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Dr. Carina Girvan

Research Fellow (Education)


I am an interdisciplinary researcher in technology enhanced learning, exploring the innovative use of emerging technologies in education, their alignment with pedagogic theory and the design and implementation of learning experiences using these technologies in classrooms. I am interested in the experiences of the learner, how they engage and what they learn. To date I have focused on the potential of virtual worlds and educational robotics, using constructionism and social constructivist approaches. My current research engages with artificial intelligence and augmented reality, aims to develop design thinking as a pedagogy and develops innovative ways to develop students" 21st Century skills. Prior to joining Trinity College Dublin, I was a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University in the UK. I was editor of the British Journal of Educational Technology and British Educational Research Journal. I have given several keynote talks at international conferences, written reports for Welsh Government and the NCCA in Ireland and been an expert advisor to UNICEF and the European Commission.
  21st Century Skills   Academic Achievement   affordances   Computer-Aided Instruction   constructionism   creativity   crowdsourcing   Distance Learning   Educational Evaluation/Assessment   Educational Improvement   educational robotics   Educational/Instructional Technology   E-Learning   Elementary Education   Elementary/Secondary Education   emerging technologies   High School Education   integrated STEM   Social Constructivism   Student Enrichment   Teacher Attitudes   Teacher Education   teacher professional development   Virtual Worlds
Aibhín Bray, Carina Girvan, Eilís Ní Chorcora, Students' Perceptions of Pedagogy for 21st Century Learning Instrument (S-POP-21): Concept, Validation, and Initial Results, Thinking Skills and Creativity, 2023, p20 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Brendan Tangney, Carina Girvan, Eilís Ní Chorcora & Aibhín Bray, Overcoming barriers to teaching 21C skills: the Bridge21 approach, Irish Educational Studies, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Byrne, J.R., Girvan, C. and Clayson, J., Constructionism moving forward, British Journal of Educational Technology, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Carina Girvan, Timothy Savage, Virtual Worlds: A New Environment for Constructionist Learning, Computers in Human Behavior, 99, 2019, p396 - 414, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Girvan C., What is a virtual world? Definition and classification, Educational Technology Research and Development, 66, (5), 2018, p1087 - 1100, p1087-1100 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Girvan C., Tangney B., Savage T., SLurtles: Supporting constructionist learning in Second Life, Computers and Education, 61, 2013, p115 - 132, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Carina Girvan, Timothy Savage, Ethical considerations for educational research in a virtual world, Interactive Learning Environments, 20, (3), 2012, p239 - 251, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Carina Girvan, Timothy Savage, Identifying an appropriate pedagogy for virtual worlds: A Communal Constructivism case study, Computers and Education, 55, (1), 2010, p342 - 349, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI

Tangney, Brendan, Bray, Aibhín, Devitt, Ann, Girvan, Carina, Ní Chorcora, Eilís, Maguire Donohoe, Jen, Banks, Joanne, Sullivan, Keane, Lisa, Byrne, Philip, Smith, Rónán and Hannon, Cliona, Trinity Access - Project Overview, Trinity Access, Trinity College Dublin, December, 2021, Report, PUBLISHED