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Computing education research

Laura Heels, Newcastle University, and Elizabeth Hidson, Durham University


Conducting research allows a teacher to reflect on their practice and receive positive recognition for doing so. This session is aimed at teachers who would like to include research in their practice and how this can have a positive impact on their teaching. The structure will be:
- a brief survey of what is currently going on in computing education research,
- practical ideas for participating in education research, and
- pointers for moving on.

Relevant Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Laura Heels's biography

Laura is a staff member at Newcastle University Computing Science helping students with the transition from school to University and teaching on Stage 1 undergraduate modules. She is also a part time PhD student looking into the gender bias in the design of programming languages.

Elizabeth Hidson's biography

Elizabeth completed her PGCE in Information Technology 1999-2000 and then taught IT & ICT 11-18 in London schools, as teacher, HOD, AST, Director of M&C Specialism, AHT and DHT. She also taught Media Studies, Business, Leisure & Tourism and RE! and was an ICT Lead Practitioner for the SSAT.Elizabeth recently stepped out of school (and London) to do a Doctorate in Education at Durham University, researching teachers' professional knowledge and pedagogical practices in Computing education.

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