Neil Taylor

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Reader - Associate Dean (Quality & Academic Standards) - Senior Lecturer

Bio

Biography

Neil Taylor is Associate Dean (Quality and Academic Standards) and Senior Lecturer in science and related STEM subjects. Neil has taught on the B. Ed, MA (Educ.),PGDE (P), PGDE (S), PGCE with SIR 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
  • using Web 2.0 tools to support transitions and develop skills for employment

Research Funding

  • 2017-2020 Co-Investigator. Successful to develop new route into Secondary STEM teaching
    In partnership with the University of Highlands and Islands successfully tendered to pilot a new pathway to Initial Teacher Education. This is aimed at increasing recruitment in STEM subjects across four rural Local Authorities. 
  • 2017-2018 Principal Investigator. Successful bid Primary Science Masters Level Summer School
    Submitted to Scottish Government a bid to deliver a 1 week primary science summer school at Masters Level to a maximum of 40 primary teachers. 
  • 2016-2017 Principal Investigator to increase recruitment to Secondary STEM subjects
    Submitted to Scottish Government a bid to support a pilot project into increasing recruitment to Secondary STEM subjects.  
  • 2016-2017 Successful bid Primary Science Masters Level Summer School
    Submitted to Scottish Government a bid to deliver a 1 week primary science summer school to a maximum of 40 primary teachers
  • 2016-2018 Co-Investigator for SMART. Erasmus plus application.
    KA2 – Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices. 
  • 2015-2019 Co-Investigator of the Evaluation of Dundee City Council’s ‘Raising Attainment’ programme.

  • 2015-2016 Co-Investigator: Further Enhancing Masters provision in Education

  • 2015-2018 Principal Investigator for Elene4Work. Erasmus plus application. KA2 – Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices. 
  • 2014-2018 Co-Investigator of the Evaluation of Dundee City Council’s ‘ASPIRE’ project
  • 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.
  • 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

 

  • PGCE with Supported Induction Route
  • PGDE (Secondary) Science and Physics
  • PGDE (Primary) Science and Technologies
  • MA (Education) Science, Technologies
  • MA Thesis supervision
    B. Ed (Primary) Science, Technologies, Thinking Skills

Administration

  • Associate Dean (Quality and Academic Standards)
  • 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

Evaluación formativa entre pares en formación inicial de profesores : una experiencia de cambio en relación a las concepciones sobre explicaciones
6/2017, Revista Sul Americana de Psicologia
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Professionalism in adult education
10/2016
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Testa - Developing one aspect of feedback review at the University of Dundee
/2016, Educational Developments
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

If you build it they will come - but will they stay? : The challenge of growing an effective digital learning community with newly qualified teachers
5/2015
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

Partnership Working : What’s In It for Us?
5/2015
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

Working in partnership to explore the use of ICT and Digital Media to Support the Development of Learning to Learn Competencies and Transition into Higher Education : a Local and European Perspective
5/2015
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

 Peer assessment between student teachers : A means of changing their conceptions and practice to explain concepts.
/2014, European Journal of Teacher Education
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Working with others
/2014
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter

The relationship between science questions, levels of perceived confidence and science answers : Patterns in data generated by primary science student teachers
6/2010
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

A conversation between colleagues : defining multiple literacy in science education
/2010
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter

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Activities

STEM Activity Day, Andover Primary School, Brechin

Richard Holme (Member), Neil Taylor (Member), Anna Robb (Member)
5 May 2015

Activity: Other activity typesSchools engagement

Activity Type: Other Activity

Be a Science Teacher - Engage Dundee 2014

Neil Taylor (Presenter)
6 May 2014

Activity: Other activity typesSchools engagement

Activity Type: Other Activity

Be a Science Teacher - Engage Dundee 2013

Neil Taylor (Presenter)
15 May 2013

Activity: Other activity typesSchools engagement

Activity Type: Other Activity

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