Member Since: 2010
Paul Black took his first degree in physics, and subsequently obtained his PhD in crystallography at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge in 1954. Between 1956 and 1976 he was a faculty member in the Department of Physics in the University of Birmingham (England), but his interests gradually moved from research in physics to research and development in science education. Black left Birmingham in 1976 to become professor of science education and director of the Centre for Science and Mathematics Education, at Chelsea College in London, and when Chelsea College merged with King’s in 1985 he became the head of the King’s Centre for Educational Studies, King’s College London (KQC). He retired in 1995, but is still active in research and development work. Black has been a visiting professor of Education at Stanford University, California. For many years he was involved closely with curriculum development work with the Nuffield foundation in science and in design and technology, at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. He was chair of the government’s task group on assessment and testing in 1987-88, and deputy chairman of the national curriculum council from 1989 to 1991. Black has served on three committees on the USA national research council. He is currently engaged in research and development work to improve classroom practices in formative assessment. He is a Fellow of King’s College, Honorary Life member of the UK Association for Science Education, an Honorary Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics and a Foreign Member of the USA National Academy of Education. He has received special awards from the International Commission on Physics Education, the USA National Association for Research in Science Teaching, the UK Association for Science Education, and the British Educational Research Association.