Dr Pippa Yeoman

BA Hons (UCT), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Sydney)
Research Fellow | Co-convenor of the Innovative Learning Spaces SIG

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 0422 524 613

Website learner amongst the learning
complex learning spaces

Biographical details

I am an ethnographer. I explore how learning activity responds to the environment and how our epistemology of learning—how we think about how we learn—shapes the environments in which we learn. Learning is deeply situated, and in many respects it is no longer bound by time and place. This makes the job of curating complex learning environments a challenging task that requires a nuanced understanding of the interplay of people, place and pedagogy.

I am fascinated by the role of perception in coordinated and increasingly skillful action in the world, and my research is informed by embodied and activity-centered theories of learning. In communicating my work I aim to provide knowledge that is actionable, and my most significant contributions to date include the analysis of online networked learning environments, an ethnography of a place-base primary school learning environment, and a number of case studies exploring altered practice in innovative learning spaces in higher education. I am always exploring new methods for analysing complex learning activity. At present I am testing qualitative methods from human geography and design anthropology, with the intention of finding meaningful ways to incorporate pre and post occupancy evaluations into the process of learning to teach in innovative spaces. I work across disciplines and with a number of industry partners. I am foundning co-convener of the Learning Spaces Special Interest Group (Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation) at the University of Sydney, and a member of Learning Environments Australasia where I also act as juror in their annual design awards.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Learning and building in health: evidence-based design and the enhancement of medical student learning. Megan PHELPS

Current projects

ARC Discovery Project,Modelling Complex Learning Spaces: Connecting use, management and design, at the University of Sydney.

Associations

Learning Environments Australasia

Awards and honours

  • 2011 Postgraduate Award: Learning, Technology and Design (The University of Sydney)

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Yeoman, P. (2017). A study of correspondence, dissonance, and improvisation in the design and use of a school-based networked learning environment. In L. Carvalho, P. Goodyear & M. de Laat (Eds.), Place-based spaces for networked learning, (pp. 41-58). New York: Routledge.
  • Hinton, T., Yeoman, P., Ashor, L., Poronnik, P. (2017). Spaces enabling change: X-lab and science education 2020. In L. Carvalho, P. Goodyear & M. de Laat (Eds.), Place-based spaces for networked learning, (pp. 206-224). New York: Routledge.
  • Goodyear, P., Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Pinto, A., Carvalho, L., Parisio, M., Parker, P., Schwendimann, B., Wardak, D., Yeoman, P. (2015). Analysing the structural properties of learning networks: Architectural Insights into Buildable Forms. In Marcelo Maina, Brock Craft, Yishay Mor (Eds.), The Art & Science of Learning Design, (pp. 15-29). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. [More Information]
  • Ashe, D., Yeoman, P., Shaw, T. (2014). Qstream: Learning the 'in-between'. In Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear (Eds.), The architecture of productive learning networks, (pp. 168-180). New York: Routledge. [More Information]

Journals

  • Kelly, N., Thompson, K., Yeoman, P. (2015). Theory-led design of instruments and representations in learning analytics: Developing a novel tool for orchestration of online collaborative learning. Journal of Learning Analytics, 2(2), 14-43. [More Information]
  • Hinton, T., Yeoman, P., Carvalho, L., Parisio, M., Day, M., Byrne, S., Bell, A., Donohoe, K., Radford, J., Tregloan, P., Poronnik, P., Goodyear, P. (2014). Participating in the communication of science: Identifying relationships between laboratory space designs and students' activities. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 22(5), 30-42.

Conferences

  • Carvalho, L., Yeoman, P. (2016). Designing for mobile learning. 15th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn 2016, Sydney: University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Yeoman, P., Carvalho, L. (2014). Material entanglement in a primary school learning network. Ninth International Conference on Networked Learning 2014, Edinburgh: Networked Learning Conference Orgniser.
  • Yeoman, P., Goodyear, P., Thompson, K. (2013). Habits & habitats: Ethnography of a school based learning ecology. 10th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Wardak, D., Yeoman, P., Parisio, M. (2013). Identification of patterns of tool use and sketching practices in a learning by design task. 10th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Yeoman, P., Parisio, M. (2013). Phases of design: Following idea development and patterns of collaborative discussion in a learning by design project. 10th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.

Other

  • Yeoman, P. (2015), Habits and habitats: An ethnography of learning entanglement (Doctoral thesis, University of Sydney, Australia). [More Information]

2017

  • Yeoman, P. (2017). A study of correspondence, dissonance, and improvisation in the design and use of a school-based networked learning environment. In L. Carvalho, P. Goodyear & M. de Laat (Eds.), Place-based spaces for networked learning, (pp. 41-58). New York: Routledge.
  • Hinton, T., Yeoman, P., Ashor, L., Poronnik, P. (2017). Spaces enabling change: X-lab and science education 2020. In L. Carvalho, P. Goodyear & M. de Laat (Eds.), Place-based spaces for networked learning, (pp. 206-224). New York: Routledge.

2016

  • Carvalho, L., Yeoman, P. (2016). Designing for mobile learning. 15th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn 2016, Sydney: University of Technology, Sydney.

2015

  • Goodyear, P., Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Pinto, A., Carvalho, L., Parisio, M., Parker, P., Schwendimann, B., Wardak, D., Yeoman, P. (2015). Analysing the structural properties of learning networks: Architectural Insights into Buildable Forms. In Marcelo Maina, Brock Craft, Yishay Mor (Eds.), The Art & Science of Learning Design, (pp. 15-29). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. [More Information]
  • Yeoman, P. (2015), Habits and habitats: An ethnography of learning entanglement (Doctoral thesis, University of Sydney, Australia). [More Information]
  • Kelly, N., Thompson, K., Yeoman, P. (2015). Theory-led design of instruments and representations in learning analytics: Developing a novel tool for orchestration of online collaborative learning. Journal of Learning Analytics, 2(2), 14-43. [More Information]

2014

  • Yeoman, P., Carvalho, L. (2014). Material entanglement in a primary school learning network. Ninth International Conference on Networked Learning 2014, Edinburgh: Networked Learning Conference Orgniser.
  • Hinton, T., Yeoman, P., Carvalho, L., Parisio, M., Day, M., Byrne, S., Bell, A., Donohoe, K., Radford, J., Tregloan, P., Poronnik, P., Goodyear, P. (2014). Participating in the communication of science: Identifying relationships between laboratory space designs and students' activities. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 22(5), 30-42.
  • Ashe, D., Yeoman, P., Shaw, T. (2014). Qstream: Learning the 'in-between'. In Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear (Eds.), The architecture of productive learning networks, (pp. 168-180). New York: Routledge. [More Information]

2013

  • Yeoman, P., Goodyear, P., Thompson, K. (2013). Habits & habitats: Ethnography of a school based learning ecology. 10th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Wardak, D., Yeoman, P., Parisio, M. (2013). Identification of patterns of tool use and sketching practices in a learning by design task. 10th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Yeoman, P., Parisio, M. (2013). Phases of design: Following idea development and patterns of collaborative discussion in a learning by design project. 10th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.

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