School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Elizabeth Hidson

Research Associate

Background

Elizabeth is a post-doctoral researcher in the iLab: Learna laboratory for developing appropriate educational applications of digital technology.

Elizabeth's doctoral research, completed in 2018, 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. Her thesis was supervised by Professor Steve Higgins at Durham University.

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.

Elizabeth 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. She is a co-opted member of the ITTE committee: the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education.

Areas of expertise

  • 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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Research

Elizabeth's research interests include:

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

Elizabeth works on several research projects at Newcastle University:

  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 a downloadable tablet and smartphone app (android and iphone) which will enable users to be guided through cooking a recipe in 6 official EU languages 
 

Teaching

Elizabeth's wider Higher Education teaching experience includes:

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

Publications