Department of Education

Dr Shona McIntosh

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

1 West North 3.9
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4624


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


Book Sections

McIntosh, S., 2013. Lifting the Lid on Learning:some effects of reflection. In: Lee, E., Blackmore, C. and Seal, E., eds. Research Journeys. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U. K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 53-63.


McIntosh, S., 2017. Book Review: The Creativity Challenge: how we can recapture American innovation by K.H. Kim. Journal of Research in International Education, 16 (2).

Stables, A., Murakami, K., McIntosh, S. and Martin, S., 2014. Conceptions of effort among students, teachers and parents within an English secondary school. Research Papers in Education, 29 (5), pp. 626-648.


Hayden, M., Hemmens, A., McIntosh, S., Sandoval-Hernández, A. and Thompson, J., 2017. The impact of Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) on students and communities. International Baccalaureate Organisation.

Stables, A., Murakami, K. and McIntosh, S., 2010. Conceptions of effort among Year 8 students, their teachers and parents at a school in Somerset. British Academy.


McIntosh, S., 2015. Reframing learning to teach as a social and relational practice::an examination of key influences on the trajectory of professional development of secondary school PGCE trainees. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Bath.

Mcintosh, S., 2005. Is it possible to build a learning community in a highly competitive secondary school environment? Thesis (Masters). Institute of Education.

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