Keith Johnston
Assistant Professor, Education

Biography

Keith Johnston lectures in the area of ICTs in education. He teaches courses in ICTs (Information and Communications Technologies) in Education as part of the Professional Master in Education and the Master in Education programme. His main research interests are the development and implementation of ICT policy in primary and post-primary education, and in the use of ICTs to support teaching and learning at these levels. He is also interested in using ICTs to support teacher professional development at both pre-service and in-service, and in teacher professional development generally. Recent research foci have included the Bridge21 model of learning in the context of proposed Junior Cycle reforms, as well as the use of tablet pc's and interactive whiteboards in educational contexts. Some emergent research foci include mobile learning via smartphone applications, social networking in educational contexts and the use of personal response systems.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Egan, A., FitzGibbon, A., Johnston, K. & Oldham. E., , Use of Technology by Pre-Service Teachers on School Placement - An Irish Perspective, International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED), Valencia, 6-8th March, edited by L. Gomez Chova, A. Lopez Martinez, I. Candel Torres , 2017, pp1345 - 1354 Conference Paper, 2017

McGarr, O. & Johnston, K., 'Never Let The Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story': Exploring The Reporting of the OECD 'Students, Computers and Learning' Study in the National Media in Ireland., International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED), Valencia, 7-9th March, edited by Gomez Chova, A. Lopez Martinez, I. Candel Torres , 2016, pp7152 - 7161 Conference Paper, 2016

Egan, A., FitzGibbon, A., Johnston, K. & Oldham. E., Professional Use of Technology on School Placement - an Irish study., Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2015 , Las Vegas, March 2-6 2015, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), 2015, pp2040 - 2047 Conference Paper, 2015

Smith, E. & Johnston, K., iPads In Action: A Case Study Of The Perceived Benefits and Limitations Of The Adoption Of Tablet PC's by an Irish Post-Primary School, International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Madrid, Spain, 2nd-4th March 2015, edited by Gomez Chova, A. Lopez Martinez, I. Candel Torres , 2015, pp4171 - 4180 Conference Paper, 2015

Copeland, C. & Johnston, K, A Case Study of Blended Learning in Senior Cycle Economics, Technology, Education and Development Conference, Madrid, 2nd-4th March 2015, edited by Gomez Chova, A. Lopez Martinez, I. Candel Torres , 2015, pp4181 - 4191 Conference Paper, 2015

ICT and School Improvement: The OECD/CERI Study Revisited in, editor(s)Butler, D., Marshall, K. and M. Leahy , Shaping the future - How Technology Can Lead to Educational Transformation , Dublin, Liffey Press, 2015, pp210 - 234, [Gleeson, J., Johnston, K. and McGarr, O.] Book Chapter, 2015

Murchan, D., Tangney, B., Johnston, K. & Conneely, C., Lessons from using the Bridge21 model in the context of 21st century learning approaches., British Educational Research Association, Belfast, 15th-17th September, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

Johnston, K., Conneely, C., Murchan, D. & Tangney, B., Enacting key skills-based curricula in secondary education: Lessons from a technology-mediated, group-based learning initiative, Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 24, (4), 2015, p423 - 442 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Dr. Eamon Costello, Participatory Practices in Open Source Educational Software - The Case of the Moodle Bug Tracker Community, Trinity College Dublin, 2014 Thesis, 2014

Heeney, J & Johnston, K., The Integration of Tablet PCs in Irish Post-Primary Education: The Views and Experiences of Participants in the 'Tablet PC Project', International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain, 10th-12th March 2014, edited by L. Gomez Chova, A. Lopez Martinez, I. Candel Torres , 2014, pp3975 - 3985 Conference Paper, 2014

Egan, A., Fitzgibbon, A., Oldham, E. & Johnston, K., So You're A Technology Expect - What Can You Do?, International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain, 10th-12th March 2014, edited by by L. Gomez Chova, A. Lopez Martinez, I. Candel Torres , 2014, pp6166 - 6176 Conference Paper, 2014

Johnston, K., The Development and Implementation of ICT Policy for Schools in the Irish Post-Primary Context: A Critical Analysis, PhD Thesis submitted to the University of Limerick, 2014 Thesis, 2014

Conneely, C., Murchan, D., Tangney, B. & Johnston, K, 21 Century Learning -Teachers' and Students' Experiences and Views of the Bridge21 Approach within Mainstream Education, Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, March, AACE., 2013, pp5125 - 5132 Conference Paper, 2013

Johnston, K.; Conneely, C.; Murchan, D.; Tangney, B., Enacting Key Skills-based Curricula in Secondary Education: Lessons from a Technology-mediated, Group-based Learning Initiative , The European Conference on Educational Research 2012, Cadiz, 18-21 September 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012 DOI TARA - Full Text

Murchan, D., Johnston, K., From Brussels to Belmullet: Policy and situational factors influencing the introduction of interactive whiteboards into primary classrooms in Ireland , Educational Studies Association of Ireland 2012, Cork, 29-31 March 2012 , 2012 Conference Paper, 2012 TARA - Full Text

Murchan, D., Loxley, A. & Johnston, K. , Policy Drivers and Negotiated Decision-Making in a National Professional Development Initiative, Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, 13 - 17 April, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009 TARA - Full Text

Murchan, D., Loxley, A., & Johnston, K. , Teacher Learning and Policy Intention: Selected Findings from an Evaluation of a Large-Scale Programme of Professional Development in the Republic of Ireland, European Journal of Teacher Education, 32, (4), 2009, p455 - 471 Journal Article, 2009

Ann FitzGibbon, Elizabeth Oldham and Keith Johnston, Are Irish Student-Teachers Prepared to be Agents of Change in using IT in Education?, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Las Vegas,, March 2008, edited by Roger Carlsen, Karen McFerrin, Roberta Weber and Dee Anna Willis , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2008, pp1397 - 1404 Conference Paper, 2008

Johnston, K., Murchan, D., & Loxley, A., Professional development for teachers and the implications for school leadership: Recent experience in Irish education, Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, March, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Damian Murchan, Andrew Loxley and Keith Johnston, Effective Learning Methodologies for Curriculum-Specific In-career Teacher Education: Where Intentions Meet Practice, Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, 9th-13th April, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Damian Murchan, Andrew Loxley and Keith Johnston, Aligning System, Teacher and Student Needs: Towards a Coherent Framework for Continuing Professional Development for Teachers in the Republic of Ireland, European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Ghent, September, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Andrew Loxley, Keith Johnston and Damian Murchan, The role of whole-school contexts in shaping the experiences and outcomes associated with professional development, Journal for InService Education , 33, (3), 2007, p265 - 285 Journal Article, 2007

Keith Johnston, Damian Murchan and Andrew Loxley, The Role and Impact of the Regional Curriculum Support Service in Irish Primary Education, Irish Educational Studies, 26, (3), 2007, p219 - 239 Journal Article, 2007

Ann FitzGibbon, Elizabeth Oldham and Keith Johnston, An investigation of student-teachers' use of social networks and their perceptions of using technology for teaching and learning, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, San Antonio, March 2007, edited by Roger Carlsen, Karen McFerrin, Jerry Price, Roberta Weber and Dee Anna Willis , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2007, pp788 - 795 Conference Paper, 2007

Keith Johnston, Ann FitzGibbon, Elizabeth Oldham and Aidan Seery, Have Irish Pre-Service Teachers Crossed the Digital Divide?, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Orlando, Florida, March 2006, edited by Caroline Crawford, Roger Carlsen, Karen McFerrin, Jerry Price, Roberta Weber and Dee Anna Willis , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2006, pp1651 - 1658 Conference Paper, 2006

Damian Murchan, Keith Johnston and Andrew Loxley, Teacher Learning and Policy Intention: Same Coin, Different Sides? , European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Geneva, 13th-16th September , 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Elizabeth E. Oldham, Ann FitzGibbon and Keith Johnston, Ubiquitous devices - a preparation for student-teachers' use of technology for teaching and learning?, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, March 2005, edited by Caroline Crawford, Roger Carlsen, Ian Gibson, Karen McFerrin, Jerry Price, Roberta Weber and Dee Anna Willis , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2005, pp1524 - 1531 Conference Paper, 2005

Ann FitzGibbon, Keith Johnston, Elizabeth Oldham and Andrew Loxley, Experiences and expectations of preservice teachers in the Republic of Ireland with regard to information and communications technologies in education, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2004, edited by Richard Ferdig, Caroline Crawford, Roger Carlsen, Niki Davis, Jerry Price, Roberta Weber and Dee Anna Willis , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2004, pp2158 - 2165 Conference Paper, 2004

Keith Johnston and Catherine Bruen , Practice What You Preach: Initial Teacher Education In ICT, Ed-Media World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Lugano, Switzerland, June 21-26, edited by Lorenzo Cantoni and Catherine McLoughlin , Association for the Advancement for Computing in Education, 2004, 2004, pp3095-3102 Conference Paper, 2004

Catherine Bruen and Keith Johnston, Initial Teacher Education in ICT: An Online Approach, Fifth Annual Educational Technology Users Conference, Tralee, Ireland, 3rd-4th June, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

Jim Gleeson, David O'Grady, Keith Johnston and Oliver McGarr , ICT for Teaching and Learning - The Irish Experience, The 10th Biennial Conference of The International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching (ISATT), Portugal, 21-25 September, 2001 Conference Paper, 2001

Keith Johnston and Sarah Moore, Exploring the Impact of Tutorial Group Cohesiveness on Student Learning in a Third-level Setting, The 23rd EAIR (European Association for Institutional Research) Forum, Porto, 9-12 September, 2001 Conference Paper, 2001

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Damian Murchan, Andrew Loxley, Keith Johnston, Micheline Quinn, Helen Fitzgerald, Evaluation of the Primary Curriculum Support Programme (PCSP), A report commissioned by the Department of Education and Science and the NCCA, 2005 Report, 2005

Jim Gleeson, David O'Grady, Keith Johnston and Oliver McGarr , OECD/CERI Work Programme, ICT and School Improvement, Executive Summary for Ireland, Organisation for Economic and Co-operative Development, 2001 Report, 2001

Teresa O'Doherty, Jim Gleeson, Keith Johnston, Janet Moody, Oliver McGarr, Computers and Curriculum - difficulties and dichotomies, A report commissioned by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, 2001 Report, 2001

Teresa O'Doherty, Jim Gleeson, Janet Moody, Keith Johnston, Lisa Kiely and Oliver McGarr , An Investigation into the Interest in and Feasibility of Introducing a Computer-based Subject to the Established Leaving Certificate Programme, Report commissioned by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, 2000 Report, 2000

Research Expertise

Description

Keith Johnston researches in the area of ICTs in education and is a member of both the Centre for Research in IT in Education (CRITE) and the Research in School Education (RISE) research grouping. His main research interests are the development and implementation of ICT policy in primary and post-primary education, and in the use of ICTs to support teaching and learning at these levels. He is also interested in using ICTs to support teacher professional development at both pre-service and in-service, and in teacher professional development generally. Recent research foci have included the Bridge21 model of learning in the context of proposed Junior Cycle reforms, as well as the use of tablet pc's and interactive whiteboards in educational contexts. Some emergent research foci include mobile learning via smartphone applications, social networking in educational contexts and the use of personal response systems.

Projects

  • Title
    • Evaluating the Bridge21 initiative
  • Summary
    • The Bridge21 programme is designed to support an innovative 21st century learning environment within post-primary schools that is team and project-based, technology mediated and cross- curricular. Central to the Bridge21 programme is the mediation of key skills to students in keeping with the Government's current reform agenda at Junior Cycle level. The on-going evaluation investigates the viability of the Bridge21 model in facilitating the promotion of key skills and explores the factors associated with implementation of the programme in schools.
  • Date From
    • 2011
  • Date To
    • ongoing
  • Title
    • Interactive Whiteboards in Primary Education
  • Summary
    • This project is a longitudinal investigation of the policy antecedents, current practice and efficacy of interactive whiteboard (IWB) use in primary education. Through analysis of the broader national and international policy and non-policy contexts in which IWBs have/are being introduced, the study will help understand the complex milieu in which this advanced technology has been adopted in schools. Decision-making processes at local school and community levels are also investigated, along impacts on teaching and learning. Situated in the broader context of the smart-economy and e-learning, it is hoped that the research will retrospectively reveal the complex rationale behind the embracing of IWBs and highlight best practice in optimising the technology for the curriculum and learning.
  • Date From
    • 2010
  • Date To
    • 2012
  • Title
    • Evaluation of the Primary Curriculum Support Programme (PCSP)
  • Summary
    • This project was designed to assess the impact of the programme of profession development, provided by the PCSP, on teachers' understanding and implementation of the Primary School Curriculum (1999). A mixed methods design was used to gather data from a broad range of relevant sources. The final report includes recommendations relevant to future professional development for teachers.
  • Funding Agency
    • Department of Education and Science (DES)/National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)
  • Date From
    • 2003
  • Date To
    • 2005
  • Title
    • The use of online teaching and learning materials with postgraduate Education students
  • Summary
    • As part of this project, research was conducted into the use of online teaching and learning materials with postgraduate Education students, in cooperation with the Centre for Learning Technology at Trinity College, Dublin. It entailed the development of an online course with was used with students of the Higher Diploma in Education course. Evaluative data were obtained from questionnaires, workshop observations, and from data generated by the instructional management system.
  • Funding Agency
    • Centre for Learning Technology, TCD
  • Date From
    • 2003
  • Date To
    • 2004
  • Title
    • The organisational impact of ICT on Irish schools
  • Summary
    • This research focused on the impact of ICT in six case study schools (both primary and post-primary). Data for this study were obtained from classroom observations, interviews and questionnaires in each school. This research formed the Irish leg of an OECD study being conducted in all member countries.
  • Funding Agency
    • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Date From
    • 2000
  • Date To
    • 2001
  • Title
    • An investigation into the feasibility of introducing a computer based subject to the Established Leaving Certificate
  • Summary
    • This study investigated the preferred form and content of a new computer-based subject and its perceived impact if introduced to the Leaving Certificate programme. Methodologies employed included focus group interviews, interviews and questionnaires. A final report entitled 'Computers and Curriculum - difficulties and dichotomies' was published in 2001.
  • Funding Agency
    • National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)
  • Date From
    • 2000
  • Date To
    • 2001

Keywords

Computer Education/Literacy; Teacher Education