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Dr Sarah Younie

Job: Reader in Education, Innovation & Technology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Research group(s): Education

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

T: +44 (0)116 250 6341

E: syounie@dmu.ac.uk

W: dmu.ac.uk/hls

 

Personal profile

Sarah Younie is MA Programme Leader and Principal Lecturer in Education Studies. She teaches on the MA and BA programmes and supervises research students in educational technology, innovation, pedagogy, professional development and management of change.

Dr Sarah Younie graduated with a first class degree from the University of Warwick, and then studied for a PGCE in Humanities and English at University of Leicester; then, whilst working as qualified teacher in schools she completed a Certificate of Further Professional Study in Education at the University of Cambridge. Sarah was awarded an ESRC scholarship to study for her Masters in Sociology of Contemporary Culture at the University of York, and has since completed a PhD in Education and Technology. She taught in a number of secondary schools and since then she has taught on BA, PGCE and MA courses where her teaching and research focuses on change in education, in particular technology and the opportunities it affords for innovation in practice. She has been an external examiner for MA and doctoral programmes.

During her role as U.K Chair of ITTE (Information Technology in Teacher Education), Sarah has liaised with government agencies and has conducted national research for government, and submitted evidence for the ‘Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry into Education’ in 2009.

Sarah has implemented international research projects. She was the co-investigator for the EU funded ‘Learning School’ project, part of European Schoolnet Multimedia project, supported by 23 Ministries of Education; the ‘Web@Classroom’ project, awarded ‘ICT Best Practice in European Education’ in recognition of innovation. Other international projects have included the EU funded European Knowledge Center' project, developing the teacher-researcher interface. Previous national research includes the ‘Use of Learning Platforms in HEIs and Schools’; BBC News School Report for ITE; SOURCE project (Software Use, Reuse and Customisation in Education) TLTP funded with The Open University. Sarah has delivered research papers at international conferences and published journal articles, book chapters and books on technology and education.

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

  • Technology - e-learning, pedagogy, innovation, music technology
  • Change management - school development and leadership
  • Education policy - policy implementation
  • Professional development - on-line professional learning, CPD and teacher education.

Sarah is interested to hear from students who wish to conduct doctoral research in any of these areas. 

Areas of teaching

  • Dissertation/major research project (MA)
  • Researching Education (MA)
  • Technology Enhanced learning (MA)
  • Cultural and Educational Transformations (undergraduate, year 2)

Qualifications

  • PhD - Education and Technology (DeMontfort University)   
  • MA - Sociology of Contemporary Culture (University of York) ESRC Award 
  • PG Cert - Further Professional Study in Education (University of Cambridge) 
  • PGCE - English and Humanities 11-18 yrs (University of Leicester) 
  • BA (Hons.) – Philosophy First Class: Distinction (University of Warwick)  

Courses taught

Sarah Younie is Module Leader for:

  • Dissertation/Major research project (MA)
  • Researching Education (MA)
  • Technology enhanced learning (MA)
  • Cultural and Educational Transformations (undergraduate, year 2)

Externally funded research grants information

Externally Funded International and National Research Projects

HEA/JISC and ITTE ‘Open Educational Resources: Digital Literacy and Creativity’ (£27,000) 2011-12

HEA/JISC ‘Seminar Series onOpen Educational Resources’ (£1000) 2011-12

TDA/BBC 'Case Studies of the use of the BBC News School Report Project in initial teacher education ITTE (£6,000) 2010-11

JISC 'Transition and support for non-traditional learners using on-line tools' Leicester College and De Montfort University (£15,000) 2010

TDA 'Developing E-Safety resources for primary trainees in initial teacher education' ITTE (£2,000) 2010

TDA/BBC 'Evaluation of the use of the BBC News School Report in initial teacher education' ITTE Evaluation (£12,400) 2010

Becta/ITTE 'Learning platform use in HEIs and schools (£15,000) 2009

Aimhigher 'Associate Scheme: Pathfinder Project' (£5,000) 2009

ITTE ‘Voices Project: capturing the history of computers in Education’ (£4, 500) 2006-08

EU Socrates Programme 'Web @ Classroom' ‘Investigating teaching and learning outcomes in the permanently connected classroom’ UK PI(EURO480,770) 2000-2002

EU Socrates Programme 'European Schoolnet Multi Media Project '‘Researching effective practice with ICT in schools across Europe’ (EURO500,000) 1998-2000

EU Socrates Programme ‘Developing the teacher-researcher interface on the European Schoolnet website’ (EURO120,000) 1999-2000

SOURCE: 'Software Use, Reuse and Customisation in Education, Teaching and Learning Technology Programme 3 (£15,000) 1999-2000

Electronic Campus Project De Montfort University (£15,000) 1997-1998

Professional esteem indicators

Sarah has held national positions as the UK Chair of ITTE, which is the professional/subject association for Information Technology in Teacher Education, which liaises with government agencies on technology and policy. She is a member and peer reviewer for BERA (British Educational Research Association), BESA (British Education Studies Association), Mirandanet and Education Futures Collaboration. Sarah is a peer reviewer for a number of international journals on education and technology.

Research Reports

Younie, S. and Jones, S. (2012) Digital Literacy and Creativity:Open Educational Resources, UK OER Phase 3 (OMAC Strand 2) Final Report, HEA/JISC.

Younie, S. and Bradshaw, P., Cameron, K. (2011) ‘A case study examination of the BBC News School Report project in Initial Teacher Education across three sites’, Training and Development Agency.

Bradshaw, P., Cameron, K. and Younie, S. (2010) ‘Evaluation of the use of the BBC News School Report project in Initial Teacher Education’, Training and Development Agency.

Leask, M. and Younie, S. (2009)‘Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry into Initial Teacher Training and CPD Report: submission of written evidence’.

Younie, S. and Leask, M. (2009) Use of Learning Platforms to support Continuing Professional Development in HEIs and Schools, Coventry: Becta/ITTE

Younie, S. (2009) Aimhigher Associate Scheme: Pathfinder Project Evaluative Report, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Authority.

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Younie, S. and Leask, M. (forthcoming 2013) Implementing learning platforms in schools and universities: lessons from England and Wales, Technology, Pedagogy and Education (accepted)

Leask, M. and Younie, S. (forthcoming 2013) Using Emerging Technologies to Develop Professional Learning, Journal of Professional Development in Education (accepted)

Younie, S. (2006) ‘Implementing Government Policy on ICT in Education: lessons learnt’, Education and Information Technologies, Vol 11, Nos 3-4, pp 385-400.

Leask, M., and Younie, S. (2001) ‘Communal Constructivist Theory: pedagogy of information and communications technology & internationalisation of the curriculum’, Journal of Information Technology for Teacher Education, Vol. 10, Nos 1 & 2, pp117-134.

Leask, M and Younie, S. (2001) 'Is the European Schoolnet an Online European Community for Teachers and a Valuable Professional Resource?' Teacher Development: an International Journal Of Teachers’ Professional Development. Vol. 5, No.2, pp 157-175.

Books

Younie, S. and Leask, M. (2013) Teaching with technologies: the essential guide, Buckingham: Open University Press.

Hammond, M., Younie, S., Woollard, J., Cartwright, V. and Benzie, D. (2009) What does out past involvement with computers in education tell us? A view from the research community, Coventry: Warwick University Press.

Edited Books

Younie, S. and Bradshaw, P. (eds) (2017) Debates in ICT and Computing. London: Routledge.

S. Capel, M. Leask and S.Younie, (eds) (2016) Learning to Teach in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience. London: Routledge.

Younie, S., Leask, M. and Burden, K. (eds) (2015) Teaching and Learning with ICT in the Primary School. London: Routledge.

Younie, S., Capel, S. and Leask, M. (eds) (2009) Supporting Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School: a companion for higher level teaching assistants. London: Routledge.

Additional Information

Chapters in Edited Books

Preston, C. and Younie, S. (2016) ‘Taking the tablets: has the long predicted revolution in teaching and learning finally arrived?’ in (Eds.) A. Quinn and T. Hourigan, Handbook for Digital Learning in K-12 Schools, New York: Springer.

Younie, S and Leask, M. (2016) 'Overcoming fragmentation between research and practice: managing the professional knowledge base for teachers' in (Ed) B. Hudson, Overcoming Fragmentation in Teacher Education: Implications for policy, practice and future research,Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Williams, L., Cernochova, M., Demo, B. and Younie, S. (2015) ‘A Working Model for Teacher Training in Computing through the Literacy from Scratch Project’, in D. Passey and A. Tatnall (Eds) Key Competencies in ICT and Informatics: Implications and Issues for Educational Professionals and Management, New York: Springer, pp. 25-33.

Pinto, T. and Younie, S. (2015) Developing E-Safety in the Primary School’, in (eds) S. Younie, M. Leask and K. Burden, Learning to Teach Using ICT in the Primary School, London: Routledge.

Jones, S. and Younie, S. (2013) ‘ICT tools for professional development’ in (eds) M. Leask and N. Pachler Learning to Teach in the Secondary School Using ICT. London: Routledge.

Younie, S. (2009) ‘Developing Resources Using ICT’ in (eds) S.Younie, S. Capel and M. Leask, Supporting Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School: a companion for higher level teaching assistants. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-35884-2 pp 125-132

Younie, S. and Powell, K. (2009) ‘Your Professional Development’ in (eds) S.Younie, S. Capel and M. Leask, Supporting Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School: a companion for higher level teaching assistants. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-35884-2 pp 147-159

Burton, D., Lee, K. and Younie, S. (2009) ‘Understanding Learning’ in (eds) S.Younie, S. Capel and M. Leask, Supporting Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School: a companion for higher level teaching assistants. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-35884-2 pp 82-90

Younie, S. and Moore, T. (2005) ‘Supporting Teachers’ Professional Practice with ICT’ in (eds) M. Leask and N. Pachler Learning to Teach in the Secondary School Using ICT. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-35104-9 pp 17-40

Leask, M., Litchfield, P. and Younie, S. (2005) ‘Using ICT In Your Particular Subject’ in (eds) M. Leask and N. Pachler Learning to Teach in the Secondary School Using ICT. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-35104-9 pp 4-16

Younie, S. (2001) ‘Developing a ‘Cognitively Flexible Literacy’: from an industrial society to the information age’, in Issues in Teaching using ICT (ed) M. Leask, London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-23867-6 pp 206-222

Leask, M and Younie, S. (2001) ‘Building On-line Communities for Teachers: ideas emerging from research’, in Issues in Teaching using ICT (ed) M. Leask, London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-23867-6 pp 223-232

Peer Reviewed Practitioner Publications

Preston, C. and Younie, S. (2016) Innovations in Professional Development: real-time, in-ear Coaching’. Advancing Education, Autumn 2016, Article xx. Nottingham: Naace [online] available at xx

Younie, S. and Leask, M. (2016) ‘Teacher Education Knowledge Mobilisation Summit for the UNESCO Education 2030 Framework for Action: Using low cost digital technologies’ IT in Teacher Education, National Newsletter, Summer 2016, London: ITTE

Leask, M. and Younie, S. (2016) ‘Keeping up to date - new MESHGuide research summaries for teachers, teacher educators and student teachers’ IT in Teacher Education National Newsletter, Summer 2016, London: ITTE

Younie, S., Preston, C. and Turner, R. (2015) ‘An Evaluation of Classroom Audio Distribution Technology for Teaching and Learning: Phase One Research into the impact of using Lightspeed Technology’s Redcat and Flexcat CAD systems in schools 2008-2014’, MirandaNet Research Report, London: MirandaNet.

Younie, S. (2013) ‘iPads/tablets and mobile technologies: distinctive pedagogies’ Association of IT in Teacher Education National Newsletter, Summer 2013, No 71, pp.21-22, London: ITTE

Younie, S. (2012) ‘Digital games based learning: more than toys?’ Association of IT in Teacher Education National Newsletter, Autumn/Winter 2012, No 69, pp. 17-8. London: ITTE

Younie, S. (2012) ‘Promoting Digital Literacy through OER: the use and reuse of open educational resources’, Association of IT in Teacher Education National Newsletter, Autumn/Winter 2012, No 69, pp. 15-6. London: ITTE

Bradshaw, P. and Younie, S. (2011) ‘Trainee teachers’ engagement in a cross-curricular news project: impact on professional identity’. Advancing Education, Autumn 2011, Article 4. Nottingham: Naace [online] available at http://www.naace.co.uk/1708.

Younie, S. and Bradshaw, P. (2010) ‘BBC News School Report project: evaluation of trainees experiences’ Association of IT in Teacher Education National Newsletter, Summer 2010, No 64, pp.3, London: ITTE

Conference Papers

Younie, S. and Jones, S. (2012) Examining Open Educational Resources in Digital Literacy and Creativity for University Teachers’ Professional Practice, Half Day Workshop, Online Educa Berlin, 28-30 November 2012 (Refereed)

Jones, S. and Younie S. (2012) Digital Literacy & Creativity: Lessons Learned in Creating Open Education Resources for Professional Development, paper Online Educa Berlin 2012 (Refereed)

Younie, S. and Jones, S. (2012) ‘Building the evidence base for educational practice: an invitation to engage in collective action’ UCET (University Council for the Education of Teachers) Conference, Hinckley, 8 November 2012.

Jones, S. and Younie, S. (2012) ‘Short of time? Using e-tools to support you in undertaking research beyond the small scale using resources already available to you’ UCET (University Council for the Education of Teachers) Conference, Hinckley, 8 November 2012.

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)

Younie, S. and Jones, S. (2012) Promoting Digital Literacy through OER: the use and reuse of Open Educational Resources, (HEA funded seminar series) St Anne’s College, Oxford University, 5 July, 2012. (Refereed)

Younie, S. (2012) Digital Games Based Learning: more than just toys? Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE), Annual Conference, St Anne’s College, Oxford University, 7 July, 2012.

Bradshaw, P., Younie, S. and Jones, S. (2012) ‘The use of open education resources in higher education programmes of academic practice’, ICICTE Conference, 6 July 2012. (Refereed)

Bradshaw, P. and Younie, S. (2012) ‘Assistant teachers’ engagement in a cross-curricular television news project: impact on professional identity’ at ProPEL Conference, University of Stirling, Scotland, May 9-11, 2012. (Refereed)

Hammond, M. and Younie, S. (2012) ‘The Changing Landscape: after Becta' in Symposium 'World-wide Educational Innovation' at BETT12 (British Educational Technology) international seminars at Olympia, London 11-14 January 2012.

Bradshaw, P. and Younie, S. (2011) ‘Assistant teachers’ engagement in an external cross-curricular project: impact on professional identity’ in Symposium: ‘Researching education and policymaking’ with R. Harrison, S. Sieminski, C. Wise, B. Jeffrey and G.Troman. British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, Institute of Education, University of London, 6-8 September 2011. (Refereed)

Younie, S. and Hammond, M. (2011) ‘The enduring importance of ICT: Becta and beyond’, Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE), Annual Conference, Keele University, 5-7 July, 2011. (Invited)

Younie, S., Bradshaw, P. and Cameron, K. (2011) ‘A case study examination of the BBC News School Report project in Initial Teacher Education across three sites’, Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE), Annual Conference, Keele University, 5-7 July, 2011.

Younie, S. (2011) ‘Student teachers learning to use Learning Platforms: a challenge for ITE partnerships’ in Symposium: ‘How and why do student teachers use ICT and what impact will they have as they begin their teaching careers?’ with M.Hammond and P. Johnston-Wilder. Proceedings CAL 2011: Computer Assisted Learning, Manchester 13-15 April 2011. (Refereed)

Stone, L. and Younie, S. (2010) ‘Social networking and community building: online tools to support learners’, HEA SIG E-learning and the First Year Student Experience (ELFYSE), Birmingham, 23 March, 2010.

Younie, S. (2010) ‘From here to there: research trajectories.’ Invited panel member with D. Benzie, S. Kennewell and P.Twining, Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE), Research Conference, University of Cambridge, 10-12 March, 2010.

Younie, S. and Stone, L. (2010) ‘Social networking: transition and support for learners using online tools’ Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE), Research Conference, University of Cambridge, 10-12 March, 2010.

Conboy, H. and Younie, S. (2009) ‘Resistance, barriers and empowerment in the pedagogical use of emerging technologies: a comparative study’, Association of Learning Technology (ATL-C), University of Manchester, 8-10 September 2009.

Hammond, M. and Younie, S. (2009) ‘The use of VLEs and learning platforms by and for new teachers’, Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE), University of Exeter, 7-9 July, 2009.

Younie, S. and Curtis, W. (2009) ‘Learning with and for each other: Constructing ‘learning community’ through technological intervention’, British Education Studies Association Conference (BESA), University of Staffordshire, 2-3 July, 2009.

Younie, S. (2009) ‘Engendering Change: knowledge management, technology and communities of practice’ in Sympoisum: ‘New Rules for Engagement: communities of practice, professional development and technology’ with M. Leask and C. Preston. Proceedings CAL 09: Computer Assisted Learning, Brighton 23-26 March, 2009.

Younie, S. (2009) ‘Cutting-edge Tools for the 21st Century Curricula: An International Perspective.’ Invited international panel member – Society of Information Technology in Education (SITE), Charleston, USA 3-6 March, 2009.

Younie, S. and Curtis, W. (2009) ‘New possibilities for engaging learners: challenging pedagogic assumptions in developing multimedia resources.’ Society of Information Technology in Education (SITE), Charleston, USA 3-6 March, 2009.

Tarrant, T., Younie, S. and Powell, K. (2009) ‘Characteristics of ICT in ITT’, TDA/ ITTE, British Educational Technology (BETT), Olympia, London, 15 January, 2009.

Hammond, M and Younie, S. (2008) ‘Voices Project: what does the past tell us about computers in education?’ Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE), Research Conference, University of Cambridge, 28-29 November, 2008.

Younie, S. (2008) ‘Relationships between communities of practice: within and beyond the school’ in Symposium: ‘Web 2.0, communities of practice and new forms of engagement between policy makers, researchers and practitioners – where are the academics?’ with H. Blackmore, M. Leask and C. Preston. British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, University of Herroit Watt, Edinburgh, 3-6 September, 2008.

Younie, S. (2008) ‘Shared Learning: teachers, ICT and communities of practice’. International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP), Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 23-27 June, 2008.

Younie, S. (2006) ‘Implementing Government Policy on ICT in Education: lessons learnt’. International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP), WG 3.1, 3.3, 3.5 Joint Conference, Alesund University, Norway, 26-30 June, 2006.

Younie, S. (2006) ‘The significance of communities of practice: implementing U.K Government Policy on ICT in Education’. British Educational Research Association (BERA), Annual Conference, University of Warwick, 6-9 September, 2006.

Younie, S. (2005) ‘Teachers’ Collaborative Learning to Develop an e-Pedagogy’. Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE), Annual Conference, University of Dundee, 12–14 July, 2005.

Younie, S. (2005) ‘Routes/Roots and Maps: a Cultural Cartography of Creating Change with ICT’. Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE), Research Conference, University of Cambridge, 9-10 December, 2005.

Younie, S. (2003) ‘Region\re\generation - Laptops as a Catalyst for Community Change’. Proceedings CAL 03: Computer Assisted Learning, 21st Century Learning, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, 8-10 April, 2003.

Younie, S. (2002) ‘Managing Change: Communal Constructivism and ICT pedagogy’Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE) Annual Conference Proceedings Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 16-18 July, 2002. (ISBN 0-9542821-1-6)

Younie, S. (2002) ‘Why NOF ICT training worked successfully for some teachers and schools and not others?’ Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE) Annual Conference Proceedings Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 16-18 July, 2002. (ISBN 0-9542821-1-6)

Boys, J., Ryan, S., Younie, S and Ebbrell, D. (2001) ‘Pedagogic Assumptions and Student Affordances: A Case Study of Reusable Educational Software’ in ALT-C Changing Learning Environments. Proceedings ALT-C: Association for Learning Technology 8th International Conference, Oxford: Information Press.

Leask, M and Younie, S. (2001) ‘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.

Leask, M and Younie, S. (2001) ‘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.

Ebbrell, D and Younie, S. (2000) ‘Collaborative Re-Use of Educational Software: the Generation of a Multimedia Dataset to Support Student Learning’ in (eds) Wagner, E. and Szucs, A. Research and Innovation in Open and Distance Learning. Proceedings EDEN: European Distance Education Network, The First Research Workshop of EDEN, Prague, Czech Republic 15-16 March, pp.138-140.

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)

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