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Senorita John

Senorita John


BSc, PGDipSci, MHEd

Title of Research

Becoming educated: Exploring the shades of grey that define the ecosystem of undergraduate education

PhD Start

1st June 2016

Research Summary

Traditionally, student-focused research has concentrated on learning as a result of teaching, exploring the impact of teaching practices and the impact of instructional design models. However, much of a student’s time ‘at university’ is not actually spent in the classroom. Senorita’s research proposes that a more holistic perspective of the student experience (in both academic and non-academic realms) is needed to provide insights into the impact of educational expectations, and bring about change within the higher education environment. The aim of this research is to build a picture of the academic, social, psychological and behavioural aspects of undergraduate health science students at a research-intensive university in the hope of discovering new insights into student learning for the 21st century.

Research Interests

1) Student practices and experiences.
2) Educational technology.
3) Reality Mining / use of sensor-based technologies in higher education research.


Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith
Dr Russell Butson