Research Staff Interests

Prof Cathy  Lewin

Biography

Cathy Lewin is a Professorial Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Technology, Innovation and Play for Learning (TIPL) research group. With a first degree in mathematics and computer science, she started her career as a software engineer. She developed an interest in learning and technology following the arrival of her children and some part-time teaching experience at a Further Education college. This led to a PhD in the use of technology to teach reading at primary school at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, completed in 1997. She got the 'research bug' and has never looked back, working first at the Open University and joining MMU in February 2001.

With expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods, she has 20 years of experience of the evaluation of technological innovations in primary and secondary schools, much of which has had a major impact on educational policies. She has conducted evaluations for the UK Government (including ImpaCT2, ICT Test Bed and the Evaluation of the Primary Schools Whiteboard Expansion Project) and the EU (VALNET, e-Skills Week 2012, eSkills for Jobs 2014, eSkills for Jobs 2015-2016). She led the evaluation work package for the FP7-funded iTEC project (€9.45 million from the European Commission, project led by European Schoolnet, involving 26 partners from across Europe). Currently, she is a co-investigator on the Sci-napse project, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation and the Wellcome Trust. This project is investigating the impact of uncertain rewards in formative assessment on science knowledge at Key Stage 3 in English secondary schools.

Research Interests

Cathy's research interests concern young people and technology, particularly:

  • how technological developments and innovation (for example, Web 2.0, hand held devices, online learning) can disrupt and change pedagogical and social practices;
  • the tensions and overlaps between formal and informal learning with technology in different social contexts;
  • learning spaces and technology;
  • the uses of technology to link home/community and school;
  • the implications of the above for formal education.

Cathy draws largely on socio-cultural theories, including communities of practice and activity theory. She has a strong interest in mixed methodology and particularly how different approaches can lead to tensions and contradictions, potentially enabling a greater understanding of social phenomena and events.

Research Groups

Centre for Research in Technology, Innovation and Play for Learning (TIPL)

Research Projects

Jul 2016-Mar 2018 European Schoolnet 20,000 euros (approx. £17,000)
Evaluation of Scientix 3.0

Jan 2016-Jul 2016 APCLC/MMU SEIF fund £10,000
SEIF-APCLC Knowledge Exchange project

Feb 2015-Dec 2016 European Schoolnet 30,000 euros (approx. £25,000)
Evaluation of e-Skills for Jobs 2015/16

Jan 2015-Jan 2018 Educational Endowment Foundation and The Wellcome Trust £650,000 (MMU: £325,000)
Sci-napse

Oct 2014-Mar 2016 European Schoolnet 28,100 euros (approx. £20,000)
Evaluation of Scientix 2

Mar 2014-Mar 2016 National College of Teaching and Learning £130,000
Evaluation of e-Skills for Jobs 2015/16 Evaluation of e-Skills for Jobs 2015/16

Jan 2014-Dec 2014 European Schoolnet 22,000 euros (approx. £19,000)
Evaluation of e-Skills for Jobs 2014

Oct 2011-Jul 2012 European Schoolnet 14,525 euros (approx. £12,000)
Evaluation of e-Skills Week (eSW)

Sep 2010- Aug 2014 EC/FP7 510,000 euros (approx £415,000)
Innovative Technologies for an Engaging Classroom (iTEC)

Sep 2008-Jul 2009 GTCe £24,000
Secondary pupils and e-learning (SEPEL)

Sep 2008-Jul 2009 North Lincolnshire Local Authority £13,600
Evaluation of the Discover Project (EDP)

Mar 2008-Dec 2009 Promethean £50,000
Activxpression devices for assessment (AID4A), directed by Maureen Haldane

Jan 2008-Aug 2009 ESRC £82,000
The Impact of 14-19 Reforms on Career Guidance in England, co-directed with Dr Helen Colley

Sep 2007-Jul 2008 Becta £140,000
New Models of Learning Provision for KS3 and 14-19 (MILO), co-directed with Dr Nicola Whitton

Sep 2007-Jul 2008 Becta via University of Nottingham £56,300
Web 2.0 Technologies for Learning at KS3 and KS4 (Web 2.0)

Apr 2004-Dec 2006 DfES £223,000
Primary Schools Whiteboard Expansion Project (SWEEP) directed by Prof Bridget Somekh

Feb 2003-Dec 2006 Becta/DfES £923,000
'ICT Test Bed' Evaluation directed by Prof Bridget Somekh

Books

van Assche, F., Anido, L., Griffiths, D., Lewin, C. & McNicol, S. (eds) (2015) Re-engineering the uptake of ICT in Schools. Charn, Switzerland: Springer

Somekh, B. and Lewin, C. (eds) (2011) Theory and Methods in Social Research. Sage: London

Somekh, B. and Lewin, C. (eds) (2005) Research Methods in the Social Sciences. Sage: London

Refereed Journal Articles

Cranmer, S. & Lewin, C. (2017) iTEC. Addressing the challenge to develop and identify innovation in European classrooms. Technology, Pedagogy and Education Available online

Leahy, M., Davis, N., Lewin, C., Charania, A., Nordin, H., Orli?, D., Butler, D., & Lopez-Fernandez, O. (2016) Smart Partnerships to Increase Equity in Education. Journal of Educational Society and Technology 19(3) pp 84-98

Solomon, Y. & Lewin, C. (2016) Measuring 'progress': performativity as both driver and constraint in school innovation. Journal of Educational Policy 31(2) pp 226-238

Greenhow, C. & Lewin, C. (2016) Social media and education: Reconceptualizing the boundaries of formal and informal learning. Learning, Media and Technology 41(1) 6-30

Lewin, C. & Solomon, Y. (2013) Silencing the School Bell? Reflecting on one school's transformational journey. International Review of Qualitative Research 6(3) pp 376-394

Lewin, C. & Colley, H. (2011) Professional Capacity for 14-19 Career Guidance in England: some baseline data. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling 39(1) pp 1-24

Lewin, C. & Luckin, R. (2010) Technology to Support Parental Engagement in Elementary Education: lessons learned from the UK. Computers & Education 54(3) pp 749-758

Lewin, C., Scrimshaw, P., Somekh, B. & Haldane, M. (2009) The Impact of Formal and Informal Professional Development Opportunities on Primary Teachers' Adoption of Interactive Whiteboards. Technology, Pedagogy and Education 18(2) pp 173-185

Lewin, C., Somekh, B. & Steadman, S. (2008) Embedding Interactive Whiteboards in Teaching and Learning: the process of change in pedagogic practice. Education and Information Technologies 13(4) pp 291-303

Somekh, B. & Lewin, C. (2008) Information and Communication Technologies and the Culture of Schooling: understanding innovation and designing research for radical reform. Information Technology Education and Society 9(2) pp 49-64

Lewin, C. (2004) Access and Use of Technologies in the Home in the UK: implications for the curriculum. The Curriculum Journal 15(2) pp 139-154

Lewin, C., Mavers, D. & Somekh, B. (2003) Broadening Access to the Curriculum Through Using Technology to Link Home and School: a critical analysis of reforms intended to improve students' educational attainment. The Curriculum Journal 14(1) pp 23-53

Lewin, C. (2000) Exploring the Effects of Talking Book Software in UK Primary Classrooms. Journal of Research in Reading 23(2) pp 149-157

Book Chapters

Lewin, C. & McNicol, S. (2015) 'The impact and potential of iTEC: evidence from large-scale validation in school classrooms', in F. van Assche, D. Griffiths, L. Anido, C. Lewin & S. McNicol (eds) Re-engineering the uptake of ICT in Schools. Charn, Switzerland: Springer, pp 163-186

Lewin, C. (2012) 'ICT and effective practices in science education: lessons learned and future directions', in C. Redman (ed) Successful science education practices: Exploring what, why and how they worked Hauppauge NY, USA: Nova Science Publishers, pp 227-244

Somekh, B. & Lewin, C. (2009) 'Transforming Students' Learning: how digital technologies can be used to change the social practices of schools', in Rune J. Krumsvik (ed) Learning in the Network Society and the Digitized School Nova Science Publishers pp 1-20

Research Reports

Lewin, C. (2017) Evaluation of e-Skills for Jobs 2016. Unpublished

Hammersley-Fletcher, L., Lewin, C., Davies, C. & Rowley, H. (2016) Evidence-based Teaching: advancing capability and capacity for enquiry in schools: Final report. Nottingham: National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)

Lewin, C. (2016) Evaluation of e-Skills for Jobs 201.5 Unpublished

Davis, N., Leahy, M., Lewin, C., Charania, A. & Nordin, H. with Mejia, A., Orlec, D., Butler, D., Chang, V., Motidyang, B.D., Erstad, O. & Lopez-Fernandez, O. (2015) 'Thematic Working Group 1: Smart Partnerships', in K.-W. Lai (ed) EduSummit 2015 Summary Report

Hammersley-Fletcher, L., Lewin, C., Davies, C., Duggan, J., Rowley, H. & Spink, E. (2015) Evidence-based teaching: advancing capability and capacity for enquiry in schools: interim report. Nottingham: National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

Lewin, C. (2015) Evaluation of e-Skills for Jobs 2014. Unpublished

Lewin, C. & McNicol, S. (2014). Creating the Future Classroom: Evidence from the iTEC project. Summary report. Manchester, UK: Manchester Metropolitan University. ISBN: 978-1-910029-01-5 FP7 Grant Agreement No: 257566

Lewin, C. & McNicol, S. (2014). Creating the Future Classroom: Evidence from the iTEC project. Full report. Manchester, UK: Manchester Metropolitan University. FP7 Grant Agreement No: 257566

Lewin, C., Ellis, W., Haldane, M. & McNicol (2013) Evidence of the impact of iTEC on learning and teaching FP7 Grant Agreement No:257566 (unpublished)

Lewin, C. (2012) Evaluation of the European e-Skills Week 2012 Independent evaluation for European Schoolnet (unpublished)

Colley, H., Lewin, C. & Chadderton, C. (2010) The impact of 14-19 reforms on career guidance in England End of award report to ESRC, RES-000-22-2588 Swindon: ESRC

Lewin, C., Haldane, M. & Whitton, N. with Bermingham, S., Chambers, C., Smith, R., Woods, J., Cullen, R., Pagano, R., Shields, E., Evans, J. & Vyas, D. (2010) The ActivExpression Interactive Devices for Assessment (AID4A) Synoptic Evaluation for Promethean (unpublished)

Woodrow, D. and Lewin, C. (2009) The Discover Project at FTC: An Evaluation for North Lincolnshire Local Authority (unpublished)

Lewin, C., Whitton, N., Cummings, J., Roberts, B., Saxon, D., Somekh, B. and Lockwood, B. (2008) MILO: Models of innovative learning online at KS3 and 14-19 Final Report Becta: Coventry

Lewin, C., Whitton, N., Cummings, J., Roberts, B., Saxon, D., Somekh, B. and Lockwood, B. (2008) MILO: Models of innovative learning online at KS3 and 14-19 Knowledge Mapping Becta: Coventry

Lewin, C., Whitton, N., Cummings, J., Roberts, B., Saxon, D., Somekh, B. and Lockwood, B. (2008) MILO: Models of innovative learning online at KS3 and 14-19 Learning Narratives Becta: Coventry

Crook, C., Fisher, T., Graber, R., Harrison, C. and Lewin, C. with Cummings, J., Logan, K., Luckin, R., Oliver, M. and Sharples, M. (2008) Implementing Web 2.0 in secondary schools: Impacts, Barriers, Issues Becta: Coventry

Crook, C. and Harrison, C. with Cummings, J., Fisher, T., Graber, R., Lewin, C., Logan, K., Luckin, R., Oliver, M. and Sharples, M. (2008) Web 2.0 Technologies for Learning at Key Stages 3 and 4: Summary Report Becta: Coventry

Somekh, B., Haldane, M., Jones, K., Lewin, C., Steadman, S., Scrimshaw, P., Sing, S., Bird, K., Cummings, J., Downing, B., Harber Stuart, T., Jarvis, J., Mavers, D. and Woodrow, D. (2007) Evaluation of the Primary Schools Whiteboard Expansion Project Becta: Coventry

Somekh, B., Lewin, C., Saxon, S., Woodrow, D., Sing, S. and Convery, A. (2007) Evaluation of the ICT Test Bed project: The qualitative report Becta: Coventry

Somekh, B., Underwood. J., Convery, A, Dillon, G., Jarvis, J., Lewin, C., Mavers, D., Saxon, D., Sing, S., Steadman, S., Twining, P. and Woodrow, D. (2007) ICT Test Bed Evaluation Final report: Overview Becta: Coventry

Lewin, C., Mesdom, F., Jonasson, J.T., Dofradottir, A.G., de Freitas, C., Nucci, D., Moore, A., Scrimshaw, P., Wood, D., Hreinsdottir, H., Blamire, R. & Gilleran, A. (2004) EUN ValNet Consolidated Report IST 1999-14025; EUN SchoolNet, Brussels

Somekh, B., Haldane, A., Levin, C., Lewin, C., Mavers, D., Robinson, J. & Scrimshaw, P. (March 2003) Evaluation of the GridClub Educational Service: Final Report Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Somekh, B., Lewin, C., Mavers, D., Harrison, C., Haw, K., Fisher, T., Lunzer, E., McFarlane, A. & Scrimshaw, P. (2002) ImpaCT2: Pupils' and teachers' perceptions of ICT in the home, school and community DfES: Annersley, Notts, UK

Harrison C., Comber C., Fisher T., Haw K., Lewin C., Lunzer E., McFarlane A., Mavers D., Scrimshaw P., Somekh B. & Watling R. (2002) ImpaCT2: The Impact of Information and Communication Technologies on Pupil Learning and Attainment DfES: Annersley, Notts, UK

Somekh, B., Mavers, D. & Lewin, C. (2001) Using ICT to enhance home-school links: an evaluation of current practice in England DfES: Annersley, Notts, UK

eSpace

link to eSpace publications

Journal & Book Series Editorships & Editorial Board Membership

Editor of Learning, Media and Technology from 2004-2010, on Editorial Board 2010-date

On Editorial Board of Pedagogy, Culture and Society (from 2009-2013)

Keynote Addresses or Prestigious Public Lectures

Lewin, C. (2016) 'Transforming education through technology: Mission impossible?' Professorial lecture, 12th May 2016, Manchester Metropolitan University

Lewin, C. (2011) 'Teachers as Researchers.' Keynote presentation at the Masters in Teaching and Learning Conference, 27 June 2011, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Lewin, C. & Somekh, B. (2008) 'Embedding interactive whiteboards in teaching and learning: the process of change in pedagogic practice.' Keynote presentation for the IFIP Working Groups 3.5 Conference: Valuing individual and shared learning: the role of ICT, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, June 2008

International Recognition

Vice chair of IFIP Technical Committee 3 Working group 3.3 Research into educational applications of information technologies, July 2015-date

Co-chair of the IFIP 2018 conference to be held at Linz, Austria, July 2018

Co-chair of the IFIP 2016 conference held at University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal, July 2016

Co-editor of the IFIP 2015 conference proceedings and accompanying special issue in Education and Information Technologies, conference held at Vilnius, Lithuania, July 2015

Co-chair of the IFIP 2012 conference held at MMU, Manchester, UK, July 2012

Co-chair of the CAL 2011 conference at MMU, Manchester, UK, April 2011 and Editor of the accompanying special issue in Computers & Education 59(1) pp 1-166 (August 2012)

Conference Papers

Lewin, C. (2016) 'Innovative Technologies for an Engaging Classroom (iTEC): a smart partnership?' Paper presented at International Federation of Information Processing IFIP 2016 TC3 Working conference, Stakeholders and Information Technology in Education, 6th-8th July, Guimarães, Portugal

Cranmer, S. & Lewin, C. (2015) 'iTEC: Addressing the challenge to develop and identify innovation in European classrooms.' Paper presented at International Federation of Information Processing IFIP 2015 TC3 Working conference A new culture of learning: Computing and Next Generations, 1-3 July, Vilnius, Lithuania

Lewin, C. & McNicol, S. (2014) 'Supporting the development of 21st century skills through ICT.' Paper presented at International Federation of Information Processing KEYCIT conference, 1-4 July 2014, Potsdam, Germany

McNicol, S., Lewin, C., Keune, A. & Toikkanen, T. (2014) 'Facilitating student reflection through digital technologies in the iTEC project: pedagogically-led change in the classroom.' Learning and Collaboration Technologies. Technology-Rich Environments for Learning and Collaboration Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8524, pp 297-308. Presented at 1st International Conference on Learning and Collaboration Technologies in conjunction with HCI 2014, Creta Maris, Crete, June 24-28 2014

Lewin, C. & Solomon, Y. (2013) ''Rethinking education': The impact of curriculum innovation on teachers' roles.' Presented at the European Conference of Educational Research, 10-13 September 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

Lewin, C., Haldane, M. & McNicol, S (2013) 'Sustaining innovation in the classroom: The role of the iTEC process.' Presented at the European Conference of Educational Research, 10-13 September 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

Lewin, C. & Haldane, M. (2012) 'iTEC: Evaluation findings from the first cycle of piloting across 17 European countries.' Presented at the European Conference of Educational Research, 18-21 September 2012, Cadiz, Spain

Lewin, C. & Haldane, M. (2012) 'iTEC: Evaluation findings from the first cycle of piloting across 17 European countries.' Presented at the British Educational Research Association Conference, 4-6 September 2012, Manchester, UK

Lewin, C. & Haldane, M. (2012) 'iTEC: Evaluation findings from the first cycle of piloting across 17 European countries.' Presented at the International Federation of Information Processing TC3 Conference, 2-5 July 2012, Manchester, UK

Lewin, C., Greenhow, C. & Crook, C. (2010) 'Recrafting formal education: Shifting the boundaries of formal and informal learning.' Presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, 25-27 August 2010, Helsinki, Finland

Lewin, C. (2010) 'Personalisation and ICT: Implications for teachers and staff development.' Presented at the International Federation of Information Processing TC 3 Workshop, 28-30 June 2010, Amiens, France

Expert Reviewer for Journals and Publishers

  • ESRC
  • Computers and Education
  • Learning, Media and Technology
  • Oxford Review of Education
  • Education and Information Technologies
  • Learning and Instruction
  • British Educational Research Journal
  • Educational Action Research
  • Technology, Pedagogy and Education
  • Journal of Computer Assisted Learning
  • The Curriculum Journal
  • The Journal of Research on Reading
  • Open University Press
  • Continuum

Seminars

Lewin, C. (2015) 'Supporting education innovation: issues of conceptualisation, realisation, recognition and evaluation', invited seminar, 16th June 2015, University of Nottingham

Cranmer, S. & Lewin, C. (2013) 'Supporting teachers to develop their pedagogical practices using technology', invited seminar, 20 November 2013, Lancaster University

Lewin, C. (2013) 'The impact of iTEC on learning, teaching and sustaining innovation', invited presentation, Every Classroom a Future Classroom conference, 10-11th October, Brussels, Belgium

Lewin, C. (2013) 'Discovering, thinking, creating - findings of the 3rd iTEC evaluation', invited webinar hosted by European Schoolnet, 24 April 2013

Lewin, C. (2012) 'Learning activities for enhanced student motivation - second evaluation cycle results', invited webinar hosted by European Schoolnet, 17 Dec 2012

Lewin, C. (2012) 'An evaluation of innovative technologies for an engaging classroom (iTEC)', invited seminar, 22 May 2012, University of Bristol, UK

Lewin, C. (2012) 'An evaluation of innovative technologies for an engaging classroom (iTEC)', invited seminar, 16 May 2012, Oxford University, UK

Lewin, C. (2012) 'Introducing innovation in schools - the evaluation of the first cycle', invited webinar hosted by European Schoolnet, 25 April 2012

Lewin, C. (2010) 'Personalisation and ICT: implications for teachers and staff development', invited seminar, 11 October 2010, Cambridge University, UK

Lewin, C. (2010) 'The shifts and trends in educational spaces', invited seminar, The Northwest Vision and Media Visionary Session, 27 May 2010, FACT, Liverpool, UK

Colley, H., Lewin, C. & Chadderton, C. (2010) 'The impact of 14-19 reforms on the career guidance profession in England', Department for Children, Schools and Families Taskforce on the Career Guidance Profession, 28 April 2010

Colley, H., Lewin, C. and Chadderton, C. (2010) 'The impact of 14-19 reforms on the career guidance profession in England', Department for Children, Schools and Families, 24 March 2010, Moorfoot, Sheffield

Teaching Interests

Cathy is a member of the teaching team for the MRes (Education & Society). She teaches questionnaire design, sampling, descriptive statistics, SPSS and inferential statistics (including chi square, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, and other non-parametric tests) and mixed methods. She previously taught quantitative methods at masters level in her role as Associate Lecturer at the Open University from 2001-2003. She has recently developed and run one-day courses in quantitative methods and SPSS for PhD students across the university for the RED Office.

Areas of Post-graduate Supervision

ICT and pedagogy: particularly change, innovation, literacy, creativity, collaboration, learning spaces
ICT and organisational change
ICT in primary and secondary education
ICT and informal learning

Lewin

Position/Post: Professor
Tel: 0161-247-5191
Email: c.lewin@mmu.ac.uk
Location: Laurence room 2-11, Crewe