Stephen is Senior Lecturer in Education and Multi Professional Practice at Newman University, and teaches on a range of programmes, including the BA (Hons) in Education Studies, the BA (Hons) in Studies in Primary Education, the MA (Education) and the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD). Previously a Senior Lecturer in ICT, Stephen specialises in E-learning, and the use of multimedia in learning and teaching, with particular focus on web based materials and web design, as well as film making (he is an Apple Certified Pro). He has acted as external consultant for other universities, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Stephen’s research interests include E-Learning, web 2.0 tools, social media, and the use of multimedia in learning and teaching, particularly in the associated affordances for social constructivist styles of learning, as well as the critique of dominant discourses concerning students’ digital literacies. In 2017 he successfully completed his doctoral research into the use of digital audio (mp3) for feedback purposes, an area in which he has also been involved in national research projects, such as TALENT (2000-2002), Using Mobile Devices in Education (2005) and Sounds Good (2008-2009). He also has recent publications on the use of technology and social media by students, and perceptions of risk in young people using the internet.
Research Interests: E-Learning, web 2.0 tools, social media, and the use of multimedia in learning and teaching
- Dixon, S. (2018) ‘Children and Technology’, in Bright, C., Tatton, A. & Thomas, L. (2018) Supporting Children and Young People in Schools: A guide for Foundation Degree Students. Abingdon: Routledge, pp.88-99
- Dixon, S. & Sanders, R. (2017) ‘Technology’, in Trotman, D., Willoughby, R. & Lees, H. (Eds) (2016) Education Studies: The Key Concepts. Abingdon: Routledge, pp.221-225, DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315661506
- Dixon, S. (2015) ‘The pastoral potential of audio feedback: a review of the literature’, Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, 33 (2), pp.96-104, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02643944.2015.1035317
- Dixon, S. (2013) ‘Young People, Digital Media and Risk: A Problem of Polarisation’, in Cronin, M. & Brotherton, G. (Eds) (2013) Working with Vulnerable Children, Young People and Families. Abingdon: Routledge, pp.157-180, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-3802.12093
- Dixon, S., Sanders, R. & Griffin, S. (2013) ‘Education Studies Students 2.0?’ Educationalfutures, 6 (1), pp.41-57