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Louis Major

Position/Status

Senior Research Associate

Wolfson College Research Associate

E-mail Address

lcm54@cam.ac.uk

Phone

+ 44 (0)1223 767539

Qualifications

  • PhD Computer Science (Keele University)
  • MSc Information Technology (Keele University)
  • BA (Hons) Law and History (Keele University)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Association for Learning Technology (ALT), Associate
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA), Member
  • Computing at School (CAS), Supporting Member
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA), Fellow

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Profile

Louis is a Senior Research Associate. His research focuses on the use of digital technology for educational purposes, in particular, the role of technology in supporting educational dialogue and interaction.

Louis' work in the Faculty involves supporting and co-ordinating the activities of the Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research (CEDiR) Group. CEDiR aims to reach across academic disciplines, subject areas, age groups and formal and informal educational contexts to develop the potential of dialogue and its impact on theory, policy and practice. In addition to being a member of the CEDiR steering group, Louis co-leads CEDiR's Digital Technology and Dialogue research strand that focuses on the interaction between dialogue in educational settings and digital technology.

Currently, Louis is the Co-Investigator and Project Manager on a large research project (2019-21) based on the idea of 'Virtual Internships'. Working with industry partners, this is investigating how technology can enable young people from areas of low social mobility to engage meaningfully with the world of work. Louis is also the named researcher on the Digitalised Dialogues Across the Curriculum (DiDiAC) project. Funded by the Research Council of Norway (2016-20), and undertaken in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Oslo, DiDiAC utilises dialogic strategies and technology (the Talkwall micro-blogging tool) for supporting interaction in the classroom. 

Other research has investigated the implementation of Tablet PCs in schools, the use of digital video to support teacher professional development and the potential of mobile devices for improving educational outcomes in low-resource contexts. Louis' PhD involved evaluating the effectiveness of a technology-enhanced learning tool (a robot simulator) to support the learning of computing programming, and he maintains his interest in computer science education.

In addition, Louis is interested in methods for research synthesis and has experience leading systematic reviews. He has also undertaken design-based research (DBR) to support the development of both technology tools and pedagogy, and is interested in how this approach may be developed to further close the gap between education practice and theory.

Before joining the Faculty in 2013 as a Research Associate, Louis was employed as a Research Assistant for the Lifelong Learning Network (based at Staffordshire University) and as a Sessional Lecturer and Teaching Assistant (at Keele University).

Academic Area/Links

  • Digital technology in education
  • Dialogic theory of education
  • Computer-supported collaborative learning
  • Teacher leadership & professional development
  • Systematic reviews, methods for research synthesis & design-based research
  • International education


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Course Involvement

  • Undergraduate Tripos: Research & Investigation
  • Primary PGCE: Researching Pupil Perspectives
  • MEd: Researching Practice
  • Practitioner Professional Development: Teaching Advanced Mathematics (TAM)

Louis is also currently co-supervisor to three doctoral students based in the Faculty.


Publications

See Google Scholar, Academia.edu and ResearchGate.