Members’ research

Key academic publications by members

The websites of papers that are in the public domain are listed here. We are arranging for members to access drafts of all the other paper and chapters in the MirandaNet archive. Meanwhile email for drafts:

Allen, A. Preston, C. Payton, M. and Pickering, S. (2011) Safeguarding learners in a digital world: e-Safety module information for Further Education & Skills providers & learners. Becta Coventry.

Cuthell J.P. (2012) Learning in Liminality Available from:

Cuthell, J., & Preston, C. (2012). Tracking the stages of learning: concept maps as representations of liminal space. Themes in Science and Technology Education, 5(1/2), 79-94. (click the English journal icon)

Cuthell, J. P, L. Cych, Preston, C. (2011) Learning in Liminal Spaces. Paper presented at Mobile learning: Crossing boundaries in convergent environments Conference, University of Bremen. Available from

Cuthell, J. P. (2009) Thinking Things Through – Collaborative Online Professional Development. In: Lindberg, J. O & Olofsson, A. D. Online Learning Communities and Teacher Professional Development: Methods for Improved Education Delivery. Hershey, IGI Global

Cuthell, J. P.; C. Preston (2009) The Use of Concept Maps for Collaborative Knowledge Construction.  Available online:

Cuthell, J. P. (2008) The Role of a Web-based Community in Teacher Professional Development. International Journal of Web Based Communities, Vol. 2, No. 8 2008, pp. 115 – 139. Geneva, Inderscience

Daly, C, Pachler N. and Pelletier, C. (2009) Continuing professional development in ICT for teachers: A literature review Report One Becta. last accessed 230514

Daly, C., Pachler N., and Pelletier, C. (2009) Continuing Professional Development in ICT for teachers. Becta Report two last accessed 230514

Davis, N., C. Preston, and I. Sahin (2009a). ICT teacher training: evidence for multilevel evaluation from a national initiative. British Journal of Education Technology (BJET). Volume 40. Issue 1 (January 2009 ) (Published Online: Feb 5 2008 12:00AM): 135–148.DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2007.00808.x

Davis, N. E., C. Preston and I. Sahin (2009b). Training teachers to use new technologies impacts multiple ecologies: Evidence from a national initiative’. British Educational Research Journal (BJET). Volume 40. Issue 5 (September 2009).

Howell Richardson, C. and C. Preston (2007). Multimodal concept mapping in teaching and learning. Editorial: Fascinating cultural artifacts: multimodal concept mapping in teaching and learning. Reflecting Education Last accessed 15th February 2011.

Leask, M., Preston, C. and Younie, S. (2014) ‘Translational research and knowledge mobilisation – strategies from the Campbell Collaboration and MESH (Mobilising, Managing and Mapping Educational Specialist knowHow), BERA Symposium, British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, Institute of Education, University of London, 23-25 September, 2014.

Leask, M and C. Preston (2009) E-tools for Future Teachers: Becta, Coventry with Brunel University: download here.

Pachler, N, C. Preston, J. Cuthell,  A. Allen and Pinheiro Torres (2011) The ICT CPD Landscape in England Becta download here.  A section from this about good teachers who are reluctant to use digital technologies can be downloaded here.

Preston, C,  S. Younie, R. Turner (2015) Listening to Learn; An Evaluation of Classroom Audio Distribution Technology for Enriching Teaching and Learning. A MirandaNet Fellowship publication in association with LightSpeed: summary: report

Preston, C, J. Wilde, K. Cameron and S. Nusrat (2014) The relationship between parental engagement, digital home-school links and pupil achievement. A MirandaNet Fellowship publication  in association with Groupcall here

Preston, C. and S. Younie (2014) When the Funding Ends: Using the Handson ICT MOOC as a Key Element in Research and Development Projects presented at the Make Learn conference, Human Capital without Borders: Knowledge and Learning for Quality of Funded by the EU ICT Industry, Portoroc, Slovenia.

Preston, C. and S. Younie (2014) From a community of practice perspective learning in a MOOC can be a lonely business. MoodleMoot conference, Korper, Slovenia

Preston, C. and S. Younie (2014-in press) Mentoring in a Digital World: what are the issues? Key Competencies in Informatics and ICT (KEYCIT 2014) July 1-4 conference July 1st-5th Conference Proceedings

Preston, C. and M. Scott Baker 2014 (in press) Do young children need access to computers as much as they need to play with sand and water? Section: ICT in the Early Years: Teaching and Learning with ICT series: Eds, Leask and Younie, Routledge.

Preston, C. (2014)   Join the EU HandsOn ICT MOOC,  ITTE Newsletter Summer no. 72.

Preston, C (2013) Innovation in teaching and learning: using web-enabled video technology to build professional capital through reflective practice, coaching and collaboration. The value of web-based video in Professional Development. Braided Learning Journal in MirandaNet Publications in association with IRIS Connect.

Preston, C. (2013) The price of beauty and usefulness in learning. A study of value for money in nursery setting. Braided Learning Journal. MirandaNet publications in association with Community Playthings.

Preston, C. and J. Cuthell (2012) MirandaMods: From Practice to Praxis in Informal Professional Learning Contexts. In C. Jimoyiannis (Ed.) Research on e-Learning and ICT in Education, Springer pp 17-28. Chapter 2.

Preston, C. (2011) Gaining insight into educators’ understanding of digital technologies: three models for the analysis of multi-dimensional concept maps. Doctorate in International Education, Institute of Education, University of London library.

Preston, C. (2009). Exploring semiotic approaches to analysing multidimensional concept maps using methods that value collaboration. Handbook of Research on Collaborative Learning Using Concept Mapping. P. Torres and R. Marriott. Hershey, Pennsylvania/USA, Information Science Reference.

Preston C. and J. Cuthell (2009). From practice to praxis – through work based teaching and learning , WLE Centre, Institute of Education, University of London. London.

Preston, C (2008) Braided learning: an emerging process observed in e-communities of practice. International Journal of Web Based Communities,   2008 – Vol. 4, No.2  pp. 220 – 243

Preston, C. (2007) Braided Learning: promoting active professionals in education. New International Theories and Models Of and For Online Learning. C. Haythornthwaite. Chicago IL, USA, First Monday.

Preston C. (2007) The development of personalised learning in e-communities in Pictures of Personalisation: A global view of the personalisation of learning, Ed. Angela MacFarlane, DfES and BESA

Preston, C. and J.P. Cuthell (2007) Perspectives on ICT CPD: Past, Present and Future. The experiential learning of advisers responsible for school teachers’ ICT CPD programmes. WLE Centre, Institute of Education London. Available online.

Preston, C. (2005)  Social Networking between professionals: what is the point?  A chapter in Self-regulated Learning in Technology. Edited Stephans, K, R. Carneiro and Underwood, J. Enhanced Learning Environments TACONET Lisbon, Portugal, Shaker Verlag.

Preston, C. and Cuthell, J. (2005) Teaching in ICT rich environments – using e-learning to create a knowledge base for 21st century teachers. A chapter in M. Leask and Pachler, N (eds) (2nd edn 2005) Teaching and Learning using ICT in the Secondary School, London, Routledge.

Preston, C, B. Mannova and Lengel, L (2004) Building communities of practice in “New” Europe a chapter in A Brown, and N Davis (eds): Digital Technology, Communities and Education: World Year Book of Education – 2004 Routledge Falmer

Preston, C. (2004). Learning to use ICT in Classrooms: teachers’ and trainers’ perspectives: an evaluation of the English NOF ICT teacher training programme (1999-2003): summary, full evaluation report and emergent trends for teacher educators and staff-trainers. London, funded by the Teacher Training Agency

Preston, C. and Danby, M. (2004) Who are the supply teachers? Research for Select Education into the characteristics of supply teachers and their professional needs. Read more here.

Preston, C. and Danby, M. (2004) Building professional capacity in new media skills – An evaluation of the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) for Educators

Younie, S., Leask, M. and Burden, K. (2014) Teaching and Learning with ICT in the Primary School. London: Routledge.