B.Sc., Dip.OEd., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Donald Gray joined the School of Education in 2005. He has a background in science education, curriculum development and educational research. He worked on the earlier Scottish Assessment of Achievement Programme (Science) and was the TIMSS quality control monitor for Scotland. He has worked for the Scottish Council for Research in Education, been involved in an international study of Civic Education based in Humboldt University Berlin and was Faculty Research Co-ordinator in Strathclyde University Faculty of Education. He has a particular interest in complexity, science and sustainability issues, environmental education and outdoor learning. He was previously Director of Research and Interdisciplinarity in the School of Education.
As well as general research related to teacher education, I am particularly interested in science society and sustainability issues and how these are addressed in educational contexts. In addition I am interested in outdoor learning and place-based education and theoretical perspectives underpinning the value of outdoor, natural environmental experiential education with particular reference to embodied cognition. I also have an interest in creativity and arts-based approaches to learning, teaching and research.
PhD Student supervisions:
The Impact of Outdoor Learning and Nature Experiences on children and young people.
Creativity in Science Education.
Argentina, Universidad de San Andres Links exploring the ATLAC initiative and possible research developments including arts based approaches to science education and socio-scientific issues.
Italy. Member of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Sustainability (http://www.iris-sostenibilita.net/iris/index_sm1_e.asp) with collaborative contacts with the Universities of Turin and Val d’ Aosta. Joint presentations and funding applications in relation to socio-scientific issues, sustainability and the arts.
Portugal, University Lisbon. Development of funding applications for socio-scientific issues, sustainability and the arts.
Finland, University of Lapland. Special interest group on arts, education and sustainability of the University of the Arctic.
British Academy International Partnership and Mobility Funding. “Creativity in education and teacher education: perspectives and challenges in arts and science educational collaborations”. With the University of San Andres, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Oct.2013-Sept 2016. £26,145.
Kick Start award. Developing and piloting an internship model for outdoor learning, with Creative STAR Learning Company. 2013. £5000
CPD Pump Priming Fund. University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen/Argentina ATLAC developments. Nov 2011-April 2012, £3000.
Using extreme sports as an approach to Curriculum for Excellence. Research and development pilot with Transition Extreme. Sporting Chance Star Award. Nov.2011-Mar. 2012, £5000
Arts as a Tool for Learning Across the Curriculum. Scottish Arts Council. May 2008-October 2009, £28,500
University of Strathclyde Research and Development grant: A Comparative Collaborative Study on Pedagogical Approaches to Controversial Issues in Science Education, January-November 2003 £2892
Evidence-based Practice in the Secondary Science Department, March-September 2001, Scottish Executive; £1950
Biotechnology Summer School Evaluation June 2001-June 2003, SAPS/Wellcome Trust; £20,000
Course Co-ordinator for:
SX1011/1511 Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunites.
ED4018/4511 PGDE Further Professional Studies: Sustainability and Citizenship.
ED1080 Body, Mind and Nature: Learning Outdoors (Foundations) (From 2011-12)
ED1580 Body, Mind and Nature: Learning Outdoors (Extended) (From 2011-12)
External Examiner for UCL Institute of Education MA in Science Education
External Examiner for University of Edinburgh, MSc Outdoor Education and MSc Outdoor Environmental & Sustainability Education. 2014-2018
External examiner for Strathclyde University B.Ed major projects. 2008-2013
Scottish Teacher Education Consortium member on the Education Scotland National Outdoor Learning Implementation Group.
Member of Natural England's Strategic Research Group for Learning in Natural Environments.