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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Dr Helen Cramman, PhD, MPhys, PgCAP

Assistant Professor (Research) in the School of Education

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Biography

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

Research Projects

  • EasyPeasy Evaluation
  • Improving the breadth of science practical work undertaken in schools
  • Monitoring Practical Science in Schools and Colleges
  • Northern Power: Making Engineering and Physical Sciences Research a Domain for All in the North of England
  • PACT Evaluation
  • 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

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Selected Grants

  • 2019: Improving the breadth of science practical work undertaken in schools
  • 2018: Northern Power: Making Engineering and Physical Sciences Research a Domain for All in the North of England (£100812.48 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • 2018: PACT Evaluation (£163889.00 from Education Endowment Foundation)
  • 2017: EasyPeasy Evaluation (£350120.00 from Education Endowment Foundation)
  • 2015: Troublesome Concepts in First Year Physics (£2351.00 from Institute of Physics)
  • 2014: First Steps in Computer Science (£31196.00 from Technology Strategy Board)
  • 2014: Gatsby Monitoring Practical Science (£175998.00 from Gatsby Charitable Foundation)