Elizabeth Briten

Ms Elizabeth Briten

School: Education

Job Title: Senior Lecturer in Science: Teacher Education


Phone: 020 8417 5636

Location: Edu-Kingston Hill 223


Elizabeth joined Kingston University in 1999 following roles as a deputy head teacher and class teacher/science coordinator in primary and junior schools. She has extensive experience of both primary teaching and lecturing within a higher education setting.

Elizabeth is currently subject leader for primary science. She teaches across both the BA QTS and primary PGCE programmes, working on generic science core modules as well as the BA science specialism and PGCE masters level module.

Prior to moving into education, Elizabeth qualified as a state registered nurse with the Leeds General Infirmary. She subsequently gained a BEd (Hons), a PgDip in science and relevant masters-level qualifications at Kingston University and Kings College London. The latter included a case-study based exploration of 'Student perceptions of the influence of school experience on the development of science pedagogic content knowledge'.

In 2012 she became a member of the Teaching Agency's National Curriculum Science Expert Panel, the remit of which was to consider requirements and resources that will support ITT providers in preparing trainees to teach the new primary science curriculum from 2013.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • MSc, Kings College London
  • MA, School Management, Kingston University
  • PgDip, Science, Kingston University
  • BEd(Hons), Kingston Polytechnic
  • State Registered Nurse, Leeds General Informary

Professional experience

  • 1999 - present
    Senior Lecturer in Science Education, Kingston University,
  • 1996 - 1999
    Deputy Headteacher, Claygate Primary School,
  • 1987 - 1993
    Class teacher, Science co-ordinator, Senior Management, St Stephen's Junior School, Twickenham,

Research interests

Science knowledge for teaching, pedagogic content knowledge.


Number of items: 10.


Allen, Michael, Briten, Elizabeth, Maude, Kulwinder, Ooms, Ann, Sossick, Matthew and Valentine, Mari Jo (2017) Catching them early : identifying potential early-career leavers. Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal, 9(2), pp. 110-123. ISSN (online) 2054-5266

Allen, Michael, Bridle, Georgina and Briten, Elizabeth (2015) Life under the microscope: children's ideas about microbes. Primary Science, 136, ISSN (print) 0269-2465

Briten, Elizabeth and Hodson, Pamela (2014) An exploration of primary student teacher perceptions of the relevance of school experience on the development of science pedagogic content knowledge. International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, 20(4), pp. 111-122. ISSN (print) 2327-7955

Allen, Michael and Briten, Elizabeth (2012) An illustration of the experimenter expectancy effect in school science. School Science Review, 94(346), pp. 112-119. ISSN (print) 0036-6811

Allen, Michael and Briten, Elizabeth (2012) An illustration of the experimenter expectancy effect. School Science Review, 94(346), pp. 112-119. ISSN (print) 0036-6811

Briten, Elizabeth (2006) Sowing the seeds of creativity. Primary Science Review, 91, pp. 22-25. ISSN (print) 0269-2465

Book Section

Briten, Elizabeth and Allen, Michael (2018) Addressing children's misconceptions in science through talk. In: Jones, Deborah and Hodson, Pamela, (eds.) Unlocking speaking and listening : developing spoken language in the primary classroom. 3rd ed. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 102-114. (Unlocking series) ISBN 9781138292710

Briten, Elizabeth, Jackson-Stevens, Sarah and Treby, Nicola (2012) Using Talk for Learning in Science and Mathematics. In: Jones, Deborah and Hodson, Pamela, (eds.) Unlocking Speaking and Listening. Second edition. London : Routledge. pp. 144-155. ISBN 9780415603171

Conference or Workshop Item

Maude, Kulwinder, Roofe, Carmel, Sunder, Sudha Govindswamy, Allen, Mick and Briten, Elizabeth (2018) Looking at beginning teacher educators' ambitions for teacher education through a cross cultural lens. In: 9th TEAN Conference : The Ambition of Teacher Education; 10-11 May 2018, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Allen, Michael, Maude, Kulwinder, Briten, Elizabeth, Sossick, Matt, White, Rita, Valentine, Mari Jo, Ooms, Ann and Ramsey, Diana (2016) Catching them early: Promoting teacher retention by identifying potential early-career leavers. In: 7th TEAN Annual Conference: Helping Students, Lecturers and Practitioners in Education become the Best Professionals they can be; 05-06 May 2016, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

This list was generated on Fri Jan 18 04:31:11 2019 GMT.