Helen Gourlay is a Lecturer in STEM Education, specialising in secondary physics education. Before working in university partnership initial teacher education, Helen was a successful and innovative science teacher. She taught science and physics across the secondary age range for 17 years in comprehensive schools in London and Hertfordshire. This included working as a Head of Science in two schools. She was a Lecturer in Science Education at King’s College London from June 2010, where she led the physics education aspect of initial teacher education with Dr Alex Manning, and was responsible for the School Direct and Teach First courses. She was a Lecturer in Secondary Education (Science) at the University of East Anglia from January 2014, where she had leadership responsibility for quality assurance and School Direct.Helen Gourlay is a Lecturer in STEM Education, specialising in secondary physics education. Before working in university partnership initial teacher education,
Helen has a first degree in Natural Sciences, a PGCE and a Masters in Science Education. She has also completed a qualification for teaching in higher education. She is currently in the process of completing her Doctorate in Education (EdD), in which she is researching an intervention to support pre-service science teachers using action learning.
Helen is working with Dr Jane Essex as co-leader of the secondary PGCE programme.
Newest selected publications
Gourlay, H. (2017) 'Learning about A level physics students’ understandings of particle physics using concept mapping'. Physics Education, 52 (1). pp. 014001 - 014001. ISSN: 0031-9120 Open Access Link