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Dr Amanda Mccrory
837
UCL/IOE
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H0AL
Tel: 02076126645
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Appointment
  • Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography


Research Summary

am a qualitative researcher whose publications and standing in the field have been built around a) ethics and socio-scientific issues in science education, b) primary science pedagogy and teachers education and c) intersectionality/equality, diversity and inclusion in science education. As I have progressed in my research career, I have become more interested in how teachers and parents/guardians can support young children in their understanding of topical, yet relevant, socio-scientific issues and how educators can promote ethical and scientific thinking both in formal and informal learning environments. 

 

I first became interested in these areas of science education whilst studying for an MA in science education at UCL IOE. Reflection on classroom practice repeatedly showed me that young children are interested in authentic, but some would argue, controversial aspects of science and the world in which we live. I quickly realised this was an under researched area in science education. The dominance of focus on secondary science teaching was clear, as was (and still is to some extend) the underestimation of what young children think and how they learn in science education. Driven also by my own perception that it is our responsibility as science educators to ensure that the children we serve become scientifically literate, my research focus continued via a Ph.D and now the research projects that I am part of. Currently, I am working on a number of projects with industry and schools focusing on ethical and scientific reasoning, developing frameworks which effectively promote these skills in children but also the pedagogical content knowledge of teachers. I am also the lead for the Science Special Interest Group, which includes over 250 members. We meet regularly to discuss research and I arrange seminars by eminent academics in the field. It’s exciting work!

Teaching Summary

Since joining the IOE, my teaching and leadership have been extensive. I have lectured, designed and developed subject materials, supporting students and schools focussing on numerous areas of science and mathematics education as well as primary education relating to pedagogy, teaching, learning and assessment via a number of ITE programmes: EYITT, Schools’ Direct Primary, Teach First Primary, Primary PGCE, Secondary Science PGCE, Secondary Science Teach First, Secondary Science PGCE. 


I was the Primary PGCE programme lead for 3 years and  the School-Direct PGCE Top-Up Programme lead for 2 years, responsible for curriculum and assessment as well as academic assessment for students. My extensive experience and expertise has been recognised by the HEA, being awarded a Senior Fellowship in 2019. I have also been a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teachers since 2017 and an active member of the Association of Science Education since 2005. My research and teaching profile has afforded me extensive opportunities to present my research via peer-reviewed conferences, invited talks and keynotes. 

 

I am also a lecturer and supervisor for the MA in Science Education, MA in Education, MA in Early Years and Primary Education, and have been a doctoral supervisor for the past 7 years, supporting research students is one of the many highlights of my role. Institutional Citizenship is important to me. I am a Dignity Advisor, Wellbeing Champion and Mental health First Aider. I am also a member of the College of Reviewers in CPA and enjoy being a research mentor. The interface of teaching and research underpins all that I do.being part of the UCL IOE Ethics reviewers team has offered me many opportunities, for example by being part of working groups, to deepen my own understanding of research ethics and play an important role in the research culture of IOE. 

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