Dr Paula Beer

Name: Dr Paula Beer
Department: Secondary and Further Education
Current position: Senior Lecturer, Computing Education
Email: paula.beer@edgehill.ac.uk
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education


Paula has taught on the Computing and IT Postgraduate Certificate in Education programme since 2007.  Prior to that she was an ICT teacher, having previously been an IT project manager for a Media Company and for the NHS, developing and delivering computer systems and training.


  • PhD, Edge Hill University (2018) Exploration of ‘playful paired-collaboration’ in computer science: a design-based research study.
  • PGCE, Secondary ICT,
  • BA (Hons) 1st Class. Combined Business Administration (IT and Business).

September 2008 to date: Senior Lecturer, Computing Education at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk.
September 2018 to date: Contracted Educational Content Writer for Raspberry Pi Foundation, producing and reviewing on-line content for teacher education.
2007-2008, Associate Tutor, Computing Education, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk


Play in computer science education, Collaboration during learning, Pair programming, Cyberbullying.

Published work:


  • Beer, P., Hawkins, C., Hewitson, D. and Hallett, F. (in press) Perpetrators, victims, bystanders and upstanders: cyberbullying in a special school context. Support for Learning.
  • Beer, P., Hallett, F., Hawkins, C. and Hewitson, D. (2017) Cyberbullying levels of impact in a special school setting. The International Journal of Emotional Education, 9 (1). pp. 121-124


  • Beer, P. and Simmons, C. (2014) App Inventor for kids and the rest of us. New York: Manning.

Book chapter

  • Beer, P. (2011) ‘The Process of Technology Learning: Applying Bruner’s Theory on Play, Discovery and Cultural Learning to the Acquisition of ICT Capability’ In: Adams, J., Cochrane, M. & Dunne, L. (eds.) Applying Theory To Educational Research: An Introductory Approach with Case Studies. London: Wiley Blackwell.

Knowledge transfer and enterprise:

Conference contributions

  • Beer, P (2019) ‘An exploration of play and collaboration in the contemporary learning cultures of computer science’. 8th Annual Conference for Research in Education. (Acre). June 2016.
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