University of Hertfordshire

Dr Claire Dickerson

Claire Dickerson

Dr Claire Dickerson

Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom

Overview

Claire’s research areas include: teacher education and pedagogy; science education; educational leadership; and higher education. Drawing on her experience as a researcher in the health and education sectors, Claire has been involved in research in different settings in education (including higher education, teacher education and schools) and in health and social care.

Prior to joining the University, Claire had extensive experience of conducting clinical research studies in the Clinical Pharmacology Unit, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge.

Selected projects completed in collaboration with colleagues include: 

2014-2017 Learning how to learn in higher education. A School of Education study designed to explore how students learn how to learn in transition to higher education and throughout a three year BA Education Studies programme. 

2015-2016 Evaluation of the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) 2013-15. This research project was designed to explore the overall impact of the PSQM programme from 2013-15 and wider issues relating to primary science teaching, learning and subject leadership, and to evaluate the PSQM programme against its five aims. The research was funded by the Primary Science Teaching Trust. 

Selected findings that illustrate what the research participants understood by good science learning, teaching and leadership in primary school are shown in a research-rich picture:

2014-2015 Higher Education Academy (HEA) strategic enhancement programmes. The University of Hertfordshire engaged with two HEA strategic enhancement programmes designed to explore and develop student-staff partnership and partnership learning communities. One of these programmes was funded by the HEA and the other was supported by the HEA.

A report is available to share case studies of student-staff partnership work at the University and a research based resource to support the development of partnership learning communities.

2013-2014 Investigation of the experiences of school-based teacher educators in order to understand the impact that this role had on their teaching and leadership and to develop an awareness of their professional development needs. Project funded by a research grant from the University of Hertfordshire Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Research Institute (SSAHRI).

2011-2013 Evaluation of the impact of flexible delivery of the Brent Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years on the development of student-practitioners' professional identities and practice. Project funded by the University of Hertfordshire Charitable Trust. 

2008-2011 BEd(Hons) in Primary Mathematics (Malaysia) longitudinal research programme. This programme was conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Education Malaysia and colleagues in Institut Perguruan Kota Bharu and Institut Perguruan Temenggong Ibrahim. The research is documented in several articles and in a report: Learning together through international collaboration in teacher education in Malaysia.

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