Dr Janine Barnes PhD, PGCE (QTS), MA Management, BSc Hons Equivalent (FIMLS-Biomedical Sciences)

Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education and Training: Lead in Computer Science, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and Business Studies.


Tel: 01792 482026
E-mail: janine.barnes@uwtsd.ac.uk

Janine Barnes

My role has multiple foci. I am the Lead for the Secondary PGCE Computing with ICT, which involves teaching curriculum studies cross curricular professional studies and supporting the students on professional teaching experience. I also have a team role of Assessment officer and represent the centre for unfair practices.

I am also involved in the PGCE Post – Compulsory Education and Training, where I develop students’ knowledge of digital pedagogy and e-learning.

Other teaching responsibilities include dissertation supervisor for the MA Education, and I have just commenced PhD supervision.

Non-teaching roles include member of the Yr Athrofa research committee and of the faculty ethics committee.

I am also currently involved in several research projects.

I started my teaching career in secondary school teaching Secondary ICT, I then moved into further education where I taught Business Studies and Finance at Neath Port Talbot College for a number of years before joining Swansea Institute in 2006. Since then I have been involved as a PGCE tutor for Computing and ICT, and have also been involved at different levels of education including at Post Compulsory Education level, and Masters level supervising dissertations and I am starting supervision for PhD students.

I have recently attained my Doctorate and my research involved the investigation of pedagogy and practice within ICT, particularly relating to the perceptions of the teachers and their corresponding practice in the classroom. I employed the use of activity theory as a unit of analysis. Whilst this method is common place in industry, the use of Cultural Historical Activity Theory is only currently coming into effective use in education. 

Further Research interests include:

  • the use of Digital Technology to support pedagogy
  • Digital Competency
  • Teacher Education and the impact of Change
  • Pedagogy and practice
  • The development of knowledge and the curriculum 

Over the years I have also been involved in a number of CPD events, in particular in association with Technocamps and the upskilling of teachers to enable them to teach Computer Science and Computing at Key Stage three.

I am a member of the Welsh Government Digital Competence Framework Quality Assurance Group

  • Senior Fellow HEA
  • Welsh Government Digital Competence Framework Quality Assurance Group
  • The Association of Information Technology in Teacher Education(ITTE) – Committee member
  • International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) – Associate member and Working Group 3.3
  • Association of Learning Technology (ALT)
  • BERA
  • Computing At Schools
  • Mirandanet

My interests lie in the use of technology to enhance learning, both from a blended learning perspective and from the perspective of enhancement of the learning experience. I have been involved in teaching ICT to enhance learning over a number of courses and modules over the years. These include:

  • Secondary PGCE Computing with ICT
  • Secondary PGCE Business Studies – ICT enhancement
  •  PGCE - Post Compulsory Education modules for
  •  ICT
  • E-Learning

As part of my academic interests I have recently designed new blended learning modules for the PGCE PCET programmes and would be interested in piloting similar digital enhancement programmes across other courses.

I am also involved in MA Education:

  • MA dissertation supervisor
  • PhD supervision

The masters dissertations I have supervised include topics such as the use of lesson study and teaching triads in improving the quality of teaching; how the use of technology may impact on learners expectations and motivation; the development of growth mindsets the impact on attainment; use of Assessment for learning (AfL) strategies and impact on attainment and the development of self-directed lesarning.

The focus of my PhD thesis was, “Changing Perceptions of ICT at KS3: a Critical Investigation using Activity Theory”. This research investigated the teachers’ growing perceptions of ICT capability and whether their practice in the classroom supported or contradicted their perceptions.

The research has adapted the use of Activity Theory for education, specifically Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) and Activity settings as adapted by Engestrom as an analytical tool. It uses case study research to identify contradictions within the teaching of ICT competencies as an activity system, highlighting issues concerning the object of the curriculum, the roles of the participants and the school cultures.

Further research interests are

  • The use of Digital Technology to support pedagogy
  • Digital Competency
  • Teacher Education and the impact of Change
  • Pedagogy and practice
  • The development of knowledge and the curriculum
  • The use and development of open educational resources to enhance pedagogy.
  • The “wiki” curriculum and e-learning

I have expertise in Technology enhanced learning, digital pedagogy and computing and ICT in Teacher Education.

Further areas of expertise link very closely with my role and research interests.

I have developed expertise in classroom practices and the theory that underpins them. This is particularly true for the way in which activity relates to the construction of knowledge. This also links to a study of pedagogical practice and in my subject area where change is always present this is of particular interest

This has led to the use of dialogic methods used within my classroom in developing the metacognitive skills of my students, ensuring that there is an atmosphere of debate and criticality.

I am currently involved in projects focusing on Assessment, analysing change within initial teacher education and innovative pedagogy and practice.

I also have a love of research which allows me to investigate a variety of innovations, and enabling me to pass this knowledge on through my courses.

2015-2016 I was a member of the Welsh Government Digital Competence Framework Quality Assurance Group, where along with other members from a variety of backgrounds I was involved in evaluating the quality of the new Digital Competency Framework.


ITTE Research Conference (2009) -  Work in Progress – research methodology,

Barnes J  - Use of Wikis with E-portfolios (2013)BESA Conference  Swansea.

Barnes, J. & Kennewell, S., (2014) Teacher perceptions of key competencies in ICT. International Federation of Information Processing - Key Competencies in Informatics and ICT: Implications and Issues for Educational Management. Potsdam, Germany.

Barnes J., Tanner H., & Waters J., (2016) Initial Teacher Education in Wales; innovation inspired across borders. Teacher Education from  a Global Perspective Malta: 19-21 May 2016

Barnes J, Tanner H, & Waters J Exploring Clinical Practice in Initial Teacher Education in Wales (2016) BERA Conference Leeds 2016 


Barnes, J., 2015. Classroom Management in General. In: N. Denby, ed. Training to Teach: A Guide to Success. London: Sage.

Barnes, J., 2015. Using Digital Technologies in Teaching Strategies. In: N. Denby, ed. Training to Teach: A Guide to Success. London: Sage.

Book chapters for Publication 2017

Barnes, J. & Kennewell, S., The impact of teachers' perspectives on the development of Computing as a Subject in Younie, S., & Bradshaw P, eds. Debates in Computing and ICT Education. London: Routledge

Barnes J & Waters J (under review) Reform of Initial Teacher Education in Wales: taking an analytical approach to the issues using activity theory

PhD Thesis

Barnes, J.M.I., 2015. Changing perceptions of ICT at KS3: a critical investigation using activity theory (Doctoral dissertation, University of Wales Trinity Saint David).

Journal Articles

Barnes, J. and Kennewell, S., (2015) Teacher perceptions of key competencies in ICT. KEYCIT 2014: key competencies in informatics and ICT, 7, p.61.

Committee member for The Association of Information Technology in Teacher Education.