Kieran is a Lecturer in the Department of Higher Education. His research interests include regulation of learning, assessment and feedback, and research methods education. He has extensive experience of teaching research methods, having run undergraduate courses on quantitative and qualitative methods, and he was awarded a PhD in 2016 for research on individual differences in undergraduates’ research methods learning.
Areas of specialism
Regulation of learning;
Assessment and Feedback;
Research methods pedagogy;
Higher order thinking skills
Affiliations and memberships
Kieran's research interests focus on investigating students' cognitive, motivational and metacognitive development during their university education.
Indicators of esteem
Recipient of Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions Seal of Excellence Award for project proposal being judged to deserve funding if not for budget limits
Kieran contributes teaching to the Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching.
commencing university: a Q methodological analysis, Studies in Higher Education 43 (12) pp. 2251-2262 Taylor & Francis
for Attending University, Studies in Higher Education 42 (8) pp. 1373-1384 Taylor & Francis
Development of Research Methods Knowledge and Skills, Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 217 pp. 790-800 Elsevier
tracked how students? knowledge of research methods developed throughout their three-year undergraduate psychology degree.
Card sorting procedures measuring knowledge of research methods terminology were repeated at four time-points across three
years then analyzed using multidimensional scaling. There was no significant improvement in students? research methods
structural knowledge after a year, but there was by the end of students? second year. Knowledge did not improve after students?
final year of study. Various metacognitive and motivational variables were significant correlates of research methods knowledge
and research skills. Structural knowledge of research methods terminology appears to be developed from formal methodology
training and is not improved upon after completion of a final year research project dissertation. Improving metacognitive skills
and increasing motivation for methodology classes may be linked to better development of research methods knowledge and
Higher-Order Thinking, Evidence-Based Reasoning and Research Skills, Palgrave Macmillan
Selected peer reviewed conference presentations
Balloo, K., Norman, M., & Winstone, N. E. (2018, December). Evaluation of a large-scale inclusive assessment intervention: a novel approach to quantifying perceptions about assessment literacy. In C. A. Evans (Chair), A principled approach to the development, implementation, and evaluation of research-informed assessment practices within higher education. Symposium Conducted at the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) International Conference, Newport, UK.
Evans, C. A., Winstone, N. E., Hughes, A., Zhu, X., Balloo, K., & Kyei, C. (2018, December). Managing complex assessment interventions: Research within research. In C. A. Evans (Chair), A principled approach to the development, implementation, and evaluation of research-informed assessment practices within higher education. Symposium Conducted at the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) International Conference, Newport, UK.
Balloo, K., Winstone, N. E., & Evans, C. A. (2018, August). The intervening role of assessment literacy in relationships between feedback literacy and self-regulation. Poster Presented at the 9th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) SIG1: Assessment and Evaluation, Helsinki, Finland. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.27769.93283
Balloo, K. (2017, August). Undergraduates’ conceptions of research methods learning. In M. Murtonen (Organiser), Research competence as part of scientific thinking in university education. Symposium Conducted at the 17th Biennial European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Conference, Tampere, Finland. Link to Abstract and Slides
Balloo, K., Pauli, R., & Worrell, M. (2015, October). Individual differences in psychology undergraduates’ development of research methods knowledge and skills. Poster Presented at the 6th International Conference on Education & Educational Psychology (ICEEPSY), Istanbul, Turkey. Link to Poster
Marzouq, S., McSweeney, M. S. C., Sinton-Hewitt, M., & Balloo, K. (2014, May). Students as partners in departmental research participation: The approaches to learning project. Paper Presented at the HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2014: Enhancing the STEM Student Journey, Edinburgh, UK. Link to Abstract