Staff Profiles: Dr. Colin Forster

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Dr. Colin Forster

Staff Profile: Dr. Colin Forster
Senior Lecturer in Primary Education: Science

Dr. Colin Forster

Dr. Colin Forster

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education: Science

Education and Learning

Colin teaches as a member of the primary science and professional studies teams, following a successful career as a teacher in various schools and educational settings.

Telephone: +44 (0)1242 714633 Email: cforster@glos.ac.uk

Biography

Colin began teaching in South London, working in schools with diverse populations in areas of deprivation. He developed expertise in behaviour management and inclusion and was the science co-ordinator in two schools. His teaching post was as a deputy head teacher, before joining the University in 2005. Colin is keen to support student teachers, particularly through an approach known as 'Action Research', and has a passion to help student teachers understand the power of science education to support children's ability to think critically and intelligently about scientific ideas.

Qualifications

Award Title Institution Date
BEd (Hons) Primary Education, specialism in Science and Maths Kingston University 1997
MA (Ed) Masters in Education Kingston University
PGCFHE PGCert in Further and Higher Education University of Gloucestershire 2003
EdD Education Doctorate University of Gloucestershire 2011

Membership of professional bodies

Member of the Association of Science Education

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching and research

Teaching

Teaching areas include primary science, professional issues such as behaviour management, action research, and professional development for early career teachers.

Level

Undergraduate, Postgraduate

Research

Homework in primary schools, learning in primary science, action research methodology and retention of male students on the Primary PGCE.

External responsibilities

External examining

External Examiner for PGDip in Performing Arts Leadership, Royal Northern College of Music External Examiner for Primary PGCE, Kingston University