Science offers a kaleidoscope of ideas for research and our group have many personal and professional interests. Below is an outline of some of the current research we are doing.
Alex Sinclair's research focusses on uncertainty in science in understanding environmental issues. This independent project has spawned a collaborative project with Amy Strachan to promote teaching about uncertainty in the Primary curriculum through using famous scientists.
Amy Strachan collaborates with Alex Sinclair to promote teaching about uncertainty in the Primary curriculum through using famous scientists. Her research interests also include global learning in science and values education in science.
Fiona Killick research interests include using awe and wonder to promote curiosity in science, mastery in science including conducting workshops, science through stories and learning outside the classroom.
Andrew Carroll research focusses on developing science scholars across multi-disciplinary contexts: Polanyi’s (1958) concept of personal knowledge and Kuhn’s (1962) representation of theories as structures can inform how it might be possible to bridge the gap between cultures within the classroom. Doing so can enable science teachers to see how personal beliefs can influence scientific understanding while maintaining integrity of the nature of science. A rift in scholarly culture has resulted in compartmentalised view of science.
All research degree students at St Mary’s are part of the Doctoral College.