Department of Education

Laura Pinkerton

DPhil Student

College Affiliation: St Cross College

Laura Pinkerton is a social theorist using qualitative methods to explore digital learning practices and computing education policy.

Her research interests centre on the interplay between education, socio-cultural structures, and technology, with a particular interest in the implementation of England’s National Curriculum computing standards. She is also interested generally in European educational policies aimed at preparing young people for participation in an increasingly digitalised world. Laura holds a BA in Sociology with Honours from the University of California, Santa Cruz and completed an MSc in Education (Learning and Technology) at the University of Oxford in 2015. Prior to moving to the UK, Laura worked for several years in education technology research in the Silicon Valley.

Thesis

Does not compute: social dissonance in England’s new computing education policy

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