Birgitta Mc Ewen
Birgitta Mc Ewen, PhD in botany from Gothenburg University, is senior lecturer in biology and associate professor in science education at Karlstad University. She belongs to the SMEER (Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education Research) group. Her research focuses on teacher professional development, where she has studied teachers from primary to upper secondary school levels. Areas of interests are among others how the rapidly expanding knowledge in biology reaches teachers and their classes, and inquiry- and context-based science education. She also collaborates with Uppsala University, where she studies the fast development within biology subject matter and how this could influence teacher professional development, especially at upper secondary school level. The field of epigenetics interests her a lot, and the consequences it could have in a range of fields connected to learning. The Swedish Research Council awarded the project “Epigenetic literacy and the implementation of epigenetics in school biology” with almost 5 million SEK (2017-2019), in which she works together with Prof Niklas Gericke (project leader) and PhD stud Karin Thörne. Mc Ewen has been vice-supervisor for one PhD student in science education.
Birgitta Mc Ewen has a lot of experience in teaching biology at all levels. She has been a teacher in courses of cell biology, plant physiology, basic medicine as well as in other biological and biochemical fields, and for teacher students. For a couple of these she has been course leader and examiner. In the project work at advanced level (30 ECTS) she was supervisor for nine students. She was nominated as best teacher at Karlstads University in 1998.