Ian Abrahams is Head of the School of Education and Professor of Science Education in the College of Social Science. Having previously been a teacher of physics and head of department he undertook a PhD in Education and then, in 2007, moved into Higher Education working initially at Bishop Grosseteste University College before moving to the IoE (now UCL Institute of Education), the University of York and then most recently the University Leeds. Ian’s research interests relate to practical work, misconceptions, Continuing Professional Development - in particular the effectiveness of such programmes - and students’ and teachers’ attitudes towards science education and the use of drama as a tool for teaching science. Ian has directed the evaluation of various large-scale national interventions, including the ‘Getting Practical’ programme (2009-11), a Nuffield funded project to improve the effectiveness of practical work (2012), and the Wellcome Trust funded pilot CPD programme for primary science specialists (2012-14). His research has led him into collaborations with colleagues in China, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Singapore, South Korea and Turkey. Ian was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2017.
Professor Abrahams has overall responsiblity for the School of Education and contributes to teaching on various postgraduate programmes and is supervising full- and part-time PhD/EdD students from various countries including Cyprus, Ireland and the UK.
Science education and the evaluation of educational interventions
— University of York, 2006
— Open University, 2000
— Open University, 1997
— King’s College, London, 1992
— University of York, 1990
Institute of Physics
European Science Education Research Association