Dr Keith Taber - Education Award 2014 Winner

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Dr Keith Taber, Reader in Science Education at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education, and a Senior Member of Homerton College has been bestowed the Education Award 2014.  The award, made by the Royal Society of Chemistry, honours work in educational aspects of chemical sciences.  Dr Taber will receive the award for ‘extensive research that has contributed significantly to the teaching and learning of chemistry concepts’.

Dr Taber was born in Romford, England, and attended state schools in the London Borough of Havering before reading Chemistry at the University of Nottingham (graduating in 1981), and then progressed to become a teacher of chemistry and physics.

As well as his teaching post at Haywood Comprehensive School, Nottingham, he undertook a Diploma in the Practice of Science Education, studying part time through Surrey University and Roehampton Institute.  In 1987 Keith continued his academic studies when he moved to Mayflower Comprehensive School (Billericay) by enrolling for a part time MSc in science education.

In 1988 Dr Taber moved to take up a lecturing post at Havering College of Further and Higher Education, and whilst teaching there undertook a part-time PhD at Roehampton University  exploring students' developing understanding of chemical bonding. In 1999 Keith moved to Homerton College to work in initial teacher education, joining the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education. He was seconded to the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) as the Teacher Fellow for 2000-2001. In 2001 he was appointed a University Teaching Officer at Cambridge.

Dr Taber is currently Chair of the Science, Technology and Mathematics Education Academic Group. He teaches about educational research methods on a range of courses, and supervises masters and doctoral students.

Keith currently resides in Cambridgeshire with his wife Philippa. He is the Editor of the RSC journal Chemistry Education Research and Practice.

Links:

Faculty - http://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/people/staff/taber/

Award details - http://www.rsc.org/ScienceAndTechnology/Awards/EducationAward/2014-Winner.asp

New book for teachers (Student Thinking and Learning in Science: Perspectives on the Nature and Development of Learners' Ideas) - http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415897358/