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Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CRESTEM)

Academic Staff



Professor Lulu Healy




Challenges associated with building a more inclusive school mathematics and understanding the mathematical practices of learners with disabilities.

Dr Catarina Correia

Science and mathematics education

Dr Carla Finesilver


My main research interests include the education of individuals with additional or divergent learning needs (such as Special Educational Needs, disabilities, atypical neurocognitive development, and other intersecting disadvantages), particularly where these cause mathematics-specific difficulties. 

Dr Arthur Galamba


Initial teacher development; teaching models and modelling; teachers’ views on the epistemology of science; conceptualisation of teaching methods; learning by teaching; teaching of evolution in primary school 

Dr Richard Brock 


  • Conceptual change in science education
  • The nature of understanding in the context of physics
  • The application of the microgenetic method to studies of learning
  • Tacit knowledge in science education

Please see my research profile here.


Dr Melissa Glackin


My research is in science education, outdoor teaching and pre-service and in-service professional development. I am interested in how teacher’s beliefs and teacher self-efficacy interact to influence teaching behaviours, particularly when teaching outside.


Alex Hadwen-Bennett


Physical computing, inclusive computing education and physical programming languages.


Dr Christine Harrison


I have developed a line of work relating to teachers’ professional learning and have been involved in classroom research investigating  evidence-based practice with a focus on use of portfolios and diaries as reflective professional tools.

Dr Heather King


The practice and professional development of science museum educators and the nature of museum pedagogy. I am particularly interested in the nature of natural history teaching and learning.

Jayne Kranat

Creative education and application of mathematics.

Dr Alex Manning


Initial teacher development; gender and urban issues related to science education; teacher professional development

Amy O'Brien

Self-regulated learning strategies and the effects of mathematics anxiety on non-maths specialist teachers. Other areas of interest include equitable teaching methods, use of technology in the classroom and international and comparative education

Katherine Aston


Exploring why people value learning chemistry, with a focus on intrinsic forms of value.



Dr Karen Skilling


STEM education in secondary and primary school; student engagement and motivation in mathematics; teacher beliefs and practices for promoting student engagement; teacher attention to student cognitive engagement including promoting student autonomy, self-regulation and metacognitive strategies 

Dr Mary Webb

Pedagogy for Computer Science Education; technology Mediated Learning in schools; use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in education and their effects on teacher education and children's learning; development and evaluation of educational software; development and use of computer based assessments; computer based modelling in education; use of ICT in science education; the teaching and learning of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding; formative assessment and associated pedagogy in primary and secondary schools; immersive learning environment and haptic-enabled learning

Affiliated Staff

Professor Jill Adler

Professor Paul Black

Professor Margaret Brown (Emeritus)

Dr Jeremy Burke

Professor Margaret Cox OBE (Emeritus)


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