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I joined the department as a Lecturer in Science Education in September 2013 as a member of the University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG). My research here focuses on the teaching of science at secondary level, and I am most interested in how young people learn through opportunities for students to ask and investigate their own questions about science, for example through independent research projects or philosophical dialogue in science.
My background is in science education and public engagement. From 2008 until 2011 I was a researcher at the University of Ulster, where my work focused on public engagement with science and continuing professional development of teachers. Through the Forward Thinking (Wellcome Trust) and Primary Communties of Scientific Enquiry (AZSTT) projects, I developed resources and approaches for promoting discussion about controversial social and ethical issues in the sciences. Prior to this, I taught science in schools in the UK, USA and Mexico (where I was Lead Teacher for science), and was a Gatsby Teaching Fellow from 2003 - 2004.
My first degree was in chemistry from the University of East Anglia. I have also completed a PGCE from the University of Sussex and a PhD in science education from the University of Ulster.
I currently teach on undergraduate (BA) and postgraduate (PGCE and MA) education degree programmes and supervise research students in science education. I am currently chair of the Education Exceptional Circumstances Committee and Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies. In 2018, I was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching.
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