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Melissa Glackin

Dr Melissa Glackin

Reader in Science & Environmental Education

Research interests

  • Education
  • Environment

Biography

Before joining King’s College London Melissa's previous posts included secondary science teacher in inner London and project officer for London Outdoor Science (Field Studies Council) where she wrote several outdoor curriculums.

Between 2018-2023 Melissa was a trustee at the London Wildlife Trust and was an invited fellow of the National Association of Environmental Education (NAEE) and London Environmental Education Forum (LEEF). Alongside her research, these experiences inform Melissa's teaching responsibilities.

Research

Melissa is interested in why teachers teach what they do, and how they do, within the fields of science education and environmental education particularly related to out-of-classroom teaching. To understand teaching behaviour her research has drawn on concepts such as teacher’s beliefs and teacher self-efficacy and she has used ideas around power as theorised by Foucault and Bernstein.

Melissa's research is often situated within professional development contexts or in secondary school formal education contexts - in and outside school. For example, she conducted research on secondary science teachers participating in a two-year professional development programme focused on teaching science in school grounds. In parallel with this research, Melissa and colleagues have developed resources and a programme that support a teacher’s professional development outside the classroom.

Her current research seeks to understand the current state of environmental education in secondary schools in England and in Japan. This research has been funded by awards from the British Academy/Leverhulme and the Japanese Promotion of Science.

Teaching

Melissa is the Director of the MA in STEM Education programme. Previous posts include: Science PGCE Director (2013-2016) and Biology PGCE Director (2011-2022).

Melissa teaches/assesses across several programmes including:

She coordinates the MA modules (30 credits):

PhD supervision

Melissa supervises MPhil/PhD education students. Current PhD students' research areas include the influence of urban children’s experiences on formal outdoor learning; the roots of climate change education; the role of gender in Forest Schools, environmental education intentions and outcomes; and the role of curiosity in science education. Several students are funded by the Rosalind Driver Studentship and LISS Studentship.

Further information

For further details please see Melissa's Research Staff Profile.

    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)

    Rivers and climate change
    Understanding environmental education in secondary schools

    This project explored the impact of the curriculum changes on the current state of environmental education provision across secondary schools in England.

    Project status: Completed

    climate change hero
    Climate researchers at King’s

    King's researchers working across climate and sustainability

    News

    How the climate crisis is a growing concern for future STEM educators

    Almost half of STEM Education MA students at King’s have chosen to write their dissertations on environmental and climate change education in 2023, reflecting...

    Drawing of the cut of a tree on a green background with drawings of leaves.

    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

    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 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.

    Scholarships available for the STEM Education MA

    We are offering 15 scholarships covering 70% of the tuition fees to teachers based in England who want to do an MA in STEM Education.

    Student holding a balloon in a lab

    Events

    17MayCelebration-David-Richard-800x533

    What role does education research play in teacher education? A celebration of ‘Becoming a Teacher’

    This book launch will celebrate the publication of Becoming A Teacher and include a panel discussion on the role of education research in teacher training.. 

    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.

    Features

    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

    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)

      Rivers and climate change
      Understanding environmental education in secondary schools

      This project explored the impact of the curriculum changes on the current state of environmental education provision across secondary schools in England.

      Project status: Completed

      climate change hero
      Climate researchers at King’s

      King's researchers working across climate and sustainability

      News

      How the climate crisis is a growing concern for future STEM educators

      Almost half of STEM Education MA students at King’s have chosen to write their dissertations on environmental and climate change education in 2023, reflecting...

      Drawing of the cut of a tree on a green background with drawings of leaves.

      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

      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 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.

      Scholarships available for the STEM Education MA

      We are offering 15 scholarships covering 70% of the tuition fees to teachers based in England who want to do an MA in STEM Education.

      Student holding a balloon in a lab

      Events

      17MayCelebration-David-Richard-800x533

      What role does education research play in teacher education? A celebration of ‘Becoming a Teacher’

      This book launch will celebrate the publication of Becoming A Teacher and include a panel discussion on the role of education research in teacher training.. 

      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.

      Features

      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

      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