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Morag Findlay


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Personal Statement

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.



Education/Academic qualification

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
  • Constructivism

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Research Output 2007 2018

Enhancements to a Vision of the Teacher for the 21st Century

Collins, R., Findlay, M. & Huang, A., 1 Sep 2018, Glasgow: University of Strathclyde. 19 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
primary education


Findlay, M., 31 Jul 2018, Scottish Education. Bryce, T. G. K., Humes, W. M., Gillies, D. & Kennedy, A. (eds.). 5th ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Vocational Education

Activities 2012 2013

  • 2 Journal peer review
  • 1 Editorial board member

Science Teacher Education (Journal)

Morag Findlay (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial board member

European Journal of Teacher Education (Journal)

Morag Findlay (Peer reviewer)
1 Dec 201227 Dec 2014

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal peer review