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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 dissertation, 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 2018

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


Children's perceptions of learning science beyond school

Boath, L. & Murphy, C., 17 Jun 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Activities 2008 2018

  • 14 Other
  • 4 Public engagement and outreach - media article or participation
  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 1 Membership of network

Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM: Funds of Knowledge

Neil Taylor (Member), Samia Khan (Member), Lauren Boath (Member)
Nov 2018Nov 2020

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Merged teaching course to see students paid wage while learning

Lauren Boath (Interviewee)
15 Sep 2017

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

Agenda: Providing Help and Support for Aspiring Teachers

Lauren Boath (Contributor)
7 Sep 2017

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

Designed for Diversity

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

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

Scottish Universities Inclusion Group (External organisation)

Dianne Cantali (Member), Mary Knight (Member), Lauren Boath (Member), Donna Dey (Member)
1 Jul 2016 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

Press / Media

PGCE(secondary) with supported induction route

Lauren Boath


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Teaching