Mr Peter Donaldson
- Affiliate (School of Computing Science)
Peter Donaldson is a Lecturer in Computing Science and Education and a member of the Pedagogy, Praxis and Faith group within the School of Education. He is also a founding member of the interdisciplinary Centre for Computing Science Education (CCSE) working with teachers and schools to develop innovative methods and research to make aspects of Computing more accessible, relevant and motivating to a wider range of learners.
Peter's research interests include supporting the development of STEM teacher expertise; models of student cognition in Computing Science, IT and Digital Literacy; Technology Enhanced Learning; and the impact of domain specific formative assessment and feedback on learners and teachers.
Current projects include an international working group exploring early developmental activities and computing proficiency; work as part of the CAMAU research team supporting the Welsh Government and Pioneer Teachers in the development of the Science and Technology and Mathematics and Numeracy Areas of Learning and Experience; and a new MOOC and curricular project in partnership with the DataLab called Citizen Data Science.
Cutts, Q. , Connor, R., Michaelson, G. and Donaldson, P. (2014) Code or (Not Code): Separating Formal and Natural Language in CS Education. In: 9th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education, Berlin, Germany, 5-7 Nov 2014, pp. 20-28. ISBN 9781450332507 (doi: 10.1145/2670757.2670780)
Cutts, Q. , Robertson, J., Donaldson, P. and O’Donnell, L. (2017) An evaluation of a professional learning network for computer science teachers. Computer Science Education, 27(1), pp. 30-53. (doi: 10.1080/08993408.2017.1315958)
|2018-2020||DataLab Grant for the Citizen Data Science MOOC|
|2017-2020||Welsh Government and University of Wales Trinity St David, researcher on the CAMAU project in the area of Science and Technology and Mathematics and Numeracy|
|2017||Royal Society, review and report on the potential of data science and machine learning in primary and secondary schools|
|2013-2015||Scottish Government Grant for the Professional Learning And Networking for Computing programme (Grant held by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT)|
Final Year BTech Ed Dissertations
|2017-18||Inclusion of Hearing-Impaired Students in Mainstream Design and Technology Classrooms|
|Sustainability and Creativity: The Ins and Outs|
|Analysis into the Use of Technology as an Educational Aid within the Classroom|
Master of Education in Professional Practice Dissertations
|2017-18||Can Growth Mindset Affect Pupil Participation in the Broad General Education Social Subjects Classroom?|
|How can we Best Meet the ICT Requirements of Pupils in a Primary Setting? Evidence from a Case Study|
Peter teaches on a range of courses across the MEduc and PGDE programmes including
- Education and Society 1 and 2 (MEduc)
- Technologies within Education in Practice 3 and 4 (MEduc)
- Understanding Learning and Teaching (PGDE)
- Technologies within Learning and Teaching in the Primary (PGDE)
and is course convener for Education and Society 2 as well as leading the redevelopment of the Primary Technologies curricular inputs across MEduc and PGDE programmes.
Peter is the school placement tutor for the Falkirk partnership area and supervises final year BTech Ed students and Masters students on the Master of Education (Professional Practice) programmes.
he is an assessor for
- Learning and Teaching in the Primary
- Evaluation of Professional Practice
- BTech Final Year Dissertations
- Master of Education (Professional Practice)