Dr Elaine Wilson

Senior Lecturer in Science Education at Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Senior Lecturer in Science Education, Department of Education, University of Cambridge

Elaine Wilson’s research focuses on Professional Learning; investigating what new teachers learn, how they learn to become teachers and how they might be supported during their early years in the profession.

Her recent research projects include Workplace Learning, analysing the interactions of new and recently qualified teachers' networks; Teacher Identity and Agency, investigating career changers during their transition into teaching; Teacher Retention and Teacher Emotions, a longitudinal study of new teachers in their first five years; and Teacher Motivation, using self determination theory to analyze large scale surveys of new teachers during their first year of teaching.

Prior to her work at the University of Cambridge, Elaine was a secondary school chemistry teacher in Bath and Cambridge. She has awarded a Salters' Medal for Chemistry teaching while working at Parkside Community College in Cambridge and received the Pilkington Teaching Prize and a National Teaching Fellowship from The Higher Education Academy in 2004.

Elaine Wilson is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry, member of both the British and America Educational Research Associations and a member of the Collaborative Action Research Network.

Her current research interests include

  • New teacher professional learning
  • Collaborative on - line learning