Our main areas of research are:
- Teaching and Learning
- Curriculum Policy
- Teacher Professional Development
- Mathematical and Scientific Literacy
CSSME worked with the Department for Children, Schools and Families to inform the development of science teaching materials and resources for National Strategies Secondary.
Collaborative knowledge building
We regularly work with universities overseas to support graduate students and develop research capacity …
- as visiting professors (example: Trondheim, Norway)
- as members of academic committees (example: Font D – the National Graduate School in Science and Technology Education, Sweden; ESERA summer schools)
- as co-supervisors/advisers to research students (example: Aarhus, Denmark).
We have worked with a range of organisations to inform the development of teaching materials and resources, for example …
- Institute of Physics: resources to support the teaching of physics by science teachers without a physics specialism –Supporting Physics Teaching.
- Nuffield Foundation: the Teaching About Science resources – Teaching about Science.
- National Strategies: interactive teaching sequences for electricity, forces, light, particles, genetics, plant nutrition and behaviour combined with professional development materials for teachers.
- Explaining change processes using a simple particle model of matter [PDF: 2.46MB]
- Explaining how electric circuits work [PDF: 2.76MB]
- Force and motion [PDF: 2.47MB]
- Key concepts in genetics [PDF: 2.59MB]
- Modelling matter: the nature of bonding [PDF: 1.36MB]
- Plant nutrition: from common sense to scientific views [PDF: 1.68MB]
- Voltage, energy and power in electric circuits [PDF: 2.33MB]
We participate in international initiatives.
- S-TEAM (Science Teacher Education Advanced Methods
- IRIS EU-project (Interests and Recruitment in Science)
- EdUmatics: development of a teacher development course to support the use of new technologies in the mathematics classroom
We contribute to discussions linked to the development of policy.
- Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC): Languages of Schooling
- Targeted Initiative in Science and Mathematics Education (TISME)
We support international conferences through membership of their academic committees.