Department of Education

Dr Shona McIntosh

Research AssociateBA(Hons), PGCE, MA(Dist.), PhD

1 West North 3.9
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4324


I completed my doctorate at Bath before taking up my current post. Prior to that I undertook a Master's in Effective Learning at the Institute of Education, University College London, whilst teaching English and Drama full time in a London state secondary school. I completed a PGCE at the University of Exeter after my undergraduate degree in English at the University of Leeds. My thesis took a sociocultural approach in examining the professional development of trainee teachers during their teaching practice placements. The findings showed how important trainees' analysis of their own practice was in identifying problems which, subsequently, they worked jointly with professional colleagues to overcome. I am interested in qualitative methods of research which are novel and can extend the role of participants as co-constructors of knowledge. Recently I have been working on producing a report funded by the International Baccalaureate investigating the impact of the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) element of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, working closely with Dr Mary Hayden and Professor Jeff Thompson.

Research interests

  • Reflection and learning
  • International learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Historical, sociocultural theory


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