Science Education

The Science Education Special Interest Group within the Subject Pedagogy Research Group develops knowledge, practice and policy in the teaching and learning of science in educational contexts and has a strong emphasis on informing the professional development of in-service and pre-service science teachers.

Group members are academics, graduate students and practitioners engaged in a range of research and development projects, some of which overlap with the work of other research groups (notably, the Subject Pedagogy, the Learning and New Technologies, the Teacher Education and Professional Learning, the Applied Linguistics research groups and OSAT).

Our research is underpinned by three key principles:

  1. That the research we do has the potential to inform our own professional work as science teacher educators but that it should also contribute nationally and internationally to debates about how we educate pre-service and in-service science teachers.
  2. That we work wherever possible in collaboration with other colleagues within the institution or beyond.
  3. That the work meets the standards of research recognised both nationally and internationally.

These principles are clearly reflected in the key themes of our research, which include the following: experienced and beginning teachers’ explanations in science including the issues and challenges that pupils face when English is an additional language; developing science teachers’ practice when teaching outside their subject specialism; science trainee teachers’ use of the internet; and the long-standing problems with physics teacher recruitment and retention.

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