School of Education

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEAM)

    Pedagogy and learning

    We engage in research related to pedagogy and learning across the curriculum subjects within STEAM contexts. The various projects bring together academics and practitioners working on a range of learning and pedagogic issues in order to facilitate change in practice in schools, colleges and higher education through evidence based-research and/or policy developments at local, regional or national levels. Some of the projects are externally funded (by the Educational Endowment Fund; Primary Science Teaching Trust, National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching Mathematics (NCETM), National Society of Art and Design Education (NSEAD) and the APPG for art education, others are part funded by the University.

    We aim to:

    • Undertake and promote high quality research and scholarship in the field of STEAM pedagogy and learning
    • Disseminate its research findings widely, through various means, including publications, electronic media , conferences and seminars
    • Develop both critical and creative perspectives within STEAM
    • Promote research focused on both practice and learning
    • Seek funding for research from a wide range of sources
    • Facilitate a research and discussion forum that will meet regularly throughout the academic year
    • Liaise with other research groups both within the department and beyond
    • Develop active networks both nationally and internationally

    Current Projects

    1. The use of lesson study in mathematics, emerging from Japanese practice (Tyson & Shires)
    2. Exploring subject knowledge and its relation to learning and pedagogy particularly in mathematics (Newton) and science (Day)
    3. Exploring how digital technology can support the development of practitioner’s practice
      1. reflection through applications such as blogs (Fenwick and Briggs)
      2. use of tablets to promote collaboration that can develop learning in science (Bird, McGregor & Frodsham) funded by PSTT
    4. Mentoring of trainee teachers, comparing practice in Kyoto and Japan (Briggs, Fenwick & Wright) funded by the KUE and the Daiwa Foundation
    5. Creative approaches to learning and teaching, particularly in Science:
      1. Thinking, Talking, Doing Science (Wilson) funded by the EEF
      2. Dramatic Science (McGregor) funded by PSTT
      3. Pedagogy and Assessment (Frodsham) funded by PSTT
      4. Use of dioramas for learning (McGregor & Day) part funded by PSTT
      5. Using drama to learn about scientists, including a comparative study with Oxford, England and Wellington, NZ (Duggan & McGregor)
      6. Transition and Enquiry (Howard) funded by PSTT
      7. Transition and the nature of matter (Coppard) funded by PSTT
    6. Developing practice in forest schools (Martin-Millward)
    7. Annual drawing festival in a local schools (Payne) funded by the faculty

    Future events

    A STEAM symposium at the School of Education research conference on 23 June 2017

  • Academic staff with related research interests

    Mrs Mary Briggs

    Principal Lecturer, Programme Lead for Primary and Early Years Education (Academic Oversight)
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 48857 | Email: mbriggs@brookes.ac.uk | Location: Harcourt Hill B1.28

    Professor Debra McGregor

    Professor in Education
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488355 | Email: dmcgregor@brookes.ac.uk | Location:

    Ms Helen Wilson

    Principal Lecturer: Science Education
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488451 | Email: h.wilson@brookes.ac.uk | Location:

    Dr Richard Newton

    Senior Lecturer in Primary Mathematics

    Mrs Jennifer Gadd

    Senior Lecturer in Education: Primary Science
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488347 | Email: jgadd@brookes.ac.uk | Location:

    Ms Clare Fenwick

    Senior Lecturer in Education: Primary Computing
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488779 | Email: cfenwick@brookes.ac.uk | Location:

    Mrs Adrienne Duggan

    Senior Lecturer in Drama in Education
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488559 | Email: aduggan@brookes.ac.uk | Location:

    Mrs Lorna Shires

    Prinicipal Lecturer: Teacher Development
    Phone: | Email: | Location:

    Dr Mary Hutchings

    Senior Lecturer in Primary Science
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488297 | Email: mhutchings@brookes.ac.uk | Location:

    Ms Debbie Wright

    Senior Lecturer in Education
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488494 | Email: dwright@brookes.ac.uk | Location:

    Mr James Bird

    Senior Lecturer in Education
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488611 | Email: jbird@brookes.ac.uk | Location:

    Dr Joanne Thompson

    Senior Lecturer in Primary Science Education
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488297 | Email: j.thompson@brookes.ac.uk | Location:

    Ms Amanda Wilkinson

    Senior Lecturer in Primary Mathematics
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488537 | Email: awilkinson@brookes.ac.uk | Location:

    Ms Jane Fletcher

    Senior Lecturer in Primary Humanities & Early Years Education
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488603 | Email: j.fletcher@brookes.ac.uk | Location:

    Dr Nicoleta Gaciu

    Senior Lecturer in Education
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488527 | Email: ngaciu@brookes.ac.uk | Location:

    Ms Mandy Winters

    PL- Educational Partnerships
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488539 | Email: mwinters@brookes.ac.uk | Location: