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Boath, Lauren


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Dr Lauren Boath is a Lecturer in physics and science education in the School of Education and Social Work.  She teaches on the professional graduate and postgraduate diploma and certificate in education.  Lauren developed and delivers a module within the MEd programme, in primary science teaching for early-career teachers. She supervises undergraduate and MEd dissertations, and PhD students. 

Lauren has a background in higher education and as a teacher of physics and science in secondary schools in Scotland in both the independent and state sectors, having undertaken her first degree in Physics at the University of Strathclyde and teacher education (PGCE in physics with science) at the University of Dundee.  She completed a PhD in science education at Trinity College, Dublin. Her research explored children's learning in science beyond the teacher led, for which she worked with 1100 children in 13 primary and secondary schools in five Scottish local authorities. 

During a two-year secondment to Learning & Teaching Scotland and Education Scotland, Lauren had responsibility at a national level for developments in sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for 3 - 18 years.  This included supporting implementation of Curriculum for Excellence and development of the new National Qualifications in sciences, work on the 2012 Sciences Curriculum Area Impact Project Report, and the Progress and Achievement of Levels in the Curriculum for Excellence for sciences (significant aspects of learning) project.

Since 2014, Lauren has been working with the School of Education and Social Work, whilst pursuing her research interests in science education, children’s voice and children’s rights, at Trinity College, Dublin.  Lauren had key responsibility in the oversight of development, accreditation and implementation for the postgraduate certificate education with supported induction route for secondary STEM. Following successful completion of the first cohort, she continued to oversee ongoing implementation of the programme for the second cohort, including acting as Assessment Convenor and module leader for Masters-level academic modules and professional practice modules.

Lauren's other research interests include:


children's rights and voice;


teacher education and teacher professional learning;


student voice.


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin

… → 25 Jun 2018

External positions

Marker: marking final theses for Professional Masters in Education programme, Trinity College Dublin

May 2016

Consultant for science education films commissioned by the BBC, Angel Eye Media


Consultant peer reviewer of materials for STEM Central, a national resource for STEM Learning for 3-18 year olds, Learning and Teaching Scotland


Consultant writer and peer reviewer for materials to support learning and teaching for Revised Higher Physics. This included planning prior to the commissioning of work to support developments in this subject and working collaboratively with other writers to develop materials, including learner activities and support for practical work. Materials published by Learning & Teaching Scotland, and Education Scotland, Learning and Teaching Scotland


Marker Standard Grade Physics and National 5 Physics assignments


Qualifications Development Specialist: Multiple Choice Item Writing for Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, and Higher Physics


Item Writer for Scottish Survey of Achievement 2007, Learning and Teaching Scotland



  • L Education (General)
  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • LB1501 Primary Education
  • LB2361 Curriculum
  • QC Physics
  • QD Chemistry

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Research Output 2009 2019

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Different ways of educating new teachers: opportunities for mentoring the mentors

Boath, L. & Shimi, J., 21 Nov 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Mentoring the mentors

Shimi, J. & Boath, L., 17 May 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Activities 2008 2019

Teacher voices: what does it mean to be a STEAM teacher today in Scottish secondary schools?

Lauren Boath (Member), Anna Robb (Member)
Sep 2019Jun 2021

Activity: Other activity typesSchools engagement

A children's rights-based methodology and outdoor learning in early childhood

Lauren Boath (Member), Alexia Barrable (Member)
28 Feb 201930 Jun 2020

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM: Funds of Knowledge

Samia Khan (Member), Lauren Boath (Member), Tanka Dahal (Member), Linda Lapere (Member), Mohd Mat Noor (Member), Neil Taylor (Member)
Nov 2018Nov 2020

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Designed for Diversity

Gemma Fraser (Member), Lauren Boath (Interviewee)
Nov 2017

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - media article or participation

Understanding innovative routes into teaching through a student-voice based methodology

Lauren Boath (Member), Jill Shimi (Member)
Aug 2017Jun 2021

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Press / Media

Supported induction: is the fast-track into teaching working?

Lauren Boath


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Teaching

PGCE(secondary) with supported induction route

Lauren Boath


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Teaching