Dr Liz Hewitt

Portrait photograph of Liz Hewitt.Lecturer in Education

BSc Hons (Hull); MA (Open University); PhD (Leicester)

Tel: 0116 252 3743

Email: eh130@le.ac.uk

Liz’s first degree was in Chemistry and, after then completing a PGCE in 1993, she began teaching in primary schools in Warwickshire and Worcestershire acting as a Science and PE subject leader.

Liz then spent two years in the USA where she worked as a teacher in an elementary school, and also as a tutor of English as a second language.  She then spent 10 years teaching across Key Stage 1 and 2 in a Leicester city school, before moving to the School of Education in 2010 to study for a PhD in Education and work on the Primary PGCE course. She now works both as a teacher in a primary school and as a tutor at the University, pursuing her interests of teaching and research in both contexts. Liz is the Academic lead for the Primary PGCE, works as a PGCE Science tutor and supports the Primary SCITT programmes. Liz is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Teaching Interests

Liz teaches on the following courses at the School of Education:

  • Primary PGCE
  • Primary PGCE SCITT
  • Contributes to MEd
  • Module Convener for SY2096 Teaching and Learning in School

Recent Publications

Hewitt, E. (2012). Emerging thoughts on an approach to engaging pupils in effective group talk in science. Education 3-13.

Hewitt, E. (2016) Teachers thinking about and using peer group discussion in primary science. PhD thesis. University of Leicester.  Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/2381/38093 (Accessed: 18 February 2019)

Hewitt, E. (2017) 'Building bridges: the use of reflective oral diaries as a qualitative research tool', International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 40(4) 345-359. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2015.1114601


Conference Presentations

Hewitt, E., (2015) Using group discussion in primary classrooms: teachers developing thinking about science learning; ESERA Conference, Helsinki, Finland: August 31-September 4.

Hewitt, E., (2014) Developing children as scientific enquirers through group discussion: issues and tensions; BERA Annual Conference, Institute of Education, London: September 23 – 25.

Hewitt, E., (2013) Group discussion in primary science: teacher reflective oral diaries as a research tool; BERA Annual Conference, University of Sussex: September 3-5.

Hewitt, E., (2012) How do teachers scaffold pupils to productive group talk in science?; BERA Annual Conference, University of Manchester: September 4-6

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