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Dr Ian Thrasher

Senior Lecturer in Primary and Childhood Education (Primary Science Education)

Primary & Childhood Education

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Department: Primary & Childhood Education

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Ian is a teacher educator. He teaches primary science, geography (subject leader) and professional studies on undergraduate and postgraduate primary ITE courses. Ian is a Link Tutor for both undergraduate and postgraduate trainees on professional practice.


Before entering the teaching profession, Ian completed a BSc (Hons) degree in geography at The University of Liverpool. He then went on to study for a PhD in physical geography (see publications). After completing a period of postdoctoral research, Ian completed a PGCE before going on to work in a variety of roles in primary schools including as a subject leader, year leader and phase leader. His geography background fuelled his enthusiasm for learning about and developing high-quality geography learning opportunities for children. He became responsible for mentoring and leading CPD opportunities for other staff in school.

Research Interests

Ian is interested in research-informed teaching in ITE and is in the process of building a literature review in this area in collaboration with other colleagues. Ian is also interested in how teachers address and challenge stereotypes of people and places through their teaching of primary geography.


Primary Geography Subject Leader

PED1023/PED1023P – Introduction to primary computing, history, geography, RE and languages (written course materials).

PED2032/PED2032P – Module leader: A critical understanding of the foundation subjects (written course materials).

PED2028 – Focused study subject (geography) (written course materials).

PED3032/PED3032P – Curriculum design for the foundation subjects (written course materials).

PED3020 – Values for leadership (geography) (written course materials).

PED3024 – Elective special study (Integrated fieldwork/LOtC opportunities across the foundation subjects) (written course materials).

PG Core ScienceĀ 

PG Foundation Subjects (written course materials)