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Primary Science: Engaging the Child

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Tonie Stolberg
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The project focuses on curriculum practices that are effective in delivering meaningful primary science to primary-aged pupils.

The project will examines ways of using pupils' emotional engagement with the natural world to help them to develop a mature scientific voice.

Two possible methodologies are envisaged:
1. Meta-analysis of best practices at utilising a pupil's sense of wonder
2. Action research in the classroom, focusing on transformational teaching approaches.

Succesful applicants will have experience of teaching in the primary age-phase and have, ideally, a first degree in a scientific discipline, or its equivalent.

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Funding Notes

There is no funding specifically linked to this project.

Where applicable, applicants will be supported to apply for ESRC, AHRC or University of Birmingham studentships or bursaries. Information about studentships in Education is available here:

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Stolberg, T. L. (2008) Attending to the spiritual through the teaching of science: A study of pre-service primary teachers' attitudes. International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 13(2), 171-180.

Stolberg, T. L. (2008) W(h)ither the Sense of Wonder of Pre-service Primary Teachers when Teaching Science?: A preliminary study of their personal experiences. Teaching and Teacher Education, 24, 1958-1964.

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