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Oliver, Mary

Associate Professor in Science Education
Address: 
Room B18 Dearing Jubilee Campus Wollaton Road Nottingham NG8 1BB UK
Telephone: 
(0)115 748 4791
Email: 
Mary.Oliver@nottingham.ac.uk
Research interests: 

Mary's main interest is in how people learn. She is researching into the effects of a cognitive acceleration program (CASE) on students, pupils and teachers, both the cognitive and affective domains. She is  interested in what students and teachers think and understand about science, inquiry and engagement in science and using evidence to close the attainment gap. Current projects include investigating how informal science learning (outside the classroom) experiences can be used to support learning and why very able girls are underrepresented in Physics.

Mary has also  been involved in research to explore and investigate students' attitudes towards science, gifted science students' passion for science, effects of a two year teacher professional development programme on students and teachers and teachers' understanding of educational neuroscience.

Publications: 
  • WOODS-MCCONNEY, A, OLIVER, M., MCCONNEY, A., MAOR, D. and SCHIBECI, R., 2013. Science Engagement and Literacy: A Retrospective Analysis for Students in Canada and Australia. International Journal of Science Education. (In Press.)
  • TAO, Y., OLIVER, M. and VENVILLE. G., 2013. Chinese and Australian Children's Understanding of the Earth: A Cross Cultural Study of Conceptual Development Cultural Studies of Science Education. 8(2), 252-283
  • WOODS-MCCONNEY, A., OLIVER, M., MCCONNEY, A., MAOR, D. and SCHIBECI, R., 2013. Science Engagement and Literacy: A Retrospective Analysis for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Students in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia Research in Science Education. 43(1), 233-252
  • TAO, Y., OLIVER, M. and VENVILLE. G., 2013. A comparison of approaches to the teaching and learning of science in Chinese and Australian elementary classrooms Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 50(1), 33-61