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Saima Salehjee


  • United Kingdom

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STEM education Science literacy Public understanding of science Identities, science identities Transformation learning Science interventions


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Personal Statement

Saima Salehjee is a Lecturer in the Department of Education, Strathclyde University. She is responsible for teaching and research work with particular emphasis on STEM education. Saima's research focuses on science literacy, public understanding of science, science identity and identity transformations over a lifespan of individuals from a different ethnic, religious and sexual backgrounds. She has received research funding from The Royal Society of Chemistry to continue her research with children on the provision of science literacy using stories as a Nudge in science teaching and learning practices. In addition, she has received funding from the Skills Development Scotland to develop science teacher-researchers in Further Education and Higher Education sectors and Erasmus+ funding to engage underpriviliged children into the culture of science (as a co-investigator).

She was granted travel grants from Canberra University Australia and British Council, she was nominated for the Brunel Doctoral Research Prize in 2017 and received the Grace Peeling Memorial Prize for her MA in Educational Management in 2011. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), an Associate Member of Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC) and a treasurer of The Chemical Education Research Group (CERG).

Saima is a passionate science lecturer, motivating her student teachers to implement science interventions in schools and to research the impact of these interventions. Her aim is to inspire more primary and secondary school students to progress into STEM education and careers as future scientists. Her forthcoming 2019/2020 books include ‘Becoming a scientist’ and ‘A practical guide for science mentors’ with Cambridge Scholars and Routledge. She has currently six PhD students at various stages of their work.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Education, Brunel University

Master of Arts, Brunel University

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Research Output

Aboard the helicopter: from adult science to early years (and back)

Watts, M. & Salehjee, S., 2 Jan 2020, In : Early Child Development and Care. 190, 1, p. 21-29 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Teaching science through stories: mounting scientific enquiry

    Salehjee, S., 2 Jan 2020, In : Early Child Development and Care. 190, 1, p. 79-90 12 p.

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  • Activities

    British Education Research Association (BERA) Early Career Researcher Symposium.

    Saima Salehjee (Chair)
    29 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia

    British Education Research Association (2019)

    Saima Salehjee (Chair)
    11 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference