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Dr Helen Cramman, PhD, MPhys, PgCAP

Research Team Lead and Assistant Professor (Research) in the School of Education
Research & Evaluation Manager in the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM)

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Helen is Research Team Lead for the Research Hub of the School of Education (RHoSE) and Assistant Professor (Research) in the School of Education at Durham University. She is an active researcher with interests in STEM education from early years through to higher education.

Examples of Helen's recent projects include a three-year national study monitoring practical work in science in the UK funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation with a contribution from the Wellcome Trust, the development of a tool for teachers to enable the effective and fun teaching of computer science at age four, funded by Innovate UK, and an interdisciplinary project investigating troublesome concepts in first year undergraduate physics, funded by the Institute of Physics. She has also conducted research using the unique data sets from the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University to understand what children know and can do in the early years in maths and literacy. 

Prior to moving to the School of Education, Helen was Research Contract Manager at CEM, conducting educational research and supporting the development of CEM’s assessment and monitoring systems.

Helen has also worked in various roles in the Department of Physics at Durham University including: teaching fellow, business development fellow, IoP Industrial Group Project Coordinator and research associate. Prior to these roles she also completed her PhD in Condensed Matter Physics in the Physics Department at Durham.

Research Groups

School of Education

  • Assessment, Evaluation and Effectiveness
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy

Research Projects

School of Education

  • EasyPeasy Evaluation
  • Monitoring Practical Science in Schools and Colleges
  • Teen Sleep Pilot Evaluation

Research Interests

  • Understanding and improving teaching and learning in STEM education from the early years to higher education
  • Development of number skills in the early years
  • Educational assessment

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  • Cramman,H., Gott,S., Little,J., Merrell,C., Tymms,P. & Copping,L.T. (2018). Number Identification: A Unique Developmental Pathway in Mathematics? Research Papers in Education
  • Boereboom, John & Cramman, Helen (2018). Primary School Entry Assessment in New Zealand. New Zealand International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal 21(1): 47-61.
  • Copping, L.T., Cramman, H., Gott, S., Gray, H. & Tymms, P. (2016). Name writing ability not length of name is predictive of future academic attainment. Educational Research 58(3): 237-246.
  • Atkinson, D., Searle, S., Jefferies, M., Levy, J. & Cramman, H. (2013). Controlling Anisotropy of NiFe Thin Films During Deposition for Device Applications. Sensor Letters 11(1): 13-20.
  • Cramman, H., Eastwood, D.S., King, J.A. & Atkinson, D. (2012). Multilevel 3 Bit-per-cell Magnetic Random Access Memory Concepts and Their Associated Control Circuit Architectures. IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology 11(1): 63-70.
  • Eastwood, D.S., King, J.A., Bogart, L.K., Cramman, H. & Atkinson, D. (2011). Chirality-dependent domain wall pinning in a multinotched planar nanowire and chirality preservation using transverse magnetic fields. Journal of Applied Physics 109(1): 013903.

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