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Shawn Bullock


University Senior Lecturer (History of Education)

Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching

Bye-Fellow and Director of Studies (Education), Emmanuel College

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+ 44 (0)1223 767724

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (Education) Queen’s University, Canada
  • M.A.  (History and Philosophy of Science and Technology) University of Toronto, Canada
  • M.Ed. (Education) Queen’s University, Canada
  • B.Ed. (Education) Queen’s University, Canada
  • B.Sc. (Hons. Co-op, Physics) University of Waterloo, Canada

Professional and Elected Qualifications

  • P.Phys. (Professional Physicist)
  • F.R.G.S. (Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society)
  • Q.T.S. (Qualified Teacher Status)

Membership of Professional Bodies and Learned Societies

  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Canadian Association of Physicists
  • History of Science Society
  • Royal Geographical Society
  • Royal Historical Society

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I am a Senior Lecturer in the History of Education in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. My work uses the lenses offered by the history and philosophy of science and technology to examine issues in education. Currently, I am particularly interested in the history of higher education in physics in the 19th century, the history of engineering education, and the history of multilingual education. I also conduct research on teacher education and professional development, with a particular focus on self-study methodology and the role of reflective practice in developing professional knowledge about, and for, teaching and teaching future teachers.

I began my career in education as a physics teacher at a mid-size Toronto high school while teaching a variety of courses at a local college. I then took on a unique position as a seconded language and literacy teacher for a large family of schools; a role that gave me the opportunity to teach collaborative with colleagues across the curriculum. After pursuing a full-time, funded doctorate at Queen’s University, I began my academic career as an Assistant Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Prior to my current role at the University of Cambridge, I was Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.

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Research Topics

  • The history of education and history teacher education
  • The history and philosophy of science and technology education
  • The history of language education and multilingual education
  • Teacher education, identity, and professional development
  • Self-study of teaching and teacher education
  • Reflective practice and professional development
  • Research methodology and methods

I am available to supervise graduate students and would welcome inquiries for supervision in the areas of history of education, language education, teacher education, and science education. 

Current Research Projects

  • Sir Oliver Lodge: Physicist and Public Educationist
  • The Professional Education of Engineers in Canada: 1945-1965
  • Multilingual Education at a Crossroads: Understanding Crucibles of Change in England, France, and Canada (1968-1978)
  • Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices
  • Maker Pedagogy

Please see the full details of my current research program


  • PGCE Secondary History
  • Tripos: Emergence of Educational Systems

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Principal and Recent Publications

Here is a list of recent, representative, publications, organized by area of research interest:
The History of Science
Bullock, S. M. (2015). Radars, modems, and air defense systems: Noise as a data communication problem in the 1950s. Perspectives on Science, 24 (1) , 73–92.
The History of Education
MacFarlane, E. C. & Bullock, S. M. (2017). Dreaming of modern design: Considering a curriculum history of teacher education in British Columbia. In T. M. Christou (Ed.), The curriculum history of Canadian teacher education (pp. 195-212) London: Routledge.
Language Education
Bullock, S. M. (2018). The accidental language teacher educator: Learning to be a language teacher educator within diverse populations. In J. Sharkey and M. Madigan Peercy (Eds.), Self-study of language and literacy teacher education practices across cultural and linguistically diverse contexts (pp. 17-36). Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.
History Teacher Education
Bullock, S. M. & Christou, T. M. (2016). Self-study as professional development for a novice social studies teacher educator. In A. R. Crowe & A. Cuenca (Eds.), Rethinking social studies teacher education in the twenty-first century (pp. 341-358). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
Science Teacher Education
Bullock, S. M, & Sator, A. J. (2018). Developing a pedagogy of ‘making’ through collaborative self-study. Studying Teacher Education, 14(1), 56-70.
Teacher Education and Professional Development
Bullock, S. M. (2017). Understanding candidates’ learning relationships with their cooperating teachers: A call to reframe my pedagogy. Studying Teacher Education, 1–14. (online first)

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