Peter's professional interest is focussed on the future of education - this includes looking at how to change education systems from the inside (see http://edfutures.net) and rethinking education systems from scratch (see schome. not school - not home - schome - the education system for the information age www.schome.ac.uk).
Peter was a primary school teacher (worked with full range from reception to Yr6) in the East End of London. Then worked in teacher education at Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education prior to moving to the OU in 1995. He has been the Head of Department of Education, Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology and Associate Dean Research and Scholarship with the Faculty of Education and Language Studies at the OU. From 2009 to 2013 he directed Vital, a £9.4million DCSF/DfE funded programme to support teachers enhance their use of digital technology and teaching of ICT.
For more info see his schome userpage which includes a link to his online CV (which happens to be in a wiki so you can update it for him if you like!)
Current Research Projects
YOTS (Your Own Technology Survey) which helps schools find out what internet enabled mobile devices that they have and whether they would be allowed, able and willing to use them in school. http://www.yots.org.uk
EdFutures.net - a growing community site that is focussed on enhancing existing education systems. It has quite a strong focus on the potential of digital technology to enhance education. http://edfutures.net
schome - not school - not home - schome - the education system for the information age
The Schome Park Project - exploring models of schome in Teen Second Life (and exploring the potential and pitfalls of Teen Second Life for learners)
Twining, P. ; Evans, D.; Cook, D. ; Ralston, J. ; Selwood, I.; Jones, A. ; Underwood, J.; Dillon, G.; Scanlon, E. ; Heppell, S.; Kukulska-Hulme, A. ; McAndrew, P. and Sheehy, K. (2005). Tablet PCs in schools: Case study report: A report for Becta by the Open University. Coventry, UK: Becta.
Gillen, Julia ; Ferguson, Rebecca ; Clough, Gill ; Peachey, Anna and Twining, Peter (2012). Seeking planning permission to build a Gothic cathedral in a virtual world: exploring the schommunity. In: Merchant, Guy; Gillen, Julia; Marsh, Jackie and Davies, Julia eds. Virtual Literacies: Interactive Spaces for Children and Young People. Routledge Research in Education. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 190–207.
Gillen, Julia ; Ferguson, Rebecca ; Peachey, Anna and Twining, Peter (2012). Seeking planning permission to build a Gothic cathedral on a virtual island. In: Merchant, Guy; Gillen, Julia; Marsh, Jackie and Davies, Julia eds. Virtual Literacies: Interactive Spaces for Children and Young People. Routledge Research in Education (84). New York, Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 190–207.
Twining, Peter (2010). When educational worlds collide. In: Sheehy, Kieron; Ferguson, Rebecca and Clough, Gill eds. Virtual Worlds: Controversies at the Frontier of Education. Hauppauge, N.Y: Nova Science Publishers.
Twining, Peter and Peachey, Anna (2009). Open virtual worlds as pedagogical research tools: learning from the Schome Park Programme. In: Tatnall, Arthur and Jones, Anthony eds. Education and Technology for a Better World: 9th IFIP TC 3 World Conference on Computers in Education, WCCE 2009, Bento Gonçalves, Brazil, July 27-31, 2009, Proceedings. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (302). Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer, pp. 263–272.
Twining, Peter (1997). IT into Education: A change effort worth pursuing? In: Willis, J.; Price, J.; McNeil, S.; Robin, B. and Willis, D. eds. Technology and Teacher Education Annual 1997. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, pp. 1091–1094.
Bradshaw, Pete ; Twining, Peter ; Hayes, Mary and Jeffrey, Robert (2010). The changing landscape of CPD for teachers. In: ALT-C 2008: “Into something rich and strange” – making sense of the sea-change, 6-9 September 2010, University of Nottingham, UK.
Bradshaw, Pete ; Twining, Peter and Walsh, Christopher (2010). Vital: changing the paradigm of CPD. In: The 11th ITTE Research Seminar, 11-12 Mar 2010, Churchill College, Cambridge, UK.
Ralston, J. ; Cooke, D.; Twining, P. ; Dillon, G.; Evans, D.; Jones, A.; Kukulska-Hulme, A. ; McAndrew, P.; Scanlon, E. ; Selwood, I.; Sheehy, K. and Underwood, J. (2006). Introducing Tablet PCs in schools - a national study - some lessons learned. In: IFIP Conference, Imagining the future for ICT and Education, 26th - 30th June 2006, Norway.
Twining, P. ; Underwood, J.; Twiner, A. ; Morris, D. ; Ford, K.; Cook, D. and Broadie, R. (2005). eSIR: eStrategy Implementation Review. In: Becta D&R Researcher Consultation Day, 8 November 2005, Warwick, UK.
Twining, P. ; Cook, D.; Dillon, P.; Evans, G.; Heppell, A.; Jones, A.; Kukulska-Hulme, A. ; McAndrew, P. ; Ralston, J.; Scanlon, E. ; Selwood, A.; Sheehy, K. and Underwood, J. (2005). Tablet PCs in schools. In: CALRG-TRLG Seminar, 15 June 2005, Milton Keynes, UK.
Gillen, Julia ; Twining, Peter ; Ferguson, Rebecca ; Butters, Oliver ; Clough, Gill ; Gaved, Mark ; Peachey, Anna ; Seamans, Dan and Sheehy, Kieron (2009). A learning community for teens on a virtual island - The Schome Park Teen Second Life Pilot project. eLearning Papers, 2009(15), www.elearningpapers.eu.
Twining, Peter ; Evans, Diane ; Cook, Deirdre ; Ralston, John ; Selwood, Ian; Jones, Ann ; Underwood, Jean; Scanlon, Eileen ; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes ; Dillon, Gayle; McAndrew, Patrick and Sheehy, Kieron (2005). Should there be a future for Tablet PCs in schools? Journal of Interactive Media in Education
Underwood, Jean; Ault, Alison; Banyard, Phil; Bird, Karen; Dillon, Gayle; Hayes, Mary; Selwood, Ian; Somekh, Bridget and Twining, Peter (2005). The impact of broadband in schools: Summary report. Becta, Coventry.