Tony Sherborne

Job title: 
Creative Director

Qualifications: MA Natural Sciences (Cantab), PGCE

Research interests/current work:

  • Wikid: 11-14 curriculum - leading the development of new science course, created in collaboration with teachers, based on authentic inquiry, and used by 20 per cent of UK schools.
  • Science upd8 (secondary and primary) - a weekly service providing activities on science breakthroughs in the news, which is used by 45,000 teachers worldwide.
  • Doctorate in Education (Kings College) - researching the impact of authentic inquiry and formative assessment on students' understanding of science.
  • Multimedia/computer games - creating learning games, such as the SimPhysics suite for GCSE physics (Institute of Physics), The OB's, for genetics (Wellcome Trust), Outbreak (Research Councils UK).

Research collaborations:

  • Fellow of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (2005-2007)
  • Applying 'emotioneering': techniques from disciplines ranging from storytelling to computer games, to science teaching
  • Director of the Evolve project (2007-)
  • Director of science upd8, and primaryupd8 (2003-)
  • Member of Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCA) advisory group for key stage 3 (2006-7)
  • Consultant to BBC Jam projects (2005-6)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) public engagement mentor (2003-6)
  • Consultant to Edexcel for GCSE Science (2005)
  • Head of development, Association for Science Education(ASE) / Planet Science, (2000-2)

Research outputs:

  • Key stage 3 Science textbook editor: Get Science (2010)
  • 'Teaching for scientific thinking' in ASE Guide to Secondary Science (2010)
  • Co-editor of the book 'Knowledge Cartography: mapping techniques and software tools', Springer Press, (2008)
  • 1001 Inventions: a teaching pack on Muslim science (2006)
  • 'Learning in the cutting room', conference paper, Ed-Media World conference (2003)
  • 'Mapping knowledge in virtual learning communities', conference paper, ABED South American Distance Learning (2003)
  • 'Making kids creative with IT', chapter in the book 'Teaching with ICT', John Murray (2003)
  • booklet 'Getting it done' guide to project management for kids, Centre for Science Education (2003)
  • 'Teaching contemporary issues', chapter in the book 'Teaching ideas and Evidence', John Murray (2001)
  • 'Ideas and Evidence' CD-ROM, Collins Education) (2001)
  • A dozen articles for the Times Education Supplement
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