Dr Duncan Reavey

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Dr Duncan Reavey

Contact details
Telephone: – 01243 812008

Email: – d.reavey@chi.ac.uk

Location:- Room 5, 71 Upper Bognor Road, Bognor Regis Campus

Duncan is joint co-ordinator for Primary Science and the Natural Science subject study modules. He is the co-ordinator for the Environmental and Sustainability Education Masters module. He is also Principal Lecturer in Learning and Teaching in the School of Teacher Education and in the University’s Centre for Learning and Teaching promoting best practice in university teaching.

Duncan has a PGCE in primary education and enjoyed many stimulating teaching times with the children in year 1 and 5. At the University he leads modules on the environment, environmental education and wilderness on the Adventure Education Degree.

Duncan received the Thomas Henry Huxley Medal for his research in ecology. He has published widely on ecology, ecological education and innovations in university teaching, and co-authored the textbook Global Environmental Change: Plants, Animals and Communities. Duncan has recently been nominated for a National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of excellence in innovative teaching.

His academic interests and teaching approaches have been shaped by diverse times as a student in Oxford, Khartoum, York and Harvard, and as a lecturer in York, KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) and Chichester.

Why learn just the theory when so much more can come from living the experience? Duncan puts this into practice in courses which are hands-on and minds-on immersion, with students often challenged to deliver end products they think are impossible. The end products can be anything from a live video conference link or a web-based library of “One Minute Wonder” science movies to a stage performance for an academic conference or a compilation of poems about the chemical elements. Increasingly he is realising that hearts-on engagement is just as important if students are to choose to make good use of their learning. Sunset campfires on a Lanzarote beach (really!) and planting trees on bleak winter days really do matter.


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