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Dr Sean McCusker

Associate Professor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

HLS_Northumbria -University -Staff _Sean -Mc Cusker _ELLHe has a background in Engineering with a Ph.D in Civil Engineering. However, since moving to Education, he has spent many years in educational research and development. He has worked on large scale Assessment projects, including the World Class Arena and World Class Tests and the KS3 ICT Tests. He has been applying creative ideas to adapt practices and techniques from a range of environments for use in education. He has led projects in Storytelling and ICT-enabled distance learning.  He has been and continues to be involved in a number of European Projects, taking part in and leading the UK partnership in projects on; Girls and STEM, Girls and Technology, LEGO® Serious Play® and Seniors and Technology.

His research interests are centred on Understanding and Communication within broad educational contexts.  This covers many strands including; developing methods for representing large and complex data sets, understanding how data is interpreted and used, Assessment and Assessment for Learning and LEGO® Serious Play®!


  • Civil Engineering PhD June 30 1999
  • Fellow Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) 2015
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2010

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • C.O.A.C.H, McCusker, S., Welply, O. 5 Mar 2020, In: Coaching
  • Everybody’s monkey is important, McCusker, S. 14 Mar 2020, In: International Journal of Research and Method in Education
  • Evidence-based teaching, Wrigley, T., McCusker, S. 2019, In: Educational Research and Evaluation
  • The Use of Metaphors With LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY ® For Harmony and Innovation, McCusker, S., Clifford Swan, J. 21 Dec 2018, In: International Journal of Management and Applied Research
  • Who needs examinations: a story of climbing ladders and dodging snakes, Mccusker, S. Jun 2017, In: Research in Mathematics Education
  • Damaging the Case for Improving Social Science Methodology Through Misrepresentation, Nicholson, J., Mccusker, S. May 2016, In: Sociological Research Online
  • Lego®, Serious Play TM: Thinking About Teaching and Learning, Mccusker, S. 24 Aug 2014, In: International Journal of Knowledge, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

PGR Supervision

  • Stephen McStay Start: 01/10/2019
  • Stephen McStay Start: 01/10/2019
  • Vivien Perry Start: 01/11/2016
  • Vivien Perry Start: 01/11/2016
  • Sasha Ban Start: 01/02/2016
  • Sasha Ban Start: 01/02/2016
  • John Weirs . Start: 20/07/2018
  • John Weirs . Start: 20/07/2018
  • Hana Al Balushi Environmental Education in Oman: Exploring the Factors Determining Student’s Self-Reported Environmental Attitudes and Behaviours toward Environmental Issues. Start: 01/10/2016
  • Deborah Herridge Start: 05/02/2019
  • Fozah Alzemaia An Exploration of Inclusive Education in Elementary Mainstream Schools in Saudi Arabia Start: 13/10/2017
  • Sarah Fairbairn Start: 01/10/2019
  • Michael Cole An Exploration of the Long-Term Impacts of Short CPD Workshops Start: 09/01/2018

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