Professor Steve Higgins, BA (Oxon), PGCE, PhD, FAcSS
Steve Higgins is Professor of Education at Durham University.
Steve joined the School of Education in September 2006 from Newcastle University, where he was the founding Director of the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching. Before working in higher education he taught in primary schools in the North East where his interest in children’s thinking and learning developed.
His research interests include the areas of effective use of information and communications technology (ICT) and digital technologies for learning in schools, understanding how children's thinking and reasoning develops, and how teachers can be supported in developing the quality of teaching and learning in their classrooms. He has a particular interest in the educational philosophy of Pragmatism and the implications for teaching and learning, particularly relating to the use of research evidence to develop practice in schools. He was a member of the TLRP/TEL-funded SynergyNet research team from 2008 -12, investigating the use of multi-touch tables in classroom learning. He has also contributed to ESRC Research Development Initiatives and the development of research capacity in Visual Methods (2006-9) and the use of meta-analysis in education research (2008-11).
He is one of the authors of the Sutton Trust/EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit and frequently gives keynote presentations and talks on the use of research evidence to support more effective spending in schools to both policy and practitioner audiences based on this work. He has an interest in developing understanding of effective use of research evidence for policy and practice.
His teaching areas include primary mathematics, the use of new and emerging technologies in education and supporting effective professional development of teachers. This is particularly using approaches which focus on the development of children's thinking, reasoning and understanding. He supervises doctoral students in these areas. Steve teaches across a number of undergraduate and post-graduate programmes including PGCE, Masters and taught doctorate programmes. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
Information for prospective doctoral research student supervisions
Steve is looking for potential doctoral students who wish to study the use of meta-analysis as a means to synthesise research evidence in education, evidence-based practice in schools, the development of trials methodology and analysis of trials data in education and the use of digital technologies for learning, particularly in schools.
Completed Supervisions (since 2008)
The effectiveness of a CALL multimedia classroom on L2 learners' achievements, attitudes and the word solving strategies' frequencies and the perceptions of helpfulness, when compared with learners in traditional classrooms: A quasi-experimental study
How to give research results back to teachers? 3rd meeting of the Nordic Forum November 10th, 2016 Danmarks Pædagogiske Universitet, Emdrup, Denmark.
Using evidence from research to improve teaching and learning. Norwegian Business School, 3rd November, 2016, Nydalen, Oslo, Norway
Steve Higgins 'Technology and learning: from the past to the future’ ‘The Future of Learning, Knowledge and Skills (TULOS) Programme Launch’, Helsinki, 5th February, 2014
Steve Higgins ‘Technology trends for language teaching: looking back and to the future’ Learning and Teaching English in the Digital Age: Policy and Practice in Europe, British Council, Barcelona, 4th December, 2013
Steve Higgins ‘The Future of Collaborative Learning Strategies: Teaching Methods with Multi-Touch Technology’ Keynote presentation to the 2nd Annual Education Technology Strategies Summit Keynote, Toronto, February 28-29, 2012
Steve Higgins ‘New digital technologies and new opportunities for lifelong learning’ Keynote presentation to the Vivere E Crescere Nella Comunicazione Conference, Bressanone, Italy 16-17th December 2011
Steve Higgins How Should Education Respond To The Changing World? Tools, Technologies and Techniques For Teachers Keynote Presentation to the Finnish Education Research Association Conference, East Finland University, Joensuu, Finland 24th- 25th November 2011
Steve Higgins, Self regulation and learning: evidence from meta-analysis and from the classroom Conference Keynote for Self-Regulation and Dialogue in Primary Classrooms Psychological Aspects of Education Current Trends Conference, British Journal of Educational Psychology Conference Cambridge, June 2-3rd, 2011
Indicators of Esteem
- 2013: Editorial Board Memberships: Steve was a member of the Editorial Board of the British Educational Research Journal (BERJ) from 2009-13 and is currently and Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE) and Thinking Skills and Creativity. He reviews for a number of further journals including the British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET), Computers and Education, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning (JCAL) and the International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (IJCSCL). He is currently one of the four Editors of The Curriculum Journal.
- 2010: ESRC Peer Review College member: Steve is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College.
- Address: Addressed an All Parliamentary Committee for Scientific Learning and Education about learning styles and learning to learn.
- Advisor to a range of international bodies :
Steve has acted as advisor to a range of international bodies such as the Italian Ministry of Education about Learning to Learn and transveral competences (2008-9) and he was a member of the European CRELL Network on Learning to Learn (2007-9). He previously served as a member of Design Council’s Learning Environments Expert Panel (2003-5). He is currently a member of the Education Endowment Foundation’s [link to: http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk ] Evaluation Advisory Group.
Member of the Editorial Team of The Curriculum Journal (2012-2018)
Editor of ERIE (2001- 2003)
- International: Reviewer for the Academy of Finland's TULOS programme, the Netherlands' NRO Open and online higher education and Programme Council for Fundamental Scientific Education Research (PROO), Luxembourg's Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg ‘CORE Multi-Annual Thematic Research Programme’, NPRP Proposals, Qatar National Research Fund, the Archimedes and Thalis Research Programmes, NSRF Greece. Advisor to the Italian Education Ministry (Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione) on Learning to Learn in schools.
- Invited member: Invited member of EU Commission research network on Learning to Learn.
- Invited member: Invited member of the Design Council's School Learning Environments Expert Panel.
- Mr Stuart Kime
- Mrs Victoria Menzies
- Mrs Modhi Almalki
- Miss Maram Jannah
- Mr Mansour Alabdulaziz
- Mrs Azzah Alghamdi
- Mr Trevor Prendergast
- Ms Christine Jack
- Miss Claire Reed
- Mr Abdullah Almankory
- Mr Wayne Harrison
- Mrs Elizabeth Hidson
- Mr Conrad Hughes
- Mrs Michaela Oliver
- Mr Glenn Doublesin
- Classroom Interaction and Discourse in Primary Schools
- Digital technologies and Learning
- Meta-analysis and Research Evidence in Education
- An Evaluation of progress towards an evidence based teaching system, including DfE’s role in facilitating progress
- Building Capacity In Visual Methods
- Campaign for Learning, Phase 4
- Cross Age Peer Tutoring
- Development of the Teaching and Learning Toolkit
- Development of the Teaching and Learning Toolkit and NPD Analysis and Data Archive Support
- DIY Evaluation Guide Version 3
- Evaluation Of Next Practice Model
- Improving Learning for Disadvantaged Learners
- RDI In Quantitative Synthesis
- Strategies for Improving Learning
- Toolkit Impact in Chile
- Mercier, E., Vourloumi, G. & Higgins, S. (2017). Student interactions and the development of ideas in multi-touch and paper-based collaborative mathematical problem solving. British Journal of Educational Technology 48(1): 162-175.
- Gascoine, L., Higgins, S. & Wall, K. (2017). The Assessment of Metacognition in Children Aged 4–16 years: A Systematic Review. Review of Education 5(1): 3-57.
- Higgins, S. & Katsipataki, M. (2016). Communicating comparative findings from meta-analysis in educational research: some examples and suggestions. International Journal of Research & Method in Education 39(3): 237-254.
- Tymms, P. & Higgins, S. (2016). Judging Research Papers for Research Excellence. Studies in Higher Education
- Hung, Y.-W. & Higgins, S. (2016). Learners’ use of communication strategies in text-based and video-based synchronous computer-mediated communication environments: opportunities for language learning. Computer Assisted Language Learning 29(5): 901-924.
- Higgins, S. (2016). Meta-synthesis and comparative meta-analysis of education research findings: some risks and benefits. Review of Education 4(1): 31-53.
- Alabdulaziz, M. & Higgins, S. (2016). Obstacles to Technology use When Addressing Saudi Primary Students' Mathematics Difficulties. International Journal of Engineering Research and Technology 5(10): 412-417.
- Xiao, Z., Higgins, S. & Kasim, A. (2016). Same Difference? Understanding Variation in the Estimation of Effect Sizes from Educational Trials. International Journal of Educational Research 77: 1-14.
- Kyriakou, A. & Higgins, S. (2016). Systematic Review of the Studies Examining the Impact of the Interactive Whiteboard on Teaching and Learning: what we do learn and what we do not. Preschool and Primary Education 4(2): 254-275.
- Mercier, Emma M., Higgins, Steven E. & Joyce-Gibbons, A. (2016). The effects of room design on computer-supported collaborative learning in a multi-touch classroom. Interactive Learning Environments 24(3): 504-522.
- Katsipataki, M. & Higgins, S. (2016). What Works or What's Worked? Evidence from Education in the United Kingdom. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 217: 903-909.
- Higgins, S. & Katsipataki, M. (2015). Evidence from meta-analysis about parental involvement in education which supports their children’s learning. Journal of Children's Services 10(3): 280-290.
- Al-Shammari, M.O. & Higgins, S.E. (2015). Obstacles facing Faculty Members in the Effective Implementation of e-learning at Some Universities in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Information Technology & Computer Science 19(1): 1-12.
- Ainsworth, H., Hewitt, C., Torgerson, C., Higgins, S., Wiggins, A. & Torgerson, D. (2015). Sources of bias in outcome assessment in randomised controlled trials: a case study. Educational Research and Evaluation 21(1): 3-14.
- Cooper, D. & Higgins, S. (2015). The effectiveness of online instructional videos in the acquisition and demonstration of cognitive, affective and psychomotor rehabilitation skills. British journal of educational technology 46(4): 768-779.
- Mercier, E.M. & Higgins, S.E. (2014). Creating Joint Representations of Collaborative Problem Solving with Multi-touch Technology. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning 30(6): 497-510.
- Higgins, S.E. (2014). Critical thinking for 21st-century education: A cyber-tooth curriculum?. Prospects 14(4): 559-574.
- Mercier, E., Higgins, S. & Da Costa, L. (2014). Different leaders: Emergent organizational and intellectual leadership in children’s collaborative learning groups. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning 9(4): 397-432.
- Wall, K., Higgins, S., Hall, E. & Woolner, P. (2013). 'That's not quite the way we see it': the epistemological challenge of visual data. International Journal of Research & Method in Education 36(1): 3-22.
- Mercier, E.M. & Higgins, S. (2013). Collaborative learning with multi-touch technology: Developing adaptive expertise. Learning and Instruction 25: 13-23.
- Wall, K., Higgins, S., Remedios, R., Rafferty, V. & Tiplady, L. (2013). Comparing Analysis Frames for Visual Data Sets: Using Pupil Views Templates to explore perspectives of learning. Journal of Mixed Methods Research 7(1): 22-42.
- Al-Qahtani, A.A.Y. & Higgins, S.E. (2013). Effects of traditional, blended and e-learning on students' achievement in higher education. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning 29(3 ): 220-234.
- Woolner, P., McCarter, S., Wall, K. & Higgins, S. (2012). Changed learning through changed space: When can a participatory approach to the learning environment challenge preconceptions and alter practice?. Improving Schools 15(1): 45-60.
- Higgins, S., Mercier, E., Burd, E. & Joyce-Gibbons, A. (2012). Multi-touch tables and collaborative learning. British Journal of Educational Technology 43(6): 1041-1054.
- Barmby, Patrick, Bolden, David, Higgins, Steve & Tymms, Peter (2012). Predicting success on a Bachelor of Arts Primary Education degree course. Educational Research 54(3): 323-330.
- Higgins, S., Mercier, E., Burd, E. & Hatch, A. (2011). Multi-touch tables and the relationship with collaborative classroom pedagogies: A synthetic review. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning 6(4): 515-538.
- Albaaly, E. & Higgins, S. (2011). The impact of interactive whiteboard technology on medical students' achievement in ESL essay writing: an early study in Egypt. Language Learning Journal 40(2): 207-222.
- Baumfield, V.M., Hall, E., Higgins, S. & Wall, K. (2009). Catalytic tools: understanding the interaction of enquiry and feedback in teachers' learning. European Journal of Teacher Education 32(4): 423-435.
- Resing, W., Elliott, J.G. & Higgins, S.E. (2009). Reasoning in children and adolescents. Educational and Child Psychology 26(3).
- Wall, K., Higgins, S., Glasner, E., Mahmout, U. & Gormally, J. (2009). Teacher enquiry as a tool for professional development: investigating pupils' effective talk while learning. Australian Educational Researcher 36(2): 93-117.
- Barmby, P., Harries, T., Higgins, S. & Suggate, J. (2009). The array representation and primary children's understanding and reasoning in multiplication. Educational Studies in Mathematics 70(3): 217-241.
- Goodbourn, R., Hartley, T., Higgins, S. & Wall, K. (2009). Learning to Learn for Life 3: Research and Practical Examples for Secondary Schools. Continuum Publishing.
- Barmby, P., Bilsborough, L., Harries, T. & Higgins, S. (2009). Primary mathematics: Teaching for understanding. Buckingham: Oxford Univesity Press.
Chapter in book
- Higgins, S. (2016). Dewey, Education, and Schooling. In John Dewey’s Democracy and Education: A British tribute. Higgins, S. & Coffield, F. London: IoE Press.
- Higgins, S. (2015). A Recent History of Teaching Thinking. In The Routledge International Handbook of Research on Teaching Thinking. Wegerif, R., Li, L. & Kaufman, J. C. Routledge. 19-28.
- Xiao, Z. & Higgins, S. (2015). When English Meets Chinese in Tibetan Schools: Towards an Understanding of Multilingual Education in Tibet. In Trilingualism in Education in China: Models and Challenges. Feng, A. & Adamson, B. Dordrecht: Springer. 117-140.
- Higgins, S.E. (2014). Formative assessment and feedback to learners. In Proven Programs in Education: Classroom Management and Assessment. Slavin, R.E. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. 11-15.
- Higgins, S.E. (2013). Matching Style of Learning. In International Guide to Student Achievement (Educational Psychology Handbook). Hattie, J. & Anderman, E.M. London: Routledge. 337-438.
- Higgins, S. (2013). Self regulation and learning: evidence from meta-analysis and from classrooms. In British Journal of Educational Psychology Monograph Series II: Psychological Aspects of Education - Current Trends: No. 10. Self-regulation and dialogue in primary classrooms. Whitebread, D., Mercer, N., Howe, C. & Tolmie, A. Leicester: British Psychological Society. 111-126.
- Higgins, S.E. (2013). What can we Learn from Research? In Beyond Early Reading. Waugh, D. & Neaum, S. St. Albans: Critical Publishing Ltd.
- Higgins, S.E. (2012). Impact evaluation: a case study of the introduction of interactive whiteboards in schools in the UK. In Research Methods and Methodologies in Education. Arthur, J., Waring, M., Coe, R. & Hedges, V. Sage. 131-136.
- Hall, E., Wall, K., Higgins, S., Stephens, L., Pooley, I & Welham, J. (2010). Learning to Learn with Parents: lessons from two research projects. In Action Research in Education: Volume 3: Key Examples of Action Research in Schools within International Settings. Campbell, A. & Groundwater-Smith, S. London: Sage Publications. 3: 121-135.
- Barmby, P., Harries, A.V. & Higgins, S.E. (2010). Teaching for understanding/understanding for teaching. In Issues in teaching numeracy in primary schools. Thompson, I. Open University Press. 45-57.
- Higgins, S.E. (2010). The impact of interactive whiteboards on classroom interaction and learning in primary schools in the UK. In Interactive Whiteboards for Education: Theory, Research and Practice. Thomas, M. & Cutrim-Schmid, E. Hershey, Pa: IGI Global. 86-101.
- Higgins, S. (2008). Mathematical learning and the use of information and communications technology in the early years. In Teaching and Learning Early Number. Thompson, I. (Ed) Maidenhead: Open University Press. 214-221.
- Higgins, S. & Coffield, F. (2016). John Dewey’s Democracy and Education: A British tribute. London: IoE Press.
- Passey, D. & Higgins, S. (2013). Learning platforms and learning outcomes. London: Routledge.
- Gascoine, L., Higgins, S. & Wall, K. (2014), A systematic review of methods to assess metacognition in school‐aged children. Paper presented at symposium entitled Metacognition, executive functioning and self‐regulation: measurement tools from infancy to adolescence, 6th biennial meeting of the EARLI Special Interest Group 16 – Metacognition. Istanbul.
- Mercier, E., Higgins, S.E., Burd, E.L. & Joyce-Gibbons, A. (2012), Multi-Touch Technology to Support Multiple Levels of Collaborative Learning in the Classroom, in van Aalst, J., Thompson, K., Jacobson, M.J. & Reimann, P. eds, Short Papers, Symposia and Abstracts 2: The Future of Learning: 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2012).
- Mercier, E., McNaughton, J., Higgins, S. & Burd, E. (2012), Orchestrating Learning in the Multi-touch Classroom: Developing Appropriate Tools, in van Aalst, J., Thompson, K., Jacobson, M.J. & Reimann, P. eds, Short Papers, Suymposia and Abstracts 2: The Future of Learning: 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2012).
- Mercier, E., Higgins, S. & Burd, E. (2011), Interdisciplinary design research: developing educational technology, 14th Biennial Conference of the European Association of Research into Learning and Instruction. Exeter, Exeter.
- Hatch, A., Higgins, S.E., Joyce-Gibbons, A. & Mercier, E. (2011), NumberNet: Using Multi-tough Technology to Support Within and Between Group Mathematics Learning, in Spada, H., Stahl, G., Miyake, N. & Law, N. eds, 1: Connecting CSCL to Policy and Practice: CSCL2011. 176-183.
- Alagha, I., Burd, E., Higgins, S. & Mercier, E. (2011), SynergyNet Exploring Design and Pedagogy in a Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice, in Spada, H., Stahl, G., Miyake, N. & Law, N. eds, Vol. III - Community Events Proceedings: 9th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL 2011). Hong Kong, China, International Society of the Learning Sciences, Hong Kong, 1081-1082.
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- Thomas, J., Graziosi, S., Higgins, S., Coe, R., Torgerson, C. & Newman, M. (2012). Teaching meta-analysis using MetaLight. BMC Research Notes 5: 571.
- Higgins, S., Baumfield, V., Newton, D. & Elliott, J. (2009). Developing effective multimedia instruction for expert learners. American Journal of Psychology 567-569.
- Higgins, S., Katsipataki, M., Villanueva-Aguilera, A.B., Coleman, R., Henderson, P., Major, L.E., Coe, R. & Mason, D. (2016). The Sutton Trust-Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit. London, Education Endowment Foundation.
- Cordingley, P., Higgins, S., Greany, T., Buckler, N., Coles-Jordan, D., Crisp, B., Saunders, L. & Coe, R. (2015). Developing Great Teaching: Lessons from the international reviews into effective professional development. London, Teacher Development Trust.
- Macleod, S., Sharp, C., Bernardinelli, D., Skipp, A. & Higgins, S. (2015). Supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils: articulating success and good practice: Research report November 2015. London, Department for Education.
- Coe, R., Aloisi, C., Higgins, S. & Major, L.E. (2014). What makes great teaching? Review of the underpinning research. London: Sutton Trust.
- Higgins, S., Katsipataki, M., Kokotsaki, D., Coleman, R., Major, L.E. & Coe, R. (2013). The Sutton Trust - Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit. London, Education Endowment Foundation.
- Higgins, S., Xiao, Z. & Katsipataki, M. (2012). The Impact of Digital Technology on Learning: A Summary for the Education Endowment Foundation. London, Education Endowment Foundation.
- Torgerson, C.J., Wiggins, A., Torgerson, D.J., Ainsworth, H., Barmby, P., Hewitt, C., Jones, K., Hendry, V., Askew, M., Bland, M., Coe, R., Higgins, S., Hodgen, J., Hulme, C. & Tymms, P. (2011). Every Child Counts: The Independent evaluation Executive Summary. Department for Education (DfE).
- Torgerson, C.J., Wiggins, A., Torgerson, D.J., Ainsworth, H., Barmby, P., Hewitt, C., Jones, K., Hendry, V., Askew, M., Bland, M., Coe, R., Higgins, S., Hodgen, J., Hulme, C. & Tymms, P. (2011). The Every Child Counts Independent Evaluation Report to DfE.
- Higgins, S., Kokotsaki, D. & Coe, R.J. (2011). Toolkit of Strategies to Improve Learning: Summary for Schools Spending the Pupil Premium: Technical Appendices. Sutton Trust.
- Higgins, S., Kokotsaki, D. & Coe, R.J. (2011). Toolkit of Strategies to Improve Learning: Summary for Schools Spending the Pupil Premium. Sutton Trust.
- Wall, K., Hall, E., Baumfield, V., Higgins, S., Rafferty, V., Remedios, R., Thomas, U., Tiplady, L., Towler, C. & Woolner, P. (2010). Learning to learn in schools phase 4 and Learning to learn in further education. Newcastle
- Wall, K., Hall, E., Higgins, S., Leat, D., Thomas, U., Tiplady, L., Towle, C. & Woolner, P. (2009). Learning to Learn in Schools Phase 4 Year One Report. Campaign for Learning.
- Higgins, S., Wiggins, A. & Searle, J. (2008). Bridge Model Evaluation Final Report for the National College for School Leadership. CEM Centre/School of Education. Durham.
- Robinson, C., Sebba, J., Mackrill, D. & Higgins, S. (2008). Personalising learning: the learner perspective and their influence on demand Final report. Coventry.
- Higgins, S., Sebba, J., roninson, C. & Mackrill, D. (2008). Personalising learning: the learner perspective and their influence on demand Review report. Coventry.
Available for media contact about:
- Education: Expertise regarding the effective use of information and communications technology (ICT) for learning in schools.
- Education: Meta-analysis and systematic reviewing
- Education: Evidence-based policy and practice in education