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Nicola Looker

Lecturer in Secondary Computer Science Education

Secondary, Further Education & Training

Department: Secondary, Further Education & Training

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I worked for 15 years as a software developer before retraining and teaching Computer Science in the secondary sector. I now work in teacher education at Edge Hill University. I am also a part-time PhD student in the School of Computing Science (Centre for Computing Science Education) at the University of Glasgow. My PhD focuses on the extent to which the epistemic practices of computing can support teacher education.

Research Interests

  • Computing education
  • The relationship between disciplinary knowledge, epistemology and educational practice
  • Epistemological development of computing students
  • Epistemic practices of computing for education
  • Teacher education and subject knowledge development
  • Teaching and learning of computer programming


I teach on the following courses and modules: 

  • PGCE Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology
  • MA Education module PRL4049: Brain, Mind and Knowledge: exploring key concepts in the cognitive sciences