ESRC Future Research Leader Fellow, University of Edinburgh

I have over fifteen years working with children, first as a teacher, and then as an academic. My research focuses on the role of interaction in thinking, and the implications this has for early learning and new forms of technology. Last year I moved from the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education to Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, having been awarded a Future Research Leader grant by the Economic Social Research Council. I have also been awarded a Chancellor Fellowship starting August 2013. My interests include the wider use of technology to support learning, in particular the digital making trend. I compliment my research with my role as the founder and director of a start-up that designs, builds, and sells novel learning technologies for young children.

Experience

  • 2012–present
    Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh
  • 2010–2012
    Research Fellow, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education
  • 2009–2010
    Research Fellow, Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham
  • 2006–2009
    ESRC CASE student, Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham

Education

  • 2009 
    Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham, PhD
  • 2002 
    University of Brighton, Qualified Teacher Status

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Interaction, Embodiment and Technologies in Early Learning
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Economic Social Research Council
  • 2011
    The effect of physical materials in a numerical relations task: evaluating the potential for tangible technologies
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Economic Social Research Council