Arthur taught physics in secondary schools in Brazil and in the UK for over 13 years and is working as a science tutor in ITE programmes London. During his time as a science teacher, Arthur was fascinated about how current teaching practices are influenced by scholars and programmes which were prominent over the past 150 years, mainly in Western societies.
His current research interests are:
- 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
During Arthur's teaching career, he has developed a deep 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. Pupil-centered teaching (lab work included), the Science Technology and Society movement, and history and philosophy of science-informed approaches are some examples of what might be called ‘humanistic’ science education, which interests him.
At present, Arthur is seeking to understand in more depth how pupils’ communication (e.g. the ability to organise and present ideas, using gestures, images, videos – just as teachers do!) in classroom would increase enjoyment, improve learning, and humanise science learning. He is also very interested in learning more about the difficulties faced by biologists in teaching physics and vice-versa.