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Dr Richard Brock

Senior Lecturer in Science Education

  • Chair of the Business and Education Low Risk Ethics Panel and Research Integrity Advisor

Research interests

  • Education
  • Physics

Biography

Before joining King’s, Dr Brock worked as a secondary physics teacher. He is interested in learning in science education, particularly in critiquing the concepts of knowledge and understanding.

Dr Brock has used the microgenetic method, which uses relatively high frequency sampling to develop fine-grained representations of change, to study students' learning. He is interested in how short-term and long-term changes to students' learning can be represented.

Through his work on the PGCE, and with colleagues Alex Manning, Emma Towers and Helen Damon, Dr Brock has developed an interest in researching teacher wellbeing. They are interested in critiquing the wellbeing support available to teachers and developing new approaches to supporting teachers' and trainee teachers' wellbeing.

Dr Brock's research has also examined the nature of tacit knowledge and its role in science education and he has developed a series of booklets with the Institute of Physics that list stories for use in teaching physics.

Research

Dr Brock's current research focuses on a number of areas:

  • The nature of knowledge and understanding in science education
  • Teacher wellbeing
  • Timescales of learning
  • Tacit knowledge in science education
  • The use of narratives in physics education

To see more about Dr Brock's research and a list of publications, please visit his PURE research profile

Teaching

Dr Brock teaches on the following programmes:

  • PGCE Science Education (Physics)
  • STEM MA
  • MA Education

PhD supervision

Dr Brock's current doctoral students are:

  • Dave Dennis (2020-present), Resolving voices: How do Pre-Service Teachers and Early Career Teachers develop their professional knowledge within different settings?
  • Jonny Berliner (2020-present), Barriers and facilitators to educational engagement for neurodiverse students in secondary chemistry classrooms.
  • Liam Cini O'Dwyer (2021-present), Perspectives, barriers and opportunities around the issues of queer youth’s inclusion and participation in Science education.
  • Chris Reid (2022-present), Learning Science: What’s curiosity got to do with It?

He is happy to supervise students interested in researching:

  • Conceptual change in science education;
  • The epistemology of science as it relates to teaching and learning;
  • Narratives in science education;
  • Teacher wellbeing.

    Research

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

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

    School classroom student and teacher
    Sustaining teacher quality and retention post-pandemic

    This project examines the impact of the substantial changes and sustained disruption caused by Covid-19 to the development of secondary school teachers.

    Project status: Completed

    News

    Uncovering new educational trends as students use real-world data to learn about statistics

    Brand new data from an international survey of teenagers is being used by students studying quantitative methods in educational research in the School of...

    Image of the Quantitative Methods Education Research online book

    School students explore university physics with King's first Optics Summer School

    Twenty-three Year 12 students keen to explore physics beyond the classroom joined the first King’s Optics Summer School, which gave them insight into studying...

    One female student with 3 male students doing an experiment with light in a darkened room.

    Research-informed primer book for teachers now up-to-date with latest educational issues

    The School of Education, Communication & Society (ECS) at King’s College London has come together to celebrate the publication of the 6th edition of Becoming...

    BAT book launch coeditors

    Key resource for new teachers now updated with contemporary issues in education

    The sixth edition of Becoming a Teacher – Issues in Secondary Education has been published, now including new chapters on recent educational issues.

    Becoming a teacher book cover

    CRESTEM welcomes international researchers to discuss the use of fine-grained sampling methods in STEM education research

    The Centre for Research in Education in STEM recently welcomed an international research team at King’s College London to share ideas about microgenetic...

    CRESTEM team with 3 international visitors

    Change your life with a scholarship to study STEM education

    For the fourth year running, we are offering 15 scholarships covering 70% of the tuition fees to teachers working in state funded schools in England to study...

    Natalie smiling after receiving the wipro award, next to a wipro representative clapping for her.

    King's academic awarded 2022 Institute of Physics Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize

    Richard Brock, Lecturer in Science Education in the School of Education, Communication & Society, has been awarded the 2022 Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize by...

    Richard Brock award

    King's student reaches finals of Mayor's entrepreneur contest with science subscription box idea

    Chemistry teacher and King’s student Francis Jones earned a place in the finals of the Mayor’s Entrepreneur 2022 programme competition with his STEM@Home...

    Two students doing science experiment at home through a STEM@Home kit. Courtesy of STEM@Home.

    Academic to explore whether quirky stories can broaden the appeal of physics

    Dr Richard Brock, of the School of Education, Communication and Society, has been awarded funding from the Institute of Physics to investigate the impact of...

    IOP calendar physics stories

    Weird units and wonderful measures: the human side to physics

    Dr Richard Brock, Postdoctoral Fellow in Science Education at King’s, has worked with the Institute of Physics Education to produce a booklet collating all of...

    Students in a physics lab

    Events

    06AprRoom of old computers - by alex motoc - 780x440

    CRESTEM Keynote Lecture 2023: Astronomy or telescopes? Seeking a research agenda for computing education for young people

    Delivering the 2023 Keynote Lecture organised by the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, Dr Sue Sentance will...

    Please note: this event has passed.

    19NovMA STEM Ed celebration - 3 women talking - by Nathan Clarke

    MA in STEM Education 2022 Annual Celebration

    Join us to celebrate the importance of STEM literacy

    Please note: this event has passed.

    26Aprcrestem keynote by piero nigro 780x440

    CRESTEM Keynote Lecture 2022: Aestheticising Mathematics Education Research

    The 2022 Keynote Lecture organised by the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics will take place online on 31...

    Please note: this event has passed.

    11DecStudent science

    Valuing learning, knowing and understanding

    Members of CRESTEM will explore the value of different learning performances in the science and mathematics classroom.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    Features

    Alumni Voices: 'Be the change you want to see' - The story of Francis Jones

    Francis Jones (MA STEM Education, 2022) is the founder of STEM@Home, a tech startup that seeks to bridge the accessibility gap in science education by...

    1903 x558 Francis Jones

    Watch introductory videos to modules available on your Master's in education at King's

    Dr Melissa Glackin and Dr Richard Brock, from the School of Education, Communication & Society, lead the modules of Environment, Sustainability and the Role...

    Trees going up to sky - by casey-horner-1903x558

    Q&A with alumni: How an MA in STEM Education acted as a catalyst to launch into new adventures

    Aylin Ozkan and Francis Jones, two recent alumni of the STEM Education MA, reflect on how the Master’s has given them the knowledge and confidence to explore...

    Glass blowing - by quino - 1903x558

    Must-reads in education, communication and social sciences

    The School of Education, Communication & Society at King’s College London houses research from a range of different fields – from linguistics to education...

    Books side by side-tom-hermans-1903x558

    How industry and academia are joining forces to equip STEM teachers for classrooms of the future

    The first cohort of students has just completed a new MA in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education that prepares educators to...

    Celebration-audience-1920x1280

      Research

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

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

      School classroom student and teacher
      Sustaining teacher quality and retention post-pandemic

      This project examines the impact of the substantial changes and sustained disruption caused by Covid-19 to the development of secondary school teachers.

      Project status: Completed

      News

      Uncovering new educational trends as students use real-world data to learn about statistics

      Brand new data from an international survey of teenagers is being used by students studying quantitative methods in educational research in the School of...

      Image of the Quantitative Methods Education Research online book

      School students explore university physics with King's first Optics Summer School

      Twenty-three Year 12 students keen to explore physics beyond the classroom joined the first King’s Optics Summer School, which gave them insight into studying...

      One female student with 3 male students doing an experiment with light in a darkened room.

      Research-informed primer book for teachers now up-to-date with latest educational issues

      The School of Education, Communication & Society (ECS) at King’s College London has come together to celebrate the publication of the 6th edition of Becoming...

      BAT book launch coeditors

      Key resource for new teachers now updated with contemporary issues in education

      The sixth edition of Becoming a Teacher – Issues in Secondary Education has been published, now including new chapters on recent educational issues.

      Becoming a teacher book cover

      CRESTEM welcomes international researchers to discuss the use of fine-grained sampling methods in STEM education research

      The Centre for Research in Education in STEM recently welcomed an international research team at King’s College London to share ideas about microgenetic...

      CRESTEM team with 3 international visitors

      Change your life with a scholarship to study STEM education

      For the fourth year running, we are offering 15 scholarships covering 70% of the tuition fees to teachers working in state funded schools in England to study...

      Natalie smiling after receiving the wipro award, next to a wipro representative clapping for her.

      King's academic awarded 2022 Institute of Physics Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize

      Richard Brock, Lecturer in Science Education in the School of Education, Communication & Society, has been awarded the 2022 Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize by...

      Richard Brock award

      King's student reaches finals of Mayor's entrepreneur contest with science subscription box idea

      Chemistry teacher and King’s student Francis Jones earned a place in the finals of the Mayor’s Entrepreneur 2022 programme competition with his STEM@Home...

      Two students doing science experiment at home through a STEM@Home kit. Courtesy of STEM@Home.

      Academic to explore whether quirky stories can broaden the appeal of physics

      Dr Richard Brock, of the School of Education, Communication and Society, has been awarded funding from the Institute of Physics to investigate the impact of...

      IOP calendar physics stories

      Weird units and wonderful measures: the human side to physics

      Dr Richard Brock, Postdoctoral Fellow in Science Education at King’s, has worked with the Institute of Physics Education to produce a booklet collating all of...

      Students in a physics lab

      Events

      06AprRoom of old computers - by alex motoc - 780x440

      CRESTEM Keynote Lecture 2023: Astronomy or telescopes? Seeking a research agenda for computing education for young people

      Delivering the 2023 Keynote Lecture organised by the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, Dr Sue Sentance will...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      19NovMA STEM Ed celebration - 3 women talking - by Nathan Clarke

      MA in STEM Education 2022 Annual Celebration

      Join us to celebrate the importance of STEM literacy

      Please note: this event has passed.

      26Aprcrestem keynote by piero nigro 780x440

      CRESTEM Keynote Lecture 2022: Aestheticising Mathematics Education Research

      The 2022 Keynote Lecture organised by the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics will take place online on 31...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      11DecStudent science

      Valuing learning, knowing and understanding

      Members of CRESTEM will explore the value of different learning performances in the science and mathematics classroom.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      Features

      Alumni Voices: 'Be the change you want to see' - The story of Francis Jones

      Francis Jones (MA STEM Education, 2022) is the founder of STEM@Home, a tech startup that seeks to bridge the accessibility gap in science education by...

      1903 x558 Francis Jones

      Watch introductory videos to modules available on your Master's in education at King's

      Dr Melissa Glackin and Dr Richard Brock, from the School of Education, Communication & Society, lead the modules of Environment, Sustainability and the Role...

      Trees going up to sky - by casey-horner-1903x558

      Q&A with alumni: How an MA in STEM Education acted as a catalyst to launch into new adventures

      Aylin Ozkan and Francis Jones, two recent alumni of the STEM Education MA, reflect on how the Master’s has given them the knowledge and confidence to explore...

      Glass blowing - by quino - 1903x558

      Must-reads in education, communication and social sciences

      The School of Education, Communication & Society at King’s College London houses research from a range of different fields – from linguistics to education...

      Books side by side-tom-hermans-1903x558

      How industry and academia are joining forces to equip STEM teachers for classrooms of the future

      The first cohort of students has just completed a new MA in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education that prepares educators to...

      Celebration-audience-1920x1280