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Cogill J (2008). Primary teachers’ interactive whiteboard practice across one year: changes in pedagogy and influencing factors. EdD thesis King’s College University of London.

This thesis investigates change in primary teachers’ pedagogical practice following one year’s interactive whiteboard experience and the factors that may influence whiteboard pedagogy. From my evidence I argue that teachers’ professional development in whiteboard practice should focus strongly on pedagogical skills to create dynamic classrooms through interactive teaching and learning. Three ‘telling cases’ indicate that a teacher may change his or her pedagogical practice regardless of an unsupportive environment, that those confident in ICT do not necessarily adapt their practice to the whiteboard and that head teachers may significantly influence teachers’ learning. My conclusions propose that positive progress in whiteboard pedagogical practice emerges from membership of a learning Community of Practice with an enthusiastic leader, informal paired mentoring and an individual’s personal disposition to learn.

The Thesis has been divided into sections and chapters and can be downloaded in pdf format using the following links:


Table Of Contents

Chapter 1 - The Investigation

Chapter 2 - Pedagogy And Models Of Teacher Knowledge

Chapter 3 - How Teachers Learn And Their Professional Development

Chapter 4 - Design Methodology And Data Analysis

Chapter 5 - Analysis: Whiteboard Pedagogical Practice, Teacher Knowledge And Change

Chapter 6 - Analysis: Factors That May Influence Whiteboard Pedagogy

Chapter 7 - Links Between Previous Interactive Whiteboard Research And My Analytical Themes

Chapter 8 - Review With Theoretical Implications And Inferences For Future CPD And Research On Interactive Whiteboards




  • 2002 IQ Education: From TV to online – using moving images in schools
  • 2003 ICT Research Bursaries: The use of interactive whiteboards in primary schools: effects on pedagogy. Becta
  • 2003 Research Paper: How is the Interactive Whiteboard Being Used in the Primary School and How Does This Affect Teachers and Teaching
    This short paper is the result of interviews with three primary teachers concerning their use of interactive whiteboards. It considers how the whiteboard may affect: children's motivation, children's use of ICT and children's learning. The interviews, conducted in 2001, were undertaken for a pilot study to assess suitable questions and methodologies for further research. the study involved a range of interactive whiteboard products. The two main research questions of the study are: what is happening in the whiteboard classroom, and what is the pedagogical approach of teachers using an interactive whiteboard? The results found that all teachers were enthusiastic about the tools this new technology offers to help structure their lessons, to save time scribing, to attract and retain children's attention, and to provide large and attractive text and images.
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  • 2004 Computer education: Some effects on teaching with an interactive whiteboard in the primary school 
  • 2004 Computer education: Interactive whiteboards have feelings too
  • 2005 Case Study: Think Maths. In Final Report: Building Collaboration Between Designers and Researchers. Futurelab.
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  • 2006 5to7 Educator: You can use ICT to…
  • 2006 Education Today: Pedagogy, models of teacher knowledge and the interactive whiteboard
  • 2006 Football – A motivator for mathematics? In Mathematics Teaching. ATM.
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  • A Brainstorm: Use of interactive whiteboards in a primary school
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  • What are the effects on teaching with an interactive whiteboard in a primary school
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  • Interactive whiteboards have feelings too: the inside story
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  • 2004 Author: Think Maths: Teaching and learning problem solving. Nelson Thornes
  • 2006 Consultant editor: You can use an interactive whiteboard for ages 4-7. Scholastic.
  • 2006  Consultant editor: You can use an interactive whiteboard for ages 7-11. Scholastic.
  • 2007 Co-author: Starting out with an interactive whiteboard. An online elearning course produced for the College of Teachers 
  • 2007 Co-author: Star maths Starters: 6 books for primary schools with software on using the interactive whiteboards for maths. Scholastic
  • 2008 Co-author: Star maths Puzzles and problems: 6 books for primary schools with software on problem solving in mathematics. Scholastic
  • 2009 Co-author: Star maths Tools: 6 books for primary schools with software on using mathematical tools. Scholastic
  • 2010 Chapter in publication: A model of pedagogical change for the evaluation of interactive whiteboard practice in Interactive Whiteboards for Education and Training: Emerging Technologies and Applications. (IGI Global: www.igi-global.com )

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