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Dr Ruth Wheeldon
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Lecturer in Science Education
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

Before joining UCL IOE I taught science (chemistry) for 12 years in comprehensive schools in west London, latterly as an Advanced Skills Teacher which involved mentoring and training science teachers.

I joined UCL IOE in September 2007 initially working on the PGCE programme

My main interests are in Chemistry education; especially connected to students understanding of chemistry and science.

Research Summary
Current research projects include:
  • Developing pre-service teachers' explanations of Chemistry
  • Developing approaches and resources for physical chemistry more effectively in schools
  • Recruitment and retention of chemistry teachers
Teaching Summary
I currently teach on the PGCE Science programmes and the School Direct Salaried programme (both initial teacher education courses).

I also supervise PhD students topics include:
The process of curriculum revision. Sex Education and pupils' subject choices
Academic Background
2009   Master of Arts Institute of Education
1990   Postgraduate Certificate in Education Institute of Education
1989   Doctor of Philosophy Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1986   Bachelor of Science Engineering Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
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