Prof. Edgar Jenkins


I am Emeritus Professor and, until 2000, was Professor of Science Education Policy. I am a former Head of the School of Education (1980-84 and 1991-5) and was Director of the Centre for Studies in Science and Mathematics Education from 1997-2000.

I've taught chemistry and biology in secondary/high schools and been heavily involved in training science graduates for the teaching profession. I have extensive experience of assessment and examining in science, and have acted as a consultant on a range of science education issues to a number of governments or their agencies.

I am the author or co-author of many books, articles or research papers, and from 1984 to 1997 edited the international research review journal, Studies in Science Education. I am also the Editor of recent volumes of the UNESCO series, Innovations in Science and Technology Education, and serve on the Editorial Boards of several international research journals concerned with science education.

I am a member of the Association for Science Education, the European Science Educational Research Association, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Royal Society of Chemistry. I serve on the Education Committee of the Royal Society of London.

Research interests

My research interests in science education policy extend from historical studies to empirical analysis of the interactions between policy and science teachers' daily work. The latter, in particular, has important implications for those seeking to change science teachers' practice and to raise the standards of work in the schools.

I have also published work concerned with the public understanding of science. Principal books include: From Armstrong to Nuffield (1979), Technological Revolution? (1986), Inarticulate Science? (1993), Investigations by Order (1996), From Steps to Stages (1998), Learning From Others (2000) and Science Education, Policy Professionalism and Change (2001).

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Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Curriculum, Pedagogy and Policy