Research and Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Senior Lecturer in International Initial Teacher Training
My teaching background began in UK secondary education, teaching ages 11-18. Having completed my PGCE with QTS in Information Technology in 1999-2000, I spent 14 years in London schools. I have held a range of school leadership roles up to and including sole Deputy Headteacher. Strategic projects that I worked on include the SSAT Specialist Schools programme, Building Schools for the Future (BSF), academy conversion and setting up a new sixth form. I have also been an SSAT Lead Practitioner, and an Advanced Skills teacher (AST) and Chartered London Teacher, dedicated to raising standards in teaching and learning.
I moved to the north-east in 2014 to study full-time for my doctorate at Durham University. I worked as a post-doctoral Research Associate at Newcastle University on a range of funded international educational technology research projects and taught on Sutton Trust supported progression, PGCE, MA, and doctoral training courses at Durham University and Newcastle University before joining the University of Sunderland's International Initial Teacher Training Team in 2018.
As a Senior Lecturer, I lead the 60-credit PgCert Education (SCITT) working with school-centred Initial Teacher Training partners in the north of England. I am also module leader for EDPM01: Development of Learning, a core Level 7 MA module where trainees use case study research design to explore school-based targeted interventions.
I was appointed as a Research and Knowledge Exchange Fellow in 2023.
Teaching and supervision
- International initial teacher training on PGCE Education (DL) and PGCE with iQTS (DL)
- UK-based PgCert Education (SCITT) – contact SCITT@sunderland.ac.uk
- Assessor on the Assessment Only Route to QTS – international and UK
- Doctoral supervision for DProf (Professional Doctorate) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) candidates
Research interests for potential research students
My research interests include international teacher education and professional development, practitioner research, educational technology, video-enhanced lesson observation and dialogic assessment, technology-enhanced learning and digital pedagogies, ICT and computing education, and the use of digital and visual research methods.
Potential postgraduate researchers should register their interest via our central system.
Research and Knowledge Exchange Fellow 2023-2025
Appointed as a research and knowledge exchange fellow to collaborate on research with international schools. The goal is to co-construct evidence-informed solutions to teaching and learning priorities that the school wants to focus on, and facilitate reciprocal knowledge exchange between teachers, schools and the university. This work comes under the InterAction umbrella, a school-focused research unit that sits within the School of Education Centre for Research in Education.
International Participatory Research Project 2022
Led a funded pilot project to develop collaborative, co-produced school-focused research with international school leaders. We worked together to explore 'English for Science' with multilingual iGCSE students in China. This project won the BERA Best Practitioner Research presentation award at the BERA 2023 conference.
The Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Fellow Award 2021-2022
Initiated the Reflective Action in Education (SunRAE) project: an internationally-focused staff-student research e-journal and e-conference now integrated into the PGCE (DL) provision at the University of Sunderland. This incorporates a podcast project developed with the support of the University of Sunderland's MA in Radio, Audio and Podcasting team and the Sunderland Creatives Agency.
The Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship Team Award 2020-21
I led a team of fellow international teacher education staff to develop the use of Video-Enhanced Dialogic Assessment (VEDA). We were awarded one of four fellowship grants for the 2020-2021 academic year and have been sharing our work nationally and internationally on this exciting project from mid-2021 onwards.
Ongoing collaborative projects
I am part of an international team working to build research capacity and develop CIERN, an interdisciplinary network funded by the British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE). We held our first international symposium in July 2023.
I am part of the RATED consortium with UK-based teacher researchers and HEI colleagues, looking at Research-informed Approaches to Tackling Educational Disadvantage. We are currently exploring enhancing awareness and attention to biases in classroom interaction through the use of video-enhanced observation.
I worked in collaboration with colleagues at Ulster University, looking at the potential of adapting pedagogy to counter the stress and anxiety inherent in learning computer programming. The project was funded by an AdvanceHE 2019 SDP grant.
I have been involved in a range of funded international EdTech research projects: on video-enhanced lesson observation for teacher education and CPD; the creative use of mobile technologies for teacher education; self-organised learning to support schools tackling early school leaving; and multimedia apps for language learning.
My doctoral research looked at teachers' perceptions and pedagogical practices following the 2014 ICT to Computing change in the English National Curriculum.
My MA dissertation looked at multimodality, moving image and the kineikonic mode in relation to student digital video production.
Hidson, Elizabeth (2023) Research-informed teacher development: Perspectives from international initial teacher training. Research Intelligence (155). pp. 26-27. (In Press)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2022) Reflecting on Video-Enhanced Dialogic Assessment for international teacher training in the wake of Covid-19. Advancing Education: The Naace Journal., Spring (2022). pp. 50-52. ISSN 978-1-7397517-1-5
Hidson, Elizabeth (2021) Pedagogy by proxy: teachers’ digital competence with crowd-sourced lesson resources. Pixel-Bit Journal of Media and Education, 61 (May 21). pp. 197-229. ISSN 1133-8482
Hidson, Elizabeth (2020) Online Research Methods for M-Level PGCE trainees. Advancing Education, Winter (2020). pp. 27-28.
Shukla, Priyank, McClean, Stephen and Hidson, Elizabeth (2020) The need for positive pedagogy in multi-disciplinary STEM courses in higher education: an opinion piece. Higher Education Pedagogies, 5 (1). pp. 324-326. ISSN 2375-2696
Hidson, Elizabeth (2020) Internet Video Calling and Desktop Sharing (VCDS)as an Emerging Research Method for Exploring Pedagogical Reasoning in Lesson Planning. Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy, 5 (1). pp. 1-14. ISSN 2364-4583
Gillott, Lauren, Joyce-Gibbons, Andrew and Hidson, Elizabeth (2020) Exploring and comparing computational thinking skills in students who take GCSE Computer Science and those who do not. International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, 3 (4). pp. 3-22. ISSN 2513-8359
Hidson, Elizabeth (2019) Practical advice for schools considering implementing video-enhanced observation. Advancing Education, 2019 (Autumn).
Hidson, Elizabeth (2019) Video-enhanced observation: a case study of lesson feedback in a PGCE school placement. Impact: Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching.
Hidson, Elizabeth (2018) Video-enhanced lesson observation as a source of multiple modes of data for school leadership: A videographic approach. Management in Education, 32 (1). pp. 26-31. ISSN 0892-0206
Hidson, Elizabeth and Leask, Marilyn (2022) Pedagogy: The science, craft and performance of teaching. In: Learning to Teach in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 405-417. ISBN 978-1032062297 (In Press)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2021) Video-Enhanced Lesson Observation: Moving from Performance Management to Continuous Teacher Development. In: Video Enhanced Observation for Language Teaching, Reflection and Professional Development. Advances in Digital Language Learning and Teaching . Bloomsbury, New York. ISBN 9781350085039 (In Press)
Reports, briefing/ working papers
Shukla, Priyank, McCLean, Stephen and Hidson, Elizabeth (2019) An intervention through teaching and learning practice for addressing stress and anxiety in students caused due to the challenge of studying a cross-disciplinary subject. Project Report. AdvanceHE.
Conference or Workshop Item
Hidson, Elizabeth (2023) Recognising the impact of teacher educators on developing research culture with trainee teachers: the Sunderland Reflective Action in Education project (SunRAE). In: International Research Culture Conference 2023, 25 September 2023, University of Warwick and online.
Hidson, Elizabeth (2023) An Analysis of the Reporting of Ethical Considerations in School-Based Research Undertaken by Trainee Teachers of International Initial Teacher Training Programmes. In: Faculty of Education and Society Fifth Annual Staff Research Conference: Economic and Social Inclusion, 12th June 2023, University of Sunderland. (Submitted)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2023) The ethics of school-based research during international initial teacher training placements. In: BERA Practitioner Research SIG Virtual Event: Ethics and Practitioner Research, 20 April 2023, Online.
Hidson, Elizabeth (2023) Using Video-Enhanced Dialogic Assessment with trainee teachers. In: ReAction 2023 Virtual Conference, 12-13 April 2023, Online.
Hidson, Elizabeth (2023) From tiny acorns: a co-produced research project between Chinese teacher researchers and UK-based international initial teacher training academics. In: BERA Annual Conference 2023, 12-14 September 2023, Aston University, UK..
Hidson, Elizabeth (2023) Carving an academic career - stages, lessons, dilemmas. In: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Education Research Network (CIERN) Seminar, 19/01/2023, Online. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2022) SunRAE - The Sunderland Reflective Action in Education Project. In: University of Sunderland Learning and Teaching Conference 2022, 07 Dec 2022, The Fire Station, Sunderland, UK.
Hidson, Elizabeth and Elliott, Ian (2022) Live-streamed lesson observations as part of the Assessment-Only route to QTS. In: Digital Learning and Teaching Conference, 28 June 2022, Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2022) SunRAE: The Sunderland Reflective Action in Education Project. In: Digital Learning and Teaching Conference, 28 June 2022, Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth and Shukla, Priyank (2022) Developing a comparative and interdisciplinary education research network to explore education in the wake of Covid-19 in international schools: a report on work in progress. In: BAICE Conference 2022, 13-15 September, 2022, Edinburgh, Scotland. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2022) Educators’ EdTech: Tips and tools from international teacher education. In: Bett Show 2022, 23-25 March, 2022, ExCel Centre, London. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2021) Developing Computer Science pedagogy through shared lesson resources. In: University of Northampton, Faculty of Health, Education and Society, CENTRE FOR EDUCATION AND RESEARCH AUTUMN SEMINAR PROGRAMME 2021-2022, 03 Nov 2021, Online.
Hidson, Elizabeth, Sheard, Simon, Elliott, Ian, Griffiths, Alison, Bell, Jemma and Wynn, Vikki (2021) Video-enhanced dialogic assessment of teaching practice portfolios. In: Transforming Assessment and the Assessment in Higher Education Network webinar on using video in assessment and feedback, 06 Oct 2021, Macquarie University, Australia [online].
Hidson, Elizabeth (2021) Developing pedagogy by proxy through shared lesson resources. In: University of Sunderland Sixth Initial Teacher Education Research Conference, 16 Sep 2021, University of Sunderland (online).
Hidson, Elizabeth, Elliott, Ian, Griffiths, Alison, Sheard, Simon, Wynn, Vikki and Bell, Jemma (2021) Video-Enhanced Dialogic Assessment: online vivas for teacher assessment. In: Practical Pedagogy Conference 2021, 13 September 2021, University of Lincoln (online).
Hidson, Elizabeth (2021) Pedagogy by proxy: developing computing PCK through shared lesson resources. In: TPEA 34th International Conference, 15 July 2021, Online. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth, Elliott, Ian, Griffiths, Alison, Sheard, Simon, Bell, Jemma and Wynn, Vikki (2021) Video-enhanced dialogic assessment (VEDA) of teaching practice portfolios: the dialogic construction of teachers’ standards evidence in an online space. In: BERA Annual Conference 2021, 13-16 September, 2021, Online.
Hidson, Elizabeth, Elliott, Ian, Griffiths, Alison, Wynn, Vikki, Sheard, Simon and Bell, Jemma (2021) Ready for Work: Video-Enhanced Dialogic Assessment as an international route to UK Qualified Teacher Status. In: Third Annual Faculty of Education & Society Staff Research Conference, 14 Jun 2021, Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2021) Pedagogy in a pandemic: international teacher education via distance learning during the time of Covid-19. In: University of Education Webinar Series 2021, 15 April 2021, Bank Road Campus, Lahore, Punjab.. (Unpublished)
Ross, Dionne, Elliott, Ian, Hidson, Elizabeth, Griffiths, Alison, Sheard, Simon, Bell, Jemma, Wynn, Vikki, Bell, Deborah and Hughes, Mark (2021) International and Independent Distance Learning Team Showcase. In: Faculty of Education and Society Team Showcase Series, 10 March 2021, Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2021) Research at the online frontier: respecting the research questions in the time of Covid-19 and beyond. In: Leading House for the Latin American Region: 2nd Workshop on Remote Fieldwork in the Pandemic, 18 Feb 2021, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Hidson, Elizabeth, Elliott, Ian, Sheard, Simon, Bell, Jemma, McMaster, Alison, Wynn, Vikki and Hughes, Mark (2021) Video-enhanced dialogic assessment of teaching practice portfolios: the process of constructing dialogic evidence in an online space to demonstrate meeting professional teachers’ standards. In: Assessment in Higher Education Conference 2022, 22-24 June 2022, Manchester.
Hidson, Elizabeth (2020) Video calling and desktop sharing (VCDS) as a research method in Education. In: University of Sunderland Faculty of Education and Society Centre for Research in Education Seminar Series, 02 December 2020, Sunderland, UK.
Hidson, Elizabeth (2020) Assessment Techniques To Help You Excel On Your Programme. In: University of Sunderland Global Forum, 23 October 2020, Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2020) Harnessing opportunities for professional development with educational technologies. In: EduTech Digital Summit: Driving the Future of Education, 5-6 October 2020, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Hidson, Elizabeth (2020) Video-enhanced lesson observation for assessment of classroom practice. In: Fifth Annual Postgraduate and Final Year Trainees’ Research Conference, 14-15 September 2020, Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2020) Iris Connect, TPEA & Mirandanet: 'How EdTech can help overcome the challenges to ITT'. In: #EdTechforITT, 02 July 2020, Online. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2020) Teaching Online - The Covid-19 Catalyst for Change. In: University of Sunderland Global Forum, 23 October 2020, Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth, Elliott, Ian, Sheard, Simon and Bell, Jemma (2020) Shaping research-informed practitioners: A case study of the impact of written feed-forward targets on summative outcomes in postgraduate school-focused research modules. In: 2nd Annual Faculty of Education and Society Research Institute Staff Research Conference, 15 June 2020, Sunderland, UK.
Hidson, Elizabeth (2020) Digital opportunities for professional development. In: Bett Show 2020, 22-25 January 2020, London, UK.
Hidson, Elizabeth (2020) Using Internet Video Calling and Desktop Sharing as a Discrete Research Method. In: Research community crowd-sourced document.
Shukla, Priyank, McClean, Stephen and Hidson, Elizabeth (2019) Enhancing teaching practice in a cross-disciplinary subject using Positive Pedagogy approaches. In: SRHE Newer and Early Career Researchers Conference, 10 December 2019, Newport, Wales.
Shukla, Priyank, McLean, S. and Hidson, Elizabeth (2019) Positive pedagogy for a cross-disciplinary subject: reducing students’ anxiety, increasing confidence and work preparedness. In: Improving University Teaching conference 2019, 24-26 July 2019, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth and Elliott, Ian (2019) Spanning the grade boundaries: The impact of formative feedback on summative outcomes in a distance learning PGCE course. In: First Annual Faculty of Education and Society Research Institute Staff Research Conference, 04 June 2019, Sunderland, UK.
Hidson, Elizabeth (2019) The value of internet video calling and desktop sharing (VCDS) as a research method. In: BERA 2019, 10-12 September 2019, Manchester, UK.
Hidson, Elizabeth (2019) Video-enhanced lesson observation in initial teacher training and professional development. In: University of Sunderland Faculty of Education and Society Research Seminar, 14 March 2019, Sunderland, UK.
Hidson, Elizabeth and Clark, Jill (2018) Quality in visual methods: ethics, validity and participation. In: ESRC NINEDTP Doctoral Training Event, 25-26 June 2018, Newcastle University. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2018) Visually Mediated Research: Using Visual Methods in the Social Sciences. In: ESRC NINEDTP Doctoral Training Event, 25-26 June 2018, Newcastle University. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2018) Ethical issues associated with using visual methodologies: the case of digital video. In: BERA: The ethics of educational leadership research, 28 March 2018, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2016) Critical conversations of how to research educational leadership: A workshop for early career researchers. In: BERA Conference, 15 Sept 2016, Leeds, UK. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2016) Challenges to Pedagogical Content Knowledge in lesson planning during curriculum transition: a multiple case study of teachers of ICT and Computing in England. In: Durham University Researchers’ Poster Competition, 28 April 2016, Durham, UK. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2016) Video-enhanced observation for school leadership. In: BERA/BELMAS leadership event: How to research critical conversations in educational leadership?, 26 April 2016, Newcastle University, UK. (Unpublished)
Hidson, Elizabeth (2016) Challenges to Pedagogical Content Knowledge in lesson planning during curriculum transition: a multiple case study of teachers of ICT and Computing in England. In: Computing at School Research Group, 22 April 2016, London, UK. (Unpublished)
Capel, Susan, Leask, Marilyn, Younie, Sarah, Hidson, Elizabeth and Lawrence, Julia, eds. (2022) Learning to Teach in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience (9th Edition). Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 978-1032062297 (In Press)
Elliott, Ian, Hidson, Elizabeth, Sheard, Simon, Bell, Jemma, Griffiths, Alison and Wynn, Vikki (2021) Video-Enhanced Dialogic Assessment on the Assessment-Only Route to UK Qualified Teacher Status. [Video]
Hidson, Elizabeth (2020) proPIC Interactive Tutorial 2: Approaches to teaching and learning with technologies. [Teaching Resource]
Elkington, Sam, Bruce, Megan, Croft, Emma, Hampton, Libby, Hidson, Elizabeth, Johnson, Eugenie, Lopez-Casal, Elisa, Milian, Litka, Parkin, Emily, Tidy, Helen, Watchman Smith, Nicola, Welsh, Andrew, Williamson, Stephen and Winlow, Cass (2023) A community-based approach to advancing thinking and practice in student engagement: some reflections. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Gloucester.
Hidson, Elizabeth and Wynn, Vikki (2020) Teaching online research methods online with asynchronous international distance learning students during Covid-19 [Blog post]. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, The Editors Notebook.
- Practitioner research
- International teacher education
- Academic and professional development
- Technology-enhanced learning and digital pedagogies
- Educational technology
- ICT and computing education
- School leadership and management
- Video-enhanced lesson observation and dialogic assessment
- Digital and visual research methods
I am a peer reviewer for:
- Technology, Pedagogy and Education journal
- Review of Education journal
- Teaching and Teacher Education journal
External quality assurance:
- PhD/doctoral external examiner
- External examiner for two other UK universities, covering SCITT, School Direct, Assessment-Only Route to QTS and Teaching Apprenticeship routes
- External expert panel member for programme validation at other UK universities
- Winner BERA 2023 conference Best Practitioner Research presentation award
- Member of the editorial board for Technology, Pedagogy and Education journal from 2023
- Vice-chair of the Technology, Pedagogy and Education Association 2023-2026
- Finalist judge on the Wharton-QS international Reimagine Education Awards 2021 judging panel
- Nominated for Best Evaluation Award at the Practical Pedagogy 2021 conference for the "Video-Enhanced Dialogic Assessment: Online vivas for teacher assessment" paper
- Winner of an individual Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Fellow Award 2021-2022
- Winner of a Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship Team Award 2020-2021
- Winner: Delegates' Award for Best Conference Poster 2019 along with co-authors Shukla, P. and McLean, S. 'Enhancing teaching practice in a cross-disciplinary subject using positive pedagogy approaches'. SRHE Newer and early career researchers conference. 10 December 2019
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
- Fellow of the College of Teachers (FCOT, MCollT); Chartered London Teacher; MirandaNet fellow
- Member of BERA, TPEA, NAACE, BAICE, NALDIC and the Chartered College of Teaching
- Associate Membership of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT)
- JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) Award for Services to Examining, 2017
- Foundation governor at a County Durham primary school
- Awarded the Gerald Collier Schoolteacher Scholarship by the College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham University, 2014