Douglas Newton University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
After teaching in school, Doug Newton became a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor at Newcastle University where he trained teachers, taught higher degree courses and was Director of the Doctorate in Education course, founded the Teaching and Learning journal and established the Collection of Historical Science Textbooks. Professor Newton now teaches and researches at Durham University, where he mentors early-career researchers, teaches on higher degree courses, and trains teachers, mainly in Science and Technology Education. His research has largely centred on Teaching with Text, Effective Communication, and Teaching for Understanding. Current interests are in Creativity in the Classroom, Engagement in Learning, Fostering Productive Thought, Peer Review and Characteristics of the Productive Researcher. His mentoring work has been described as a 'model of good practice' and he has contributed to the University's resources for mentor development.
His interests are not confined to Education. For example, Professor Newton recently published research in the European Journal of Archaeology on using found coins as indicators of coins in circulation. He has also engaged in medical education research (health informatics and diabetes education) and he invented and patented a medical device, the Uflow meter, now produced by MDTi and available worldwide.
Prizes and awards include The Mark Wright Prize, The Guinness Award for Science Education, and the Esmée Fairbairn Partnership Trust Commendation for Teacher Training. Professor Newton is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.