Research Profile

Dr Elaine
Batchelor

Subject Leader - Initial Teacher Training

Faculty of Education and Humanities

  • Elaine was appointed as Principal Lecturer, Head of Initial Teacher Training in February 2012. She joined the University in January 2011 as the Science Curriculum Leader.

    The ITT Subject team provides research informed training programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate trainee primary school teachers. Elaine works with academic tutors, primary school headteachers and mentors and various University teams to support the strategic planning and quality assurance of professionally regulated academic courses. Her work also focuses on developing blended learning and quality assessment and mentoring practices related to placements.

    Her MA in Education Studies focused on the impact of the dialogue between trainee teachers and science technicians during teaching practice.

    Her PhD examined the discourse between primary science coordinators and trainee teachers.

    Elaine began teaching in 1983 and taught in 6 secondary schools with various responsibilities including A level Physics teacher, Head of Science and Technology, Pastoral Leader, Assistant Head and Consultant to a Leadership Team. She moved into Local Authority work as a Science Advisor and worked with special schools, PRUs and primary schools as well as secondary. During this post, she acted as the LA International Coordinator and led visits for primary and secondary teachers to The Czech Republic, Ottawa and Cape Town to investigate educational issues. Elaine worked at the University of Leicester as the Programme Leader for PGCE Secondary Science.

    Elaine is a Chartered Science Teacher.

  • Elaine leads on the quality of teaching in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She supports specifically in the teaching of science, research and professional studies modules. She leads on the MA Module related to Mentoring.

  • Elaine is particularly interested in leadership of a subject in schools and how leaders use talk to ‘do’ leadership. Her PhD focused on considering how talking to a primary school science leader supports trainees’ professional development during teaching practice.