Dr Alex Hadwen-Bennett is a Teaching Fellow in Computer Science Education at King’s College London, teaching across the PGCE and STEM MA programmes.
He worked in secondary schools for 10 years before making the transition to academia. In this time he gained considerable experience providing training and mentoring for computing teachers and had numerous teaching resources published.
Alex’s research focuses on exploring how alternative means of engaging with computing and STEM concepts can make these disciplines more inclusive. He is particularly interested in exploring the role that making, physical computing and crafts can play in widening participation.
In 2017 Alex was awarded a EPSRC CASE PhD studentship at King's to undertake research into the use of physical programming languages with visually impaired learners. This project was undertaken in collaboration with Microsoft Research Cambridge. His thesis is entitled “A Sense of Programming: An Exploration of Blind and Partially Sighted Learner’s Expressions of Their Sense of Programming Concepts”.
He is a member of the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.
Alex currently teaches on the:
including the modules: STEM Making, and Creating Leading Practices in STEM.
Alex is interested in supervising research which explores inclusion in STEM and Computing education, particularly with an emphasis on the use of making and alternative means of engaging with concepts.
- Hadwen-Bennett, A 2022, ‘A Sense of Programming: An Exploration of Blind and Partially Sighted Learner’s Expression of Their Sense of Programming Concepts’, PhD thesis, King’s College London, London.
- Morrison, C, Villar, N, Hadwen-Bennett, A, Regan, T, Cletheroe, D, Thieme, A & Sentance, S 2019, ‘Physical Programming for Blind and Low Vision Children at Scale’, HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION, pp. 1-35.
- Hadwen-Bennett, A & Economou, D 2019, Adaptive Hypermedia Driven Serious Game Design and Cognitive Style in School Settings: An Exploratory Study. in D Beck, A Peña-Rios, T Ogle, D Economou, M Mentzelopoulos, L Morgado, C Eckhardt, J Pirker, C Gütl, R Koitz-Hristov, J Richter & M Gardner (eds), Immersive Learning Research Network – 5th International Conference, iLRN 2019, Proceedings. 1044, Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol. 1044, pp. 144-157.
- Waite, JL, Curzon, P, Marsh, W, Sentance, S & Hadwen-Bennett, A 2018, ‘Abstraction in action: K-5 teachers’ uses of levels of abstraction, particularly the design level, in teaching programming‘, International Journal of Computer Science Education in School, vol. 2, no. 1.
- Hadwen-Bennett, A., Sentance, S., Morrison, C. (2018). Making Programming Accessible to Learners with Visual Impairments: A Literature Review. International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools.
- Hadwen-Bennett, A. & Thieme, A. (2018). Inclusivity of Computing Education for Learners with Visual Impairments. CHI 2018 Workshop Inclusive Educational Technologies: Emerging Opportunities for People with Visual Impairments, 21-26 April, Montréal, Canada.