University staff profile

Dr Keith Turvey

Principal Lecturer


Telephone: +441273643378



Dr Keith Turvey is Principal Lecturer in the Education Research Centre, School of Education. He joined the University in 2003 and teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. His research interests include the professional learning and development of teachers, and the application of new technologies in education.

He has published widely, and in 2008 co-founded Research in Education (R.Ed), the Education Research Centre's in-house journal, which provides opportunities for researchers and practitioners to disseminate findings from their educational research. Abstracts from his research can be found at the University of Brighton Repository or ResearchGate.


After gaining a BA (Hons) in music and completing a PGCE, I taught for fifteen years in East Sussex, London, and abroad as a VSO volunteer (Voluntary Service Overseas) in Nepal on a non-formal village education programme. I have held various management roles in primary schools and have co-ordinated a number of subjects including science, mathematics, ICT and music. In 2003 I left a post as Senior Teacher and mathematics co-ordinator to join the University of Brighton.

Since joining the University of Brighton I have developed a research focus on teachers' professional development with technologies, and published widely in the field of pedagogy, teacher education, and technology supported learning. I completed my PhD in 2011.

Roles, appointments, memberships

  • Principal Lecturer
  • Route Leader MA Education (Teaching Leaders)
  • Research Lead MA Education
  • Editor of R.Ed (Research in Education)
  • Member of editorial board Technology Pedagogy and Education (Routledge)
  • Member of Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE)
  • Member of International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)
  • Reviewer for various journals (Teaching and Teacher Educators; Technology Pedagogy and Education)


  • EdD
  • PhD/MPhil
  • MA Education
  • PGCE Primary Education
  • BA (Hons) (QTS) Primary

Doctoral Students

Jane Melvin
Maria Young
Alexander Ramiz
Gerard Alsop

Research interests

  • Professional knowledge
  • Teachers' professional learning and identities
  • Pedagogy, ICT and computational thinking
  • Creativity
  • Narrative methodologies

Research activity

Current research projects

  • Connecting personal and professional learning narratives in teacher education: Implications for policy - University of Brighton funded research (Co-Principal Investigator)

Previous research projects

  • Stakeholders' perspectives of the secondary schools' admissions procedure within Brighton and Hove - Brighton and Hove City Council (2014-2015) (Co-Investigator)
  • iPads in Education; From Technological tool to Pedagogical tool - University of Brighton funded research (2012-2014) (Principal Investigator)
  • JRC-IPTS Expert Workshop on Scaling-up ICT-enabled innovation for learning: Inputs from Asia and Europe - Seville, Spain, European Commission, (2013) (Expert Panel Member)
  • Early Years and Foundation Stage Practitioners' Professional Learning with ICT: Training and Development Agency for Schools, TDA-funded project (2008-2010) (Principal Investigator)
  • CREATE: Creativity and Teacher Education - Funded by Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Creativity Development Fund, Universities of Brighton and Sussex (2005-2007) (Co-Investigator)
  • Developing conceptual frameworks for creativity and ICT in teacher education - Funded by Teacher Training Agency, Research and Development Award (2004-2006) (Co-Investigator)

Research esteem


  • Turvey, K., Potter, J., Allen, J., Sharp, J. (2014) (6th Edn) Primary Computing and ICT: Knowledge, Understanding and Practice, London: Sage/Learning Matters
  • TTurvey, K. (2013/2015) Narrative Ecologies: Teachers as Pedagogical Toolmakers, London/New York: Routledge

Chapters in books

  • Turvey, K. (2016) On coming to narrative. In: Goodson, I., Antikainen, A., Sikes, P., Andrews, M. (Eds) The Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History, London/New York: Routledge.
  • Turvey, K. and Pachler, N. (2016) 'Problem spaces': a framework and questions for critical engagement with learning technologies in formal educational contexts. In: Rushby, N. and Surry, D. (Eds) The Wiley Handbook of Learning Technology, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Turvey, K. (2014) iPads in education? A participatory design for professional learning with mobile technologies. In: Passey, D. and Tatnall, A. (Eds) Key competencies in ICT and Informatics: Implications and issues for educational professionals and management. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, 444. Springer Verlag, Berlin, 106-123.

Journal articles

  • Turvey, K (2012) Questioning the character and significance of convergence between social network and professional practices in teacher education, British Journal of Educational Technology, 43 (5) 739-753
  • Turvey, K (2012) Constructing narrative ecologies as a site for teachers' professional learning with new technologies and media in primary education, E-learning & Digital Media, 9 (1) 113-126.
  • Turvey, K (2011) The ethical challenges of researching primary school children's online activities: A new ethical paradigm for the virtual ethnographer? An. Inst. de Ist. G. Baritiu" din Cluj-Napoca, Series Humanistica, tom. IX, 2011, pp.101-111.
  • Turvey, K (2010) Pedagogical designs to capture the symbiotic nature of professional knowledge and learning about e-learning in Initial Teacher Education in the UK, Computers & Education, 54 (3) 783-790.
  • Turvey, K (2008) Student teachers go online; the need for a focus on human agency and pedagogy in learning about e-learning in initial teacher education, Education and Information Technologies, 13 (4) 317-327.
  • Turvey, K (2006) Towards Deeper Learning through Creativity within Online Communities in Primary Education, Computers and Education, 46:3, pp.309-321
  • Loveless, A., Burton, J. & Turvey, K (2006) Developing Conceptual Frameworks for Creativity, ICT and Teacher Education, International Journal of Teaching for Thinking and Creativity, 1 (1) 3-13.

Other publications and reports

  • Robinson, C. Castanheira, P., and Turvey, K (2015) Stakeholders' perspectives on the secondary school admissions procedures in Brighton and Hove, Brighton: Education Research Centre, University of Brighton.
  • Turvey, K., Totraku, P., Colwell, J. (2010) Preparing Early Years Practitioners for the challenges of embedding the use of ICT into their professional practice; what are the challenges? TDA.
  • Turvey K., Totraku, P., Colwell, J (2009) It would have been useful to know about that piece of software!, Research in Education, 2 (1) 9-13.
  • Eastwood, R. & Turvey, K (2008) Equal opportunities or loaded dice? The 2007 Admissions Code after the Brighton and Hove adjudication, Research Intelligence, British Educational Research Association (BERA), 102, 20-21.

Conference presentations

  • Hayler, M. and Turvey, K (2015) Connecting Personal and Professional Learning Narratives in Teacher Education: Implications for Policy, Paper presented at European Conference on Educational Research, Budapest, Hungary, 8 - 11 September.
  • Seipold, J., Pachler, N., Rummler, K., Bachmair, B., Ranieri, M., Turvey, K. (2015) Mobile learning: Learning across contexts - Learning in transition, Round table discussion at European Conference on Educational Research, Budapest, Hungary, 8-11 September.
  • Lewin, C., Cranmer, S., Reynolds, N., Davis, N., Turvey, K (2015) Scaling up digital pedagogy and innovation in the classroom: research challenges. Symposium, IFIP Working Conference, Vilnius, Lithuania, 1-3 July.
  • Turvey, K. (2014) Participatory designs for developing key competencies for teaching and learning with mobile technologies, Paper presented at International Federation of Information Processing conference Key competencies in informatics and ICT, Potsdam, Germany, 1-4 July.
  • Turvey, K., Hammond, M., Younie, S. (2013) Helping educators to help themselves in an age of digital eclecticism: Professional learning with new technologies. Leading panel discussion at World Conference on Computers and Education, Poland, 2-5 July.
  • Turvey, K. (2009) Pedagogical designs to capture the symbiotic nature of professional knowledge and learning about e-learning in Initial Teacher Education in the UK, International Conference of Computer Assisted Learning (CAL, 2009), Brighton, UK.

Recent keynote presentations

  • Turvey, K. (2014) Narrative ecologies; Teachers as pedagogical toolmakers, Invited research seminar, Brunel University, London
  • Turvey, K. (2013) Designing and reconstructing the narrative of technology enhanced learning, invited paper presented at symposium Critical Perspectives on Educational Technology, at University of Brighton.
  • Turvey, K. (2008) ICT and Creativity: Realising the potential and recognising the limitations. Keynote given at international conference, ICT for Teaching & Learning 'Creatively, November 2008, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.