Research Staff Interests

Professor 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 ICT 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 ICT 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 over 15 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). She is currently leading 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). This four-year project involves education ministries, technology providers and research organisations to identify a sustainable model for redesigning teaching and learning in the school sector.

Research Interests

Cathy's research interets 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 avove 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

January 2014-December 2014 European Schoonet 22,000 euros (approx. £19,000)
Evaluation of e-Skills for Jobs 2014

Oct 2011-July 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books

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

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

Refereed Journal Articles

Lewin, C. & Solomon, Y. (2013) Silencing the School Bell? Reflecting on One School's Transformational Journey. International Review of Qualitative Research 6(3) pp 376-394Fall 2013 online here

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 online here

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 ISSN 0360-1315 online here

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 online here

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 online here

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 online here

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 online here

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 online here

Lewin, C. (2000) Exploring the effects of talking book software in UK primary classrooms. Journal of Research in Reading 23(2) pp 149-157 online here

Book Chapters

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, pp227-244

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 pp1-20

Research Reports

McNicol, S. & Lewin, C. (2013) iTEC Cycle 4 evaluation report FP7 Grant Agreement No:257566 (unpublished)

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., McNicol, S., Haldane, M. & Blamire, R. (2013) iTEC Cycle 3 evaluation report FP7 Grant Agreement No:257566 (Unpublished)

Lewin, C., Manchester, H., Haldane, M. & Wilby, C. (2013) iTEC Cycle 2 evaluation report FP7 Grant Agreement No:257566 (unpublished)

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

Lewin, C., Haldane, M. & Manchester, H. (2012) iTEC Cycle 1 evaluation report FP7 Grant Agreement No:257566 (unpublished)

Lewin, C., Savage, J., Haldane, M., Whitton, N. & Blamire, R. (2011) The knowledge map: Innovative classroom practice with digital technologies FP7 Grant Agreement No:257566 (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. (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

Research-based Contributions to Practitioner and Academic Conferences

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)

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

Lewin, C. (2009) 'Models of Innovation in Learning Online'. Webinar hosted by Professor Niki Davis, University of Canterbury, New Zealand in association with the Distance Education Association of New Zealand, May 20th

Lewin, C. (2009) 'Embedding Interactive Whiteboards in Teaching and Learning: the process of change in pedagogic practice'. Presentation at Research meets Practice, Practice meets Research: Learning in the Networked Society and the Digitized School, Bergen, Norway, April 2009

Lewin, C. (2009) 'An Evaluation of the Primary Schools Whiteboard Expansion Project: lessons learnt and implications for the future'. Presentation at the Inside Government forum, The Primary Capital Programme: Modernising the Primary Sector, Victoria Park Plaza, London, February 5th 2009

Lewin, C. (2008) 'Models of innovation in learning online'. Presentation at the Becta Research Conference, Cutlers Hall, Sheffield, November 6th 2008

Lewin, C. & Whitton, N. (2008) 'Formal and informal learning with technology: new models'. Presentation on models of innovative learning online: early findings for Becta seminar series, the Commonwealth Club, Westminster, London, March 2008

Conference Papers

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

Lewin. C. (2009) Personalisation and ICT: Lessons from a Case Study of a UK Secondary School, presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, Vienna, Austria, September 2009

Lewin, C. & Pullinger, J. (2009) From replication to transformation: the impact of one-to-one technologies on pedagogical practices in secondary classrooms, presented at Research Into Teaching with Whole class Interactive Technologies conference, Cambridge, UK, June 2009

Lewin, C. & Luckin, R. (2009) Technology to support parental engagement: Lessons learned and future directions, presented at the Computers and Learning conference (CAL), Brighton, UK, March 2009

Lewin, C. & Luckin, R. (2009) Do Web 2.0 tools really open the door to learning? Practices, perceptions and profiles of 11-16 year old learners, presented at the Computers and Learning conference (CAL), Brighton, UK, March 2009

Lewin, C. & Pullinger, J. (2008) Transforming pedagogical practices with digital learning companions, presented at the Handheld Learning Conference, The Brewery, The Barbican, London, October 2008

Lewin, C. & Somekh, B. (2008) Transforming pedagogy with ICT: the use of IWBs in primary schools in the UK, presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh, September 2008

Whitton, N. & Lewin, C. (2008) Models of innovation in online learning, presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh, September 2008

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
Fax: 0161-247-6981
Email: c.lewin@mmu.ac.uk
Location: Laurence room 2-11, Crewe