Dean of the Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University

I joined Cardiff Metropolitan University as Dean of the Cardiff School of Education in January 2015. I had previously spent 16 years at Bath Spa University in a variety of roles, including Head of Research in the School of Education, Assistant Dean, Head of Primary Education, PGCE Primary Programme Leader and Principal Lecturer in Primary Science and Technology Education.

I graduated with a BSc in Physics from UCL in 1984 and took a PGCE Primary qualification at the Institute of Education in 1985-6 before teaching in primary schools in the Inner London Education Authority and the London Boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth. I spent a period as a Regional Education Officer for the Design Council (1990-92) before studying for a Master's degree in Technology Education at Goldsmiths' University of London. I subsequently worked at Goldsmiths' as a Lecturer in Primary Science Education (1996-8) during which time I started my PhD, which I completed at Bath Spa University in 2001.

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Dean of Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • 2005–2014
    Professor of Science and Technology Education, Bath Spa University
  • 2007–2014
    Head of Research - School of Education, Bath Spa University
  • 2006–2007
    Assistant Dean - Quality Asurance, Bath Spa University
  • 2005–2006
    Head of Primary Education, Bath Spa University
  • 2003–2006
    PGCE Primary Programme Leader, Bath Spa University
  • 1998–2003
    Senior Lecturer in Primary Science, Bath Spa University

Education

  • 2001 
    Goldsmiths University of London, PhD
  • 1994 
    Goldsmiths University of London, MA Education (distinction)
  • 1986 
    Institute of Education, University of London, PGCE Primary
  • 1981 
    University College London, BSc (hons) Physics

Publications

  • 2015
    Preparing Science Teachers for Assessment Without Levels, , Science Teacher Education
  • 2015
    The ‘Iron Gate’: High-Stakes Assessment at age 16 in Nepal and England, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
  • 2014
    Teaching Science and Technology in the Early Years 3-7,
  • 2013
    Creative learning environments in education—A systematic literature review, Thinking Skills and Creativity
  • 2013
    The Roles and Development Needs of Teachers to Promote Creativity: A Systematic Review of Literature, Teaching and Teacher Education
  • 2013
    The impact of creative learning environments on learners: A systematic literature review, Improving Schools
  • 2012
    Assessing Scientific and Technological Enquiry Skills at Age 11 using the e-scape System, International Journal of Technology and Design Education
  • 2012
    A matter of interpretation: developing primary pupils’ enquiry skills using position-linked datalogging, Research in Science and Technological Education
  • 2011
    Teaching Science Creatively,
  • 2011
    The Primary Science Encyclopedia,
  • 2010
    The Role of First-hand Experience in the Development Education of University Students, International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning
  • 2010
    What’s changed? Issues of impact and evaluation in primary science professional development, Professional Development in Education
  • 2010
    Enhancing the role of the arts in primary pre-service teacher education, Teaching and Teacher Education
  • 2010
    Teacher preparation and the national primary science curriculum: a twentieth anniversary perspective, Research Papers in Education
  • 2009
    Science 5-11: a guide for teachers,
  • 2008
    Education students in Zambia – comparative education in action, Educational Futures
  • 2008
    Modelling dialogic teaching in primary science teacher education, Science Teacher Education
  • 2007
    Evaluating NESTA’s support for science learning, Evaluation and Research in Education
  • 2004
    Challenging primary trainees’ views of creativity in the curriculum through a school-based directed task, Science Teacher Education
  • 2004
    Building a Creative Ecosystem – The Young Designers on Location Project, International Journal of Art and Design Education
  • 2004
    A Smooth Trajectory: Developing Continuity and Progression between Primary and Secondary Science Education through a Jointly-Planned Projectiles Project, International Journal of Science Education
  • 2003
    Pragmatism, Pedagogy and Philosophy: A Model of Thought and Action in Primary Technology and Science Teacher Education, International Journal of Technology and Design Education
  • 2003
    Assessment for Enquiry: Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Science, Science Education International
  • 2002
    Paradigm, what paradigm? , Journal of Design and Technology Education
  • 2002
    Creativity, Culture and Citizenship in Primary Design and Technology, Journal of Design and Technology Education
  • 2001
    Primary Design and Technology for the Future,
  • 2001
    Design and Technology: Two Cultures or Unitary Concept? , Journal of Design and Technology Education
  • 2000
    Pre-service primary teachers’ planning for science and technology activities – influences and constraints, Research in Science and Technological Education
  • 2000
    Ten Years of Universal Primary Technology Education in England and Wales – What have we learnt?, Journal of Design and Technology Education
  • 1999
    Changing children’s images of scientists: can teachers make a difference?, School Science Review
  • 1998
    Developing a disposition to teaching design and technology: a case study, Journal of Technology Education
  • 1998
    Lacking the Knowledge: Subject expertise in the primary classroom, Goldsmiths Journal of Education
  • 1998
    Testing the Toolkit, Science Teacher Education
  • 1997
    The relationship between science and technology in the primary curriculum – alternative perspectives, Journal of Design and Technology Education
  • 1996
    Professional Design and Primary Children, International Journal of Technology and Design Education

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Evaluation of IoT@Schools Singapore
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    IDA Singapore
  • 2013
    Teacher Assessment in Primary Science
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Primary Science Teaching Trust
  • 2012
    Creative Learning Environments Systematic Review
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Teaching and Learning Scotland
  • 2010
    e-scape Assessment in Primary Science and Technology
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust
  • 2008
    Eco-monitoring at Key Stage 2
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust
  • 2007
    e-scape Phase 3
    Role:
    CoI
    Funding Source:
    BECTA
  • 2005
    Evaluating NESTA's support for science education
    Role:
    CoI
    Funding Source:
    NESTA
  • 2003
    Creative Teachers for Creative Learners
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Teacher Training Agency
  • 2001
    Young Designers on Location
    Role:
    CoI
    Funding Source:
    NESTA
  • 2000
    Improving Science Together
    Role:
    CoI
    Funding Source:
    AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust

Professional Memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy