Research Output per year
I started work as a Physics and Mathematics Teacher Educator in 2001 after spending several years teaching these subjects in secondary schools in Ethiopia and Scotland.
I developed my expertise in Physics Education as I followed a group of physics students on the one-year Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) course, their Inducation Year and beyond as they progressed as teachers. It was enlightening to use pedagogical content knowledge as a lens to view the development of their ideas about teaching electricity.
Since then, I have been involved in the European Union project Teacher Learning for European Literacy Education (TeL4ELE). This allowed me to develop my understanding about different approaches to teaching science via literacy. I am currently pursuing this research interest by working with several physics teachers and their classes as they pilot the introduction of the new l Higher Physics course in 2014-15 and beyond.
All of my developing knowledge across these areas feeds into my teaching on the PGDE course in Educational Studies and General Science as well as Physics education.
I am a member of both the Teachers and Teacher Education (TaTE) and Curriculum and Pedagogy: Policy and Practice (C3P) groups in the School of Education.
Doctor of Education, University of Strathclyde
Master of Education, Open University
Master of Science, University of St Andrews
Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh
- Science teacher education
- Primary science
- Pedagogical content knowledge
- Concept mapping
- Mind mapping
- Genre pedagogy
- Academic literacy
- Physics education
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter