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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Research Manager, Becta - Gaynor Sharp
Gaynor works primarily managing qualitative research projects. She has recently published research that focused on parents' engagement with their children's learning involving technologies and the impact of this in their family learning experiences. It also explores parental/school communication using technology. The research report and literature review can be found here: http://partners.becta.org.uk/index.php?section=rh&catcode=_re_mr_02&rid=17152.
She has also managed a Narrowing the Gap project for low and underachieving learners and has worked with a media company preparing interactive teacher videos and other media (podcasts and learner videos). A NTG literature review can be found at: http://partners.becta.org.uk/index.php?section=rh&catcode=_re_rp_02&rid=17003 and the research report is here: http://partners.becta.org.uk/index.php?section=rh&catcode=_re_vi_ng_03&rid=17439.
Her involvement in these project stems from her own interests in the learning process. She taught school science for about 12 years in a number of schools in the Midlands. In 2004, Gaynor completed her doctoral thesis on pupil's attitudes to secondary school science experiences, whilst lecturing in biomolecular science at Coventry University and on the secondary science PGCE with the Open University. Gaynor has worked as a research manager with Becta for five years and managed the Using Digital Creativity to engage and motivate hard to reach pupils in BESD schools project in 2007. Gaynor works for the association for Science Education as a Field Officer in the West Midlands.
The full research report:http://partners.becta.org.uk/index.php?section=rh&catcode=_re_rp_02&rid=14761 and streamed videos: http://stage.schools.becta.org.uk/index.php?section=re&catcode=ss_res_dig_02&rid=14996
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