As School Director of Teaching and Learning and as Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, I contribute to the School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programmes, doctoral supervision, Master and EdD level teaching. As a member of the Science and Technology Education Group (STEG), I undertake research in the area of science education. In particular my research interests include science and mathematics integration, peer and co-operative learning, learning science and teacher education.
I hold a PhD in science education and I am a qualified Science Teacher (BSc (Ed) Hons). My PhD research focused on utilising pre-service science teachers in a Peer Learning programme in undergraduate introductory physics with a particular focus on the student teachers’ conceptual understanding of physics. Before joining the University of Lincoln, I worked as the Head of Education and Director of School Placement at St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Ireland. St. Patrick’s College, Thurles specialises in concurrent Initial Teacher Education qualifying teachers at post-primary level. Prior to working at St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, I worked as a Senior Project Officer in Science Teaching and Learning at EPI-STEM - National Centre for STEM Education, at the University of Limerick, Ireland. I contributed to the development of evidence-based innovative research projects in science teaching and learning at primary, secondary and at third level education. Key projects included investigating Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) in second level science, developing and delivering science education CPD workshops, investigating assessment methods in Junior Cycle science, implementing Peer Learning programmes at third level, collaborating in projects with both national and international institutions and utilising technology to develop a collaborative approach to the teaching and learning of science and mathematics at second level.
I am the School Director of Teaching and Learning, where I have responsibility for all taught postgraduate programmes in the School of Education and I am Programme Leader for the Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance (LTSA) PGCE (Secondary) SCITT.