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Professor Ian Abrahams, FInstP


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Personal profile



Prof. Ian Abrahams is Head of Research & Knowledge Exchange, and Professor of Science Education at the University of Roehampton. Having previously been a teacher of physics and head of department he undertook a PhD in Education, under the supervision of Prof. Robin Millar at the University of York, and then, in 2007, moved into Higher Education. He has worked at Bishop Grosseteste University, the IoE (now UCL Institute of Education), the Universities of York and Leeds and was, for the past five years, Head of the School of Education at the University of Lincoln. Ian’s research interests relate to practical work, misconceptions, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - in particular the effectiveness of such programmes - and the assessment of practical skills. As Principal Investigator (PI) he has secured over £1 million of external research funding and has published widely in the area of science education where his research has led to collaborations with colleagues in China, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Singapore, South Korea, and Turkey.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PhD, University of York

Award Date: 20 Jun 2006

Education, MA, The Open University

Award Date: 20 Aug 2000

History & Philosophy of Science and Mathematics, MSc, King's College London

Award Date: 15 Aug 1992

Physics, BSc (Hons), University of York

Award Date: 17 Jun 1990

External positions

School Governor, The Acorn Free School

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ASCENTS 1-2-1 support for science

Abrahams, I., Inglis, M., Sharpe, R., Vaughan, H., Reiss, M. & Dunlop, L.

Educational Endowment Foundation (EEF)


Project: Research

The evaluation of a pilot CPD programme for primary science coordinators

Abrahams, I., Rudd, P., Bennett, J., Braund, M., Hanley, P. & Slavin, R.


Project: Research

Research Output

Extending the role of analogies in the teaching of physics

Fotou, N. & Abrahams, I., 23 Dec 2019, In : PHYSICS TEACHER. 58, 1, p. 32-34 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mixed methods, mixed outcomes? Combining an RCT and case studies to research the impact of a training programme for primary school science teachers

Bennett, J., Hanley, P., Abrahams, I., Elliott, L. & Diepen, M. T., 4 Mar 2019, In : International Journal of Science Education. 41, 4, p. 490-509

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Reconsidering spontaneous analogical reasoning through the knowledge in pieces mechanism

Fotou, N. & Abrahams, I., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper