Department of Education

Alex Hodgkiss

Research Officer

Alex Hodgkiss is a research officer working on the KindOx project, which is a collaboration with Ferrero international.

The project focuses on an educational app for children (Magic Kinder app). Alex’s research focuses on the role of parental engagement and language and literacy development, in the context of the app.

Before joining the Department of Education, Alex completed his PhD in Psychology and Education at University College London. His previous research focused on the role of children’s spatial thinking skills in the development of conceptual understanding in science.

Research interests

  • Cognitive development in educational contexts.
  • Cognitive training and interventions.
  • Comprehension of scientific and non-fiction texts.
  • Spatial tools: gesture, spatial language, diagrams/models.
  • Children’s conceptual understanding and development.



Hodgkiss, A., Gilligan, K. A., Tolmie, A. K., Thomas, M. S., & Farran, E. K. (2018). Spatial cognition and science achievement: The contribution of intrinsic and extrinsic spatial skills from 7 to 11 years. British Journal of Educational Psychology. Advance online publication.

*Gilligan, K.A., *Hodgkiss, A., Thomas, M. S., & Farran, E. K. (2018). The use of discrimination scaling tasks: a novel perspective on the development of spatial scaling in children. Cognitive Development.

(* Indicates co-first authorship)

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