Revd Professor Michael J Reiss FSB, FAcSS


 Michael Reiss is Professor of Science Education at UCL Institute of Education, Honorary Visiting Professor at the Universities of Leeds and York and the Royal Veterinary College, Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association and of the College of Teachers, Docent at the University of Helsinki, Director of the Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology Project, an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Priest in the Church of England.

 Professor Reiss is interested in ways of improving understanding about science. Current research interests include work to increase the number of students choosing to study science and mathematics post-16 and how science teachers should deal with the rise of creationism. He is President of the International Society for Science and Religion and of the International Association for Science and Religion in Schools and writes on the interface of science education and theology. For further information see


Recent Selected Publications in Science Education


Boulter, C. J., Reiss, M. J. & Sanders, D. L. (Eds) (2015) Darwin-Inspired Learning, Sense, Rotterdam.

Mujtaba, T. & Reiss, M.J. (2014) A survey of psychological, motivational, family and perceptions of physics education factors that explain 15 year-old students’ aspirations to study post-compulsory physics in English schools. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 12, 371-393.

Reiss, M.J. & White, J. (2013) An Aims-based Curriculum: The Significance of Human Flourishing for Schools, IOE Press, London.

Mujtaba, T. & Reiss, M.J. (2013) Factors that lead to the positive and negative stress in teachers of mathematics and science. Oxford Review of Education, 39, 627-648.

Mujtaba, T. & Reiss, M.J. (2013) What sort of girl wants to study physics after the age of 16? Findings from a large-scale UK survey. International Journal of Science Education35, 2979-2998.

Abrahams, I., Reiss, M.J. & Sharpe, R.M. (2013) The assessment of practical work in school science. Studies in Science Education, 49, 209-251.

Rodd, M., Reiss, M. & Mujtaba, T. (2013) Undergraduates talk about their choice to study physics at university: what was key to their participation? Research in Science & Technological Education, 31, 153-167.

Abrahams, I. & Reiss, M.J. (2012) Practical work: its effectiveness in primary and secondary schools in England. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 49, 1035-1055.

Amos, R. & Reiss, M.J. (2012) The benefits of residential fieldwork for school science: insights from a five-year initiative for inner-city students in the UK. International Journal of Science Education, 34, 485-511.

Reiss, M.J. & Tunnicliffe, S.D. (2011) Dioramas as depictions of reality and opportunities for learning in biology. Curator, 54, 447-459.

Collins, S., Reiss, M. & Stobart, G. (2010) What happens when high-stakes testing stops? Teachers’ perceptions of the impact of compulsory national testing in science of 11 year olds in England and its abolition in Wales. Assessment in Education, 17, 273-286.

Jones, A., McKim, A. & Reiss, M. (Eds) (2010) Ethics in the Science and Technology Classroom: A New Approach to Teaching and Learning, Sense, Rotterdam.

Caccavale, E. & Reiss, M. (2008) Miracles, monsters and disturbances. In: Creative Encounters: New Conversations in Science, Education and the Arts, Levinson, R., Nicholson, H. & Parry, S. (Eds), Wellcome Trust, London, pp. 48-63.



Recent Selected Publications in Science and Religion


Reiss, M.J. (2014) What significance does Christianity have for science education? In: Handbook of Historical and Philosophical Research in Science Education, Matthews, M. R. (Ed.), Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 1637-1662.

Chapman, J., McNamara, S., Reiss, M.J. & Waghid, Y. (Eds) (2014) International Handbook of Learning, Teaching and Leading in Faith-based Schools, Springer, Dordrecht.

Reiss, M.J. (2013) Religion in science education. In: Science Education for Diversity: Theory and Practice, Mansour, N. & Wegerif, R. (Eds), Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 317-328.

Reiss, M.J. (2012) What should be the role of religion in science education and bioethics? In: Sacred Science? On science and its interrelations with religious worldviews, Øyen, S.A., Lund-Olsen, T. & Vaage, N.S. (Eds), Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen, pp. 127-139.

Reiss, M.J. (2011) How should creationism and intelligent design be dealt with in the classroom? Journal of Philosophy of Education, 45, 399-415.

Reiss, M.J. (2009) Imagining the world: the significance of religious worldviews for science education. Science & Education, 18, 783-796. Reprinted in Matthews, M.R. (Ed.) (2009) Science, Worldviews and Education, Springer, New York, pp. 135-148.

Reiss, M.J. (2009) The relationship between evolutionary biology and religion. Evolution, 63, 1934-1941.

Reiss, M.J. (2008) Should science educators deal with the science/religion issue? Studies in Science Education, 44, 157-186.

Reiss, M.J. (2008) Teaching evolution in a creationist environment: an approach based on worldviews, not misconceptions. School Science Review, 90(331), 49-56.

Jones, L. & Reiss, M.J. (Eds) (2007) Teaching about Scientific Origins: Taking Account of Creationism, Peter Lang, New York.


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