James graduated with a first class Honours degree from the Bachelor of Education (Primary) course in 2012. Since graduating James has worked casually in primary schools in the Bathurst region, with particular focuses on science education, gifted and talented education and small school education. The subject of James' Honours thesis was how the EMS308 subject design influenced the science teaching efficacy beliefs of a cohort of pre-service primary teachers. In 2013 James was offered an Australian Postgraduate award to complete a PhD at CSU Bathurst. In his PhD research, James investigated how the science subjects offered at CSU influence the science teaching efficacy beliefs and science teaching practices of early career primary teachers. He will receive his doctorate in 2017. James is a mixed methodologist with an interest in how qualitative and qualitative research can be used in complementary ways. He has taught research methods, science, technology, data-informed practice, and HSIE at the tertiary level.