I am reader Emeritus in Education Studies at the University of Warwick where I continue to work part time. For several years I was particularly involved with teaching and supporting research degree and masters students. Most of my teaching and research involved education, technology and social research in some way.
I was always interested in the teaching of ICT in schools, the professional development of ICT teachers and the opportunities and constraints associated with online discussion. However, I have also been interested in the wider field of social science, the debates that go on within it and the way research is reported. For a time I co-ordinated an interdisciplinary network at Warwick for those interested in technology for learning.
I am particularly concerned about how we theorise technology and I worked with colleagues Sarah Younie and Cristina Costa on a special issue of the journal Technology Pedagogy and Education with a focus on theorising. I have written about online community as a concept and what members expect from online collaboration. I am also intrigued by reactions to technology, for example why is there so much optimism about its impact? I have special interests in Pragmatism and John Dewey, inclusivity in higher education, theorising and the use of language in social research. There is more on my interests here and examples of my publications here.
I am using this site to provide blog posts. For the most part these are blogs on topics to do with my work and my interest in learning in its widest sense. This is work in progress but I hope my blog will become an eclectic mix of contributions on what might be happening in the field of social research and technology and how it feels to do academic research. You are welcome to comment (or not) on the blogs but please follow normal online etiquette. I cannot promise to get back to you on the blog itself.