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Paul Elliott is a professor in the School of Education and Professional Learning. He coordinates the I/S Biology/Science methods course. In the classroom he encourages collaborative learning, student-student discourse and a holistic approach to learning that breaks down traditional academic barriers. He believes that science should create a sense of awe in students and that a broadly constructivist approach is often an effective way to achieve this. Paul is passionate about the need to tread more lightly on this planet, convince as many people as possible that we are living beyond our means, and respect our fellow inhabitants. He believes that by changing our behaviour we can create a future that is more hopeful. He also values the power of rational, scientific understanding of our universe.
Paul Elliott has been a professor in the School of Education and Professional Learning at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario since 2007.
For his first degree he studied Environmental Biology at the University College of Swansea (now Swansea University) in south Wales, UK. He was awarded a University of Wales post-graduate studentship that enabled him to conduct research on beetle ecology, for which he received a Ph.D.
After completing a post-graduate teaching qualification he went on to teach Biology and Science to grades 7-13 at a public (i.e.state) school in Wiltshire, England. During this time he developed an interest in bat ecology and conservation that continues to this day.
After several years school teaching, Paul moved to the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick in Coventry, UK. Here he taught classes in biology, science education and core educational studies. He also supervised the work of Masters and Ph.D. students, championed the introduction of an Environmental Studies 2+2 degree program for non-traditional students and taught several adult education classes.
At Trent he has taught classes in STEAM, I/S Biology curriculum, Indigenous and Environmental and Sustainability Education, P/J Science and Social Studies, I/S Creating a Positive Learning Environment and I/S Practicum. In 2011 he co-developed an Eco-Mentor Program for teacher candidates in collaboration with colleagues from Camp Kawartha. This extra-curricular program has sparked interest around Ontario and several other universities have been inspired to introduce their own versions.
Paul is a co-chair Environmental and Sustainability Education in Teacher Education a national organization associated with the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (“EECOM”).
Paul Elliott’s academic interests are wide-ranging. He has published work on topics as diverse as sustainability education, insect ecology, bat conservation, biodiversity education, scientific literacy and the influence of the environment in which science is taught. He has undertaken projects in Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany and Poland.
Paul enjoys exploring nature, hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing and art.
- Environmental and Sustainability Education in Teacher Education (ESE-TE)
- North American Association for Environmental Education
- Science Teachers' Association of Ontario
- Canadian Society for the Study of Education
- Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies: Science Education Research Group
- Bat Conservation International