Dr Lauren Boath
- Senior Lecturer in Education (Physics) (School of Education)
Lauren has a background in higher education and as a teacher of physics and science in Scotland, having undertaken her first degree in Physics at the University of Strathclyde and teacher education (PGCE in physics with science) at Dundee University. During a two-year secondment to Learning & Teaching Scotland and Education Scotland, Lauren had responsibility at a national level for developments in sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for 3 - 18 year olds including the STEM Central project, and involvement in development of the new National Qualifications in sciences.
Lauren completed her PhD in science education at Trinity College, Dublin exploring children's learning in science beyond the teacher led, for which she worked with 1100 children in 13 primary and secondary schools in five Scottish local authorities, using a children’s rights-based approach to children’s voice, underpinned by Vygotsky’s cultural-historical theory.
In her role as a Lecturer in Education at the University of Dundee. Lauren had key responsibility in the oversight of development, accreditation and implementation of an innovative route into secondary STEM teaching, integrating initial teacher education with the General Teaching Council for Scotland Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS). Other leadership responsibility included acting as assessment convener and module leader for Masters-level academic modules and professional practice (placement) modules.
As Senior Lecturer in Education in the University of Glasgow's School of Education, Lauren continues to be responsible for developing beginning and qualified teachers, both within science and more widely across the Master's level programmes and has broader responsibility for the ITE and undergraduate portfolio in the School of Education in her role as Director of Initial Teacher Education and Undergraduate.
SELECTED CAREER HISTORY
Director of Initial Teacher Education and Undergraduate, School of Education
Senior Lecturer in Science Education (Physics)
2015 - 2020
Associate Tutor / Lecturer in Education, University of Dundee
Thesis Marker, Postgraduate Masters in Education, Trinity College Dublin
Supply Teacher (Physics / Science). Fife Council
2013 - 2015
Science Learning Manager, Dundee Science Centre
2010 - 2016
Marker, Standard Grade Physics, Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
2011 - 2013
Development Officer (sciences), Learning & Teaching Scotland / Education Scotland (secondment)
2009 - 2013
Teacher of Physics & Science, Monifieth High School, Angus
2006 - 2008
Teacher of Physics, High School of Dundee, Dundee
2005 - 2011
A variety of additional professional roles including as a Qualifications Development Specialist for SQA Intermediate 1 and 2 and Higher Physics assessments, Item Writer for the Scottish Survey of Achievement, Writer and peer reviewer for Learning & Teaching Scotland, Consultant for Angel Eye Media science films commissioned by the BBC
1997 - 2005
Roles with the Universities of Dundee, Aberdeen and Abertay, including working with the North Forum for Widening Access and Participation University for Children & Communities project, and as Student Records Officer at the University of Abertay
Lauren's research interests include: science learning; children's rights and voice; teacher education and teacher professional learning; student voice.
She is currently working on research relating to:
- teacher educators' experiences of professional learning within an HEI;
- understanding beginning teachers' perceptions of 'teacher qualities' and their development through a teacher education programme;
- inclusive practice and 'preparedness' for teaching.
University of Sydney - University of Glasgow Ignition Grants (20000 AUS $)
Pre-Service Teacher Preparedness for Understanding Quality Inclusive Education
PI (Glasgow) Dr Ines Alves, School of Education, CoSS
University of Dundee School of Education & Social Work Seed Grant (£405)
The child as coresearcher in the early years: A children’s rights-based methodology to improve the outdoor learning environment while supporting children’s autonomy
Current PhD students in:
Mathematics Education, second supervisor with Dr Ismail Zembat
Inclusive Education, second supervisor with Dr Ines Alves
Examples of completed supervision
Alexia Barrable: A new focus for education? Nature connection as a goal for all education: theoretical, research and practical perspectives (Ph.D. by publication 2020; first supervisor Professor Divya Jindal-Snape, second supervisor Dr Lauren Boath)
Master of Education (integrated undergraduate) Primary Education with Teaching Qualification dissertation students:
To what extent has the Coronavirus Pandemic negatively impacted the Scottish Government’s attempt to close the poverty related attainment gap? (MEduc 2022)
What pedagogical approaches can be implemented in the classroom to promote and develop ecological resiliency in children and young people? (MEduc 2022)
What methods and resources could mainstream schools adapt from ASN Schools to make education more inclusive for learners with ASN in P1-3? (MEduc 2022)
How can Scottish educators use what is known in research to support the learning and wellbeing of refugee learners in the classroom? (MEduc 2022)
MEd Professional Practice dissertation students:
A mixed methods investigation of the impact of using e-books on children’s reading engagement and comprehension skills in a first level classroom (MEd 2021)
An Exploratory Study on the Factors that Contribute to Test Anxiety in Secondary School Students Utilising the S-REF model. With Implications for Classroom Practice (MEd 2021)
How effective is retrieval practice as a learning strategy for children aged five to eleven? (MEd 2021)
The effective development and assessment of pupils' inquiry skills in Scottish high school classrooms (MEd 2021)
Understanding the value of written input in secondary school classroom, and exploring strategies to teach writing skills to young people (MEd 2021)
MSc Educational Studies dissertation students:
How to improve biology education in primary and secondary schools: an extended literature review (MSc 2020)
Understanding microsystem level factors associated with traditional school bullying in China and a whole-school intervention approach: an extended literature (MSc 2020)
MEd dissertation student:
Student experiences and perceptions of self-efficacy in a grammar class using a flipped classroom model: a mixed-methods exploratory study in a Saudi college (MEd awarded 2019)
In 2022/23, Lauren is the Course Leader for Year 5 Education dissertations for students in the undergraduate integrated Master of Education (Primary Education) with Teaching Qualification, in addition to supervising six students. She continues to oversee the sciences within the curriculum enquiry strand of the undergraduate programme, teaching in Year 2-4, as well as having responsibility for the sciences within the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in the Curriculum, Pedagogies and Practice courses for Primary and for Secondary students. She is a seminar tutor within the Year 5 Education in Practice course.
In 2021/22 Lauren was Course Leader for Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy: Understanding Learners, an optional course within the MSc Education (online distance learning) programme.
In 2020/21, Lauren was Course Leader for the PGDE course 'Understanding Learning and Teaching', as well as teaching, assessing and supervising within:
- PGDE 'Understanding Learning and Teaching' and 'Professional Enquiry' courses;
- PGDE 'Learning & Teaching in the Primary / Secondary' (BGE science for primary and secondary) included exploration and building upon children's existing ideas of science, science pedagogies beyond the content exploring nature connection and empathy in science learning;
- MEduc Education with Primary Teaching Qualification (BGE science for primary, interdisciplinary learning through arts, drama and science, focusing on the intersection of science and human rights ('being human') and exploring the environment through nature connection and empathy;
- MEd Professional Practice with PGDE (professional enquiry and decision making, dissertation supervision);
- MSc Educational Studies (contemporary issues seminars).
In 2020/21 Lauren supported colleagues in the review and successful reaccreditation of the Postgraduate Dipoma in Education, in particular focussing on the new Research & Enquiry-Led Learning and Teaching course, a core 30 credit Masters-level course within the PGDE.
During her career, Lauren has taught and assessed on professional graduate (PGDE) and postgraduate certificate and diploma (PGCE/PGDE) programmes in education. She has developed and delivered Master’s-level learning in primary science teaching for early-career teachers, funded by Scottish Government, and has supervised undergraduate, MEd and PhD dissertations. Lauren has also supported teachers undertaking mentoring roles within schools, including those participating in Master's-level learning about mentoring and coaching.
Professional activities & recognition
Professional & learned societies
- 2022: Representative for School of Education, University of Glasgow, Scottish Council of Deans of Education
- 2022: Representative for School of Education, University of Glasgow, Scottish Universities Inclusion Group
- 2008 - 2010: Annual Conference Chair 2010, Association for Science Education (Scotland)
- 2005 - 2010: Tayside & Fife Committee Member, Association for Science Education (Scotland)
Selected international presentations
- 2023: American Association of College for Teacher Education 75th Annual Meeting (Indianapolis, IN, USA)
- 2021: International Congress to School Effectiveness and Improvement (Virtual Congress)
01/10/2022 - present External Examiner for University of St Andrews, interdisciplinary modules ID4001 Communication and Teaching in Science and ID4002 Communication and Teaching in Arts
01/10/2021 - present External Examiner for University of Strathclyde Understanding Inclusive Education, Providing Effective Educational Support and Inclusive Pedagogy modules with the MEd programme.
Boath, L. (2019) Children’s aspirations and perceptions of science learning beyond the teacher-led. Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland.
Murphy, C. & Boath, L. (2016) Decolonising Educational Research. Trinity College Dublin School of Education Research Seminar Series 2016-17, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland.
McAdam, M., & Boath, L. (2012). Curriculum Area Impact Project in Sciences 3-18: Report Launch. Scottish Learning Festival 2012, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Professional learning for practitioners including advice, guidance and exemplification for sciences in Curriculum for Excellence, published by Learning & Teaching Scotland and Education Scotland
Boath, L. (2012) Skills for Science: Advice, Guidance and Exemplification for National 5 Physics
Boath, L. (2012) Skills for Science: Advice, Guidance and Exemplification for National 4 Physics
Boath, L. (2012) Food Security: Advice, Guidance and Exemplification for National 5 Biology with colleagues from the Scottish Science Equipment Research Centre
Boath, L., Nielsen, N. (2012) Nuclear Chemistry: Advice, Guidance and Exemplification for National 5 Chemistry
Higham, H., Boath, L. (2012) Health and Disease: Advice, Guidance and Exemplification for National 5 Biology
Higham, H., Boath, L. (2012) Biology: Advice, Guidance and Exemplification for National 5 Biology
Boath, L. (2011) Teaching Dynamics in Revised Higher Physics: resources for learners and teachers. Materials to support teaching within the Revised Higher Physics, with a focus on dynamics.
Boath, L. (2011) Teaching Particle Accelerators in Revised Higher Physics: resources for learners and teachers. Materials to support teaching within the Revised Higher Physics, with a focus on particle accelerators, following a SCIPD visit to CERN, Geneva, funded by Learning and Teaching Scotland.
Participation by invitation in a project funded by ERSC
Boath, L., Jones, N., & Rodrigues, S. (Producer). (2012). Theory and Practice: Teacher Professional: Reflective Practice Parts I and II. Digital or Visual Products, Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqoGWvxg8IU and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRLOWMRPgz4
Participation by invitation in series of Learning & Teaching Scotland events: Climate Change as an Interdisciplinary Context for Learning in the Broad General Education (2011)
Participation by invitation in a STEM-ED project: Connecting it up: towards a Route Map for STEM Education in Scotland (2008)
Participation in a joint project of the Association for Science Education in Scotland, Scottish Technology Teachers' Association and Scottish Mathematical Council to identify and promote coherent and progressive pathways to develop key concepts and skills across STEM in education up to age 15.
Participation by invitation in a project led by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education: The Connected Nature of Learning in CfE: exemplar lessons plans integrating science and technologies in Curriculum for Excellence (2007)
Chapters in Books
Yates, C. & Boath, L., (2010) Teaching sound in the Curriculum for Excellence in Interpreting Excellence. Kibble, R (ed.) Association of Science Education, Hatfield, England. ISBN 9780955966514
Sustainability (2020) (special issue 'Teaching Sustainable Development Goals in Science Education')
International Journal of Inclusive Education (2020)
International Journal of Student Voice (2017)
Selected Media / Press
Times Educational Supplement (Scotland) (2019) Supported induction: is the fast-track into teaching working? (https://www.tes.com/magazine/article/supported-induction-fast-track-teaching-working)
The Courier (2017) Merged teaching course to see students paid wage while learning (https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/scotland/507589/merged-teaching-course-to-see-students-paid-wage-while-learning/)
The Herald (2017) Agenda: providing help and support to aspiring teachers (https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/15522714.agenda-providing-help-and-support-for-aspiring-teachers/)
Other professional membership
General Teaching Council of Scotland membership 064679 (2005 - present)