Reader in Teacher Development and Pedagogical Innovation, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
Dr Sara Hennessy is a Reader in Teacher Development and Pedagogical Innovation in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include: Pedagogy related to educational uses of digital technology, from a sociocultural perspective; Analysing classroom dialogue, across subject areas and in contexts with and without technology; and Teacher professional development, creating interactive multimedia resources to support it, and measuring the impact.
Dr Hennessy is a member of the Faculty's Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre. She collaborates with colleagues elsewhere on research using technology to foster interactive teaching and inquiry-based, collaborative learning in schools and in-service teacher education in sub-Saharan Africa – Zambia and South Africa in particular. Within REAL she leads research on the OER4Schools Programme. This is an open professional learning programme to support interactive teaching with and without digital technology.
She has also used digital video to document, analyse and develop UK teachers' strategies for mediating the use of technology to support subject teaching and learning. She held an ESRC Research Fellowship (2007-10) focused on teacher development through collaborative research between practitioners and academics. Sara is a member of the Faculty's STeM Academic group and has a particular interest in science and mathematics learning. She is also a Fellow of Hughes Hall college.