Dr Niall Seery

Dr Niall Seery

Director of TERG
Researcher
Athlone Institute of Technology
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
nseery@ait.ie
@Niaseery
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Teaching Interests

  • Design and Communication Graphics
  • Process Technology and Graphical and Engineering/Technology Pedagogy

Research Interests

  • Practical Pedagogy and the efficacy of teaching and learning in Design and Technology Education
  • Pedagogical and Assessment Strategies in Design and Technology
  • Cognitive Styles and Learning Characteristics

Education

PhD University of Limerick, 2005.

B. Tech. (Ed.) University of Limerick, 1997 – 2001


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Buckley, J., Seery, N., & Canty, D. (2017). Spatial Cognition in Engineering Education: Developing a Spatial Ability Framework to Support the Translation of Theory into Practice. European Journal of Engineering Education. http://doi.org/10.1080/03043797.2017.1327944.

O’Connor, A., Seery, N. and Canty, D. (2016) ‘The Experiential Domain: Developing a Model for Enhancing Practice in D&T Education’, International Journal of Technology and Design Education, In Press.

Delahunty, T., Seery, N., Lynch, R. and Lane, D. (2013) ‘Investigating student teacher’s approach to solving applied analytical graphical problems’, Engineering Design Graphics Journal, 77(1), 6-22.

Delahunty, T., Seery, N. and Lynch, R. (2012) ‘An Evaluation of the Assessment of Graphical Education at Junior Cycle in the Irish System’, Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, 17(2), 9-20.

Lynch, R., Seery, N and McNamara, P. M. (2012) ‘Promoting Deep Learning in a Teacher Education Programme through Self- and Peer- Assessment and Feedback’, European Journal of Teacher Education, 35(2), 179-197.

Lane, D. and Seery, N. (2011) ‘ Freehand Sketching as a Catalyst for Developing Concept Driven Competencies’,  Engineering Design Graphics Journal, 75(1), 2-25.

Lynch, R., Gordon, S. and Seery, N. (2011) ‘Student Interests and Undergraduate Performance: The Importance of Student-Course Alignment’, Irish Educational Studies, 30(3), 345-363.

McGarr O. and Seery, N. (2011) ‘Parametric Pedagogy: Integrating parametric CAD in Irish post-primary schools’, Design and Technology Education: an International Journal, 16(2), 57-66.

Seery, N., Canty, D. and Phelan, P. (2011) ‘The validity and value of peer assessment using adaptive comparative judgement in design driven practical education’, International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 22(2), 205-226.

Lane, D., Seery, N. and Gordon, S (2010) ‘A Paradigm for Promoting Visual Synthesis through Freehand Sketching’, Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, 15(3), 68-90.

Lane, D., Seery, N. and Gordon, S. (2009) ‘The Understated Value of Freehand Sketching in Technology Education’, Engineering Design Graphics Journal, 73(1), 13-22.

Leahy, K., Gaughran, W.F. and Seery, N. (2009) ‘Preferential learning styles as an influencing factor in design pedagogy’, Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, 14(2), 25-44.

Lynch, R., Seery, N. and Gordon, S. (2008) ‘Design of a Novel Diagnostic Tool for Student Performance in Engineering Degree Courses’, International Journal of Engineering Education, 24(6), 1003-1011,

Reports

Bowe, B., Nevin, E., Carthy, D., Seery, N. and Sorby, Sheryl. (2016) National Spatial Skills Project – Preliminary Findings of Phase One. A report commissioned by the National Spatial Skills Research Network.

McGarr, O. and Seery, N. (2005) An Evaluation of Feature-based Parametric CAD software in post-primary schools. A report commissioned by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment and the National Centre for Technology in Education.

Book Chapters

Seery, N. (2017) Modelling as a Form of Critique, in P.J. Williams and K. Stables (eds.). Critique in Design and Technology Education, Springer: Singapore.

O’Connor, A., Seery, N. and Canty, D. (2016) The Psychological Domain: Enhancing Traditional Practice in K-12 Education, in N. Ostashewski, J. Howell and M. Cleveland-Innes (eds.). Optimizing K-12 Education through Online and Blended Learning, Pennsylvania, USA: IGI Global.

Seery, N. (2013) Design and Making: Natural Enquiry, in K. Baynes and E. Norman (eds.). Design Education: A Vision for the Future, Loughborough: Loughborough Design School.

Edited Volumes

Norman, E. and Seery, N., eds., (2010) IDATER Online Conference: Graphicacy and Modelling, Loughborough: Loughborough Design School.

Peer Reviewed Conference Papers

Buckley, J., Seery, N. and Canty, D. (2017) ‘An Exploratory Analysis into the Relationships between Spatial Factors, Domain-Free General Capacities and General Fluid Intelligence’ PATT2017: Technology & Engineering Education – Fostering the Creativity of Youth Around The Globe, Philadelphia, USA: Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

Phelan, J., Buckley, J. Canty, D. and Seery, N. (2017) ‘A Proposed Research Agenda for Investigating the Nature of Designerly Thinking in Action’ PATT2017: Technology & Engineering Education – Fostering the Creativity of Youth Around The Globe, Philadelphia, USA: Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

Seery, N., Delahunty, T., Canty, D. and Buckley, J. (2017) ‘Illustrating Educational Development through Ipsative Performance in Design Based Education’ PATT2017: Technology & Engineering Education – Fostering the Creativity of Youth Around The Globe, Philadelphia, USA: Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

Doyle, A., Seery, N. Canty, D. and McGuiness, J. (2017) ‘Professional Continuity: Investigating the Alignment of Technology Teachers’ Internal Capability Constructs’ PATT2017: Technology & Engineering Education – Fostering the Creativity of Youth Around The Globe, Philadelphia, USA: Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

Canty, D., Seery, N., Hartell, E. and Doyle, A. (2017) ‘Integrating Peer Assessment in Design Based Education’ PATT2017: Technology & Engineering Education – Fostering the Creativity of Youth Around The Globe, Philadelphia, USA: Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

O’Connor, A., Buckley, J., Seery, N. and Cleveland-Innes, M. (2016) ‘’Identifying, Developing and Grading ‘Soft Skills’ in Higher Education: A Technological Approach’ Proceedings of the Higher Education in Transformation (HEIT) Symposium, Oshawa, Canada: University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Buckley, J. and Seery, N. (2016) ‘The Potential Bifurcation of Static and Dynamic Spatial Cognitive Processes’ The 71st ASEE Engineering Design Graphics Division Midyear Conference, New Hampshire, USA: Engineering Design Graphics Division.

Seery, N., Buckley, J., Doyle, A. and Canty, D. (2016) ‘The Validity and Reliability of Adaptive Comparative Judgements in the Assessment of Graphical Capability’ The 71st ASEE Engineering Design Graphics Division Midyear Conference, New Hampshire, USA: Engineering Design Graphics Division.

Buckley, J., Seery, N. and Canty, D. (2016) ‘The Validity and Reliability of Online Testing for the Assessment of Spatial Ability’ The 71st ASEE Engineering Design Graphics Division Midyear Conference, New Hampshire, USA: Engineering Design Graphics Division.

Buckley, J., Phelan, J., Seery, N. and Canty, D. (2016) ‘Assessing Visual Perception in Virtual Reality Environments’ 33rd International Manufacturing Conference, Limerick, Ireland: University of Limerick.

Buckley, J., O’Neill, C. and Seery, N. (2016) ‘Technology Mediated Assessment of Dynamic Spatial Ability’ 33rd International Manufacturing Conference, Limerick, Ireland: University of Limerick.

Buckley, J., Howley, U. and Seery, N. (2016) ‘An Exploratory Study into the Cognitive and Behavioural Influences on Problem Solving Performance’ 33rd International Manufacturing Conference, Limerick, Ireland: University of Limerick.

Seery, N., Buckley, J., Hyland, T. and Canty, D. (2016) ‘MIND Strengths: The Unique Cognitive Architecture of Engineering and Technology Students’ 33rd International Manufacturing Conference, Limerick, Ireland: University of Limerick.

Seery, N., Buckley, J., Bowe, B. and Carthy, D (2016) ‘Spatial Skills in Education: A National Study’ 33rd International Manufacturing Conference, Limerick, Ireland: University of Limerick.

Seery, N., Canty, D., O’Connor, A., Buckley, J. and Doyle, A. (2016) ‘Identifying, Developing and Grading ‘Soft Skills’ in Design and Technology Education: A Methodological Approach’ PATT2016: Technology Education for 21st Century Skills, Utrecht, Netherlands: Delft University of Technology.

Power, J., Buckley, J., Seery, N. and Canty, D. (2016) ‘Investigating the Factor Structure of Pupils Attitudes towards Technology’ PATT2016: Technology Education for 21st Century Skills, Utrecht, Netherlands: Delft University of Technology.

Buckley, J. and Seery, N. (2016) ‘An Investigation into Problem Solving Approaches Adopted During Graphical Reasoning Episodes’ PATT2016: Technology Education for 21st Century Skills, Utrecht, Netherlands: Delft University of Technology.

O’Connor, A., Seery, N. and Canty, D (2016) ‘The Procedural Domain: Evidencing Task Performance in D&T Education’ PATT2016: Technology Education for 21st Century Skills, Utrecht, Netherlands: Delft University of Technology.

Doyle, A., Seery, N. and Canty, D (2016) ‘Unpacking the Relationship between Technology Teachers Orientations towards Teaching and the Associated Life Phases’ PATT2016: Technology Education for 21st Century Skills, Utrecht, Netherlands: Delft University of Technology.

Buckley, J. and Seery, N. (2016) ‘Framing Spatial Cognition: Establishing a Research Agenda’ The 70th ASEE Engineering Design Graphics Division Midyear Conference, Florida, USA: Engineering Design Graphics Division.

Power, J., Buckley, J. and Seery, N. (2016) ‘Visualizing Success: Investigating the Relationship between Ability and Self-Efficacy in the Domain of Visual Processing’ The 70th ASEE Engineering Design Graphics Division Midyear Conference, Florida, USA: Engineering Design Graphics Division.

O`Connor, A., Seery, N., and Canty, D. (2015) ‘The Experiential Domain: Enhancing Practice in D&T Education’, Proceedings of the 29th Pupils’ Attitude Towards Technology (PATT) Conference, Marseille, April 07-10.

Seery, N., Buckley, J. and Delahunty, T. (2015) ‘Developing a Spatial Ability Framework to Support Spatial Ability Research in Engineering Education’ The 6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, 13-15 July, Dublin: Dublin Institute of Technology.

Seery, N. and Delahunty, T. (2015) ‘Cognitive load as a key element of instructional design and its implications for initial technology teacher education’, Proceedings of the 29th Pupils’ Attitude Towards Technology (PATT) Conference, Marseille, April 07-10.

Crehan, M., Seery, N., Canty, D. and Lane, D. (2014) ‘Pre-service STEM Educators’ Perceptions of the Design Activities to Inform Educational Practice’ 121st Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference, Indianapolis, 15-18 June.

Delahunty, T., Seery, N. and Lynch, R. (2013) ‘Conceptualisation in Visuospatial Reasoning Tasks: A Research Direction’, Engineering Design Graphics Division 68th Mid Year Conference, Worcester, Massachusetts, October 20-22.

Rowsome, P., Seery, N., Gordon, S., Lane, D., and Canty, D. (2013) ‘The development of pre-service design educator’s capacity to make professional judgements on design capability using Adaptive Comparative Judgement’, 120th ASEE Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Seery, N. and Delahunty, T. (2013) ‘Capturing Graphical Capability Through Ipsative Enquiry Using Adaptive Comparative Judgement’, Engineering Design Graphics Division 68th Mid Year Conference, Worcester, Massachusetts, October 20-22.

Canty, B. and Seery, N., (2012) ‘Supporting Student Development in Graphical Education through Holistic Judgement’, ASEE Engineering Design Graphics Division 67th Mid Year Conference, Limerick, Ireland, 18-20 November.

Canty, D., Seery, N., and Phelan, P. (2012) ‘Democratic Consensus on Student Defined Assessment Criteria as a Catalyst for Learning in Technology Teacher Education’, Technology Education in the 21st Century: The PATT 26 Conference, Stockholm, Sweded, 26-30 June.

Crehan, M., Seery, N., Canty, D. and Lane, D. (2012) ‘Constructivist e-Portfolios: The use of media in the collecting and evidencing of student learning ‘, 119th Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference, San Antonio Texas, 10-13 June.

Delahunty, T., Seery, N. and Lynch, R. (2012) ‘Examining Neuronal Function during the Completion of Established Graphical Tasks’, Engineering Design Graphics Division 67th Mid Year Conference, Limerick, Ireland, 22-25.

Delahunty, T., Seery, N. and Lynch, R. (2012) ‘The growing necessity for graphical competency’, Proceedings of the 26th Pupils’ Attitude Towards Technology (PATT) Conference. Stockholm, June 26-30.

Lane, D., Hamlin, AJ., Veurink, N., Seery, N. and Gordon, S. (2012) ‘The Role of Observational Sketching in Forming and Manipulating Graphical Libraries’, Proceedings of Annual Conference for the American Society of Engineering Education, San Antonio, Texas.

Lane, D., Seery, N. and Gordon, S. (2012) ‘Promoting the Visualizing Instinct through Freehand Sketching within Initial Technology Teacher Education’, Proceedings of Annual Mid-Year Meeting of Engineering Design Graphics Division, Limerick, Ireland.

Lane, D., Seery, N. and Gordon, S. (2012) ‘The Intermediate Role of the Visuo-Spatial Sketchpad in Developing Sketching Expertise’, Proceedings of Annual Conference for the American Society of Engineering Education, San Antonio, Texas.

Seery, N., Lane, D. and Canty, D. (2012) ‘A Comparative Study Exploring the Impact of Assessment Criteria on Eliciting Graphical Capability‘, 119th Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference, San Antonio Texas, 10-13 June.

Seery, N. and Norman, E. (2012) ‘Researching Graphicacy and Modelling’ Proceedings of Annual Mid-Year Meeting of Engineering Design Graphics Division, Limerick, Ireland.

Seery, N., Rowsome, P., Gordon, S. and Lane, D (2012) ‘The value of transfer activities when developing technological knowledge and skills’, 119th ASEE Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Spillane, J., Seery, N. and Canty, D. (2012) ‘Communicating through Portals‘, 119th Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference, San Antonio Texas, 10-13 June.

Lane, D., Seery, N. and Gordon, S. (2011) ‘Examining the Development of Sketch Thinking and Behaviour’, Annual Conference for the American Society of Engineering Education, Vancouver, Canada.

Seery, N., Lane, D. and Canty, D. (2011) ‘Exploring the Value of Democratic Assessment in Design-Based Activities in Graphical Education’, Annual Conference for the American Society of Engineering Education, Vancouver, Canada.

Lynch, R., Gordon, S., and Seery, N. (2010) ‘The Formative Value of Peer Feedback in Project Based Assessment’, Proceeding of the 3rd International Symposium for Engineering Education, Gemini International LTD: University College Cork.

McCarthy, D., Seery, N and Gordon, S. (2010) ‘Challenges Facing Continuous Professional Development for Technology Education in the Irish Second Level System’, 117th Annual Conference for the American Society of Engineering Education, Louisville.

Seery, N., Canty, D. and Dunbar, R. (2010) ‘Maximising the Impact of Creative and Innovative Activities Within the Constraints of Defined Education Structures’, 117th Annual Conference for the American Society of Engineering Education, Louisville.

Seery, N., Land, D. and Canty, D. (2010) ‘Pedagogical Challenges Facing Design and Communication Graphics’, ASEE Engineering Design Graphics Division 65th Mid Year Conference, Houghton, MI.

Lynch, R., Gordon, S. and Seery, N. (2008) ‘Invariant Influences on Student Uptake, Learning Outcomes, and Retention in Engineering Undergraduate Programmes’,Proceeding of CIRP International Manufacturing Engineering Education Conference, Institutul de Memorie Cultural: Nante.

Lynch, R., Seery, N. and Gordon, S. (2008) ‘Prior Learning combined with Holland’s Interest inventory as a predictor of Future Success for Engineering Students’, Proceedings of the 3rd Inter-Institutional Retention Colloquium; New Perspectives on Retention in Further and Higher Education, Tempus: Limerick.

Dunbar, R., N.Seery and S. Gordon (2007) ‘A holistic Evaluation of the Effects of an Informed Pedagogy on Initial Teacher Education’ International Conference on Engineering Education, American Society for Engineering Education.

Lynch, R., Seery, N. and Gordon, S. (2007) ‘An evaluation of the CDIO approach to engineering education’, Proceeding of the International Symposium for Engineering Education, Gemini International LTD: Dublin City University.

Seery N., Gaughran W. and Waldmann T. (2007) ‘An autonomous approach to safe machine tool operation and education’, ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Seery N., Waldmann T. and Gaughran W. (2006) ‘A participative pedagogical approach to knowledge comprehension based on students preferential learning styles’, ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Chicago.

Conference Presentations

Buckley, J., Doyle, A., Hartell, E. and Seery, N. (2017) ‘Adaptive Comparative Judgement: A Mechanism to Enrich and Enhance Assessment Practices to  Support Teaching and Learning’, in Lärarnas forskningskonferens 2017, Pedagog Stockholm: Stockholm, Sweden.

O’Connor, A., Seery, N. and Canty, D. (2016) ‘Mobile Technology in Initial Technology Teacher Education: A Means of Developing Ubiquitous Learning’ Proceedings of the International Conference on Mobile Technology in Teacher Education, Galway, Ireland: National University of Ireland, Galway.

Seery, N., O’Connor, A, Canty, D. and Buckley, J., (2015) ‘Digital Badges in Initial Technology Teacher Education: A Method for Grading Explicit Soft Skills‘ Proceedings of 16th Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association, Limerick, Ireland, 28-29 May, Limerick: Irish Learning Technology Association.

Canty, D., Buckley, J., Seery, N., O’Connor, A and Kelly, M. (2015) ‘The Validity of Digital Badges as a Currency for Soft Skill Attainment’ Proceedings of 16th Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association, Limerick, Ireland, 28-29 May, Limerick: Irish Learning Technology Association.

Devitt, B. Lynch, R. and Seery, N. (2015) ‘An Exploration of Irish Post Primary Teachers’ Psychological Well-being and Perceived Stress Levels’, Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference 2015, Maynooth, University and Carton House.

O’Connor, A., Seery, N., & Canty, D. (2013) ‘Creating SPACE: Social presence and constructivist education’, presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association, Cork, Ireland, 30-31 May.

O’Connor, A., Seery, N., & Canty, D. (2013) ‘SWIFT Learning: Social web interaction a framework for teaching & learning’, presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Limerick, Ireland, 21-23 Mar.

Devitt, B. Lynch, R. and Seery, N. (2013) ‘A Case for Positive Psychology in Pre-service Teacher Education’, Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference 2013, University of Limerick and Radisson Blu Hotel.

Online Publications

O’Connor, A., Seery, N., & Canty, D. (2017) ‘Supporting discourse using technology-mediated communication: The community of inquiry model in second level education’, The Community of Inquiry, 18 May, available: http://www.thecommunityofinquiry.org/project1 [accessed 18/05/2017].

Online Presentations

Devedzic, V., Jovanovic, J., Seery, N., O’Connor, A., & Hrastinski, S. (2016) ‘The GRASS project: Measuring 21st century learning – Innovative pedagogy and assessment with technology’, presented at the Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research Session, 13 Jan, available: http://cider.athabascau.ca/ [accessed 30 Dec 2016].


Academic Awards

2013 – Oppenheimer Award (for Best Presentation). Engineering Design Graphics Division. American Society for Engineering Education.

2012 – Oppenheimer Award (for Best Presentation). Engineering Design Graphics Division. American Society for Engineering Education.

2012 – Shannon Consortium Higher Education Teaching Excellence Award. Shannon Consortium.

2012 – Chairs Award (for Best Paper). Engineering Design Graphics Division. American Society for Engineering Education.

2011 – Chairs Award (for Best Paper). Engineering Design Graphics Division. American Society for Engineering Education.

2010 – Chairs Award (for Best Paper). Engineering Design Graphics Division. American Society for Engineering Education.