Jane Essex

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  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I am a senior lecturer in chemistry education, with teaching and supervision responsibilities on the PGDE chemistry. I also contribute to the teaching on BA routes and MA programme, as well as supervising research students from BA through to PhD routes. I moved to Strathclyde University from Brunel University London. Prior to that I had been an Initial Teacher Education tutor at Keele University (Staffordshire).

I taught science in schools in various parts of England before moving to Higher Education and retain a keen interest in all aspects of school science.

My major professional and research interests, are inclusive science education, and the preparation of teachers to deliver an inclusive STEM curriculum, along with curriculum design and assessment. My primary focus in on science for learners with intellectual disabilities but my interest extends far more widely into the mechanisms by which some groups are excluded from science.

In addition, I am active in science outreach, for which I have achieved international recognition, and regularly run inclusive and accessible chemistry events at the University of Strathclyde, in conjunction with colleagues from chemistry and chemical engineering. I have worked with a range of visitor centres to develop their STEM outreach programmes, and have regularly collaborated with colleagues at sites of historic and cultural significance.

Research Interests

My research interests cluster around science education, specifically the impact of science outreach and inclusive science teaching. Related research areas include the preparation of teachers for inclusive practice.

Academic / Professional qualifications

2001- 2005  Open University  Doctorate in Education, Can mentoring raise attainment in Science?

1997-2000   Open University  Master of Arts (Education)

1985-1986   Univ. of Newcastle-upon-Tyne  Post Graduate Certificate in Education

1982-1985   Univ. of London  Bachelor of Science (Hons), Toxicology and Pharmacology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

RSC Discipline Committee

1 Jul 201930 Jun 2023

Member of the Glasgow and west of Scotland branch of the Royal Socity of Chemistry

1 Mar 2018 → …

Member of Admissions Committee, Royal Society of Chemistry

31 Dec 201330 Jun 2019

Chair, Chemical Education Research Group, Royal Society of Chemistry

30 Jun 2001 → …

Keywords

  • inclusion, additional support needs, inclusive practice, inclusive pedagogy
  • chemistry
  • Pedagogy
  • Teacher Education

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