About

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pdg01So why a personal web site when it would seem like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or any one of the plethora of social media sites would do just as well? Well, I’m not a big fan of FB or Twitter, too much crap, advertising and lousy security. Also, I wanted something open to everyone, and I didn’t want everyone perusing my more personal stuff on FB and linking to friends and family so easily. I know I’ve got FB links on this site, and if you’re a friend, feel free to go there, but otherwise, let’s keep it a bit more formal shall we?

Resources
I keep the electronic resources on this site as much for my own convenience as anything else. Anybody doing similar work to myself can follow my stumbling progress, and with due acknowledgement to copyright, plagiarism and other ethical considerations, they can feel free to make use of whatever they find. For example, much of my past teaching materials are posted here and still have relevance to courses taught today (e.g., CCNA and other information communications tech’ courses).

Doctoral Research
In September of 2014, I began my first year of a doctorate, focussing on science education. My Ph.D., reserach proposal has won the Queen’s University, Faculty of Education, Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE) Doctoral Fellowship (2014), with the working title of ambivalence in the teaching of publicly controversial issues in science.

In my dissertation, I’d like to analyse the ambivalence to teaching subjects such as global warming and evolution, where the science really is cut and dried, yet a public controversy still exists.

My aim is for the research to encompass critical thinking into an array of subjects for which no scientific evidence exists (e.g., homeopathy, acupuncture, ayurvedic intervention, reiki, chiropractic intervention and anti-vaccination, to name but a few); but I might need the rest of my research career for all the pseudoscientific garbage that’s out there. For a summary of my position, see the diagram below…

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My Ph.D., kind of springboarded from my Masters in Education, of which the thesis was entitled an analysis of the arguments for intelligent design creationism to be taught in science classes, in the public education system of the United States.

I.T. Consultant and College Lecturer
Before my graduate studies, I worked with Ed’ Fortin as an I.T. Consultant at Fortin Consulting, Perth, Ontario. Supplying information technology support, project management and consultancy for municipal government, police and fire services, and businesses in the Ottawa to Brockville region of Eastern Ontario.

In the late 1990’s I worked as a self-employed IT consultant in the Small Office / Home Office (SOHO) market, with stints at Heathrow Airport and for local government… but you can read more about that elsewhere if you’re interested.

I have a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE; from the Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, U.K.), specialising in Information Communication Technology. My last UK post was lecturing on advanced level and professional certification courses at Suffolk New College—i-Cove, Suffolk College, Ipswich.

But it was not always consultancy, corporates and technology…

pdg02_lrgSafari Park Ranger and Zoologist
After a few years as an animal keeper in various U.K., collections, including spells at Windsor Safari Park and Colchester Zoo. I found myself training with a range of firearms and chemical immobilization equipment, whilst assisting in research projects studying the animals in my care—behavioural studies of Canadian grey wolves (Canis lupus), European brown bears (Ursus arctos arctos), Asiatic black bears (Selenarctos thibetanus), African lions (Panthera leo), and Siberian tigers (Panthera tigris altaica), finally I began my degree in Biological Sciences (Zoology) at King’s College London.

Then followed post-graduate research in captive dogs, comparative ethology of Canidae (dogs and wolves), behavioural ecology and activity patterns in Ursidae (bears) and evaluation of captive-breeding and re-introduction programmes, before a gradual migration to I.T. Professional and College Lecturer.

I’ve kept current in my specialist fields, accessing online journals and other material, attending public lectures—the very methodology of scientific investigation (critical thinking and experimentation to answer the questions of life) has always been a passion—until I began my Master’s in 2012, and a whole new set of investigative challenges.

 


 

A bit of a disclaimer. This web site is a strange mix of personal and professional material, which I suppose, sums me up. My professional life says a lot about me personally and vice versa. So, whilst a lot of the material on here relates to my studies, career history, current and maybe even future interests, the views and opinions expressed in personally authored media on this site are mine and mine alone. Any and all contributions, editing and maintenance of this site are conducted during my own time during evenings and weekends (with perhaps a little during lunchtime at work). The opinions posted on this site are most definitely not intended to represent the opinions or positions of any of my employers, past, present or future, and should never be construed as such.

 

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