Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction Division
Ph.D. in Physics, University of London, United Kingdom
M.Sc. in Medical Physics, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
M.A. in Education, Gender and International Development, University College London, United Kingdom
PGCE Science, Physics and Mathematics, Glasgow University, Scotland
B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering, Glasgow University, Scotland
Dr. Martina Dickson is a qualified school teacher of science, physics and mathematics, and was a classroom teacher for nine years before coming to the UAE, having taught in IGCSE, ‘A’ level and IB systems in Greece, Oman and Hong Kong. Prior to working at ECAE, she was a Science Educational Adviser to Abu Dhabi Government Schools for four years. She holds a PhD in Physics from the University of London, an MSc in Physics from the University of Surrey and an MA in Education, Gender and Development from the Institute of Education at UCL. Her research interests include gender and STEM, parenting experiences of both students and academics, and pedagogy in higher education. Recent research includes work on academic parenthood, the experiences of student mothers, and gendered science pedagogy. Dr. Martina has taught and led courses in science content knowledge, science pedagogy, integrated subject teaching, and curriculum development.
Articles in Peer-Reviewed Research Journals
Dickson, M., & Tennant, L. (In press). Emirati University Student Mothers Post-Childbirth: Support Systems in the Home. NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education.
Dickson, M., & Tennant, L. (2017). “The Accommodation I make is turning a blind eye”: Faculty Support for Undergraduate Emirati Students Studies of Continuing Education, 40 (5), 1-22.
Tennant, L. & Dickson, M. (In-press). Challenges Facing Emirati College Student Mothers Post Childbirth. Near and Middle Eastern Journal of Research in Education
Dickson, M. (2018). The Joys and Challenges of Academic Motherhood. Women’s Studies International Forum.
Dickson, M. (In-press). Academic Motherhood in the United Arab Emirates. Gender, Place and Culture.
Dickson, M. & Ladefoged, E. (2017). Introducing active learning pedagogy into a technical and vocational education and training academy in Kurdistan, Iraq. International Review of Education, 63(5), 679-702.
Dickson, M., McMinn, M. & Kadbey, H. (2017). Science Anxiety Levels in pre-service Emirati teachers. Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives, 14(1).
Dickson, M., Kadbey, H. & McMinn, M. (2016). Correlating Beliefs and Classroom Practices of Public School Science Teachers in Abu Dhabi. Journal of Turkish Science Education. 13(3).
Dickson, M., Kadbey, H. & McMinn, M. (In-press). Do Years of Teaching Experience make a Difference for English Medium Teachers working in Abu Dhabi Government Schools? International Journal of Social Sciences and Education.
McMinn, M., Dickson, M. & Kadbey, H. (2015). Emirati Science Teachers’ Beliefs, Self-confidence, challenges faced and their reported practice. International Online Journal of Primary Education, 4(1).
McMinn, M., Dickson, M. & Kadbey, H. (2015). The Impact of Beliefs and Challenges Faced, on the Reported Practice of Private School Science Teachers in Abu Dhabi. Journal of Turkish Science Education, 12 (2).
Dickson, M., Kadbey, H.& McMinn, M. (2015). Comparing Reported Classroom Practice in Public and Private Schools in the United Arab Emirates. Procedia: Social and Behavioural Journal, 186, 209-215.
Kadbey, H., Dickson, M. & McMinn, M. (2015). Primary Teachers’ Perceived Challenges in Teaching Science in Abu Dhabi Public Schools. Procedia: Social and Behavioural Journal, 186, 749-757.
Dickson, M. & Kadbey, H. (2014). “That’s not the way I was taught science at school!”How pre-service primary teachers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates are affected by their own schooling experience.
Dickson, M., Riddlebarger, J., Stringer, P., Tennant, L.& Kennetz, K. (2014). Challenges faced by Emirati Teachers. Near and Middle Eastern Journal of Research in Education, 1 (4).
Dickson, M. & Kadbey, H. (2014). What kind of future science teachers might they be? Pre-service Primary School Teachers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates amidst Educational Reform. Journal of Turkish Science Education, 10 (4).
Kadbey, H. & Dickson, M. (2014). Pre-Service Emirati Teachers: Challenges faced Teaching Science during Internship. Education, Business and Society in the Middle East, 7(4).
Dickson, M. & O’Malley, V. (2014). Pre-service Emirati Primary School Teachers’ Experiences of Thematic Teaching. Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, 2(2).
Dickson, M., Tennant, L., Kennetz, Riddlebarger, J., Stringer, P. (2013). From Teacher Preparation to Classroom Practice: Perceptions of Novice Emirati Teachers. International Review of Contemporary Learning Research, 2 (2), 75-88
Dickson, M. (2013). School Improvements in Abu Dhabi, UAE - asking the 'Expert Witnesses’. Improving Schools. 16 (3), 270 – 282.
Dickson, M. (2013). Wide-scale educational reform in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: What do the teacher training students think? Journal of Teachers and Teacher Education. 1 (2), 223-229.
Dickson, M. & Le Roux, J. (2013). Feminising schools in the UAE Emirate of Abu Dhabi: Cause for concern? Journal of Educational and Psychological Studies. 7(4), 525- 536
Dickson, M. (2013). Jobs for the boys? How secondary school boys in Abu Dhabi view teaching as a career choice. Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education. 1 (2), 89-101
Dickson, M. & Le Roux, J. (2012). Why do Emirati males become teachers and how do cultural factors influence this decision? Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives, 9 (2).
Books, Chapters in Books and Other
Chapters in books:
Dickson, M., Fidalgo, P., & Cairns, D. (In-press). The ‘S’ and ‘T’ in STEM: Integrating Science and Educational Technology in UAE Schools. In Gallagher, K. (Ed.), Education in the UAE: Innovation and Transformation.
Welch, A. G., Areepattamannil, S., & Dickson, M. (2016). The Development and Validation of the Abu Dhabi Professional Teaching Disposition Scale. In Welch, A. G. & Areepattamanniland, S. (Eds). Dispositions in Teacher Education (p. 183-197). Sense Publishers.