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PhD projects

(1) Developing Initial Teacher Education students’ pedagogical practice in the classroom through the use of Virtual Reality (2) Virtual Reality and the learner’s experience: An investigation of Virtual Reality in Higher Education teaching and learning


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Personal profile

Area of academic expertise - outline

I am an Environmental Psychologist and my work spans a wide range of environment-behaviour studies including the role of the learning environment in the educational process, environmental design within healthcare environments, predictors of pro-environmental behaviour and public participation in environmental design.

Current research activities

Recent projects have focused on dementia friendly design in care homes and identifying and evaluating the impact of new school buildings. I have recently completed a unique, nine year study that has demonstrated the impact of a new secondary school building programme in Scotland on students and staff.

Desired research direction

The goal of my research is to evaluate and understand the impact of changes to the physical environment of educational and healthcare settings. As this research continues I aim to develop an evidence base that provides examples of projects that demonstrate how environmental change is experienced by the users of these environments. I will then seek to use this evidence in partnership with architecture, design and estate management professionals to inform and influence future environmental design in educational and healthcare settings.

Target collaborative companies

1. Architecture Practices

2. Care Home Providers

Target collaborative organisations

1. Architecture & Design Scotland

2. Local Authorities

3. NHS

External positions

External Examiner, London Metropolitan University

Oct 2013Nov 2017

External Examiner, Glasgow Caledonian University

25 Sep 200626 Aug 2011

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Research Output

Open Access
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  • Activities

    • 4 Participation in conference
    • 1 Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk
    • 1 Oral presentation

    A staff developed intervention for reducing agitation in residents living with dementia

    Edward Edgerton (Speaker), Debbie Tolson (Speaker) & Belinda Dewar (Speaker)

    2 Dec 20153 Dec 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    The importance of the Higher Education environment for students and staff

    Edward Edgerton (Speaker)

    30 Jun 2009

    Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Invited talk

    Making Space

    Edward Edgerton (Invited speaker)

    7 Jul 2009

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Impact of new secondary school buildings

    Edward Edgerton


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Research: New schools "improve discipline and learning"

    Edward Edgerton


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research