In general Dr Cowan's research interests encompass all aspects of using modern information technologies in educational contexts, assessment in education, structural equations modelling and issues in mathematics and computing education.
She is particularly interested in the use of computerised assessment processes in schools and in the assessment of higher order thinking skills, such as writing code and mathematical problem-solving using computer-based techniques. She is also interested in assessment issues in higher education and has been involved in evaluation projects as an external consultant.
Her more recent work has involved handheld devices for mobile learning, multimodal literacies, pedagogically effective games and simulations, computational thinking, MinecraftEdu and CoderDojos. She has presented her work at numerous international conferences in Europe and the USA. She is currently encouraging her doctoral students to disseminate their work more widely too.
Open to PhD applications in the field of
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PhD title: Challenges to Teenagers’ Literacy Development from the Digital Culture in which they Live and Learn
Years of Study:
Country: Northern Ireland
Current position: Teacher in Hunterhouse College
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