Department:School of Education and Social Care
Areas of Expertise: Education and teaching
Nicola is an experienced educator and teacher educator in both secondary and higher education settings. She has a particular interest in geographical and environmental and sustainability education.
Having gained a PhD in glaciology, Nicola worked briefly as an IT consultant before training as a geography teacher and going on to become Head of Department in three comprehensive schools. She then joined the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education where she worked for ten years in Initial Teacher Education, ultimately leading the Secondary Geography PGCE course and supporting students on the Researching Practice MEd.
Currently, Nicola is a Principal Lecturer and Deputy Head of School of Education and Social Care at Cambridge. She is also Course Leader of our BA Primary Education Studies programme.
Nicola’s research interests lie within Teacher Education. She is particularly interested in Environmental and Sustainability Education, primarily how it is conceptualised by students and the pedagogy for developing students’ understandings of and engagement with sustainability at all levels (primary school to HE). Her recent work builds on this to explore how artists working in nature with school children can support their connectedness with nature and, thereby, wellbeing. Nicola is also involved in research exploring how immersive technologies, such as 360-degree video, can be used to support teacher and trainee teacher practice.
Nicola would welcome contact from prospective doctoral candidates (PhD and EdD) in the following areas:
Lambert, D. & Walshe, N. (2018). How Geography Curricula Tackle Global Issues. In A. Demirci, R. da Miguel and S. Bednarz (Eds) Geography Education for Global Understanding. Springer: London. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-77216-5_7
Walshe, N. (2017). Developing Trainee Teacher Practice with Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 41(4), 608-628. doi: 10.1080/03098265.2017.1331209.
Walshe, N. (2017). An interdisciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability education: developing geography students’ understandings of sustainable development using poetry. Environmental Education Research, 23(8), 1130-1149. doi: 10.1080/13504622.2016.1221887.
Walshe, N., 2016. Working with ArcGIS Online Story Maps. Teaching Geography, 41(3).
Walshe, N., 2016. Developing Students’ Essay-Writing with “Talking Essays”. Teaching Geography, 41(1), pp.26-27.
Walshe, N., 2013. Exploring and developing student understandings of sustainable development. Curriculum Journal, 24(2), pp.224-249.
Walshe, N., 2013. Exploring and developing children’s understandings of sustainable development with dialogic diaries. Children’s Geographies, 11(1), pp.132-154.
Walshe, N. (2018). Making Connections: Developing undergraduate trainee teachers’ understandings of ESE through conference. European Educational Research Association European Conference for Educational Research - EERA:ECER (Bolzano, Italy).
Walshe, N. (2018). Developing reflective trainee teacher practice with 360-degree video. European Educational Research Association European Conference for Educational Research - EERA:ECER (Bolzano, Italy).
Walshe, N. (2018). Developing geography trainee teacher practice with 360-degree video. IGU-CGE Symposium (Canada).
Walshe, N. (2018). Developing reflective trainee teacher practice with 360-degree video. Geography Teacher Educator Conference (Birmingham).
Walshe, N. (2017). School students’ perceptions of the value and nature of GIS: informing curriculum development and pedagogical practice. IGU-CGE Symposium (Lisbon).
Walshe, N. (2017). An interdisciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability education: developing geography students’ understandings of sustainable development using poetry. EERA: ECER (Copenhagen).
Walshe, N. (2017). Place-based Learning, Creativity and Well-being: An Ethnography (poster presentation). EERA: ECER (Copenhagen).
Walshe, N. (2017). Beyond a cookbook approach to GIS: Developing trainee teachers’ pedagogy and practice across a PGCE year. GTE conference (Plymouth).
Walshe, N. (2016). Another quantitative revolution? Developing trainee teacher understanding of quantitative methods in geography teaching. GTE conference (Manchester).