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Research Profile

Dr Alexandra Morgan 


Career Profile

I began my academic career as a scientist and completed a PhD in Artificial Neural Networks at Cardiff University. I have taught at both Primary and Secondary level gaining QTS through the Graduate Teacher Training Scheme. I have worked as a specialist ICT teacher providing continuing professional development for experienced classroom practitioners. My experience of working with practitioners to support their professional development includes:

  • Senior Academic Tutor Primary PGCE Swansea University (2002-2004)
  • Lecturer Early Childhood Swansea University (2004-2011)
  • Senior Research Fellow Swansea University (2011-2012)

I am currently Programme Co-ordinator for the Masters in Educational Practice programme for Newly Qualified Teachers in Wales.

I have experience of working on successful funded research projects employing mixed-method approaches. I am currently involved with the Supporting Playful Learning with ICT project, SPLICT (Esmee Fairbairn), Evaluation of ‘Pori Drwy Stori’ (Bookstart/WG) and the Evaluation of the Foundation Phase (WG).

Research Grants Awarded

Current

£30,000           Booktrust/WG Evaluation of the ‘Pori Drwy Stori’ Initiative (2012-2015)

£295,915         Esmée Fairbairn Charitable Trust, ‘Supporting Playful Learning with ICT in the Early Years’ (SPLICT) associate project of the Welsh Institute for Economic and Social Research Data (WISERD)  2010-2012 

£20,000           Swansea LEA Sustained shared thinking with ICT in the Early Years (2010 – 2012)

Previous

BECTa grant: The impact of technological experiences on children’s approach to developing capability with new ICT tools (with Dr. Steve Kennewell) 2003-4 (£8800)

Cymorth ‘Young Researchers’ Project 2005-6 (£8,000)

ESRC grant (Teaching and Learning Research Programme): ICT and Interactive teaching Co -applicant 2005-2007 (£111,411)

ESRC/WERN (Teaching and Learning Research Programme) Research Fellowship: The application of ICT to support Sustained Shared Thinking in the Home Learning Environment and pre-school settings (with Prof John Siraj –Blatchford) 2008-2009 (£3,250)

ESRC/WERN (Teaching and Learning Research Programme) Research Associate: Review of the TLRP Literature relevant to the Foundation Phase 2009-2010 (with Prof Trisha Maynard, Jane Waters and Jane Williams (£5,000)

Additional Responsibilities

External examiner for BA  Primary Education Studies University of Wales, Trinity St David 2010-present

Member of the joint Welsh Institute of Social an Economic Research Data (WISERD)/ WAG  Committee for Co-ordinating and Mapping data about children and young people in Wales. 2010-present

Invited member of the Strategic Forum for Research in Education and Evidence informed policy in Education in Europe. 2009-present

Research mentor for Teacher Educators from Trinity St David, Welsh Education Research Network/ESRC 2009-2010

Steering Group Member Looked after Children Project 2010-2012

Steering Group Member Swansea After-School Project 2012 - present

Memberships / External Activities

  • Professional Memberships of Professional Associations
  • General Teaching Council for Wales
  • Early Education Welsh Policy into Practice Group
  • Member of the British Educational Research Association 2002- present
  • Member of the European Early Childhood Research  Association 2005-present
  • Association for IT in Teacher Education 2005-present
  • Member of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction 2008- present 

Editing/Refereeing     

  • Editorial Board Welsh Journal of Education
  • Invited to referee : Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood; European Journal of Early Childhood Education; Computers and Education; Education and Information Technologies; Children and Society; British Educational Research Journal.