James graduated in Geology from the University of London and trained as a science teacher at Chelsea College, London. He taught science in North London (Enfield), South London (Croydon) and Surrey where he worked as a Head of Department and Assistant Headteacher. Since 1997 he’s been involved in teacher education.
His doctoral research is on trainee science teachers’ understanding of the nature of science. His published research includes articles on the issue of creationism and evolution in the science classroom. At Sussex he is the Professional Studies course leader for ITE and teaches undergraduate modules on education as well as aspects of the history and politics of education. He is a successful textbook writer, author of teacher education books and newspaper articles. He regularly provides expert opinion for the media including BBC TV and radio. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a Chartered Science Teacher.
Science is hampered by an irrational attachment to ‘three sciences’. There’s a resistance to looking at the nature of the sciences we deliver and a government neglect in ITE. By reorganizing the affiliations of the science disciplines, or re-conceptualizing the sciences as ‘natural science’, can we achieve a more coherent curriculum?