for its teaching and learning activities.
It boasts eight faculties, each offering a number of academic units. The Faculty of Social and Human Sciences within the University caters for a total of 3,610 undergraduates, 1,240 taught and 410 research postgraduate students. The Southampton Education School, within the Faculty is one of the largest and most active centres of educational research in the UK and also houses a new ￡19million landmark building offering the latest teaching facilities. Through its research the school aims to respond to some of today’s key issues including; how people will work, the health of future generations, the issue of social equality and how to ensure a flow of people with the science, technology, engineering and maths skills to help address environmental and other challenge. Inspections by both OFSTED and the Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency have identified teaching, support and QA systems within the University as being of the highest quality and the Research Degrees are all recognised for quality by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
The Pri-Sci-Net Team
Dr. Jenny Byrne, who is the university’s representative for Pri-Sci-Net, is a senior lecturer on the primary PGCE course, program director and the learning and teaching coordinator. Her research interests are in children’s cognitive and affective development, especially in science and their impact on learning, health education and issues in Initial Teacher Education.
Willeke Rietdijk is a senior research assistant at Southampton Education School. Her background is in Psychology and she has worked in international education for a number of years. She has been part of a number of science education research projects at the UOS. Her research interests are in scientific and philosophical inquiry in education, pupil engagement and teacher development in science education, and children’s cognitive, social, emotional and health development.