Programme Director - PGCE Secondary
James joined St Mary’s in 2001 as a part-time lecturer after 12 years as a teacher and a visiting HEI lecturer. He now works full-time as a senior lecturer (Science Education) on both PGCE and MA programmes.
His teaching duties include the development of trainee teachers’ subject knowledge, visiting trainees on school placements and developing school teachers’ MA research projects on the Leading Innovation and Change programme.
James also co-ordinates a project with St Mary’s University International Office and the Malaysian Ministry of Education to train science and mathematics teachers for the matriculation programme in Malaysia. This project, which is in its third year, has involved visits to colleges in Malaysia to assess the needs of newly qualified teachers and pedagogy of the matriculation system.
He is now registered with the University of Surrey on a PhD programme to develop his understanding of awe in learning.
- progression of learning in science (MA Dissertation)
- development of subject knowledge in trainee teachers (symposia presentation at EALRI Conference University of Cyrus 2005 and ASE Conference University of Reading 2006)
- more recently the role of awe in learning science