Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

What Makes an Exemplary Teacher of Science?

Tuesday, 08 February 2011

Helen Wilson ( Assistant Head of Early Childhood and Primary Education Department) and Jenny Mant (previously Senior Lecturer, Science Education at the Westminster Institute of Education and now honorary research fellow Oxford University) have recently had two papers accepted for publication by the School Science Review, the national journal of the Association of Science Education..
  • What Makes an Exemplary Teacher of Science? The Pupils’ Perspectives
  • What Makes an Exemplary Teacher of Science? The Teachers’ Perspectives
Helen and Jenny worked with the Oxfordshire Local Authority science team to undertake research into Year 8 pupils’ attitudes to school science lessons. More than 5000 pupil questionnaires were completed and then analysed to identify pockets of practice where the pupils were more engaged than the norm. The teachers of these classes were identified and invited to come to a day’s forum to analyse their practice. The findings from the research are summarised in the two papers.