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If you would prefer to attend in person, the seminar will take place in Room G/8, in the Waterloo Bridge Wing of Franklin Wilkins Building, King's College London, Stamford Street, SE1 9NH. If you are not a member of CRESTEM, please email to RSVP.


Children’s learning about the environment is increasingly highlighted as crucially important in addressing issues such as climate change and mass extinction. The ocean covers approximately 71% of Earth's surface but often examples used in school curricula are terrestrial and pupils have limited access to learning about the ocean.

In this talk, Dr Hetherington draws on an EU-funded project exploring how children in schools in Denmark, Spain and England learn about the ocean using digital and creative pedagogies. The work used a materialist lens to focus on the physical, material and embodied learning taking place both in classroom settings, aquaria visits and in the Virtual and Augmented Reality tools used in the projects.

Data collected through mixed methods, including photography, observation, interviews and questionnaires, was analysed using two methodological approaches: a standard interpretive analysis, and a diffractive analysis inspired by Karen Barad’s work linked to new materialist theory. In this seminar, Dr Hetherington will compare the insights developed from these distinct approaches to a) highlight some key findings in relation to teaching and learning about the ocean and b) reflect on the knowledge created using these different analytical approaches.

Speaker: Dr Lindsay Hetherington

Lindsay Hetherington is Associate Professor of Science Education at the University of Exeter, where she is Head of Initial Teacher Education, Co-Director of the Centre for Research in STEM Education, and a Director of Knowledge Exchange for the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Her research interests focus broadly on sociomaterial approaches to science learning, in particular with respect to creativity. Alongside her research and leadership roles, Lindsay teaches on the PGCE and MA Education courses, and supervises PhD students.

Event details

Room G/8
Waterloo Bridge Wing, Franklin Wilkins Building
Stamford Street, SE1 9NH