Professor of Science Education
I am Director of the Centre for Studies in Science and Mathematics Education (CSSME) and Leader of the Teaching and Learning Academic Group.
I have been Member of the Executive Board (2011-2015) and then Secretary (2015-2017) for the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA).
From 2008-2017 I was Editor of the international research review journal Studies in Science Education.
I have a PhD in condensed matter physics and have taught science/physics in secondary schools in the UK.
My research examines attempts to develop a school science education that supports people’s engagement with science outside of formal schooling. This includes a focus on teaching and learning about the ‘nature of science’.
I have conducted a number of studies into the development of students' ideas about the nature of science at both secondary school and university level. I have also investigated the experiences of teachers as they engage in teaching/learning about the nature of science. In addition, I have written about the role of understandings about the nature of science when people engage with science-related issues outside of formal education settings.
I am also researching exploring the varying ways in which schools, teachers and students respond to major national curriculum and assessment reform initiatives. This includes examining the impact of reforms on students’ attitudes towards science education and their participation in post-compulsory science courses.
Selected research projects
- Science teachers' experiences of educational reform in Sweden (with colleagues at the University of Uppsala, Sweden)
- Enactment and Impact of Science Education Reform (EISER) (with Professor Jim Donnelly, Dr Indira Banner, Dr Matt Homer and Helen Morris; funded by the ESRC and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation);
- Interests and Recruitment in Science (IRIS) (with Jaume Ametller, Professor Jim Donnelly and Professor Edgar Jenkins; funded by the European Seventh Framework Programme)
I teach undergraduate modules focusing on children and education, education policy issues, international perspectives on education, and science education. I also teach sessions related to my research interests within postgraduate MA programmes at Leeds.
I supervise doctoral students in the following areas:
- Education policy
- The nature of science in science education
- Science teacher education
- Teaching/learning physics at secondary and university level
Recently completed PhD supervision
Understanding student participation and choice in science and technology education (Dordrecht: Springer, 2015),
‘The Transformation of Teaching Habits in Relation to the Introduction of Grading and National Testing in Science Education in Sweden’, Research in Science Education 2017,
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/126009/
‘Navigating Tensions: Education Policy and the Science Teacher’, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisa em Educação em Ciências, 17.1 (2017), 1-12,
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/116630/
‘The Impact of a Science Qualification Emphasising Scientific Literacy on Post-compulsory Science Participation: An analysis using national data’, International Journal of Science Education, 37.9 (2015), 1364-1380,
DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2015.1036151, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/86584/
‘Being professional: accountability and authority in teachers’ responses to science curriculum reform’, Studies in Science Education, 51.1 (2015), 87-120,
DOI: 10.1080/03057267.2014.1001629, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/83555/
‘Teachers' experiences of science curriculum reform’, School Science Review, 95.352 (2014), 126-130,
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/83044/
‘Measuring determinants of post-compulsory participation in science: a comparative study using national data’, British Educational Research Journal, 40.4 (2014), 610-636,
DOI: 10.1002/berj.3106, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/76190/
‘Sources of differential participation rates in school science: the impact of curriculum reform’, British Educational Research Journal, 39.2 (2013), 248-265,
DOI: 10.1080/01411926.2011.635783, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/85151/
‘School teachers' experiences of science curriculum reform’, International Journal of Science Education, 35.3 (2013), 490-514,
‘Policy networks and boundary objects: Enacting curriculum reform in the absence of consensus’, Journal of Curriculum Studies, 44.5 (2012), 577-598,
‘Multiple aims in the development of a major reform of the national curriculum for science in England’, International Journal of Science Education, 33.5 (2011), 709-725,
‘The pursuit of humanity: Curriculum change in English school science’, History of Education, 40.3 (2011), 291-313,
‘The use of national datasets to baseline science education reform: exploring value-added approaches’, International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 34.3 (2011), 309-325,
DOI: 10.1080/1743727X.2011.609544, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/75618/
‘The use of national data sets to baseline science education reform: Exploring value-added approaches’, International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 34.3 (2011), 309-325,
‘The impact of recent reforms in the key stage 4 science curriculum’, School Science Review, 92.339 (2010), 101-109,
‘Ideas about the nature of science in pedagogically relevant contexts: insights from a situated perspective of primary teachers´’, Science Education, 94.2 (2010), 282-307,
‘The role of education policy in the experience of teaching: A sociocultural perspective’, in Honorary Doctors at the Faculty of Educational Sciences 2011-2017, ed. by Nihlfors E, Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis (Uppsala University, 2017), 167-179,
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/118681/
‘The impact of science curriculum content on students' subject choices in post-compulsory schooling’, in Understanding student participation and choice in science and technology education, ed. by Henriksen E, Dillon J and Ryder J (Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2015), 103-118,
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-7793-4_7, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/87555/
‘Understanding student participation and choice in science and technology education: The contribution of IRIS’, in Understanding Student Participation and Choice in Science and Technology Education ([n.pub.], 2015), 351-366,
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-7793-4_21, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/87556/