Professor Linda La Velle

Professor Linda La Velle

Emeritus Professor

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business

Linda can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Education
  • Education – sciences
  • Bioethics
  • Plant stress
  • Plant disease control
  • Medicinal plants


Professor Emeritus
Institute of Education
University of Plymouth


BEd (Exon) Biology and Philosophy of Education; 1973
MSc (Lond, Birkbeck College) Comparative Physiology; 1978
MSc (CNAA) Neurophysiological Basis of Behaviour; 1981
PhD (Lond, University College) 1987 Zoology and Comparative Anatomy; 1987

Professional membership

Zoological Society of London

Institute of Biology

Association for Science Education

UCET (Universitis Council for the Education of Teachers)

ICET (International Council on Education for Teaching)



Alternative Learning Technologies Association

BERA (British Educational Research Association

ESERA (European Science Education Research Association)

EERA (European Educational Research Association)

Roles on external bodies

Deputy Editor of the Journal of Education for Teaching (2014-date)

Chair of the Research and Development Committee of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET)
Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biological Education (2004-2015)
Representative of the University of Plymouth on the Board of Governors of Wellington School, Somerset. Chair of the Academic Committee of Wellington School. (2010-date)
Representative of the University of Bristol on the Council of Cheltenham College (2002-2010)



Staff serving as external examiners


University of the West of England PGCE Secondary Science


University of Southampton PGCE Secondary Science Course; Chief Examiner in 2007.


University of Edinburgh MSc and BEd Educational Information Systems and PHSE courses.


University of Bath: Examiner for Generally Available UG courses in Education


University of Nottingham: Chief Examiner Secondary PGCE; Examiner for Science



Research interests

My research interests are science education, the use of infromation and communication technologies in education and in initial teacher education and the professional development of teachers. I like to adopt an appropach that involves action research and case study with classroom teachers, both novice and experienced, and also to work with children in and beyond the classroom in teaching and learning innovation.

Grants & contracts

May, 2008

TDA: Virtual Teacher Taster Course: PI

£48k over 6 months

June, 2008

HEFCE TQEF: Research Informed Teaching programme: The Plymouth Express: putting the university into schools. PI

£15k over one year

Jan 2009

Exmoor National park Authority Sustainability development Fund: Interactive Exmoor. PI

£14k over 1 year

May, 2009



Sept 2010

HEFCE: Action on Access. CA.



Comenius Regio two projects with Local Authorities.


£49k over 4 months


£10k over two years

Sept 2014

Erasmus + UK partner in project: Teachers’ Continuing Professional Development: qualified teachers = successful learners. PI as Plymouth partner.


Sept 2015

Erasmus + PhenoloGIT (PI as lead partner, four countries)


Sept 2015

Erasmus + Robo21stC (PI as UK partner, five countries)






Linda Baggott la Velle, Jocelyn Wishart, Angela McFarlane, Richard Brawn

Teaching and Learning with ICT within the Subject Culture of Secondary School Science

Research in Science and Technological Education 25 (3) 339-350


Hugo Besterman and Linda Baggott la Velle

Using Human Evolution as a means to teach A2 Evolutionary Theory

Journal of Biological Education 41 (2) 76-81


Sara Hennessy, Jocelyn Wishart, Denise Whitelock, Rosemary Deaney, Richard Brawn, Linda la Velle, Angela McFarlane, Kenneth Ruthven and Mark Winterbottom

Pedagogical approaches for technology-integrated science teaching.

Computers & Education
Volume 48, Issue 1 , January 2007, Pages 137-152


Baggott la Velle, LM and Erduran, S.

Argument and developments in the science curriculum. School Science Review 88 (324) 31-39


la Velle, LM

Tracks and Traces – a Story of Exmoor: a challenging and interactive educational play. Exmoor Review 50 82-84


la Velle, Linda, Olszewska, Mary, Gurnett, Dave

On Track: Using the West Somerset Mineral Railway to promote historical, social and environmental education. Primary History 52: 26-28





Totterdell, M. Hathaway, T and la Velle, L.



Mastering Teaching and Learning through Pedagogic Partnership:

A vision and framework for practice-based learning in support of teacher professional development. Professional Development in Education 37 (3) 411-437



la Velle, Linda


Masterliness in the Teaching Profession: global issues and local developments Journal of Education for Teaching 39 (1) 2-8




Sorensen, N. and la Velle, L.

Catching the Sparks: an evaluation of the early development of a novel master’s degree in teaching and learning. Journal of Education for Teaching 39 (1) 74-92


la Velle, L., Reynolds, D. and Nichol, J.

An Unusually Effective School/University Programme: The Plymouth and Peninsula Model. Journal of Education for Teaching 39 (4) 400-415








Ovenden-Hope, T, la Velle, L. and Leask, M

Using ‘MESH Guides’ as Translational Research and Knowledge Mobilisation for Continuing Professional Development in Schools. CICE-2014 Proceedings: Canada International Conference on Education, pp 497-498. Pub: Infonomics Society, ISBN 978-1-908320-24-7


Ovenden-Hope, T. and la Velle, L.

Translational Research in Education for Knowledge Mobilisation: A Study of Use and Teacher Perception in Primary Schools in England, UK. Journal of Education for Teaching 41 (5) 574-585



la Velle, L.

Translational Research and Knowledge Mobilisation in Teacher Education: towards a ‘clinical’, evidence-based profession? Journal of Education for Teaching 41 (5) 460-463



Reports & invited lectures


Royal Society Education Committee

ICT in School Science



African Virtual University

AVU Computer Science and teacher Education Curriculum Design, Mapping and Review Workshop.

Nairobi, 20th May, 2013


Emerging Trends in Science Teacher Education: a call for collective action



Teacher Education Advancement Network

Workshop: 4th June 2013


Masterliness in the Teaching Profession:
global issues, local developments and the challenge for teacher education




Hibernia College Research Conference, Dublin 15th November, 2013


Masterliness in Teaching:
global issues, local developments and the challenges for teacher education in a knowledge-based profession







International Council on Education for Teaching: 60th World Assembly, Kingston, Jamaica, 18-21st July, 2016

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