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Debbie Myers

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

I currently work as a Senior Lecturer and primary teacher educator at Northumbria University delivering primary education programmes. As Year 3 Leader and Year 3 Internship Placement Lead I work with school-based mentors to support student teachers in their development as reflective practitioners during their teaching placements.

I have previously held a range of posts within primary education including as Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, English Consultant, Professional Development Lead (Science Learning Centre North East, Durham University) and as an NQT Mentor supporting the entry of those new to the teaching profession.  I have also worked as a Senior Lecturer and STEM provider at Canterbury Christ Church University, Manchester Metropolitan, Durham and Sunderland Universities (English). I am also a nationally accredited provider of professional development (STEM Learning) designing science education projects and workshops to support school development and teachers’ classroom practices.

My research interests include: play-based learning; the child as curious adventurer, the teacher as naïve fellow investigator. Inquiry-based learning; teacher agency; supporting student teachers as pedagogical designers. Building the science capital of pupils in areas of disadvantage. Ecopedagogy; learning in nature; education for sustainable development. Children’s Literature as bibliotherapy.

Publications

Myers D. (2019) Re-Coupling Nature and Culture: How Can Primary Teacher Educators Enable Pre-service Teachers and Their Pupils to Breathe Life Back into Humanity’s Tin Forests? In: Leal Filho W., Consorte McCrea A. (eds) Sustainability and the Humanities. Springer, Cham. Awarded prize as one of three best papers.

Myers, D. (2015) ‘Enacting Darby’s Notion of Engaging Science Pedagogy.’ Science Teacher Education. July. Association of Science Education.

Myers, D. (2014) In Waugh, D., Allott, K., and Jolliffe, W. (2014) Primary English for Trainee Teachers. Chapter Seven 'Fiction'. London: Sage.

Primary science education resarch proejct: case-study

Curiouser and Curiouser: Supporting Pupils Independent Enquiries in Science (SPIES) Principal investigator and CPD lead: researching the value of using science inquiry as a way of knowing to develop the scientific capital of primary pupils living in an area of social and economic disadvantage.

This project was awarded ‘highly commended’ in the BERA-BCF Curriculum Journal Prize 2016 by the British Curriculum Forum and selected for the final Cambridge Primary Review Trust Conference: Primary Education: What is and What Might Be (2016).

The science education strand of this project received small grant funding awarded by the AstraZeneca Science Teaching trust (Primary Science Teaching Trust).

Project dissemination:

Myers, D., McGrory, M. and Westgate, C. (2018) We the Curious! Developing an enquiry-led curriculum to operationalise pupil voice in an area of significant social and economic disadvantage. British Educational Research Association (BERA). University of Northumbria. 

Myers, D. (2016) Take Three Eggs: Recipe Science or Working Scientifically? Primary teachers’ shifting perceptions of the value of using science inquiry as a way of knowing. British Educational Research Association (BERA) University of Leeds.

Myers, D., McGrory, M. and Westgate, C. (2016) 'Curiouser and Curiouser', Primary Science. 142 March/April. Association of Science Education.

Project web-page: https://pstt.org.uk/what-we-do/primary-science-teacher-college/projects/supporting-independent-enquiry

Project

Myers, D. (2017) Mighty Micro-organisms - Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde? Human survival in an ancient kingdom. Facilitating primary teachers’ participation in action research to develop creative pedagogies. Supported by a Microbiology Society Microbiology in Schools Funding Award 2016 (MSF16/17).

Conferences: Presentation of papers:

Myers, D. (2017) ‘Letters to Darwin,’ A case-study to critically evaluate how primary pupils' perceptions of plant and animal adaptive traits were mediated by a programme of teaching interventions. British Educational Research Association (BERA). University of Sussex. 

Myers, D. (2017) 'Future Worlds - Storm Survival': Facilitating Pupils’ Epistemic Curiosity and Creativity. National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Myers, D. (2016) ‘Take Three Eggs: Recipe Science or Working Scientifically? Primary teachers' shifting perceptions of the value of using science inquiry as a way of knowing’. British Educational Research Association (BERA). University of Leeds.

Myers, D. and McGrory, M. (2016) 'Curiouser and Curiouser'. International Primary Science Conference, Belfast. • Panel Discussion: Evidence-informed practice - the rewards and the challenges.

Curiouser and Curiouser' (2016) ASE Annual Conference. University of Birmingham.

'Peer Review in Initial Teacher Education' (2016) University of Birmingham.

'Enabling Effective Transfers and Transitions from Primary to Secondary School' (2015) The Reflective Practitioner Conference. Durham University.

'Exploring professional identity through metaphor and role-play.' (2015) The Reflective Practitioner Conference. Durham University. 

'A Game of Snakes and Ladders? Preparing for the NQT Year' (2014) Teaching and Learning Conference. Durham University.

Supporting Pupils' Independent Enquiry Studies' (2014) Poster Presentation. 4th Annual Science Conference. Primary Science Teaching Trust. At-Bristol Science Centre, Bristol University.

Campus Address

D112, Coach Lane Campus West,
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE7 7XA

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Re-Coupling Nature and Culture, Myers, D. 23 Aug 2018, Sustainability and the Humanities, Cham, Switzerland, Springer
  • Fiction, Myers, D. 11 Apr 2017, Primary English for Trainee Teachers (Transforming QTS), UK, SAGE
  • Enacting Darby’s Notion of Engaging Science Pedagogy, Myers, D. 1 Jul 2015, In: Science Teacher Education


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