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Dr Victoria Wong

Senior Lecturer in STEM Education

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 +44 (0) 1392 724848

 Baring Court BC214

 

Baring Court, University of Exeter St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

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Overview

I am a Senior Lecturer in STEM (science) education in the Graduate School of Education. I joined Exeter in April 2022.  

After a degree in chemistry, I qualified as a teacher and taught chemistry and science for 12 years in secondary schools in England, Spain and New Zealand.

In 2004-2005 I was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Schoolteacher Fellowship, to focus on writing teaching resources in up-to-date contexts. Following this I became a freelance education consultant, working for organisations such as the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Nuffield Foundation, Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme and SCORE (the Science Community Representing Education).

From 2012-2018 I held a Rosalind Driver Research Scholarship at King’s College London, researching the relationship between school mathematics and science education in the policy sphere and in schools. I taught on the PGCE courses at King’s College London and then the University of Oxford alongside completing my PhD.

My research interests include:

  • Students’ use of mathematics within science
  • Interdisciplinary work in schools
  • The relationship between school science and other disciplines, particularly mathematics
  • Chemistry education
  • Science education policy and its impact on practice in schools

Qualifications

PhD Education The relationship between school science and mathematics education, King's College London

PGCE Science and Chemistry, University of Oxford

BSc (Hons) Chemistry, University of Southampton

Career

2020-2022  Wallingford School  Teacher of science and chemistry

2013-2020  University of Oxford  PGCE tutor

2012-2013  King's College London PGCE tutor

2004-2014  Royal Society of Chemistry  Education consultant and writer

2007-2017 Catalyst magazine  Chemistry editor

Freelance Science Education Consultant and writer

Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme Professional development lead

Didcot Girls' School  KS3 science co-ordinator

Waitakere College, Auckland, New Zealand  Teacher-in-charge chemistry

Caxton College, Valencia, Spain  Head of chemistry

Cherwell School, Oxford  Science teacher and Acting head of chemistry

 

Research group links

Research

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Students’ use of mathematics within science
  • Interdisciplinary work in schools
  • The relationship and overlap between school science and other disciplines, particularly mathematics
  • Chemistry education
  • Science and STEM education policy and its impact on practice in schools

I welcome expressions of interest from potential doctoral students in these fields

Research networks

Authored Teaching resources

Wong, V. (2012). Olympic Composites for primary.  London:  Royal Society of Chemistry. http://www.rsc.org/learn-chemistry/resource/res00000866/olympic-composites-primary#!cmpid=CMP00000997

Wong, V. (2012) Olympic Composites. London:  Royal Society of Chemistry. http://www.rsc.org/learn-chemistry/resource/res00000865/olympic-composites

Fullick, A., Hunt, A., Punter, J., Swinbank, E., Harden, H., Sang, D., & Wong, V. (2011). 21st Century Science: Science (Higher) (2nd ed.). Oxford: OUP.

Harden, H., Hunt, A., Lazonby, J., Lister, T., Shipton, M., Wong, V., & Warren, D. (2011). 21st Century Science: Chemistry (2nd ed.). Oxford: OUP.

Wong, V. et al (2011). 21st Century Science: Chemistry workbook (2nd ed.). Oxford: OUP.

Wong, V. et al (2011). 21st Century Science: Science and additional science (foundation) workbook (2nd ed.). Oxford: OUP.

Sang, D., Skinner, G. & Wong, V. (2009). The use of Catalyst magazine in the classroom.  ASE Education in Science.

Wong, V. (2009). The chemistry of climate change 14-16.  London:  Royal Society of Chemistry.  

Wong, V. (2009).  The chemistry of climate change 16-18.  London: Royal Society of Chemistry.

Wong, V. (2006). Inspirational Chemistry - resources for modern curricula. London: Royal Society of Chemistry.

Catalyst magazine publications (published by Science Enhancement Programme, SEP)

https://www.stem.org.uk/catalyst

 September 2007 Hydrogels; Try this - hydrogels; periodic table

November 2007 Try this - home button balance

February 2008 For debate: Food additives; Catalysts

September 2008 Careers in the pharmaceutical industry

November 2008 For debate: fluoride in drinking water; Try this – iron in cornflakes

February 2009 A life in science: Stephen Kill

September 2009 Try this – indicators

November 2009 A life in science – Dorothy Hodgkin

April 2010 Biomimetics

October 2010 Make your own elastic band

February 2011 Chemistry of the Nobel Gases

April 2011 Try this – make your own cloud; Try this – make your own spectroscope

October 2011 Power from potato peelings; The sand beneath your feet; Try this – make your own ‘lava lamp’

December 2011 Jewellery metals; Try this – pouring a gas

February 2012 The kilogram; A life in science – Marie Curie

December 2012 A life in science - Alison Foster

February 2013 Try this – eating chocolate

April 2013 This this – ice, water, steam

December 2013 Try this – ice cream without a freezer

October 2014 A life in science – Stephanie Kwolek ; Chemistry and paint ; Try this – chemistry of salt water

February 2015 Try this – water movement in potatoes

February 2016 Discovering new elements

April 2016 Dmitri Mendeleev and the periodic pattern; Try this - Make a non-Newtonian fluid; Try this – chemical reaction biscuits

October 2016 The bizarre world of high pressure chemistry; Try this – insulating ice cream; Healing of the ozone layer; Microplastics and the oceans

February 2017 Try this – chromatography; A life in science – Katherine Johnson

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Wong V (2022). Science and mathematics: the mathematical demands of science. In Dillon J, Watts M (Eds.) Debates in Science Education, Routledge. Abstract.
Wong V (2019). Authenticity, transition and mathematical competence: an exploration of the values and ideology underpinning an increase in the amount of mathematics in the science curriculum in England. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCE EDUCATION, 41(13), 1805-1826. Author URL.
Wong V, Dillon JS (2019). ‘Voodoo maths’, asymmetric dependency and maths blame: Why collaboration between school science and mathematics teachers is so rare. International Journal of Science Education
Wong V, Dillon J, King H (2016). STEM in England: meanings and motivations in the policy arena. International Journal of Science Education, 38, 2346-2366. Abstract.

Publications by category


Books

Wong V (2006). Inspirational Chemistry Resources for Modern Curricula. London, Royal Society of Chemistry. Abstract.

Journal articles

Wong V, Dillon J (2020). Crossing the boundaries: collaborations between mathematics and science departments in English secondary (high) schools. Research in Science and Technological Education, 38(4), 396-416. Abstract.
Wong V, Ingram J (2020). Student teachers’ understanding of randomness. Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, 40:1
Wong V (2019). Authenticity, transition and mathematical competence: an exploration of the values and ideology underpinning an increase in the amount of mathematics in the science curriculum in England. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCE EDUCATION, 41(13), 1805-1826. Author URL.
Wong V, Dillon JS (2019). ‘Voodoo maths’, asymmetric dependency and maths blame: Why collaboration between school science and mathematics teachers is so rare. International Journal of Science Education
Wong V (2017). Variation in graphing practices between mathematics and science: implications for science teaching. School Science Review, 365, 109-109.
Wong V, Dillon J, King H (2016). STEM in England: meanings and motivations in the policy arena. International Journal of Science Education, 38, 2346-2366. Abstract.

Chapters

Wong V (2023). Problematising integration in policy and practice. In Cavadas B, Branco N (Eds.) Interdisciplinarity Between Science and Mathematics in Education, IGI Global.
Wong V (2022). Science and mathematics: the mathematical demands of science. In Dillon J, Watts M (Eds.) Debates in Science Education, Routledge. Abstract.
Wong V (2022). The periodic table. In Aston K (Ed) Teaching Secondary Chemistry 3rd Edition, Hodder. Abstract.
Wong V (2012). Combustion and Redox Reactions. In Taber K (Ed) Teaching Secondary Chemistry, Hodder Education. Abstract.

Publications by year


2023

Wong V (2023). Problematising integration in policy and practice. In Cavadas B, Branco N (Eds.) Interdisciplinarity Between Science and Mathematics in Education, IGI Global.

2022

Wong V (2022). Science and mathematics: the mathematical demands of science. In Dillon J, Watts M (Eds.) Debates in Science Education, Routledge. Abstract.
Wong V (2022). The periodic table. In Aston K (Ed) Teaching Secondary Chemistry 3rd Edition, Hodder. Abstract.

2020

Wong V, Dillon J (2020). Crossing the boundaries: collaborations between mathematics and science departments in English secondary (high) schools. Research in Science and Technological Education, 38(4), 396-416. Abstract.
Wong V, Ingram J (2020). Student teachers’ understanding of randomness. Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, 40:1

2019

Wong V (2019). Authenticity, transition and mathematical competence: an exploration of the values and ideology underpinning an increase in the amount of mathematics in the science curriculum in England. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCE EDUCATION, 41(13), 1805-1826. Author URL.
Wong V, Dillon JS (2019). ‘Voodoo maths’, asymmetric dependency and maths blame: Why collaboration between school science and mathematics teachers is so rare. International Journal of Science Education

2017

Wong V (2017). Variation in graphing practices between mathematics and science: implications for science teaching. School Science Review, 365, 109-109.

2016

Wong V, Dillon J, King H (2016). STEM in England: meanings and motivations in the policy arena. International Journal of Science Education, 38, 2346-2366. Abstract.

2012

Wong V (2012). Combustion and Redox Reactions. In Taber K (Ed) Teaching Secondary Chemistry, Hodder Education. Abstract.

2006

Wong V (2006). Inspirational Chemistry Resources for Modern Curricula. London, Royal Society of Chemistry. Abstract.

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