Neil-Taylor

Neil Taylor

Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching and Student Experience), Senior Lecturer

Biography

Neil Taylor is a lecturer in science and related STEM subjects. Neil has
taught on the B. Ed, PGDE (P), PGDE (S) and TQFE programmes. As a result of
these experiences Neil has developed an interest in effective transitions as
learners move from one learning experience to another and the effective use of
blended and online learning.

Before joining the education team at the University of Dundee Neil was
Principal teacher of Physics and taught Physics and science in several schools
in Fife Council. Neil was also seconded at local and national level to support
the development and implementation of 5-14 science.

Neil supports teachers' CPD in collaboration with Dundee Science Centre and
in the past has supported teachers' CPD in science education with organisations
such as the Association for Science Education and the Institute of Physics.

Degrees & Qualifications

  • University of Abertay: BSc Physics and Chemistry
  • Dundee College of Education: PGCE(S), Physics and Chemistry
  • University of Dundee: Dip. Ed
  • University of Dundee: Advanced Dip. Ed

Research

Research Interests

  • Science education
  • Effective transitions: from primary to secondary and from secondary to HE
  • The effective use of ICT
  • Effective teaching and learning

Research Funding

  • 2012-2013: Along with T. Moran, Evaluation Fife Council's music initiative
    entitled, 'Ukulele in the Primary Classroom'.
  • 2011-2013: Co- investigator (UoD) and Work Package Leader for work package 7: Social Networking: eLene2learn, EU Lifelong Learning Programme.
    (Website: http://www.elene2learn.eu/)
  • 2004-2005: Along with A. Thurston, Scottish Government funded evaluation of
    the "Effects of Small Grants Scheme on Pupils' Attitudes Towards Science and
    Transition from Primary to Secondary School". 

Teaching

Teaching

  • PGDE (Secondary) Science and Physics
  • PGDE (Primary) Science and Technologies
  • B. Ed (Primary) Science, Technologies, Thinking Skills, Thesis supervision

Administration

  • Deputy Head of College Quality Enhancement
  • Convenor of School Academic Quality Assurance Committee
  • Co-Convenor of STEM Net Research Committee
  • School Internationalisation Committee
  • School Board
  • School Teaching and Learning Committee
  • International Development Coordinator (Education)
  • Formerly Programme Director of PGDE (Secondary) 

Publications

Chapters

Taylor, N., 2010 Taylor, N. (2010) 'Effective Use of ICT' in Kibble, B.,
Kean, J. & Yates, C. (Eds) Science: Interpreting Excellence.
Fortuna, C., Henderson, S., McLuckie, J., Rodrigues, S.,
Syme-Smith, L., Taylor, N. & Williamson, G, 2010
Fortuna, C., Henderson, S., McLuckie, J., Rodrigues, S.,
Syme-Smith, L., Taylor, N. and Williamson, G. (2010) A conversation between
colleagues: defining multiple literacy in science education. In: S. Rodrigues,
Multiple Literacy and Science Education: ICTs in Formal and Informal Learning
Environments. IGI Global, Hershey, NY: Information Science Reference, pp. 1-10.
Fortuna. C, Henderson. S, McLuckie, J., Rodrigues, S.,
Taylor, N. & Williamson, G., 2009
Fortuna. C, Henderson. S, McLuckie, J., Rodrigues, S.,
Taylor, N. & Williamson, G., (2009) Multiple Literacy and Science Education:
Icts in Formal and Informal Learning Environments.

Journal Papers

Taylor, N. & Rodrigues, S., 2010 Taylor, N. & Rodrigues, S. (2010). Student teachers
developing skills in ICT: A case study from a blended teacher education
programme. Science Teacher Education, 58(1), 10-15.
Rodrigues, S., Taylor, N., Cameron, M., Syme-Smith, L.,
& Fortuna, C, 2010
Rodrigues, S., Taylor, N., Cameron, M., Syme-Smith, L.,
& Fortuna, C. (2010). Questioning Chemistry: The role of level, familiarity,
language and taxonomy, Science Education International, 21(1), 31-46.
McLuckie, J., Rodrigues, S., Taylor, N. & Williamson,
G., 2006
McLuckie, J., Rodrigues, S., Taylor, N. & Williamson,
G. (2006). Scientific literacy, e-literacy and illiteracy: The interaction
between two pupils and one simulation. Science Education International, 18(1),
5-14.

Conference Presentations

Airnes, J., Grant, L-J., Rodrigues, S., Taylor, N. &
Pieroni, W., 2011
Airnes, J., Grant, L-J., Rodrigues, S., Taylor, N. &
Pieroni, W. (2011). Supporting Transition from Primary to Secondary using
science and ICT. International Organization for Science and Technology Education
(IOSTE) Northern Europe mini-symposium, Limerick, 2011.
Taylor, N., Syme-Smith, L., Rodrigues, S., Fortuna, C.
& Cameron, M., 2010
Taylor, N., Syme-Smith, L., Rodrigues, S., Fortuna, C.
& Cameron, M. (2010). The relationship between science questions, levels of
perceived confidence and science answers: Patterns in data collected through an
interactive response system. In: Canadian International Conference on Education
Proceedings (CICE-2010). Conference held 26-28 April 2010, Toronto,
Canada.
Boath, L., Taylor, N. & Rodrigues, S., 2009 Boath, L., Taylor, N. & Rodrigues, S. (2009). Links
between principles of PARSEL and Curriculum for Excellence ' A Scottish
Perspective. Popularity and Relevance of Science Education for Scientific
Literacy (PARSEL), Berlin, 2009.
Taylor, N. & Rodrigues, S., 2009 Taylor, N. & Rodrigues, S. (2009). Developing teacher
identity, teacher confidence and classroom practice: the influence of a blended
science teacher education programme. In Science Education: Shared Issues, Common
Future: Interantional Science Education Conference Proceedings, pg 2108-2127,
ISEC Conference, National Institute of Education, Singapore 24-26th November
2009

Professional Publications

Taylor, N. & Thurston, A. , 2005 Taylor, N. & Thurston, A. (2005) Effects of Small
Grants Scheme on Pupils' Attitudes Towards Science and Transition from Primary
to Secondary School. Research Report compiled for Scottish Executive Education
Department.