Stuart Farmer (PhD student)

Thesis title: The alignment of policy and practice for the career-long professional learning of teachers in Scotland

Background

I am Scottish Education Manager for the Institute of Physics.  Previously I taught physics in Scottish secondary schools for almost 35 years.  Throughout my career I have been involved in wider professional activities including curriculum and assessment development, teacher professional learning, and government advisory committees.  Further details can be obtained at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stuart-farmer-41047260/.

Qualifications

BSc (StAnd) MBA (Leic) MSc (Oxon) PGCE CSciTeach CPhys FInstP

Responsibilities & affiliations

American Association of Physics Teachers

Association for Science Education

Groupe International de Recherche sur l'Enseignement de la Physique (International Research Group on Physics Teaching)

Institute of Physics

International Professional Development Association

Irish Science Teachers' Association

National Science Teaching Association

Scottish Educational Research Association

 

Research summary

The career-long professional learning of teachers.

The development of the pedagogical content knowledge of teachers of physics, particularly in complex topics such as the special and general theories of relativity.

The resourcing and funding of schools to allow effective practical work in physics and the sciences.

Conference details

The science of climate change, ASE Annual Conference, Reading, 10 January 2020

How do scientists think? ASE Annual Conference, Reading, 8 January 2020

Networked professional learning of physics teachers in a remote area of Scotland, SERA, Edinburgh, 21 November 2019

The physics of climate change, Annual Welsh Physics Teachers Conference, Brecon, 9 October 2019

Real graphs with real data, Annual Welsh Physics Teachers Conference, Brecon, 9 October 2019

Networked Learning Communities: the solution to the effective professional learning of teachers?, researchED Dublin, 5 October 2019

Networked Learning Communities: the solution to the effective professional learning of teachers?, researchED Scotland, Dollar, 28 September 2019

Curved spacetime and Mercury's orbit, EinsteinPlus2019, Waterloo, ON, 11 July 2019

The physics of climate change, EinsteinPlus2019, Waterloo, ON, 11 July 2019

Cosmology: the expanding universe, EinsteinPlus2019, Waterloo, ON, 10 July 2019

Planck's constant, EinsteinPlus2019, Waterloo, ON, 9 July 2019

Black holes and the evolution of stars, EinsteinPlus2019, Waterloo, ON, 8 July 2019

Hands-on wave-particle duality, EinsteinPlus2019, Waterloo, ON, 8 July 2019

Developing a teacher professional learning workshop on the General Theory of Relativity, GIREP, Budapest, 2 July 2019

Networked professional learning of physics teachers in a remote area of Scotland, GIREP, Budapest, 1 July 2019

Developing a teacher professional learning workshop on the General Theory of Relativity, Heraeus Seminar: General Relativity as a Challenge for Physics Education, Bad Honnef, 11 February 2019

 

In the press

Twitter: @stuartphysics