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Dr. Nora McIntyre  PhD, MA, PGCE, BSc (Hons)

Lecturer in Educational Innovation

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Dr. Nora McIntyre is a Lecturer in Educational Innovation within the Southampton Education School.  

Prior to joining the Southampton Education School, Nora established and led a research centre at an edtech start-up (2021). There, her research focus was on online education as an avenue for educational access and opportunity for innovative process-tracing educational research analyses. 

Before this, Nora served as Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, as part of an international research consortium, The EdTech Hub (2019-2021; FCDO, World Bank, Gates Foundation). During this period, Nora focused on methodological innovations for research on edtech in international development. She led mixed methods research on teacher professional development and edtech in low-and-middle-income countries and performed data mining of learners’ online gaming. Nora sustained continued cross-sector engagement as part of this role. She contributed multiple white papers and rapid evidence reviews.

Between 2016 and 2020, Nora conducted post-doctoral research on the role of mental health and wellbeing in adult professional development. Through a systematic review and longitudinal data analysis, Nora also investigated the link between social class and child mental health, especially depression and antisocial behaviour (Nuffield Foundation). Nora was Co-Investigator on a Finnish Academy eye-tracking project on collaborative problem-solving in mathematics learning (€480k).

Nora now focuses on investigating educational innovation comprehensively via this integrated research trajectory: 

PhD Research

McIntyre, Nora Ann (2016) Teach at first sight: Expert teacher gaze across two cultural settings. PhD thesis, University of York.

Funding: ESRC Award, ESRC Overseas Field Visit fund, ESRC Top-Up (2014, 2015, 2016).

PhD Supervision

Nora would be glad to consider supervision of potential research students whose interests align with more than one of her own areas of research interests.

Research interests

  • Innovative research methods: Eye tracking, systematic observation, process tracing, intensive data, innovative research technologies, quantitising in mixed methods
  • Big data: Learning analytics, machine learning, data mining, log file analysis 
  • Contextual sensitivity: Cultural comparison, under-researched populations (e.g. the global south), real-world settings
  • Social justice: Inequalities in education, equitable research partnerships, scalable research methods and impact outcomes
  • Socio-emotion: Mental health, interpersonal dynamics, autism, social cognition 
  • Educational effectiveness: Teacher effectiveness, classroom teaching and learning 
  • Educational technology (edtech): Online learning, innovative edtech use 

External research groups

Affiliate research groups

Leadership, Effective Education & Policy, Centre for Research in Inclusion

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  • Module lead: Investigating Innovations, MSc Education
  • Module lead: Research Methods, BSc Education and BSc Educational Psychology
  • Module tutor: Digital society, BSc Education
  • Module tutor: Cognitive Psychology, BSc Educational Psychology
  • Module tutor: Issues and Practice in Mixed Methods Research Design, PG Research
  • PhD Supervisor: PG Research
  • Dissertation Supervisor: BSc Education
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