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Dr Elizabeth Hidson, BA (Hons), MA, PGCE, EdD, FCoT, MCollT, AFHEA

Research Student in the School of Education

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Elizabeth is a doctoral graduate of the School of Education. Her thesis is about teachers’ transitional knowledge and pedagogical practices following the 2014 ICT to Computing curriculum change in England. She used digital and video-based methods to capture and explore teachers’ planning processes.

Elizabeth completed her MA in ICT in Education in 2004 at the University of London Institute of Education. She also has a PGCE with QTS in Information Technology from IOE, following on from her BA (Hons) in Information Technology and English. Her MA dissertation was a digital video project case study, supervised by Professor Andrew Burn at The London Knowledge Lab.

Elizabeth taught for 14 years in London, progressing from subject specialism as an ICT Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) and SSAT Lead Practitioner to whole school leadership in assistant headteacher and deputy headteacher roles in three London schools. Major projects Elizabeth has worked on include Building Schools for the Future (BSF), academy conversion and the introduction of a new Sixth Form. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), a Fellow of the College of Teachers (FCOT, MCollT), a Chartered London Teacher and a MirandaNet scholar. Elizabeth is a co-opted member of the ITTE committee: the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education.

Elizabeth was awarded the Gerald Collier Schoolteacher Scholarship in 2014 by the Gerald Collier Scholarship Committee at the College of St. Hild and St. Bede. As a student, Elizabeth was also a member of the PGR Staff Student Consultative Committee (SSCC) and the PGR Board of Studies representative.


In addition to her doctoral research, Elizabeth has experience as a research assistant on four Erasmus+ research projects:

  1. VEO Europa: a video enhanced observation research project, using an innovative technological approach to support initial teacher training and continuing professional development in the UK, Germany, Finland, Turkey and Bulgaria.
  2. proPIC: the creative use of mobile technologies for transnational collaboration in foreign and second language learning and teaching across the UK, Germany, Spain and Sweden.
  3. EUROSOLE: developing new forms of self-organised learning that empower young people, in order to support schools with tackling early school leaving in the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Finland.
  4. LINGUACUISINE: developing digital competence and language skills, combining technology, languages, cultures and cuisines, with research partners in Italy, Greece and the UK.

Teaching at Durham University

  • MA Education: Research Methods in Education module
  • PGCE Primary: Computing
  • Supported Progression and Sutton Trust Summer Schools

Conferences and Presentations


    • ESRC NINEDTP Doctoral Training Event: ‘Visually Mediated Research: Using Visual Methods in the Social Sciences’. 25-26 June 2018. Newcastle University. ‘Using Video’ workshop leader. ‘Quality in visual methods: ethics, validity and participation’ workshop co-presenter.
    • Hidson, E., Tasdemir, S. and Oesterle, M. (2018). Video-Enhanced Observation for Initial Teacher Education and CPD. BERA Conference 2018. 11th-13th September, Newcastle, UK.
    • Hidson, E. (2018). Video-enhanced lesson observation: moving from performance management to continuous teacher development. BERA Conference 2018. 11th-13th September, Newcastle, UK.


    • ITTE 32nd Annual Conference, Winchester, 7-8 June 2018. Presentation: ‘Developing Computing pedagogy post-2014’. Also presented at ECR publication workshop and invited panel member at ‘EdTech Policy and Practice’ debate session.
    • BERA event: Ethical issues associated with using visual methodologies: the case of digital video. Open University, 28 March 2018. Case study presentation. 

    • ITTE 31st Annual Conference, Hull, 21 June 2017, Video Enhanced Observation workshop.

    • CRiLLS Research Showcase, Newcastle University, 02 May 2017. Video Enhanced Observation workshop.
    • BERA Conference, Leeds University, 15 Sept 2016, ‘Critical conversations of how to research educational leadership: A workshop for early career researchers’, panel member presentation.
    • ITTE 30th Annual Conference, London, 02 July 2016, Pecha Kucha presentation.
    • Computing at School NE conference, Newcastle University, 16 June 2016, Computing Education research workshop.
    • Durham University Researchers’ Poster Competition, Durham, 28 April 2016, poster presentation.
    • BERA/BELMAS leadership event ‘How to research critical conversations in educational leadership?’, Newcastle University, 26 April 2016, presentation.
    • Computing at School Research Group Meeting, London, 22 April 2016, presentation.

    Research Interests

    • ICT, Computing and Computer Science Education
    • Teacher education and continuing professional development
    • Technology-enhanced learning and pedagogy
    • Digital and visual research methods


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