Jeff Buckley’s 90% PhD Seminar

Jeff Buckley successfully completed his 90% seminar as part of his PhD studies at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. The title of his presentation was “Investigating the role of spatial ability as a factor of human intelligence in technology education: Towards a causal theory of the relationship between spatial ability and STEM education”. The opponent for the seminar was Emeritus Professor Richard Kimbell from Goldsmiths, University of London and the agenda of the seminar was to both assess the work completed to date and identify areas for improvement. Initially, Jeff began the seminar by presenting his PhD research to date. In his presentation he synthesised results from five journal articles and discussed their implications for both technology and STEM education. Following this, Prof. Kimbell challenged Jeff on his work relative to three broad themes; epistemology, assessment, and pedagogy. Finally, the discussion was opened to the audience.

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