Helen taught physics and science in Hertfordshire and northeast London for 17 years, and was a Head of Science in two schools, before moving into teacher education in 2010, as a Lecturer in Science Education at King’s College London.  She moved to the University of East Anglia in 2014, working as a Lecturer in Secondary Education on the science PGCE course.

All Publications

Gourlay, H.


Learning about A level physics students’ understandings of particle physics using concept mapping,

in Physics Education



Full Text UEA Repository



Gourlay, H., Dillon, J.


特集 科学教師教育,

in Journal of Science Education in Japan



pp. 88-98

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Key Research Interests

Helen is a member of the Research in Mathematics Education (RME) group, which encompasses her research interests in science education. 


Dillon, J. & Gourlay, H. (2013) ‘Research and Trends on Science Teacher Education in England’, J Sci Ed in Japan, Vol. 37 No. 2 (2013), 88-98.

Teaching Interests

Helen’s main teaching commitment is as a science (physics specialist) PGCE lecturer.  She is also a member of the Professional Development (PD) teaching team for the secondary PGCE programme.