European Union Lifelong Learning Programme 2011 - 2013: Research Assistant
Interactive Technologies in Language Teaching (iTILT)
Welsh Assembly Government 2010 - 2011: Research Assistant
‘Developing Functional Literacy for 8-14 Year Olds in Wales: An Early Assessment of the Cardiff Language, Literacy and Communication Strategy.’
ESCalate (Higher Education Academy Subject Centre) 2010 – 2011: Research Assistant
‘Trainee teachers' physical and mental wellbeing: a study of university and school experience support provision.’
Peer-refereed Journal Article:
Hillier, E., Beauchamp, G. and Whyte, S. (in press) ‘A study of self-efficacy in the use of interactive whiteboards across educational settings: a European perspective from the iTILT project.’ Educational Futures.
Egan, D., Beauchamp, G., Ellis, C. and Hillier, E. (2011) ‘An Early Evaluation of the Cardiff Local Authority Literacy Strategy.’ Final Report to the Welsh Assembly Government, New Ideas Fund.
Hillier, E. and Beauchamp, G. and Whyte, S. (2012) ‘Towards an effective transition framework – the use of Interactive whiteboards in educational settings: a European perspective from the iTILT project.’ BESA.
Whyte, S., Beauchamp, G. and Hillier, E. (2012) ‘Perceptions of the IWB for second language teaching and learning: the iTILT project.’ EuroCALL.
Hillier, E. and Beauchamp, G. and Whyte, S. (2012) ‘Towards an effective transition framework – the use of Interactive whiteboards in educational settings: a European perspective from the iTILT project.’ Presented at the BESA conference, University of Hull. (28 – 29th June 2012)
Whyte, S., Beauchamp, G. and Hillier, E. (2012) ‘Perceptions of the IWB for second language teaching and learning: the iTILT project.’ Presented at the EuroCALL conference, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (22nd-25th August 2012).
Huyton, J., Sanders, L., & Hillier, E (2011) ‘Factors affecting the wellbeing of trainee teachers’ Higher Education Academy ESCalate funded study. Teacher Education Advancement Network Conference ‘Mental Health and the Curriculum; making the connections in Teacher Education’ March 2011, University of Cumbria.
Huyton, J., Sanders, L., & Hillier, E. (2011) ‘Wellbeing factors in the vocational preparation of student teachers for the school experience placement’ Higher Education Academy ESCalate-funded study ESCalate conference, April 2011, Liverpool Hope University.
Emily first joined Cardiff School of Education in August 2010 as a Research Assistant working on an ESCalate funded research project whilst completing her MSc in Social Science Research Methods at Cardiff University. In September 2010 she began working on an additional part-time research project which sought to provide an early evaluation of a new literacy strategy being piloted in a number of schools in Cardiff and funded by the Welsh Assembly Government. In March 2011 Emily was offered a full-time Research Assistant post working for Professor Gary Beauchamp on a European project called Interactive Technologies in Language Teaching (iTILT) with 6 other partner countries from the EU 27 and Turkey. The aim of the project is to promote good practice in communicative second language teaching using the interactive whiteboard (http://www.itilt.eu/).
Having successfully completed her MSc qualification and gained valuable research project experience, Emily is now also studying part-time for a Ph.D. exploring the role of assistive technologies for pupils with visual impairment. The research aims to use a range of innovative methodologies to explore how assistive technology supports visually impaired learners in KS2 and KS3 in the mainstream setting, using links established with the RNIB and specialist visual impairment teachers in South Wales.