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Dr Carina Girvan

Dr Carina Girvan

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Email:
girvanc@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 6289
Location:
1.15 Glamorgan, Glamorgan Building

I am a lecturer in Education and interdisciplinary researcher, with interests in technology enhanced learning, teacher professional development and programming. The main focus of my research is on the use of new technologies in education. My recent work has focused on the design and learner experience of constructionist learning activities in virtual worlds and educational robotics to engage young learners in STEM subjects.

I completed my PhD at Trinity College Dublin, in the School of Computer Science and Statistics. I am a former school teacher with experience in the UK and Ireland, where I have also been involved in teacher education and professional development. My reserach has been funded by the British Academy and European Commission and I have worked collaboratively with teachers and industry in these projects.

I am interested in supervising PhD student and establishing research collaborations in the following areas:

  • Innovative design and implementation of technology to support transformative learning
  • Emerging technologies in education
  • Digital competency
  • Constructionist pedagogy in action
  • Learning to programme

Honours and awards

Stellar (the European network of excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning) award for 'Best Postgraduate Paper' at the Computer Assisted Learning conference 2011 (CAL'11)

Microsoft award 'Best Dissertation' 2008

Professional memberships

  • British Education Research Association
  • Association for Learning Technology

Committees and reviewing

MOOC Steering Committee

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

  • Girvan, C. 2014. Constructionism, creativity and virtual worlds. Presented at: Constructionism and Creativity: 3rd International Constructionism Conference 2014, Vienna, Austria, 19-23 August 2014 Presented at Futschek, G. and Kynigos, C. eds.Constructionism and Creativity: Proceedings of the 3rd International Constructionism Conference. Vienna: Austrian Computer Society pp. 367-377.

2013

2012

2010

I teach across three Education programmes:  BA Education, PGCE (PCET) and Masters in Educational Practice (MEP).

I am module convenor for:

  • SIO241: Reflections on Teaching and Learning Experience, Theory and Practice
  • SIT128/SIO251: Digital Technologies for Teaching and Learning
  • SIT127/SIO233: Technology Enhanced Learning
  • SIT805: Additional Learning Needs and Inclusion
  • SIT810: Reducing the Impact of Poverty on Attainment and Additional Learning Needs

The main focus of my research is on the use of new technologies in education. My recent work has focused on the design and learner experience of constructionist learning activities in virtual worlds and the use of educational robotics to engage learners in STEM subjects.

I am also interested in supporting teachers and learners to develop their knowledge of programming and the step change between graphical and text languages.

I have been involved in the Bridge21 transformation programme in Ireland as a member of CRITE at Trinity College Dublin. I have written reports for the NCCA on the programme in second-level schools and continue to collaborate with colleagues at Trinity in this area.  Our recent publication on teacher professional development can be accessed here.

Areas of expertise