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Research interests

My primary research interests lie in understanding the inter-relations between learning and development through the lens of historical, social-cultural activity theory. My fields of research include professional learning, international education, and the long-term impact of educational experiences. My doctoral thesis took a sociocultural approach in examining the professional development of trainee teachers during their teaching practice placements. The findings showed how important trainees' analysis of their own practice was in identifying problems that they, subsequently, worked jointly with professional colleagues to overcome. I am interested in participative methods of qualitative research which can involve participants as co-constructors of knowledge. I have worked on research funded by the International Baccalaureate investigating the impact of the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and the British Academy, critically examining the teaching-research nexus in higher education. I received the Jeff Thompson Research Award from the International Baccaluareate in 2017. Other relevant research interests include Effective Learning, Learning Communities and, arising from ten years' teaching English and Drama in state secondary schools in London and an international school in Spain, practical implications of pedagogical choices on learning and teaching relationships in schools.

Research interests

  • International schools
  • International education
  • Experiential learning
  • Participative qualitative research methods
  • Historical, sociocultural theory
  • Applications of Vygotksy

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Time for teachers: professional response-ability in an accelerated society

McIntosh, S., Bagge Koushalt, K., Kragh Blume Dahl, K., Linde Mathieson, N. & Tian, M.


Project: Research-related funding


The teaching-research nexus in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Higher Education

Mckinley, J., Harris, A., Jones, M., McIntosh, S. & Milligan, L.


Project: Research council

Research Output

Questioning the enduring impact of international education – insights from alumni

McIntosh, S., 20 Apr 2020, (Acceptance date) In : International Schools Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Book Review: Empowering Learning: the importance of being experiential

McIntosh, S., 1 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Research in International Education. 18, 1, p. 98-99 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Issues of (in)visibility and compromise in academic work in UK universities.

McIntosh, S., McKinley, J., Milligan, L. O. & Mikolajewska, A., 11 Jul 2019, In : Studies in Higher Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A-levels vs the International Baccalaureate: which makes a more rounded student?

McIntosh, S., 13 Aug 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

International Education: the transformative potential of experiential learning

Hayden, M. & McIntosh, S., 4 Jul 2018, In : Oxford Review of Education. 44, 4, p. 403-413 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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