Dr Patricia M. Davies received her Doctorate in Educational Technology Leadership, Policy and Management from the University of Manchester in 2013. Her Doctoral research explores examines how and why students can and do contribute to institutional knowledge, practice and policy relating to technologies for learning. Until 2014 she was Head of Computer Science at ACS Cobham International School, an American curriculum school in Surrey, where she taught Computer Science in the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programmes. Davies graduated summa cum laude with an honours bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in 1986, and received a master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, in 1988. At UC Berkeley she studied numerical analysis with Professor Stephen Smale, who was awarded the Fields Medal in 1966 and the Wolf Prize in Mathematics in 2007. Davies also has a master’s degree in Technology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, USA, which she completed in 2004.
Educational technology leadership, school ICT policymaking, student leadership, educational data mining
Davies’ doctoral research is cross-disciplinary. It explores the processes, experiences and impact of student leadership of school ICT. She examines how and why students can and do contribute to improving the knowledge, practice and environment relating to school ICT. She has organised students as researchers, and facilitated projects to do with school ICT uses and policy. Her work also includes examining the reach and significance of involving students in school policymaking.
My main area of study is within the field of educational technology leadership and policy. I am particularly interested in the development and uses of technologies for learning, and policies at national and local levels dealing with these. The gamut of my research interests ranges from how educational technologies are designed and used to enhance student learning to the development of policies around their uses. The list below shows some of the areas this might encompass.
educational data mining, learning analytics, technologies for learning, educational technology leadership, student as researchers and social justice issues in education
British Computer Society (BCS)
American Statistical Association (ASA)
Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)
British Educational Research Association (BERA)
BERA Co-convenor for Educational Technology SIG
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
The International Educational Data Mining Society (IEDMS)
British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS)
Guest editor for this issue of the journal—Management in Education. April 2011; 25(2). Special Issue: Critical Approaches to Education Policy and Leadership
Davies, P.M. (2014). "Student Action Research: fluidity and researcher identities", in H. Gunter, D. Hall and C. Mills(eds.). Education Policy Research: design and practice at a time of rapid reform, London: Bloomsbury
Journal Publications (refereed)
Davies, P. M., Popescu, C., and Gunter, H. M. (2011). Critical approaches to education policy and leadership. Management in Education, 25(2), pp 47–49.
Davies, P. M. (2011). Student participation in school ICT policy-making: a case of students as researchers. Management in Education, 25(2), pp 71–77.
Davies, P. M. (2010). On school educational technology leadership. Management in Education, 24(2), pp 55–61. Davies, P. M. (2010). Writing in research: a doctoral student’s view. Research Intelligence, issue 113.
Research Conference Papers
July 2015. Critical Leadership: toward democratic leadership in school. Paper presented to the BELMAS 2013 Annual Conference, Edinburgh
September 2014. Critical leadership: towards democracy in schools. Paper presented to the BERA 2014 Annual Conference, Institute of Education, University of London
June 2014. Researching student voice: a researching practitioner’s perspective. Paper presented to BERA-NCTL “Supporting Teachers as Researchers” Conference. University of Manchester
June 2014. School leadership and democratic citizenship education. Paper presented to the International Centre for Education and Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC) 2014 Annual Conference, Institute of Education, University of London
June 2014. Conceptualising student leadership at a time of rapid change. Paper presented to the Canadian Association for study of Educational Administration (CASEA) 2014 Annual Conference, University of New Brunswick, Canada
September 2013. An analysis of student leadership using Bourdieu’s theory of practice. Paper presented to the BERA 2013 Annual Conference, University of Sussex
July 2013. 'Structuring structures': an analysis of student leadership using Bourdieu’s thinking tools. Paper presented to the BELMAS 2013 Annual Conference, Edinburgh
April 2013. Researching schools: being simultaneously and insider and an outsider. Paper presented to the BERA Conference on Methodological Issues in Intercultural, International and Comparative Research, University of Durham
September 2011. Capturing complexities of student leadership: knowledge, power and practicalities. Paper presented to the BERA 2012 Annual Conference, University of Manchester
September 2011. Student as researchers: student leadership of school ICT policy-making. Paper presented to the EERA 2012 Annual Conference (ECER), Cadiz, Spain
July 2012. Students’ new roles in school change. Paper presented to the BELMAS 2012 Annual Conference, Manchester
July 2011. Student participation: student leadership of ICT policy-making in a secondary school. Paper presented to the Learning, Media and Technology Conference, Institute of Education, University of London
July 2011. Capturing the complexities of student leadership: power, knowledge and practicalities. Paper presented to the Doctoral Research Conference, University of Manchester
June 2011. Preparing students for active citizenship in school. Paper presented to Association for Citizenship, Social & Economics Education Annual Conference, Bath Spa University
Research Seminar Papers
June 2015. Learning with iPads: evidence from learners. Paper presented to ‘What the Research Says’ seminar. London Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education
October 2012. Student leadership of school ICT policy-making. Paper presented to PGR Student Support Network, University of Manchester
June 2012. Student leadership: action and power through a Bourdieuian field analysis. Paper presented to the BELMAS 2012 seminar, University of Manchester
April 2011. Student participation: preparing students for ICT policy-making in school. Paper presented to the Educational Technology Research Group seminar, University of Manchester
I am interested in working with individuals in areas relating to:
Educational data mining
Technologies for learning and assessment
Educational technology leadership
Critical perspectives on teaching and learning with technology