             Gray, C., Bell, I., Cummins, B., Eaton, P., Greenwood, J. McCullagh, J. & S. Behan. 2006. The Recruitment and Retention of Teachers in Post-Primary Schools in Northern Ireland. A Report Commissioned by The Department of Education (DE)
             McCullagh, J. Parition coefficient:a unifying concept. School Science Review, March 2004,85 (312): 11-13
             McCullagh, J. & Greenwood,J. 2007. The findings of the BASICS Project. Presentation to the IASSEE Conference at University of LImerick
             McCullagh, J. 2005. Promoting Investigative Science:An evaluation of a school-college partnership project. Presentation to IASSEE Conference at Stranmillis University College Belfast
             McCullagh,J. & Gray, C. 2003. The use of ICT for teaching and learning in the classroom: Practice and Perceptions.Presentation to the ECER conference Hamburg
             Burnett,M.G., McCullagh,J.F. (1990) The application of high performance liquid chromatography to analytical problems in the synthesis, substitution and linkage isomerism of cyanocobaltate (III) complexes. Inorg.Chim.Acta, 169(1), 31-37
             Abou-El-Wafa,M.H.M., Burnett,M.G., McCullagh,J.F.(1987) The relative nucleophilic efficiency of water and dimethyl sulphoxide in the aqueous substitution of aquapentacyanocobaltate(III) and chloropentacyanocobaltate(III) J. Chem Soc. Dalton Trans, 2311-2316
             Abou-El-Wafa,M.H.M., Burnett,M.G., McCullagh,J.F.(1987) The relative nucleophilic efficiency of water and the azide and thiocyanate ion in the aqueous substitution of chloropentacyanocobaltate(III).J. Chem Soc. Dalton Trans, 1059-1062
             Abou-El-Wafa,M.H.M., Burnett,M.G., McCullagh,J.F.(1986) The relative nucleophilic efficiency of water and the thiocyanate ion in the acid-catalysed substitution of azidopentacyanocobaltate(III) J. Chem Soc. Dalton Trans, 2083-2089
Research Interests
             The use of digital resources within primary science. I am the lead researcher for the DREAMS (Digitally Resourced Engaging And Motivating Science) Project, funded by The AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust
             The role of literacy within science education, particularly at primary level.I am lead person in the 'BASICS Project' (Books And Stories In Children's Science) funded by the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust
             The use of out of school centres within the primary science curriculum
             Curriculum development in Chemistry
             The use of digital cognitive tools in ITE (CETL project)


       Adviser of Studies
       School based work coordinator (Year 2)

External Interests / Community Service

       Member of the local committee of the Royal Society of Chemistry
       Lead organiser and contact person for RSC Analytical Division's 'Schools' Analyst Competition held here in Stranmillis
       Member of local committee of the Association for Science Education (ASE)
       Member of Northern Ireland Science Education Forum (NISEF)