Speaker Biographies: Prof Keith Taber

Prof Taber will be discussing research ethics in education research at MICER 2017. Registration is now open.

taber_keithAfter graduating in chemistry, Keith Taber trained as a teacher of chemistry and physics, and taught sciences in comprehensive secondary schools in England. He moved into further education where he taught physics and chemistry to A level, science studies to adult students, and research methods on an undergraduate education programme. He acted as the mentor for trainee science teachers on placement at the college. Whilst working as a teacher Keith earned a diploma in the Practice of Science Education, his masters degree (MSc) for research into girls’ under-representation in physics, and his doctorate (PhD) for research into conceptual development in chemistry.

Keith joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge in 1999. Initially he was involved primarily in initial teacher education. He is now the Professor of Science Education and teaches educational research methods across a range of faculty courses, whilst leading the Science, Technology and Mathematics Education academic group. Keith was the RSC Teacher Fellow for 2000-1, undertaking a project on Challenging Chemical Misconceptions, and he served a stint as Chair of the RSC’s Chemical Education Research SIG. Keith Taber was the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Education Award Winner 2014, an award made “For extensive research that has contributed significantly to the teaching and learning of chemistry concepts”. He is editor of Chemistry Education Research and Practice and an editorial board member for Education in Chemistry.

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