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Dr. Andrew Joyce-Gibbons

Honorary Fellow in the School of Education

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My research interests and teaching experience converge on the role of the teacher in learning processes, particularly when using digital technology. I seek to make a positive difference to the equality of opportunities and the excellence of outcomes experienced by learners. Within the classroom setting, I study the role of the teacher in supporting collaborative interaction. Whilst my main focus has been in studies on the primary age range, I have also published on learning in the Secondary school and HE contexts. My current research focuses on developing simultaneous, non-collocated collaborative activities for primary school children engaging in History and Mathematics tasks. I also have an interest in school improvement and technology adoption in education contexts outside the UK (Sierra Leone and Tanzania).

 In 2005 I qualified as a teacher and in 2017 I was awarded the Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of my role in leading change in teacher education courses; and for reforming our student admission processes to encourage greater inclusivity, particularly for local and economically marginalised applicants.

I was an Assistant Professor in the School of Education until December 2018 at which point I moved to Lima, Peru. I continue to maintain collaborative research links with the School of Education.

Professional Memberships

International Society of the Learning Sciences (Membership Committee)

Research Projects

School of Education

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2015: Wolfson Research Colloquium paper:

    “Developing peer tutoring via text message to reduce the challenge of transition from primary to secondary school in Tanzania”

  • 2014: Scholarship: Early Career Researcher Workshop Scholarship: International Conference of the Learning Sciences 2014, University of Boulder, Colorado USA (to be held in June, 2014)
  • Observe, interact and act:

    Teachers’ initiation of mini-plenaries to support small-group collaboration & SynergyNet Review. Presented at Cardiff Metropolitan University, 16th April, 2016

  • Presentations 2008-2011:

    May 2011: Multi-touch tables in the Early Years classroom. Presented at Scottish Universities Insight Institute, Digital Childhoods Learning Open Day. University of Stirling

    September 2010: Gender and leadership among groups of 10 and 11 year old students solving problems in a multi-touch environment. Poster at PREDIL: Promoting Equality in Digital Literacy. Spišská Kapitula, Slovakia

    June 2009: SynergyNet: Integrated Classroom. Presented at TEL Programme Early Career Researchers and PhD students Event

    October 2008: How successful are Year 6 students in Numeracy and Literacy tests when using PDAs in comparison to using paper and pen? Short Presentation at MLearn 2008

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Joyce-Gibbons, A. (2017). Writing in History. In Inviting Writing: Teaching and Learning Writing Across the Primary Curriculum. Bushnell, A. & Waugh, D. Learning Matters.

Conference Paper

  • Mercier, E., Fong, C., Cober, R., Slotta, J.D., Forssell, K.S., Isreal, M., Joyce-Gibbons, A. & Rummel, N. (2015), Researching and Designing for the Orchestration of Learning in the CSCL Classroom, in Lindwall, O. Häkkinen, P., Koschman, T. Tchounikine, P. & Ludvigsen, S. eds, 2: Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015. Gothenburg, Sweden, International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), Gothenburg, 599-606.
  • 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).
  • 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.

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Selected Grants

  • 2014: First Steps in Computer Science (£25270.70 from Technology Strategy Board)