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Professor Michael Seery

Dr Michael Seery

Professor of Chemistry Education and Director of Teaching

Room 74

University of Edinburgh
Joseph Black Building
David Brewster Road
Edinburgh
EH9 3FJ

Research Interests

Chemistry education, technology enhanced education, laboratory education, school to university transition, academic writing.

Research Overview

1. Laboratory Education

The laboratory plays a central role in chemistry education and is the major point of contact with students. Work here focusses on how students prepare for laboratory classes, as well as the design of the laboratory curriculum to promote the development of technical competency and an understanding of the nature of science.

2. Supporting Student Learning

This work explores the use of online learning resources that students use in preparing for and reviewing lectures and laboratory work. Of interest is the relationship of students’ study patterns with the use of e-resources, in order to gain intelligence on the value and usefulness of supporting resources we provide to students. We are interested in student learning journeys, and exploring usage through the emerging field of learning analytics.

Publications

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Books and Book Chapters

  1. M. K. Seery, “Laboratory Teaching in Higher Education Chemistry”, Royal Society of Chemistry Advances in Chemistry Education Series (due 2021).
  2. M. K. Seery and C. Mc Donnell (Eds), “Teaching Chemistry in Higher Education: A Festschrift in Honour of Professor Tina Overton”, 2019, Creatach Press. (20 chapters with >70 authors in total on themes including employability, problem-based learning and developing technical competencies.)
  3. Seery, M. K., Agustian, H. Y. and Lambert, T. O. (2019), “Teaching and assessing technical competency in the chemistry laboratory, in Seery, M. K. and Mc Donnell, C. (Eds.), Teaching Chemistry in Higher Education: A Festschrift in Honour of Professor Tina Overton, Creathach Press, Dublin, pp. 349-362.
  4. Overton, T. L.; Byers, B.; Seery, M. K., Context- and Problem-based Learning in Higher Level Chemistry Education, in Innovative Methods in Teaching and Learning Chemistry in Higher Education, I. Eilks and B. Byers (Eds.), RSC: London, 2009; p 45-61.
  5. Bennett, S. W.; Seery, M. K.; Sovegjarto-Wigbers, D., Practical Work in Higher Level Chemistry Education, in Innovative Methods in Teaching and Learning Chemistry in Higher Education, I. Eilks and B. Byers (Eds.), RSC: London, 2009; p 87-103.

Peer-Reviewed Publications (Chemistry Education)

  1. Seery, M. K. Establishing the Laboratory as the Place to Learn How to Do ChemistryJournal of Chemical Education, 2020, 97(6), 1511–1514.
  2. Gallardo-Williams, M., Morsch, L. A., Payne, C., Seery, M. K. Student-generated videos in chemistry educationChemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020, 21, 488-495.
  3. Seery, M. K.; Agustian, H. Y.; Zhang, Z., A framework for learning in the chemistry laboratory, Israeli Journal of Chemistry, 2019, 59 (6-7), 546-553. (Invited article for special issue on chemistry education)
  4. Seery, M. K.; Jones, A. B.; Kew, W.; Mein, T., Unfinished recipes: structuring upper division laboratory work to scaffold experimental design skills, Journal of Chemical Education, 2019, 96 (1), 53-59.
  5. Agustian, H. Y., and Seery, M. K., Reasserting the role of pre-laboratory activities in university chemistry laboratories: a proposed framework for their design, Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017, 18(4), 518-532
  6. Seery, M. K.; Agustian, H. Y.; Doidge, E. D.; Kucharski, M. M.; O'Connor, H. M.; Price, A., Developing laboratory skills by incorporating peer-review and digital badges, Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017, 18 (3), 403-419.
  7. Hennah, N.; Seery, M. K., Using Digital Badges for Developing High School Chemistry Laboratory Skills, Journal of Chemical Education, 2017, 94 (7), 844-848. (ACS Editor’s Choice)
  8. Seery, M. K., Flipped learning in higher education chemistry: emerging trends and potential directions, Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015, 16 (4), 758-768.

Editorials

  1. Seery, M. K., A response to the report on gender bias in publishing in the chemical sciences, Chemistry Education Research and Practice. 2020, 21, 10-13.
  2. Seery, M. K., Influencing the practice of chemistry education, Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019, 20, 448-451.
  3. Seery, M. K., Kahveci, A., Lawrie, G. A., Lewis, S. E., Evaluating articles submitted for publication in Chemistry Education Research and PracticeChemistry Education Research and Practice20 (2), 335-339.
  4. Seery, M. K.; McDonnell, C., The application of technology to enhance chemistry education. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2013, 14 (3), 227-228.

Non-peer reviewed articles in education