Elaine was appointed as Principal Lecturer, Head of Initial Teacher Training in February 2012. She joined the University in January 2011 as the Science Leader.
Elaine has been a teacher since 1983 and has taught in 6 schools with various responsibilities including A level Physics teacher, Head of Science and Technology, Pastoral Leader, Assistant Head and Consultant to a Leadership Team. As a Local Authority Science Advisor, she 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’s previous role at the University of Leicester was the leadership of the PGCE Secondary Science course.
Her Masters in Education Studies focused on the impact of the dialogue between trainee teachers and science technicians during teaching practice. And she is currently studying for my PhD. This aims to examine the discourse between primary science coordinators and trainee teachers.
Elaine teaches Science and Design and Technology on the Undergraduate and Postgraduate teacher training programmes.
Elaine is particularly interested in leadership of a subject in schools and how leaders use talk to ‘do’ leadership. My PhD is focused on considering how talking to a primary school science leader supports trainees’ professional development during teaching practice.