Department of Education

Judith Hillier

Associate Professor of Science Education (Physics)

College Affiliation: Kellogg College

After completing her PhD in condensed matter physics from the University of Leeds and the Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble, Judith studied on the Oxford PGCE programme and then taught for several years in an Oxfordshire comprehensive school, becoming Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator.

She now leads the science PGCE programme and also teaches on the Masters in Learning and Teaching and the Masters in Teacher Education. Judith runs the Teaching Physics in Schools option for 2nd year Physics undergraduates and is also a founding member of the Oxfordshire Schools Physics Partnership, sponsored by the Ogden Trust (see Physics Education 48(3) 271-273).

Judith’s research interests lie in pre-service science teacher education: the development of knowledge and professional practice in beginning science teachers, particularly in classroom explanations, and the factors influencing the recruitment and retention of physics teachers in the teaching profession. She has recently completed a report for the Education Endowment Foundation and the Royal Society reviewing current evidence of promising educational approaches that are likely to improve the attainment and progression of low-SES students in science education. She is also an Editor of Research in Science and Technological Education, and is on the Editorial Board of Physics Education. She is currently editing an updated edition of the Association for Science Education’s Guide for Secondary Science Education, and is editing a book Nurturing the Rich Learning and Teaching of Science, due to be published with Springer in 2018.

Doctoral Applications

  • Pedagogical practice in physics and science education
  • Developing explanations in science classrooms
  • Recruitment and retention of science teachers
  • Gender in science education

  • Subjects Taught

    MSc Learning and Teaching

    MSc Teacher Education (Mathematics and Science)

    Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics

    Doctor of Philosophy

Publications:

  • Featured Publications

    • Bryant, P, Nunes, T, Hillier, J, Gilroy, C, Barros, R (2015) “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ABLE TO DEAL WITH VARIABLES IN LEARNING SCIENCE”, International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10763-013-9469-x

    • Bryant, P, Nunes, T, Hillier, J, Gilroy, C, Barros, R (2015) “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ABLE TO DEAL WITH VARIABLES IN LEARNING SCIENCE”, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATION.

    • Hillier, J (2013) How does that work? Developing pedagogical content knowledge from subject knowledge.

  • Journal articles

    • Miller-Friedmann, J, Childs, A, Hillier, J (2018) “Approaching gender equity in academic chemistry: lessons learned from successful female chemists in the UK”, CHEMISTRY EDUCATION RESEARCH AND PRACTICE. 19(1) 24-41.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1039/c6rp00252h

    • Bryant, P, Nunes, T, Hillier, J, Gilroy, C, Barros, R (2015) “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ABLE TO DEAL WITH VARIABLES IN LEARNING SCIENCE”, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATION. 13(1) S145-S163.

    • Bryant, P, Nunes, T, Hillier, J, Gilroy, C, Barros, R (2015) “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ABLE TO DEAL WITH VARIABLES IN LEARNING SCIENCE”, International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. 13(1) 145-163.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10763-013-9469-x

    • Hillier, JM (2013) “How does that work? Developing pedagogical content knowledge from subject knowledge”, Teacher Education and Practice. 26(2) 321-338.

    • Hillier, J, de Winter, J, Twidle, J (2013) “I Could Enjoy Teaching: The Case of Physics”, Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education. 13(3) 287-302.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/14926156.2013.816392

    • Hillier, JM (2012) “Assessing Pupils’ Progress: Taking the debate further”, Science Teacher Education. 64 28-35.

    • Hillier, J (2012) “Having it all”, PHYSICS WORLD. 25(12) 23-24.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1088/2058-7058/25/12/31

    • Stewart, JR, Hillier, JM, Manuel, P, Cywinski, R (2011) “A neutron polarization analysis study of moment correlations in (Dy(0.4)Y(0.6))T(2) (T = Mn, Al).”, Journal of physics. Condensed matter : an Institute of Physics journal. 23(16) 164205+.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1088/0953-8984/23/16/164205

    • Stewart, JR, Hillier, AD, Hillier, JM, Cywinski, R (2010) “Structural and dynamical study of moment localization in beta-Mn1-xInx”, PHYSICAL REVIEW B. 82(14)
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.82.144439

    • Stewart, JR, Deen, PP, Andersen, KH, Schober, H, Barthélémy, J-F, Hillier, JM, Murani, AP, Hayes, T, Lindenau, B (2009) “Disordered materials studied using neutron polarization analysis on the multi-detector spectrometer, D7”, Journal of Applied Crystallography. 42(1) 69-84.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1107/S0021889808039162

    • Hillier, AD, Hillier, JM, Stewart, JR, Cywinski, R (2001) “A μSR Study of Er Spin Dynamics in (Y1−xErx)Ni2B2C Superconductors”, Hyperfine interactions. 136(3) 313-319.

  • Reports

    • Hillier, JM, Nunes, T, Bryant, P, Strand, S, Barros, R, Miller-Friedmann, J (2017) Review of SES and Science Learning in Formal Educational Settings. London: Education Endowment Foundation.

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