Dr Melissa Glackin
Reader in Science & Environmental Education
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.
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.
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):
- Principles and Policy of STEM Education
- Environment, Sustainability and the Role of Education
- Research Methods & Dissertation (STEM Education pathway)
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.
For further details please see Melissa's Research Staff Profile.