Arthur taught physics in secondary schools in Brazil for over 12 years and gained a master's degree in Cognitive Psychology before moving to the UK to gain his QTS and a PhD. He has worked for the Teach First Programme at Canterbury Christ Church University and is now a Lecturer in Science Education at King's PGCE programme.
He currently is the Director of the PGCE programmes Physics and Physics with Maths, and King’s Brazil Institute deputy director. Arthur is also director of the STEM Education Hub, a decolonial project run in partnership between KCL and the British Council Brazil, which seeks to create and support opportunities for collaboration between UK and Brazil educators. One of the main objectives of the Hub is to support school teachers in Brazil and in the UK to create research-led lessons.
During his time as a physics teacher, Arthur was fascinated by how current teaching practices are influenced by scholars and programmes which were prominent over the past 150 years in Western societies. His PhD thesis examined the humanistic, diverse, innovative and impactful pedagogical work of Portuguese science educator Rómulo de Carvalho during Salazar dictatorship. He has developed a critical appreciation of humanistic approaches to the learning of science, such as how science teaching approaches have tried to emulate some characteristics of the humanities.
Arthur has always had a deep interest in international collaboration in education and as a result he was awarded with an internship at UNESCO in Geneva whilst he was a PhD student. More recently, Arthur has done research on how science education can fight fascist thinking and movements and on how to decolonise the science curriculum. Arthur has also carried out research on STEM migrant teachers in England.
Arthur's current research interests are:
- Anti-fascist education.
- Decolonisation of the curriculum.
- International teacher education.
- The epistemology of science and of other school subjects.
He is happy to supervise PhDs on these topics listed above.