"We're coming from different worlds" : exploring student identity during transition
Meharg, D., Varey, A., & Cairncross, S. (2018)
"We're coming from different worlds" : exploring student identity during transition. In SRHE Newer and Early Career Conference 2018 Proceedings
This study presents empirical work examining the student journey from further to higher education in computing degrees in Scotland and seeks to understand the complex formatio...
Belonging: Blurring the Boundaries
Meharg, D., Craighill, S., Varey, A., & Cairncross, S. (2017)
Belonging: Blurring the Boundaries. Scottish Educational Review, 49(1), 89-103
This paper applies Whitchurch’s (2008) concept of the ‘third space’ to the emergent territory occupied by further education college students as they ‘cross the boundary’ to co...
Building confidence during transition from college to university
Presentation / Conference
Meharg, D., Tizard, J., Varey, A., & Cairncross, S. (2015, September)
Building confidence during transition from college to university. Paper presented at British Educational Research Association, Belfast
Adaptive learning in computing for non-native speakers.
Rimbaud, Y., McEwan, T., Lawson, A., & Cairncross, S. (2014)
Adaptive learning in computing for non-native speakers. In 2014 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings (1-4). https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2014.7044142
A significant proportion of e-Learning resources for engineering and computing education appear to be exclusively in English, requiring many learners to adapt themselves to le...
Hallelujah! using topical examples to Illustrate ethical and business Issues for engineers.
McEwan, T., & Cairncross, S. (2010)
Hallelujah! using topical examples to Illustrate ethical and business Issues for engineers. In Proceedings of FIE 2010, S3E-1. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2010.5673348
Technically-oriented undergraduate students are often reluctant to engage with “Legal, Social, Ethical and Professional Issues”. In particular many learners appear to have an ...
Collecting student feedback: a comparison of questionnaire and other methods
Huxham, M., Laybourn, P., Cairncross, S., Gray, M., Brown, N., Goldfinch, J. & Earl, S. (2008)
Collecting student feedback: a comparison of questionnaire and other methods. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. 33, 675-686. doi:10.1080/02602930701773000. ISSN 0260-2938
A study was conducted comparing the feedback received from students about teaching obtained using different instruments. Twelve first- and second-year undergraduate modules we...
Weighing pigs or handling Hansel? making feedback fit for purpose.
Huxham, M., Earl, S., Laybourn, P., Brown, N., Cairncross, S. & Gray, M. (2006)
Weighing pigs or handling Hansel? making feedback fit for purpose. Educational developments. 8, 8-10. ISSN 1469-3267
Same stories, different continents.
McEwan, T. & Cairncross, S. (2005)
Same stories, different continents
Higher Education (HE) is increasingly globalised, involving partnerships between institutions in different countries. There is little research available on such educational pa...
Evaluation and multimedia learning objects: towards a human‐centred approach
McEwan, T., & Cairncross, S. (2004)
Evaluation and multimedia learning objects: towards a human‐centred approach. Interactive Technology and Smart Education, 1(2), 101-112. https://doi.org/10.1108/17415650480000015
If initial attempts to incorporate reusable multimedia into university teaching were characterised by the efforts of enthusiasts, the growth of the “Learning Object” economy i...
Learning technology research in practice: Reflections from the field.
Cairncross, S., Mannion, M. & McEwan, T. (2003)
Learning technology research in practice: Reflections from the field. In Cook, J. & McConnell, D. (Eds.). Communities of Practice. Research Proceedings of the 10th Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C 2003), 70-81. ISBN 9780954587000
Research into the effectiveness of new learning technologies is needed. However education research is complex and challenging. In this paper we explore problems associated wi...