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Christopher Collier

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Personal statement

Chris Collier lectures in education on both the Initial Teacher Education and Education Studies programmes.

On the undergraduate Education Studies course he is module leader for the second year Environment and Education module, jointly leads the third year Learning in Science module and teaches on the final year Teaching and Professionalism module. Also he is a tutor for a number of final year dissertation students.

On the ITE programme, he is joint coordinator of science on the PGCE Primary and Early Years course. He has been an academic tutor on the PGCE programme since 2005, a science tutor (also since 2005) for primary science education and a tutor on the Teachers as Researchers strand of the PGCE course. He has developed the science teaching on the part-time early years PGCE course since the inception of the course.

He a founder member of the Centre for Research in Early Scientific Learning (CRESL)and is heavily involved in the centre's research activity. Currently he is involved in the Centre's three-year research project into assessment of science in primary schools.

Before joining the University, Chris taught in a primary school on the Isle of Wight for 7 years, including acting as assistant headteacher and as science subject leader. Prior to this he worked as an environmental geologist both as a consultant and a protection officer.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Jt. Hons.) University of Keele
  • PGCE University College Chichester
  • MSc University College London.

Professional qualifications

  • BA (Jt. Hons.) Geology and Biology
  • PGCE
  • MSc Hydrogeology.

Professional memberships

  • Earth Science Teachers Association
  • Centre for Research in Early Scientific Learning (CRESL).

Teaching specialism

  • Science teaching and learning
  • Professionalism in education
  • Environment and Sustainability. 

Current scholarship

Chris's current research interests include teacher assessment of science in primary schools, a three-year project funded by the Primary Science Teaching Trust. Other research recent research interests include a project funded by AstraZeneca Teaching Trust into science teaching and learning in early years settings. Also he has been involved with projects into the use of dataloggers to support pupil data interpretation skills and assessment of science enquiry skills using electronic devices. He has recently been part of a team writing a general initial teaching education text on science teaching of 3-7 year-olds. He has completed consultancy work on creative learning environments in education.

Other external roles

  • Providing primary and early years science consultancy
  • Funded by Primary Science Teaching Trust to research assessment of science in primary schools. Previously funded by AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust to develop a project with primary and secondary schools to enhance and develop data interpretation skills through eco-monitoring. Previous projects funded by AstraZeneca Teaching Trust include assessing science and technology skills using the e-scape system
  • Governor for a teaching federation in Somerset
  • Funded to complete a literature survey of learning environments in education by Teaching and Learning Scotland
  • Completion of an evaluation of the Active Learning in Primary Science project, a joint collaboration between Bristol Local Authority and Science Learning Centre South-west.

Recent professional updating

  • ASE Annual Conference University of Leeds 2005
  • ESTA Annual Conference University of Bristol 2006
  • ASE Annual Conference University of Liverpool 2008
  • ASE Annual Conference University of Reading 2011
  • ICASE Conference: Innovation in Science and Technology Education, University of Tartu, Estonia 2010
  • International Society of Educational Research (ISER) World Conference, Kapadoyka, Turkey 2014.

Research and academic outputs

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Science 5-11: a guide for teachers. 3rd ed
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Howe, A, Collier, C, McMahon, K, Earle, S and Davies, D (2017) Science 5-11: a guide for teachers. 3rd ed. Routledge, London. ISBN 9781138690578


Teaching science and technology in the early years (3-7). 2nd ed
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Davies, D, Earle, S, Collier, C, Digby, R, Howe, A and McMahon, K (2014) Teaching science and technology in the early years (3-7). 2nd ed. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9780415825580


The primary science and technology encyclopaedia
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Davies, D, Collier, C, Howe, A and McMahon, K (2011) The primary science and technology encyclopaedia. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9780415478182


Science 5-11: a guide for teachers. 2nd ed
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Davies, D, Towler, L, Scott, T, Collier, C, Howe, A and McMahon, K (2009) Science 5-11: a guide for teachers. 2nd ed. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415480468


Teacher assessment of science in English primary schools
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Davies, D, Earle, S, Collier, C, Digby, R, Howe, A and McMahon, K (2016) 'Teacher assessment of science in English primary schools.' In: Lavonen, J, Juuti, K, Lampiselkä, J, Uitto, A and Hahl, K, eds. Electronic proceedings of the ESERA 2015 Conference - Science Education Research: Engaging Learners for a Sustainable Future. (co-ed. Jens Dolin & Per Kind) (Pt. 11). University of Helsinki, Helsinki, pp. 1577-1588. ISBN 9789515115416


Creative pedagogies in early years science: thematic planning and sustained scientific dialogues
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McMahon, K, Howe, A, Davies, D, Collier, C and Earle, S (2016) 'Creative pedagogies in early years science: thematic planning and sustained scientific dialogues.' In: Lavonen, J, Juuti, K, Lampiselkä, J, Uitto, A and Hahl, K, eds. Electronic proceedings of the ESERA 2015 Conference - Science Education Research: Engaging Learners for a Sustainable Future. (co-ed.Esmé Glauert & Fani Stylianidou), Pt. 15 . University of Helsinki, Helsinki, pp. 2626-2638. ISBN 9789515115416


Developing thinking and learning skills in science
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Collier, C and Digby, R (2014) 'Developing thinking and learning skills in science.' In: Vickery, A, ed. Developing active learning in the primary classroom. Sage, London, pp. 154-173. ISBN 9781446255469


A thematic approach to humans and animals in Early Years education
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Collier, C and McMahon, K (2014) 'A thematic approach to humans and animals in Early Years education.' In: Davies, D, Howe, A, Collier, C, Digby, R, Earle, S and McMahon, K, eds. Teaching science and technology in the early years (3-7). 2nd ed. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 125-144. ISBN 9780415825580


Evaluating the effectiveness of a teaching intervention in developing pre-service primary teachers’ knowledge of rock identification
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Collier, C (2010) 'Evaluating the effectiveness of a teaching intervention in developing pre-service primary teachers’ knowledge of rock identification.' In: Holbrook, J, Rannikmae, M, Soobard, R, Cavas, B and Kim, M, eds. Proceedings of ICASE 2010: Innovation in Science and Technology Education. International Council of Associations for Science Education, pp. 43-45.


Creative teaching and learning in 'materials and their properties'
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Collier, C (2006) 'Creative teaching and learning in 'materials and their properties'.' In: Oliver, A, ed. Creative teaching : science in the early years and primary classroom. David Fulton, London, pp. 143-160. ISBN 9781843122593


Development and exemplification of a model for Teacher Assessment in Primary Science
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Davies, D. J, Earle, S, McMahon, K, Howe, A and Collier, C (2017) 'Development and exemplification of a model for Teacher Assessment in Primary Science.' International Journal of Science Education. ISSN 0950-0693


Preparing science teachers for assessment without levels
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Davies, D, Collier, C, Earle, S, Howe, A and McMahon, K (2015) 'Preparing science teachers for assessment without levels.' Science Teacher Education, 72 (Feb). pp. 9-16. ISSN 0961-6152


The roles and development needs of teachers to promote creativity: a systematic review of literature
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Davies, D, Jindal-Snape, D, Digby, R, Howe, A, Collier, C and Hay, P (2014) 'The roles and development needs of teachers to promote creativity: a systematic review of literature.' Teaching and Teacher Education, 41 (July). pp. 34-41. ISSN 0742-051X


Creative learning environments in education : a systematic literature review
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Davies, D, Jindal-Snape, D, Collier, C, Digby, R, Hay, P and Howe, A (2013) 'Creative learning environments in education : a systematic literature review.' Thinking Skills and Creativity, 8 (April). pp. 80-91. ISSN 1871-1871


The impact of creative learning environments on learners: a systematic literature review
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Davies, D, Jindal-Snape, D, Collier, C, Digby, R, Hay, P and Howe, A (2013) 'The impact of creative learning environments on learners: a systematic literature review.' Improving Schools, 16 (1). pp. 21-31. ISSN 1365-4802


A matter of interpretation: developing primary pupils' enquiry skills using position-linked datalogging
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Davies, D, Collier, C and Howe, A (2012) 'A matter of interpretation: developing primary pupils' enquiry skills using position-linked datalogging.' Research in Science & Technological Education, 30 (3). pp. 311-325. ISSN 0263-5143


Assessing scientific and technological enquiry skills at age 11 using the e-scape system
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Davies, D, Collier, C and Howe, A (2012) 'Assessing scientific and technological enquiry skills at age 11 using the e-scape system.' International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 22 (2). pp. 247-263. ISSN 0957-7572


Why is the infant playground more polluted?
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Davies, D, Collier, C and Howe, A (2011) 'Why is the infant playground more polluted?' Primary Science, 118. pp. 10-13. ISSN 0269-2465


E-scape assessment
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Davies, D, Collier, C, Howe, A and McMahon, K (2010) 'E-scape assessment.' Primary Science, 115. pp. 18-21. ISSN 0269-2465


Modelling dialogic teaching in primary science teacher education
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Davies, D, Collier, C, Howe, A and McMahon, K (2008) 'Modelling dialogic teaching in primary science teacher education.' Science Teacher Education, 53 (Nov). pp. 12-16. ISSN 0961-6152


Teacher assessment of science in English primary schools
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Davies, D, McMahon, K, Howe, A, Collier, C, Digby, R and Earle, S (2015) Teacher assessment of science in English primary schools. In: ESERA2015 : 11th Biannual Conference of the European Science Education Research Association, 31 August- 4 September 2015, Helsinki, Finland.


Creative pedagogies in early years science: thematic planning and sustained scientific dialogues
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McMahon, K, Howe, A, Davies, D, Collier, C and Earle, S (2015) Creative pedagogies in early years science: thematic planning and sustained scientific dialogues. In: ESERA2015 : 11th Biannual Conference of the European Science Education Research Association, 31 August - 4 September 2015, Helsinki, Finland.


Approaches to assessment of science in English primary schools
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Howe, A and Collier, C (2014) Approaches to assessment of science in English primary schools. In: iSER 2014 World Conference, October 29 – November 2 2014, Cappadocia, Turkey.


Approaches to teacher education in primary science likely to ensure pre-service teachers are equipped with adequate science subject knowledge
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Collier, C and Howe, A (2014) Approaches to teacher education in primary science likely to ensure pre-service teachers are equipped with adequate science subject knowledge. In: iSER 2014 World Conference, October 29 – November 2 2014, Cappadocia, Turkey.


Primary science enquiry assessment using real-time e-portfolios: the e-scape project
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Davies, D, Collier, C, Howe, A and McMahon, K (2011) Primary science enquiry assessment using real-time e-portfolios: the e-scape project. In: Association for Science Education Annual Conference, 5 - 10 January 2011, University of Reading.


Modelling dialogic teaching in primary science teacher education
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Davies, D, McMahon, K, Howe, A and Collier, C (2008) Modelling dialogic teaching in primary science teacher education. In: ASE BERA Science SIG Conference, 2-5 January 2008, Liverpool University, Liverpool.


The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) school self-evaluation tool [updated]
commissioned_report

Earle, S, McMahon, K, Collier, C, Howe, A and Davies, D (2017) The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) school self-evaluation tool [updated]. Primary Science Teaching Trust, Bristol.


The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) school self-evaluation tool
commissioned_report

Earle, S, McMahon, K, Collier, C, Howe, A and Davies, D (2016) The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) school self-evaluation tool.


Introducing the TAPS pyramid model
commissioned_report

Earle, S, Davies, D, McMahon, K, Collier, C, Howe, A and Digby, R (2015) Introducing the TAPS pyramid model. Primary Science Teaching Trust, Primary Science Teaching Trust website.


Approaches to Science assessment in English primary schools: teachers' summary
commissioned_report

Davies, D, Collier, C, Earle, S, Howe, A and McMahon, K (2014) Approaches to Science assessment in English primary schools: teachers' summary.


Approaches to Science assessment in English primary schools: interim findings from the Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project
commissioned_report

Davies, D, Collier, C, Earle, S, Howe, A and McMahon, K (2014) Approaches to Science assessment in English primary schools: interim findings from the Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project.


The Carnmenellis Granite: hydrogeological, hydrogeochemical and geothermal characteristics including parts of hydrometric areas 48 and 49 [map]
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Davenport, M, Smedley, P, Kay, R, Robins, N, Collier, C and Burfitt, K (1990) The Carnmenellis Granite: hydrogeological, hydrogeochemical and geothermal characteristics including parts of hydrometric areas 48 and 49 [map].


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