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Professor Marilyn Leask

Job: Visiting Professor of Education

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)7568 520447

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Personal profile

Professor Marilyn Leask is chair of the Education Futures Charity  (registered charity number 1157511) which has developed the MESH initiative – MESH= Mapping Educational Specialist knowhow (www.meshguides.org). The University of Winchester is a founder member of the charity and the MESH initiative.

Prof. Leask is well known for her work on knowledge management in education and in building the evidence and knowledge base for teacher education and classroom practice. This has developed from her research on digital technologies and teacher knowledge and how digital technologies can be harnessed to support lifelong learning for teachers.

She has held chairs at the University of Bedfordshire (Educational Knowledge Management) and Brunel University. This follows a career as a teacher, researcher, academic, government policy officer, author and series editor of the main textbooks used for secondary teacher training in the UK.

As a government employee and Head of Effective Practices and Research Dissemination section in the UK agency responsible for teacher training she was responsible for commissioning academics and teachers to work together ot put the knowledge base underpinning teacher training online to support improvement across the education system. A change of UK government in 2010 – the first change since use of the internet became widespread - meant that the intellectual capital in which tax payers had invested over £20M for the benefit of children and teachers was lost as servers were closed down. The outcome of this was to set up the Education Futures Collaboration charity to ensure that effort is not again lost due to government whim.

Her current work includes developing national and international models for scaling up promising small scale research using resources within the education system to create a self-sustaining self-improving education systems.

She is a specialist in: teacher education, whole system change, improvement and development across large systems particularly through online networking and knowledge sharing, the development of approaches supporting evidence-informed policy and practice, and the use of digital technologies in education.

She has worked as a teacher, researcher and manager in secondary schools, local authorities, universities and two national agencies - The Training and Development Agency for schools where as Head of Effective Practices she brought together subject associations and colleagues across the education sector to establish the Teacher Training Resource Bank and the associated subject resource networks, and the Improvement and Development Agency for local government where as Head of Knowledge and Learning she set up online communities for local government using web 2.0 technology www.communities.idea.gov.uk now the Knowledge Hub www.khub.net.

She was instrumental, with international colleagues, in establishing UK TeacherNet and European Schoolnet (www.eun.org). 

She is co-editor of the Learning to Teach in the Secondary School series of text books which are widely used for teacher training and which cover all subjects. The eight edition is due in 2019. She has led research projects in a number of countries as well as within the UK.

With Professor Christina Preston (MirandaNet), she has been working with practitioners to develop a new research and evaluation methodology, the PIMMS approach – practitioners and researchers working in a community of practice and using innovative 21C multidimensional mind-mapping as well standard techniques for ideas sharing, research and evaluation. With Dr Sarah Younie and other colleagues she is working on new models for synthesizing educational research to make the findings usable, scalable so as to build an accumulating knowledge base.

Research group affiliations

  • Institute for Education Futures
  • Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Publications and outputs 

Below are some examples of publications. As well as the texts listed below, I am series editor for the Routledge Learning to Teach in the Secondary School series of texts. I developed these with colleagues when in the early 1990s I found that texts documenting the knowledge, concept and skill base which student teachers were required to master did not exist. These texts, a series of around 20 which cover the major curriculum areas are regularly revised and are very widely used. 

Briefing papers

  • 2016 UNESCO’s SDGs 2030: Teachers as Change agentsavailable on request.
  • 2015 A national evidence centre for education – an update of the DFE 2005 paper Andrews, R., Morris, A. and Leask, M. with others, available on request.

Blogs

  • 2016 British Educational Research Association: Calling time on chaos: our personal responsibilities for R&D in a self-improving education system
  • 2016

Texts - examples

  • CAPEL, S., LEASK, M. and YOUNIE, S. (7th edition 2016) Learning to Teach in the Secondary School. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • YOUNIE, S., LEASK, M. and BURDEN, K. (2014, 2nd edition) Teaching and Learning with ICT in the Primary School. Abingdon:  Routledge.
  • LEASK, M. and PACHLER, N. (eds)( 3rd edition 2013). Teaching and Learning with ICT in the Secondary School. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • YOUNIE, S. and LEASK, M. (2013) The Essential Guide to Teaching with Technologies. MK: Open University Press.
  • CAPEL, S., LEASK, M. and TURNER, T. (2009) Readings for Learning to Teach in the Secondary School. London: Routledge.
  • YOUNIE, S., CAPEL, S. and LEASK M (2009) Supporting Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School: a companion for higher level teaching assistants’. London. Routledge.
  • CAPEL, S., LEASK, M. and TURNER, T. (2nd edition 2004, 1996). Starting to Teach in the Secondary School. London: Routledge.
  • LEASK, M. (ed.) (2001) Issues in Teaching with ICT. London: Routledge.
  • LEASK, M. with DAWES, L. and LITCHFIELD, B. (2000) Keybytes for Teachers Evesham: Summerfield Publishing.
  • LEASK, M. and MEADOWS, J. (eds). (2000)  Learning to Teach with ICT in the Primary School. London: Routledge.
  • LEASK, M. and TERRELL, I. (1997). Development Planning and School Improvement for Middle Managers. London: Kogan Page.
  • GODDARD, D. and LEASK, M. (1992). The Search for Quality: Planning for Improvement and Managing Change. London: Paul Chapman Publishing/Sage Publications.

Chapters in texts  - examples

I have written many chapters for inclusion in the Learning to Teach in the secondary school series of texts from 2001-ongoing 8th edition in preparation.

  • 2016 with Younie, S. Knowledge mobilisation to overcome the fragmentation between research and practice: MESH (Mapping Education Specialist knowHow) in Hudson, B. (in press) Fragmentation and Practice, Teacher Education Policy in Education in Europe
  • 2012 ‘Research Impact and Dissemination in a Connected World’, in Arthur, J.et al  Research Methods. Sage Publishing.
  • 2001 with Carter, V., Kettle N., and Leafe D. ‘ICT and the Primary School: a glimpse of multiple possibilities’. In Brundrett, M., Silcock, P. Excellence in the Primary School. Cambridge, Peter Francis.
  • 2000 In Grugeon, E. & Gardner, P. 'Science from Stories for Seven Year olds' The Art of Storytelling for Teachers & Pupils: Using Stories to Develop Literacy in Primary Classrooms. London: David Fulton. pp 59-61.
  • 1996 ‘A History of Change’ translated into Chinese and published by the Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong.
  • 1994 ‘Modular courses, assessment and student capability’. In JENKINS, A. and WALKER, L. (eds) Using Modularity to Develop Student Capability. London: Kogan Page, pp.49-55.
  • 1992 ‘School Development Plans: their history and their potential’. In WALLACE, G. (Ed.) Local Management of Schools: Research and Experience. Clevedon: Avon: Multilingual Matters.
  • 1991 contribution to Hargreaves D.H. and Hopkins D. The Empowered School London, Cassell.
  • 1990 contribution to Thomas, H. and Kirkpatrick, G. Managing Resources: A self-study pack for school governors (audio tape) London: Open University and British Broadcasting Corporation.
  • 1989 ‘Teacher-Evaluators - the Missing Link’. contribution to HOPKINS, D. Evaluation for Development. Milton Keynes: Open University Press, pp. 90-93.

 

Articles in refereed journals - examples

  • 2015 with Jumani, N. B. MESH Pakistans: prospects In Journal of Education of Teaching Volume 41, 2015, Issue 5. Special edition edited by Prof. Linda la Velle Translational Research and Knowledge Mobilisation in Teacher Education.
  • 2013 with Younie, S. and Burden, K.‘Translational research principles applied to education: the mapping of educational specialist knowhow (MESH) initiative’ Journal of Education for Teaching: International research and pedagogy, Vol. 39, No.4, pp 459-463.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2013.801216
  • 2013 with Younie, S. ‘Implementing learning platforms in schools and universities: lessons from England and Wales’, Technology, Pedagogy and Education, Vol. 22, No.3, pp 247-266. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1475939X.2013.802118
  • 2013 with Younie, S. National models for CPD: the challenges of 21st C knowledge management, Journal of Professional Development in Education, Vol. 39, No. 2, pp 273–287. doi:10.1080/19415257.2012.749801.
  • 2012 with Preston, C. PIMS – A Model providing timely research for research informed policy making. OERJ April 2012 http://oerj.org/View?action=viewPaper&paper=46
  •  2011 Improving the Professional Knowledge Base for Education: using KM & Web 2.0 tools, Policy Futures in Education, 9(5), 644-660, for policy makers, edu. leaders

I was unable to publish during the period 2002-2008 as a public servant.

  • 2005 with Newman, M., and  Elbourne, D.  Improving the usability of educational research:  Guidelines for the REPOrting of primary empirical research Studies in Education (The REPOSE Guidelines), Evaluation and Research in Education, May 2005.
  • 2002 with Younie, S. Communal Constructivist theory: ICT pedagogy & internationalisation of the Curriculum,  Journal for IT for Teacher Education, Vol. 10; Nos 1&2, pp117-134. Note: this article-along with the next two explain theories of system improvement that I have applied in the national work I have undertaken. These build on the well known Vygotskian theory of social constructivism which underpins theories of teaching generally accepted in the UK.
  • 2001 with Younie, S. (2001) The European Schoolnet. An Online European Community for Teachers? A Valuable Professional Resource? Journal for Teacher Development, Vol 5 No 2 pp 157-175.
  • 2001 with Ramos, J.L. and Younie, S. ‘The Learning School: a multisite case study on using new technologies in education in European schools. The Portuguese case,’ in Inovação Portuguese Ministry of Education.
  • 1996 with Brown, S., Ryan, S. and Terrell, I. ‘Virtual University, Virtual Foundations’. Higher Education for Capability. Autumn.
  • 1996 with Turner, S. and Turner, T. ‘Recruiting Science Teachers from Ethnic Minority Groups: selection for initial teacher education’. Journal of Research in Science and Technological Education. Vol. 14, No.1, pp. 5-20.
  • 1989 with Hopkins, D.  ‘Performance Indicators’. School Organisation. Vol. 1 No. 9. p.3-20.

Articles in professional journals - examples

  • 2009 Leask, M. with Blandford, S and Preston C. (2009) R U up 4 this?  A proposal for developing practitioner knowledge using 21stC ICT professional tools, published by NASEN
  • 2008 Planning for learner choice & meeting individual needs – an overview: Curriculum Briefing
  • 2003 Using ICT in formal education – maximising value for money. Insights Education #1 Department for International Development www.id21.org/education    

Key research outputs

Prof. Leask has undertaken research and evaluations for a range of agencies – central and local government and charitable leading to around 150 reports. Below are some examples of such research Reports for Government and International Agencies. Confidential reports are not included. For example, during 2000-2001, she produced 11 reports for the DFEE related to teacher professional development and 2 for the General Teaching Council.

  • Leask, M (October 2009) The Teacher Training Resource Bank (TTRB, www.ttrb.ac.uk ) and Impact Data for the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Briefing paper for the TTRB Editorial and Commissioning Board November 2009. Mimeo. Brunel University
  • Leask, M. (February 2003) ICTs in school classrooms: planning to avoid costly mistakes. ID21 Communicating development research, February 2003. DFID/Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. www.eldis.org/go/topics/insights 
  • Leask, M. 2002 Teacher Training Agency - commissioned report: The New Opportunities Fund ICT training for teachers and school librarians: Progress review and lessons learned through the central quality assurance process in England.
  • Leask, M. (2002) 'The New Opportunities Fund ICT training for teachers and school librarians: progress review and lessons learned through the central quality assurance process in England', London: Teacher Training Agency
  • Leask, M. and Younie, S. (2002) 'The Integration of the European SchoolNet into classroom practice: the dynamics of change' at www.eun.org
  • Leask, M. (2002) 'ICT in Education in Mexico, internal report for the British Council, London
  • Leask, M. (2002) ICT in Education in Hong Kong: internal report for the British Council, London
  • Leask, M. (2002). The New Opportunities Fund. Training for Teachers and School Librarians in the use of ICT. London: Teacher Training Agency
  • Leask, M. (2001) ICT and Whole School Improvement: an OECD study
  • 2000-2001 OECD ICT and whole school improvement project within the ICT and Quality of Learning project (DFEE funded) various reports
  • Leask, M. and Kington, A. (2000) A Case Study of ICT and School Improvement at Littlejohn School, England: Raising pupil achievement and supporting community regeneration: A role for primary school ICT provision.
  • 1998-2001 Deliverables to the European Commission for the European Schoolnet Multimedia Project.
  • 1999-2000 European Schoolnet Multi Media Project 'European Knowledge Centre' UK lead: As well as running seminars bringing together national experts, the reports from the seminars were used to produce a Europe wide report. This work provided research evidence for the development of the TDA funded Teacher Training Resource Bank.
  • 2000a European Knowledge Centre Seminar Report 1 – 'Classroom Practice and Educational Research: Using ICT to Build European Networks for Change', Socrates Project 7115, mimeo, Bedford: De Montfort University.
  • 2000b 'European Knowledge Centre within the European Schoolnet', Seminar 2 Report: 'Classroom practice and educational research: using ICT to build European networks for innovation and change', Socrates Project 71151, mimeo, Bedford: De Montfort University.
  • 1999-2000 Evaluation of the Technology Colleges Trust (TCT) New Opportunities Fund (NOF) Training for Teachers
  • 2000-2002 6 reports for the development of TeacherNet and the DFES international website. Department of Education and Science/ Department for Employment and Education/ Department for Education and Skills
  • 1990 with HARGREAVES, D.H., HOPKINS, D. 'The Management of Development Planning: a paper for Local Education Authorities'. Cambridge: mimeo, SDP project, Department of Education University of Cambridge/Cambridge Institute of Education.
  • 1990 with HARGREAVES, D.H., HOPKINS, D. School development Planning: a guide for Headteachers and Governors. London: DFE

Research interests/expertise

  • Implementing change across national education systems
  • Digital technologies and teachers ongoing professional learning
  • The knowledge required for teaching (pedagogic as well as subject content)
  • Models for evidence informed practicing education
  • Models for teacher research in education and it’s scaling up small-scale research
  • Online learning including online communities of practice
  • Knowledge management and knowledge mobilisation strategies
  • Evaluation of educational innovationTeacher Education
  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Change management in national systems
  • Knowledge management and mobilisation
  • Evidence informed policy and practice

Areas of teaching

Professor Leask has developed programmes and taught at all levels of higher education: undergraduate, post graduate (Certificate, Diploma, Masters level), EdD and PhD.

She has supervised a number of PhD national and international students to completion in areas of whole system change, impact of government policies on practice, leadership and management.

She has externally examined MPhil/EdD/PhD theses in Australia and Pakistan as well as in the UK.

Qualifications

  • 1994-1998 PhD De Montfort University, UK.
    Whole system change in education: the development and embedding of new knowledge in the teaching profession.

  • 1986-88 MPhil Cambridge Institute of Education (validated University of East Anglia), UK.
    Reliability and validity of teacher-evaluator approach to project evaluation.

  • 1980-81 PGCE Institute of Education, University of London, UK.
    Integrated Science: UK Teacher Registration Number: Department of Education and Science  No: 805 1290

  • 1974-79 BA Open University, UK English Literature and History

  • 1970 Diploma in Radiography, Australasian Institute of Radiology and Radiography 

Courses taught

Because of Professor Leask’s research commitments, only in exceptional circumstances would she consider taking on more students in areas of knowledge management and knowledge mobilisation and embedding change in national systems.

Membership of external committees

  • 2015- ongoing elected council member British Educational Research Association (BERA)
  • 2015 – ongoing elected board member Council for Subject Associations
  • 2014 – ongoing co-opted then elected board member IT in Teacher Education professional association
  • 2014 – ongoing board member of the International Council on Education for Teaching, representing the Education Futures Collaboration charity
  • 2013-2014 invited OECD panel member developing advice on the contribution of recent neuroscience research in pedagogy and educational practice
  • 2013 – ongoing convenor British Educational Research Association Special Interest Group in Educational Research and Policy Making.
  • 2011-2014  elected member Executive Council Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET)
  • 2011- ongoing Trustee and co-chair Education Futures Collaboration charity
  • 2010 - ongoing steering group member Coalition for Evidence Based Education
  • 2009- Invited Member of the Advisory Board meeting for the FutureLab Map of Innovations project
  • 2005 – 2008: member of the editorial board of JORSEN, the journal for special educational needs.
  • 2005-2008: member of the editorial panel of Educational Research
  • 2007 - ongoing: member  21st Century Learning Alliance (think tank)
  • 1998-2015 Board Member Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway Trust (charity)
  • 2008-2010: board member – Editorial Commissioning Advisory Board, Teacher Training Resource Bank - £20M investment of tax payers’ money in the evidence base underpinning pedagogy practice funded by what was the Training and Development Agency for schools (abolished 2010 with the change of UK government – now being taken forward by Education Futures Charity)
  • 2004-08  member of Education Panel Research Assessment Exercise (UK RAE 2008)
  • 2007  member Social Care Institute of Excellence Knowledge Management panel.
  • 2005 and 6 Judge: National Teaching Awards
  • 2004-06 Campbell Collaboration User Group (international)
  • 2004-06  DFE National Educational Research Forum Development Group: TDA representative
  • 2004-06  Judge: British Educational Film and Video Council Awards
  • 2003-04 National Educational Research Forum Research Bulletin: Steering Group
  • 2003-05 Judge BETT ICT Excellence in Education Awards
  • 2003 DFES Teaching Approaches and Strategies for Children with SEN Project Steering Group
  • 2003 Systematic Reviews – EPPI Centre – Steering group
  • 2003  DFES Ministerial (Charles Clarke) Sounding Board on Education for Sustainable Development
  • 2003-04 National Educational Research Funders’ Forum: invited member
  • 2002 QCA Diversity group: invited member
  • 2002 -06 Cross-Agency Research Liaison Group member with selected government agencies GTCE, QCA, NCSL, QCA, GTCE, BECTA: invited member
  • 2000 -2008  ESRC project reviewer – invited

She initiated, led and managed national steering groups for Training and Development Agency (TDA) projects such as:

  • 2004 - 06: Teacher Training Resource Bank
  • 2002 -06: Diversity project – Multiverse; Behaviour for Learning (now Behaviour2Learn social enterprise); Subject association induction materials for new teacher educators; Citized.

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • IT in Teacher Education
  • British Educational Research Association
  • Education Futures Charity (MESH)

Projects

Professor Leask’s time is largely dedicated to the MESHGuides initiative and to keynote speeches about related topics eg translational research, research impact, reforming education systems to support research-informed practice, digital tools and professional learning.

The MESHGuides initiative is focused on translating research findings into usable knowledge for policy and practice and to her research and publishing in the areas of:

  • the knowledge required for teaching
  • the research base underpinning school-based teaching   

Knowledge management and translational research are terms not widely used in the school-based education sector but a simple internet search demonstrates the understanding and application of these terms in other disciplines and the gap in understanding within the school-based education system.

Here are examples of projects she has been engaged in:

  • 2008- ongoing development of MESH initiative www.meshguides.org and supporting charity Education Futures Collaboration
  • 1991-ongoing development and revision of the Learning to Teach in the Secondary school series of textbooks. The core text up to the 6th edition had now sold well over 100,000 copies.
  • 2006-2008 development and implementation of Online communities of practice for local government concept www.communities.idea.gov.uk now www.khub.net using Web 2.0 technologies and allowing local government officers to create online workspaces for working with colleagues across local authorities. This won two national awards.
  • 2002- 2006 development and implementation of Teacher Training Resource Bank concept www.ttrb.ac.uk Training and Development Agency for schools (TDA) funded. Providing access to the evidence base for teacher training.
  • 2002-2006 Education Evidence Portal www.eep.ac.uk funded initially by a range of government agencies to provide an Education Google type resource: initiated cross-govt. agency group to take this forward.
  • 2000-2002 DFID funded ICT for non-formal education (CERP project)
  • 2000-2001 OECD ICT and school improvement UK lead DCSF funded.
  • 1995 – 2002 Development of TeacherNet concept www.teachernet.gov.uk Department for Children Schools and Families funded.
  • 1995 – 2000 development and implementation of European School net www.eun.org funded by ministries of EU countries plus the European Commission.
  • 1997 – 1999 British Council New Images project – developing the use of ICT to promote shared projects between Australia and the UK
  • 1989-1990 School Development Plans project – funded by the DCSF and leading to change in all schools in the country.
  • 1987-1989 Teacher-Evaluator network - London Borough of Enfield – developing and management of a teacher evaluator network to evaluate the impact of the Technical and Vocational Initiative.

Conference attendance

Here are some examples of conference presentations in addition to the keynotes mentioned earlier.

  • BERA symposia on MESH 2015, 2016
  • Harrison, C., Leask, M., Proctor, R. and Younie, S. (2014) ‘Evaluating a resource for online teacher professional development across four continents: the MESH Guide to Spelling’, ECER (European Council for Education Research), 2-5 September, 2014.
  • Burden, K., Leask, M and Younie, S. (2013) iPads/tablets and mobile technologies: distinctive pedagogies, National one day workshop (UCET & ITTE endorsed), University of Bedfordshire, 14 March, 2013. 
  • Leask, M. and Younie, S. (2013) Evidenced Informed Teaching, meeting of Expert Panel at DfE (Department for Education), Westminster London, 14th February, 2013.
  • Leask, M. and Younie, S. (2013) Our Education Futures: a call for collective action in Symposium ‘An agenda for professional communities: building and sharing professional resources’ at BETT13 (British Educational Technology) international seminars at Excel, London 1-2 February 2013.
  • Leask, M., Procter, R., Younie, S. and Jones, S. (2012) ‘Building the evidence base for practice in education: options for international collaboration drawing on successful medical models’ in Symposium ‘Building a research agenda for teachers education futures’. European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) Cadiz, Spain, 18 - 21 September, 2012. (Refereed)
  • Leask M. Professional knowledge building in ITT: a 21st century strategy harnessing the potential of ICT, paper presented at Edinburgh: BERA Conference 2003
  • Leask, M. 'Codifying the professional knowledge base of ITT trainers in England – the rationale for the TTA Effective Practices strategy'. Paper presented at Edinburgh: BERA Conference 2003
  • Leask, M and Younie, S. (2001b) ‘The European SchoolNet – an online educational resource providing ‘added European value’ to pupils’ learning’. Proceedings CAL 2001: Computer Assisted Learning, Learning across the ages – looking back and looking forwards, University of Warwick, 2-4 April, pp 213-215. (Refereed)
  • Leask, M and Younie, S. (2001c) ‘Creating European Synergy: the European SchoolNet Multimedia Project’ in (eds) Hughes, M., Kennewell, S. and Longman, D. Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education Annual Conference. Proceedings Information Technology in Teacher Education, Annual Conference, Bristol, pp17-18.
  • Leask, M and Younie, S. (1999) ‘Characteristics of Effective On-Line communities for Teachers: Issues Emerging from Research’, in (eds) Szucs, A. and Wagner, A. Shifting Perspectives: The Changing Role and Position of Open and Distance Learning in School Level Education. Proceedings EDEN: European Distance Education Network, Third Open Classroom Conference, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary 25-26 March, pp192-198. ISBN 963 420 5933. (Refereed)
  • Leask, M. and Pachler, N. (1997) The Background & Rationale for the TeacherNet UK Initiative – harnessing the potential of the Internet for improving teachers' professional development & pupil learning', Open Classroom II Conference Papers & Presentations. Athens: European Distance Education Network/Lambrakis Foundation.

Consultancy work

Here are examples of professional engagement and consultancies:

  • organised with colleagues first Teacher Education Knowledge Mobilisation Summit in London 2016 and House of Commons event celebrating 25 years of the Learning to Teach in the secondary school textbook series
  • College of Teaching (England) Member Evidence-informed practice Panel 2016
  • The 21st Century Learning Alliance, 'Thinking Aloud: High Performing School Systems -lessons from PISA', English-Speaking Union, London, 15 April  2015
  • College of Teaching meeting re: MESH at Institute of Education (IOE), 1st December 2014
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Education Tristam Hunt meeting re: MESH 31st Octobe 2014
  • UK Wikimedia- UK chapter of Wikipedia, to discuss ways of working to generate open knowledge, 28th April 2014
  • The Guardian invited to Developing the 'Guardian Teacher resources Network' 3 Feb 2012
  • On behalf of the British Council, invited member of UK delegation European eTwinning Conference: Leading 21st Century Learning, Genoa, Italy, from 16th-17th November 2011
  • House of Commons, evening reception Richard Fuller MP on Teacher Education &’The Literacy Challenge’ 12 January 2012
  • ITTE – Conference Convener  2013, 2015
  • DfEE - Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) consultation on thePrototype International Educational Opportunities and TeacherNet websites 2000  
  • GTCE – General Teaching Council consultancy on developing the General Teaching Council Website 2000
  • British Council Montage Project and the European Schoolnet Project Consultation, Sydney Australia 1999
  • Queensland Department for Education and the European Schoolnet Project Consultation, Brisbane Australia 1999
  • DfEE - Department for Education and Employment, Education Minister Michael Willis and Teachernet U.K on ‘Classrooms of the Future’ 1999                                
  • Dutch Ministry of Education - Virtual Teachers’ College Project 1998                                                            

Externally funded research grants information

  • 2010 onwards her fundraising is devoted to the Education Futures Collaboration charity and the MESH initiative
  • 2012-13 HEA/JISC/ITTE funding Digital Creativity and Literacy module
  • 2010-14 consultancy and workshops re REF planning and staff development, keynote speech invitations eg TEPE, British Council, ATEA together
  • 2010 TDA ICT research bids
  • 2009 DCSF consultancy - innovative technologies for professional development
  • 2009 consultancy - TDA TTRB ECAB
  • 2009 consultancy - member of parliament
  • 2009 TDA - Leadership modules development
  • 2009 Becta - ICT tools for future teachers
  • Examples of projects she led and worked on before she joined the TDA include:
  • 2001-2002 Director: Department for International Development project: Using ICT to increase the effectiveness of Community- based non-formal Education for Rural People in Zambia:
  • 2002 Director: TTA Evaluation of NOF programme
  • 2002 Director: DFES TeacherNet development
  • 2001 - 2002 UK Partner: Web@classroom project: investigating wireless technology.
  • 2000 - 2001 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) UK Team Leader: ICT and Whole School Improvement
  • 2000 - 2002 UK Partner: European Knowledge Centre Project EU funded
  • 1998-2001: Director: The Learning School Project (this was pedagogical and management focused research which co-ordinated the research effort of partners across Europe.) EU funded. This project was a foundation project in the European School Net Project
  • 1998: Negotiated studentship for research into networked computers funded by the Oracle Corporation
  • 1998: Negotiated 10 studentships for research into ICT funded by Bedfordshire LEA.
  • 1997-1998: I negotiated various grants negotiated between companies, for TeacherNetUK
  • 1997: Director: The Virtual University research project funded by the DMU School of Urban Studies:
  • 1995/1996: British Council newImages project and TeacherNet foundation conference

Published patents

As well as the texts listed below, I am series editor for the Routledge Learning to Teach in the Secondary School series of texts. I developed these with colleagues when in the early 1990s I found that texts documenting the knowledge, concept and skill base which student teachers were required to master did not exist. These texts, a series of around 20 which cover the major curriculum areas are regularly revised and are very widely used. 

Briefing papers

  • 2016 UNESCO’s SDGs 2030: Teachers as Change agentsavailable on request.
  • 2015 A national evidence centre for education - an update of the DFE 2005 paper Andrews, R., Morris, A. and Leask, M. with others, available on request.

Blogs

  • 2016 British Educational Research Association: Calling time on chaos: our personal responsibilities for R&D in a self-improving education system
  • 2016

Texts - examples

  • CAPEL, S., LEASK, M. and YOUNIE, S. (7th edition 2016) Learning to Teach in the Secondary School. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • YOUNIE, S., LEASK, M. and BURDEN, K. (2014, 2nd edition) Teaching and Learning with ICT in the Primary School. Abingdon:  Routledge.
  • LEASK, M. and PACHLER, N. (eds)( 3rd edition 2013). Teaching andLearning with ICT in the Secondary School. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • YOUNIE, S. and LEASK, M. (2013) The Essential Guide to Teaching with Technologies. MK: Open University Press.
  • CAPEL, S., LEASK, M. and TURNER, T. (2009) Readings for Learning to Teach in the Secondary School. London: Routledge.
  • YOUNIE, S., CAPEL, S. and LEASK M (2009) Supporting Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School: a companion for higher level teaching assistants’. London. Routledge.
  • CAPEL, S., LEASK, M. and TURNER, T. (2nd edition 2004, 1996). Starting to Teach in the Secondary School. London: Routledge.
  • LEASK, M. (ed.) (2001) Issues in Teaching with ICT. London: Routledge.
  • LEASK, M. with DAWES, L. and LITCHFIELD, B. (2000) Keybytes for Teachers Evesham: Summerfield Publishing.
  • LEASK, M. and MEADOWS, J. (eds). (2000)  Learning to Teach with ICT in the Primary School. London: Routledge.
  • LEASK, M. and TERRELL, I. (1997). Development Planning and School Improvement for Middle Managers. London: Kogan Page.
  • GODDARD, D. and LEASK, M. (1992). The Search for Quality: Planning for Improvement and Managing Change. London: Paul Chapman Publishing/Sage Publications.

Chapters in texts  - examples

  • I have written many chapters for inclusion in the Learning to Teach in the secondary school series of texts from 2001-ongoing 8th edition in preparation.
  • 2016 with Younie, S. Knowledge mobilisation to overcome the fragmentation between research and practice: MESH (Mapping Education Specialist knowHow) in Hudson, B. (in press) Fragmentation and Practice, Teacher Education Policy in Education in Europe
  • 2012 ‘Research Impact and Dissemination in a Connected World’, in Arthur, J.et al  Research Methods. Sage Publishing.
  • 2001 with Carter, V., Kettle N., and Leafe D. ‘ICT and the Primary School: a glimpse of multiple possibilities’. In Brundrett, M., Silcock, P. Excellence in the Primary School. Cambridge, Peter Francis.
  • 2000 In Grugeon, E. & Gardner, P. 'Science from Stories for Seven Year olds' The Art of Storytelling for Teachers & Pupils: Using Stories to Develop Literacy in Primary Classrooms. London: David Fulton. pp 59-61.
  • 1996 ‘A History of Change’ translated into Chinese and published by the Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong.
  • 1994 ‘Modular courses, assessment and student capability’. In JENKINS, A. and WALKER, L. (eds) Using Modularity to Develop Student Capability. London: Kogan Page, pp.49-55.
  • 1992 ‘School Development Plans: their history and their potential’. In WALLACE, G. (Ed.) Local Management of Schools: Research and Experience. Clevedon: Avon: Multilingual Matters.
  • 1991 contribution to Hargreaves D.H. and Hopkins D. The Empowered School London, Cassell.
  • 1990 contribution to Thomas, H. and Kirkpatrick, G. Managing Resources: A self-study pack for school governors (audio tape) London: Open University and British Broadcasting Corporation.
  • 1989 ‘Teacher-Evaluators - the Missing Link’. contribution to HOPKINS, D. Evaluation for Development. Milton Keynes: Open University Press, pp. 90-93.
  • 2015 with Jumani, N. B. MESH Pakistans: prospects In Journal of Education of Teaching Volume 41, 2015, Issue 5. Special edition edited by Prof. Linda la Velle Translational Research and Knowledge Mobilisation in Teacher Education.
  • 2013 with Younie, S. and Burden, K.‘Translational research principles applied to education: the mapping of educational specialist knowhow (MESH) initiative’ Journal of Education for Teaching: International research and pedagogy, Vol. 39, No.4, pp 459-463.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2013.801216
  • 2013 with Younie, S. ‘Implementing learning platforms in schools and universities: lessons from England and Wales’, Technology, Pedagogy and Education, Vol. 22, No.3, pp 247-266. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1475939X.2013.802118
  • 2013 with Younie, S. National models for CPD: the challenges of 21st C knowledge management, Journal of Professional Development in Education, Vol. 39, No. 2, pp 273 - 287. doi:10.1080/19415257.2012.749801.
  • 2012 with Preston, C. PIMS - A Model providing timely research for research informed policy making. OERJ April 2012 http://oerj.org/View?action=viewPaper&paper=46
  • 2011 Improving the Professional Knowledge Base for Education: using KM & Web 2.0 tools, Policy Futures in Education, 9(5), 644-660, for policy makers, edu. leaders
  • I was unable to publish during the period 2002-2008 as a public servant.
  • 2002 with Younie, S. Communal Constructivist theory: ICT pedagogy & internationalisation of the Curriculum,  Journal for IT for Teacher Education, Vol. 10; Nos 1&2, pp117-134. Note: this article-along with the next two explain theories of system improvement that I have applied in the national work I have undertaken. These build on the well known Vygotskian theory of social constructivism which underpins theories of teaching generally accepted in the UK.
  • 2001 with Younie, S. (2001) The European Schoolnet. An Online European Community for Teachers? A Valuable Professional Resource? Journal for Teacher Development, Vol 5 No 2 pp 157-175.
  • 1996 with Brown, S., Ryan, S. and Terrell, I. ‘Virtual University, Virtual Foundations’. Higher Education for Capability. Autumn.
  • 1996 with Turner, S. and Turner, T. ‘Recruiting Science Teachers from Ethnic Minority Groups: selection for initial teacher education’. Journal of Research in Science and Technological Education. Vol. 14, No.1, pp. 5-20.
  • 1989 with Hopkins, D.  ‘Performance Indicators’. SchoolOrganisation. Vol. 1 No. 9. p.3-20.

Articles in refereed journals - examples

  • 2005 with Newman, M., and  Elbourne, D.  Improving the usability of educational research:  Guidelines for the REPOrting of primary empirical research Studies in Education (The REPOSE Guidelines), Evaluation and Research in Education, May 2005.  
  • ?2001 with Ramos, J.L. and Younie, S. ‘The Learning School: a multisite case study on using new technologies in education in European schools. The Portuguese case,’ in InovaçãoPortuguese Ministry of Education.
  • Articles in professional journals - examples
  • 2009 Leask, M. with Blandford, S and Preston C. (2009) R U up 4 this?  A proposal for developing practitioner knowledge using 21stC ICT professional tools, published by NASEN
  • 2008 Planning for learner choice & meeting individual needs - an overview: Curriculum Briefing
  • 2003 Using ICT in formal education - maximising value for money. Insights Education #1 Department for International Development www.id21.org/education

Professional esteem indicators

Professor Leask has been elected to the national councils of the British Educational Research Associaton, the Association for IT in Teacher Education, the Council for Subject Associations and the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers.

She was selected to join the National Research Assessment Exercise 2008 education panel. 

Examples of invited Conference Keynotes and invited presentations follow:

  • 2016 16 September Higher Education Festival, University of Buckingham – invited speaker and panel member Research Excellence and Knowledge Management (KM) improving quality, reach and impact via an education sector KM strategy
  • 2016 15 September Higher Education Festival, University of Buckingham – invited panel member Teacher Training – Do Universities have a future in Initial Teacher Training?
  • 2016 17 September researchED, annual conference, invited speaker: Calling time on chaos, our personal responsibilities for R&D in a self-improving system
  • 2016 20 September BERA Symposium: led by Sarah Younie Translational Research in Education: the MESH example
  • 2015 30 April NUT (National Union of Teachers) briefing meeting about MESHGuides
  • 2015 BERA Symposium: led by Sarah Younie Ensuring teacher access to world-class  knowledge: a knowledge management, mobilisation and translational research strategy for the UK education sector
  • 2015 researchED, keynote and panel member on MESH, Primary Literacy Day, Chobham Academy, London, 25 April; Collective publishing and networking-looking beyond the school
  • 2015 researchED, September annual conference, invited speaker: Imagining teaching as a fully evidence-informed profession: what has to be done, by whom and how?
  • 2015 5 February Westminister Forum: Using research and evidence in the classroom
  • 2014 November ICORE conference invited keynote, Achieving world class teaching for every child in Pakistan (and every country) – an invitation to join worldwide collective action to create online MESHGuides – education’s Wikipedia. Lahore, Pakistan
  • 2014 July TEFANZ conference, invited keynote, Teaching as an evidence-based profession: re-engineering the generation and publishing of research – a call for collective action, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 2014 July ATEA conference, invited workshop Teaching as an evidence-based profession: re-engineering the generation and publishing of research – a call for collective action, Sydney, Australia
  • 2014 LUMS Lahore University Management, expert meeting with Vice Chancellor on teacher education 5th May 2014  
  • 2014 British Council invited keynote to the ‘GED: Global Education Dialogues: South Asia Series (SAS) Research and Relevance’, 6th-7th May 2014, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • 2014 British Council invited delegate to the Global Education Dialogues: South Asia Series 2: Knowledge Parks Conference, 9th May 2014, Lahore, Pakistan. Who/what builds vibrant science cities and knowledge parks: Lessons learned from UK/EU Knowledge Management initiatives
  • 2014 Invited keynote: with Younie, S. (2014) Knowledge mobilisation to overcome the fragmentation between research and practice: MESH (Mapping Education Specialist knowhow)’, TEPE (Teacher Education Policy in Europe) Conference, Faculty of Education, University of Zagreb, Croatia 15-17 May, 2014.
  • 2013 November 21, NAHT Practice Committee invited speaker MESH – Mapping Educational Specialist knowhow
  • 2013 October keynote Annual conference Asian Association of Open Universities Re-engineering research, teaching and learning with digital technologies: how AAOU members might collaborate for the benefit of teachers and learners in their societies. Islamabad, Pakistan
  • 2013 invited speaker Trends in digital technologies in school-based education. International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • 2013 Invited workshop: Leask, M., Rafferty, R. and Younie, S. (2013) Identifying gaps in knowledge needed to improve learning outcomes using digital technologies International Research Seminar, OECD Paris, France, 22 April, 2013.
  • 2013 November British Council Education Dialogues, invited keynote,  Dubai. With Professor N.B. Jumani E-tools for modernising academic practice.
  • 2013 July ATEA conference, invited keynote, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2013 February TEPE conference, invited keynote, Helsinki, Finland “Re-engineering education: a call for collective action”.
  • 2011 March 8 International Panel member. The Future of international education – using web 3.0 technologies and self-organizing networks. With Weber, R., Gibson, I, Albion, P, and Miller, P. SITE Conference, Nashville, TN. USA.
  • 2011 6-7 June: Foresight workshop: Teacher Collaboration Networks in 2020-2025. European Commission, Joint Research Centre: Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (Seville) IS Unit. Invited speaker
  • 2011 24-25 March. With Coughlin, A. "Education Communities" presentation, invited speaker Modern Universities Research Group Spring Conference, UK: Manchester
  • 2011, 18 March: OECD International Workshop on Making Online Collaboration Work - Paris. Invited speaker
  • 2010 November Society for Educational Studies Annual Seminar, London. Beyond Impact: Connecting research to policy and practice. Invited Speaker.
  • 2010 April  Australian Computers in education conference: Melbourne : Being Observed or Being involved: PPIMMS - an innovative approach to educational research - with Christina Preston
  • 2010 Digital technologies and new ways of working? Challenging custom and practice Presentation to Research Branch | Education Policy and Research Division, Government of Victoria, Australia. - with Christina Preston
  • 2006-07 numerous presentations to local authority groups and conferences on knowledge management strategies.
  • 2007 “Using Knowledge Management to add value to everyday business” presentation at the Demonstrating the value of Knowledge Management: Ark Group’s 7th annual conference 18-20 October 2007, London
  • 2007 “When People talk, knowledge flows and innovation happens: knowledge creation and sharing across local government through online communities of practice,” presentation at Henley Knowledge Management Forum 7th annual conference 12-13 June 2007
  • 2007 “Knowledge management, records and information management and communities of practice – an integrated KM model for public sector organisation” Future challenges for Records Management in the Public Sector Records Management Society conference, London 27th February 2007
  • 2004 invited contribution: Time to be bold: mainstreaming models of educational research that respond to user needs, Department for Education and Skills Research Conference: Research in education: What works?
  • 2004 invited contribution: Using research and evidence to improve teaching and learning in the training of professionals – an example from teacher training in England Higher Education Academy Evidence Based Practice Conference Proceedings
  • 2008 10 October: Guest speaker Learning & Sharing Knowledge Online at the MetaKnowledge Mash-up 2.0 Making & Organising Knowledge in communities British computer Society KIDMM Group.
  • 2008 25 September: Guest speaker Examining, Implementing, Managing collaborative tools such as social software, particularly via online communities of practice KM for the Public Sector Conference, Ark Group.
  • 2008 A challenge or an opportunity for the academic world? Emerging models of knowledge creation & transfer through the online Communities of Practice for local government BERA, Edinburgh.
  • 2005 Expert Panel with OECD & DFES staff -EPPI Conference on research & evidence informed policy & practice.
  • 2004 Accumulating the evidence base for educational practice: our respective responsibilities. BERA conference paper.
  • 2004 November invited presentation to DFES Research Conference & seminars on research & evidence informed practice
  • 2004 10 July Regenerating the teaching workforce UK contribution to International Symposia, Australian Teacher Education Association, June 2004, Bathurst, NSW.
  • 2004 6 May Building the evidence base for educational practice: our respective responsibilities Universities Council for the Education of Teachers, Research Committee.
  • 2003-2004: numerous presentations to government representatives about evidence based policy & practice & the operation of the Teacher Training Agency. Countries included: Australia, Botswana, Canada, China, Russia, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, Russia, Malaysia.
  • 2002 Invited Guest: presentations at all Teacher Education colleges in New Zealand about evidence based practice in teacher education

Commissioned Reports and Evaluations

Prof. Leask has undertaken research and evaluations for a range of agencies – central and local government and charitable leading to around 150 reports. Below are some examples of such research Reports for Government and International Agencies. Confidential reports are not included. For example, during 2000-2001, she produced 11 reports for the DFEE related to teacher professional development and 2 for the General Teaching Council.

  • Leask, M (October 2009) The Teacher Training Resource Bank (TTRB, www.ttrb.ac.uk ) and Impact Data for the Research Excellence Framework 2013. Briefing paper for the TTRB Editorial and Commissioning Board November 2009. Mimeo. Brunel University
  • Leask, M. (February 2003) ICTs in school classrooms: planning to avoid costly mistakes. ID21 Communicating development research, February 2003. DFID/Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. www.eldis.org/go/topics/insights 
  • Leask, M. 2002 Teacher Training Agency - commissioned report: The New Opportunities Fund ICT training for teachers and school librarians: Progress review and lessons learned through the central quality assurance process in England.
  • Leask, M. (2002) 'The New Opportunities Fund ICT training for teachers and school librarians: progress review and lessons learned through the central quality assurance process in England', London: Teacher Training Agency
  • Leask, M. and Younie, S. (2002) 'The Integration of the European SchoolNet into classroom practice: the dynamics of change' at www.eun.org
  • Leask, M. (2002) 'ICT in Education in Mexico, internal report for the British Council, London
  • Leask, M. (2002) ICT in Education in Hong Kong: internal report for the British Council, London
  • Leask, M. (2002). The New Opportunities Fund. Training for Teachers and School Librarians in the use of ICT. London: Teacher Training Agency
  • Leask, M. (2001) ICT and Whole School Improvement: an OECD study
  • 2000-2001 OECD ICT and whole school improvement project within the ICT and Quality of Learning project (DFEE funded) various reports
  • Leask, M. and Kington, A. (2000) A Case Study of ICT and School Improvement at Littlejohn School, England: Raising pupil achievement and supporting community regeneration: A role for primary school ICT provision.
  • 1998-2001 Deliverables to the European Commission for the European Schoolnet Multimedia Project.
  • 1999-2000 European Schoolnet Multi Media Project 'European Knowledge Centre' UK lead: As well as running seminars bringing together national experts, the reports from the seminars were used to produce a Europe wide report. This work provided research evidence for the development of the TDA funded Teacher Training Resource Bank.
  • 2000a European Knowledge Centre Seminar Report 1 – 'Classroom Practice and Educational Research: Using ICT to Build European Networks for Change', Socrates Project 7115, mimeo, Bedford: De Montfort University.
  • 2000b 'European Knowledge Centre within the European Schoolnet', Seminar 2 Report: 'Classroom practice and educational research: using ICT to build European networks for innovation and change', Socrates Project 71151, mimeo, Bedford: De Montfort University.
  • 1999-2000 Evaluation of the Technology Colleges Trust (TCT) New Opportunities Fund (NOF) Training for Teachers
  • 2000-2002 6 reports for the development of TeacherNet and the DFES international website. Department of Education and Science/ Department for Employment and Education/ Department for Education and Skills
  • 1990 with HARGREAVES, D.H., HOPKINS, D. 'The Management of Development Planning: a paper for Local Education Authorities'. Cambridge: mimeo, SDP project, Department of Education University of Cambridge/Cambridge Institute of Education.
  • 1990 with HARGREAVES, D.H., HOPKINS, D. School development Planning: a guide for Headteachers and Governors. London: DFE

Major Projects - examples

  • 2008- ongoing development of MESH initiative www.meshguides.org and supporting charity Education Futures Collaboration
  • 1991-ongoing development and revision of the Learning to Teach in the Secondary school series of textbooks. The core text up to the 6th edition had now sold well over 100,000 copies.
  • 2006-2008 development and implementation of Online communities of practice for local government concept www.communities.idea.gov.uk now www.khub.net using Web 2.0 technologies and allowing local government officers to create online workspaces for working with colleagues across local authorities. This won two national awards.
  • 2002- 2006 development and implementation of Teacher Training Resource Bank concept www.ttrb.ac.uk Training and Development Agency for schools (TDA) funded. Providing access to the evidence base for teacher training.
  • 2002-2006 Education Evidence Portal www.eep.ac.uk funded initially by a range of government agencies to provide an Education Google type resource: initiated cross-govt. agency group to take this forward.
  • 2000-2002 DFID funded ICT for non-formal education (CERP project)
  • 2000-2001 OECD ICT and school improvement UK lead DCSF funded.
  • 1995 – 2002 Development of TeacherNet concept www.teachernet.gov.uk Department for Children Schools and Families funded.
  • 1995 – 2000 development and implementation of European School net www.eun.org funded by ministries of EU countries plus the European Commission.
  • 1997 – 1999 British Council New Images project – developing the use of ICT to promote shared projects between Australia and the UK
  • 1989-1990 School Development Plans project – funded by the DCSF and leading to change in all schools in the country.
  • 1987-1989 Teacher-Evaluator network – London Borough of Enfield – developing and management of a teacher evaluator network to evaluate the impact of the Technical and Vocational Initiative.

Other professional engagement/consultancies

  • Organised with colleagues first Teacher Education Knowledge Mobilisation Summit in London 2016 and House of Commons event celebrating 25 years of the Learning to Teach in the secondary school textbook series
  • College of Teaching (England) Member Evidence-informed practice Panel 2016
  • The 21st Century Learning Alliance, 'Thinking Aloud: High Performing School Systems -lessons from PISA', English-Speaking Union, London, 15 April  2015
  • College of Teaching meeting re: MESH at Institute of Education (IOE), 1st December 2014
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Education Tristam Hunt meeting re: MESH 31st Octobe 2014
  • UK Wikimedia- UK chapter of Wikipedia, to discuss ways of working to generate open knowledge, 28th April 2014
  • The Guardian invited to Developing the 'Guardian Teacher resources Network' 3 Feb 2012
  • On behalf of the British Council, invited member of UK delegation European eTwinning Conference: Leading 21st Century Learning, Genoa, Italy, from 16th-17th November 2011
  • House of Commons, evening reception Richard Fuller MP on Teacher Education &’The Literacy Challenge’ 12 January 2012
  • ITTE - Conference Convener  2013, 2015
  • DfEE - Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) consultation on thePrototype International Educational Opportunities and TeacherNet websites 2000          
  • GTCE - General Teaching Council consultancy on developing the General Teaching Council Website 2000
  • British Council Montage Project and the European Schoolnet Project Consultation, Sydney Australia 1999
  • Queensland Department for Education and the European Schoolnet Project Consultation, Brisbane Australia 1999
  • DfEE - Department for Education and Employment, Education Minister Michael Willis and Teachernet U.K on ‘Classrooms of the Future’ 1999
  • Dutch Ministry of Education - Virtual Teachers’ College Project 1998                                                            

Examples of other conference presentations

  • BERA symposia on MESH 2015, 2016
  • Harrison, C., Leask, M., Proctor, R. and Younie, S. (2014) ‘Evaluating a resource for online teacher professional development across four continents: the MESH Guide to Spelling’, ECER (European Council for Education Research), 2-5 September, 2014.
  • Burden, K., Leask, M and Younie, S. (2013) iPads/tablets and mobile technologies: distinctive pedagogies, National one day workshop (UCET & ITTE endorsed), University of Bedfordshire, 14 March, 2013. 
  • Leask, M. and Younie, S. (2013) Evidenced Informed Teaching, meeting of Expert Panel at DfE (Department for Education), Westminster London, 14th February, 2013.
  • Leask, M. and Younie, S. (2013) Our Education Futures: a call for collective action in Symposium ‘An agenda for professional communities: building and sharing professional resources’ at BETT13 (British Educational Technology) international seminars at Excel, London 1-2 February 2013.
  • Leask, M and Younie, S. (2001b) ‘The European SchoolNet - an online educational resource providing ‘added European value’ to pupils’ learning’. Proceedings CAL 2001: Computer Assisted Learning, Learning across the ages - looking back and looking forwards, University of Warwick, 2-4 April, pp 213-215. (Refereed)
  • Leask, M and Younie, S. (2001c) ‘Creating European Synergy: the European SchoolNet Multimedia Project’ in (eds) Hughes, M., Kennewell, S. and Longman, D. Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education Annual Conference. Proceedings Information Technology in Teacher Education, Annual Conference, Bristol, pp17-18.
  • Leask, M and Younie, S. (1999) ‘Characteristics of Effective On-Line communities for Teachers: Issues Emerging from Research’, in (eds) Szucs, A. and Wagner, A. Shifting Perspectives: The Changing Role and Position of Open and Distance Learning in School Level Education. Proceedings EDEN: European Distance Education Network, Third Open Classroom Conference, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary 25-26 March, pp192-198. ISBN 963 420 5933. (Refereed)
  • Leask, M. and Pachler, N. (1997) The Background & Rationale for the TeacherNet UK Initiative - harnessing the potential of the Internet for improving teachers' professional development & pupil learning', Open Classroom II Conference Papers & Presentations. Athens: European Distance Education Network/Lambrakis Foundation.
  • Leask, M., Procter, R., Younie, S. and Jones, S. (2012) ‘Building the evidence base for practice in education: options for international collaboration drawing on successful medical models’ in Symposium ‘Building a research agenda for teachers education futures’. European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) Cadiz, Spain, 18 - 21 September, 2012. (Refereed)
  • Leask M. Professional knowledge building in ITT: a 21st century strategy harnessing the potential of ICT, paper presented at Edinburgh: BERA Conference 2003
  • Leask, M. 'Codifying the professional knowledge base of ITT trainers in England - the rationale for the TTA Effective Practices strategy'. Paper presented at Edinburgh: BERA Conference 2003
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