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Pamela Cowan

Dr

  • Room 01.004 - 69 University Street

    United Kingdom

19982018

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Personal profile

Teaching

I was the PGCE Course Director across all PGCE programmes from 2013 - 2017 and have been the Programme Co-ordinator for ICT/Computing since 2000.  I contribute to the Education and Professional Studies module through workshops in ICT/e-learning tools used in schools, inviting external organisations such as iTeach (for iPad training), PSNI (for digital safeguarding) and NI Screen/INTO Film (for Digital Safeguarding).  I also hold twilight courses in MinecraftEdu and short training sessions on course creation in Fronter, Google Classrooms and OneNote Class. 

 

 

Research Interests

In general my research interests encompass all aspects of using modern information technologies in educational contexts, assessment in education, structural equations modelling and issues in mathematics and computing education. I am particularly interested in the use of computer adaptive testing in schools and in the assessment of higher order thinking skills, such as writing code and mathematical problem-solving using computer-based techniques. I am also interested in assessment issues in higher education and have been involved in evaluation projects as an external consultant.  More recent work has involved handheld devices for mobile learning, multimodal literacies, pedagogically effective games and simulations, computational thinking, MinecraftEdu and CoderDojos. 

 

I have presented my work at numerous international conferences in Europe and the USA.  I am currently encouraging my doctoral students to disseminate their work more widely too! 

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Research Output

Bridging the gap. An investigation of ITE tutors’ use of digital technologies for ITE preparation on the island of Ireland

Austin, R., Brown, M., Cowan, P., O'Hara, J. & Roulston, S., 20 Jan 2018, International Conference on Mobile Technology in Teacher Education: Proceedings.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Challenging the Orthodoxies: A CoderDojo Perspective.pp.103-110

McKelvey, N. & Cowan, P., 27 Apr 2018, Proceedings of the Ireland International Conference on Education (Spring 2018). p. 103-110 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Developing Confident Computational Thinking through Teacher Twinning Online

Oldham, E., Cowan, P., Millwood, R., Strong, G., Bresnihan, N., Amond, M. & Hegarty, L., 01 Jan 2018, In : International Journal of Knowledge Society Research. 9, 1, p. 61-75 15 p., 6.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Meet the Neighbours across Ireland’s border: Discovering Pre-service Initial Teacher Education Tutors’ ICT Competence

    Cowan, P., Roulston, S., Brown, M. J., O'Hara, J. & Austin, R., Sep 2018, ECER 2018: Book of abstracts. Bolzano, Italy

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Activities

    • 9 Participation in conference
    • 9 Publication peer-review

    Cambridge Journal of Education (Journal)

    Pamela Cowan (Peer reviewer)

    20152016

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Universal Journal of Educational Research (Journal)

    Pamela Cowan (Peer reviewer)

    20152016

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Thinking Skills and Creativity (Journal)

    Pamela Cowan (Peer reviewer)

    20142016

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Instructional Science (Journal)

    Pamela Cowan (Peer reviewer)

    20142016

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    The Internet in Higher Education (Journal)

    Pamela Cowan (Peer reviewer)

    20132016

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Thesis

    An investigation of incidental vocabulary learning using English online consumer electronics review with undergraduates of Computer Science (EdD TESOL)

    Author: Chuo, C., Jul 2017

    Supervisor: O'Boyle, A. (Supervisor) & Cowan, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    The effects of M-learning within GCSE geography : can mobile technology enhance the quality of pupils' learning?

    Author: Butler, R. O., Dec 2011

    Supervisor: Cowan, P. (Supervisor) & Murphy, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    The Use of Mobile Devices for Learning in Post-Primary Education and at University: Student Attitudes and Perceptions

    Author: Lynch, U., Dec 2020

    Supervisor: Cowan, P. (Supervisor) & Donnelly, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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