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Mary Oliver

Professor of Science Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

I am a science teacher, and have taught in schools in Bristol, Copenhagen and Perth, Western Australia, before taking up a research position in science education at UWA and moving to Nottingham in February 2014. I have worked with pre-service science teachers in Australia and was Director of the Australian Biology Olympiad for several years, serving on the Steering Committee of the International Biology Olympiad.

Expertise Summary

I have expertise in science education, specifically exploring classroom interactions, professional development and factors associated with student achievement. I use large data sets such as PISA, TIMSS and the NPD to explore associations between achievement, instructional strategies and school- and student-level factors . I have supervised doctoral students using both / or quantitative and qualitative approaches in their work.

Teaching Summary

Learning

Educational Neuroscience

Science education

Comparative education

Research Summary

My main interest is in how people learn. I am researching into the effects of a cognitive acceleration program (CASE) on students, pupils and teachers, both the cognitive and affective domains. I am… read more

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Current Research

My main interest is in how people learn. I am researching into the effects of a cognitive acceleration program (CASE) on students, pupils and teachers, both the cognitive and affective domains. I am interested in what students and teachers think and understand about science, inquiry and engagement in science and using evidence to close the attainment gap. My current projects include investigating how informal science learning (outside the classroom) experiences can be used to support learning and why very able girls are underrepresented in Physics.

Past Research

I have been involved in research to explore and investigate students' attitudes towards science, gifted science students' passion for science, effects of a two year teacher professional development programme on students and teachers and teachers' understanding of educational neuroscience.

Future Research

I would like to understand how we can support pupils' learning, sel​f-concept and attainment, de-mystify science and use technology to develop model-based reasoning.

School of Education

University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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