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Professor Sally Barnes


Sally Barnes is Professor of Doctoral Education.  She is Graduate Dean/Co-Education Director for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law.  She is also the Dirstor of the ESRC funded Southwest Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) a collabrotive DTC with the universities of Exeter and Bath.

She developed many of the units on research methods at Masters and Doctoral level and taught Statistics to Masters and Doctoral students in Bristol for over 25 years.  She currently teaches research methods units on the EdD programme in Hong Kong.

IN PROGRESS UPDATING: Sally's research interests are in how appropriate technology can be used to enhance the learning process in both face-to-face and at a distance scenarios.  She originally came to Bristol to work on the acquisition of child language with the Language Development Project (directed by Gordon Wells).  Since then her work has focussed on individual differences in children’s language acquisition (MPhil) and adults learning to use computers (PhD).

Her current projects revolve around the FP7 EU-Network of Excellence Kaleidoscope where Sally was a member of the executive and core groups and on the sterring board of the Virtual Doctoral School.  Other projects include the ESRC funded use of digital video technology to better understand the holistic impact of technology on the classroom; and an evaluation of the Rollout of the NGfL in 10 Pathfinder LEAs (funded by BECTa)

Sally has research links with several the Instituto Informatica Educativa at the Universidad de la Frontera in Temuco Chile. Bristol and Temuco have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to try and develop their Masters programmes into a linked joint effort. The Instituto is responsible for running Enlaces, the Chilean educational network.