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Doctoral Students, Thesis Topics & Supervisors

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Name Topic Supervisor
Jennifer Aggleton An exploration of children's responses to illustrations in novels. Fiona Maine
Charlotte Allen A Multilevel exploration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) students’ resilience in response to everyday challenges at secondary school. Ros McLellan and Ruth Kershner
Don Antunes Leadership experiences: Constructing cases from a late Lacanian reading of films. Geoff Hayward
Hogai Aryoubi Narrative inquiry on gender, peace and education in post-conflict Afghanistan. Hilary Cremin
Esinam Avornyo Investigating play and learning in the Ghanaian early years classroom: A mixed methods study Sara Baker
Isang Awah Reading for Pleasure in Nigeria: An In-depth Case Study of the Reading Habits of a Small Group of 9-12-year-olds in Nigeria. Gabrielle Cliff-Hodges
Vincent Backhaus Indigenous Dreaming Tracks: Understanding the Learning Processes of Indigenous Student Cognitive Strategies and Teacher Conceptual Beliefs. Jan Vermunt
Stephen Bayley Cultivating Cognitive Competencies in Resource-Constrained Environments: A Multi-School Case Study in Rwanda. Ricardo Sabates
Terence Bevington An Investigation of Everyday Peace Indicators in School Settings Hilary Cremin
Julie Blake The representation of poetry in the school English curriculum. David Whitley
Jude Brady Teacher supply and retention in England. Elaine Wilson
Ashton Brown A dynamic model of skill development: empirically modelling the role of parental investment in the development of cognitive and non-cognitive skills in longitudinal samples of British and Canadian children Anna Vignoles
Peter Browning What are the barriers to successful transition to Primary school headship and how might they be overcome? Rupert Higham
Simon Butler Understanding the Relationship between the Biopsychological Development of Adolescent Boys and their Behaviour in the School Context. Ros McLellan and Ruth Kershner
Elisa Calcagni Professional dialogues to foster dialogic pedagogy in mathematics: design and trial of a school-based teacher professional development program in Chile. Sara Hennessy and Christine Howe
Michele Cascianelli Exploring Giftedness: A Case Study of Developing a Schoolwide Enrichment Model in Italy Drawing Upon the Perspectives of Students and Teachers. Keith Taber
Chun-Hou Chang Beliefs about the Expression and Regulation of Emotion, and Knowledge about Mental Health in the Chinese Cultural Context: their Implications on Taiwanese Mothers’ Attitudes towards Seeking Professional Psychological Help. Carol Holliday and Ruth Kershner
Sin-Yi Chang An activity theory perspective on English medium instruction as a language policy in higher education: A comparative case study of EMI in the sciences and humanities in one university in Taiwan. Yongcan Liu
Juan Chen ‘Consuming Class’: Chinese Families' Mobilities, Educational Choice Strategies and the Global Market of Higher Education. Jo-Anne Dillabough
Phoebe Chen Nature and history in young adult environmental fiction. David Whitley
Marisa Cheng The experiences of cooperation and leadership amongst choristers, organists, and conductors to reach performance flow in university choirs. Morag Morrison-Helme
Nard Choi Exploring Tanzanian students’ experience and engagement with English-language literature in school library spaces. Zoe Jaques
Edsoulla Chung A sociocultural perspective on understanding change in beliefs and practices regarding vocabulary teaching and learning: A case study of English language teachers in Hong Kong. Linda Fisher
Paola Contreras Cosmopolitan capital or cultural intelligence? Predictors of the participation of Chilean undergraduates in international academic activities. Nigel Kettley
Joanne Cotton ‘ADHD-ness’, stress, self-concept,and engagement in play at age 10 as predictors of life outcomes at age 42: evidence from the 1970 British Cohort Study. Sara Baker
Kalifa Damani A social-cognitive perspective on the development of academic-, social and entrepreneurial- self-efficacies in adolescent Caribbean students: relationships with computer and social media use, socioeconomic status, gender, school type and ethnicity. Pauline Rose
Kathryn Day "Girls Who Kick Butt": Feminist Fantasy Novels’ Potential Impact on Cognition in Adolescents. Maria Nikolajeva
Jessica Dobrin Investigating the development of conceptual understanding in secondary science students engaged in project-based learning. Keith Taber
Min Du Designing and evaluating a virtual English enrichment course for improving Chinese learners' communicative competence in English. Sara Hennessy and Andreas Stylianides
Janina Eberhart Children’s Daily Classroom Experiences and their Executive Function Development. Sara Baker
Stephen Fairbanks Schooling Habitus: An autoethnography of music education's entanglements with cultural hegemony. Pamela Burnard
Rosanna Fennessy Young people's perspectives on the impact of their long term health condition on education, social experience and wellbeing: The role of personally constructed illness beliefs and meeting basic psychological needs. Ruth Kershner
Christopher Foster Knowledge or Control? Teacher Knowledge, Professional Identity and Practitioner Research. Sue Brindley
Gill Francis Child Pretence and Counterfactual Thinking: To what extent do they share underlying cognitive dimensions? Jenny Gibson
Aline Frederico The construction of meaning of preschoolers reading picturebook apps. Fiona Maine
Clare Freeman Between the book and the mind of the reader: an exploration of young readers' engagement with fiction. Gabrielle Cliff-Hodges
Courtney Froehlig Supporting early educators to challenge children’s correspondence bias in talk around stories using a dialogic intervention framework: A critical-design ethnographic approach. Ruth Kershner
Zhuxia Fu Investigating talk as a mediating tool in a systemic theoretical instruction on genre in L2 writing classrooms Yongcan Liu
Jacqueline Gallo How are student leavers’ combined capabilities being developed and/or restricted as they transition out of a Roman Catholic missionary school education in Uganda?: an ethnographic study. Mary Earl
Danai Giampili Exploring the use of participatory practices in Greek museum education through the prism of identity.

Cathy Burke
Leonardo Goncalves Lago Putting dialogue to work in Brazilian primary school: from teacher education to science lessons. Christine Howe and Mark Winterbottom
Rebecca Gordon Exploring the mechanisms through which Rojiroti microfinance provision impacts on the lives of its female clients and their daughters’ education in rural India. Pauline Rose
Elaine Gray The role of executive function, metacognition, and support type in children's ability to solve physics tasks. Sara Baker and Christine Howe
Julia Griaznova Implementing the Dynamic Approach to School Improvement: Barriers and Facilitators. Panayiotis Antoniou
Christopher Halls Syllable awareness and early literacy development. A 25 week intervention focusing on improving reading and spelling skills in young children aged between five and nine years old. Ruth Kershner
Sarah Hardstaff Hidden economies and secret societies: the politics of agency in Mildred Taylor’s Logan novels and Cynthia Voigt’s Tillerman novels. Maria Nikolajeva
Thomas Harriott How does social interaction influence students' regulation of learning in the upper secondary classroom? Elaine Wilson
Lee Hawkes The Psychosocial Acculturation of International Students Elaine Wilson
Rebecca Heaton An autoethnographic exhibition exploring cognition in the practice of art educators. Richard Hickman
Lucy Howson Exploring educational experiences in Luton since the 1960s across three generations: a return to Goldthorpe's Affluent Worker. Diane Reay
Venus Hung Pedagogy design to visualise reasoning across macro- (sub)micro-symbolic levels of biological concepts. Keith Taber
Madeleine Hunter We are in Convergence: Recombinant Adaptation in the Twenty-First-Century Children's Media Landscape. Maria Nikolajeva
Chris Hussey A tale of two cities: exploring place-related identity with reference to portrayals of London in Children’s Literature. David Whitley
Yue-Yi Hwa Teacher accountability policy and sociocultural context across countries: A mixed methods study focussing on Finland and Singapore. Panayiotis Antoniou
Hanne Jensen From 'fountain-of-knowledge' to facilitator: exploring professional learning among early educators in South Africa. Ros McLellan
Gulmira Kanayeva Researching the development of teacher leadership in Kazakhstan. David Frost and Ros McLellan
Aliya Khalid Exploring the influence of maternal commodities on their daughters' school access and learning: A multiple case study of mothers in rural Punjab Pakistan. Pauline Rose
Maria Khwaja Bazi Classrooms as Cultural Sites of Mobility and Constraint: A critical ethnography of teacher quality in Pakistan and Tanzania. Jo-Anne Dillabough
Janice Kim Unpacking the Role of Early Learning Inputs and School Quality on Student Learning Outcomes: Evidence from Ethiopia. Panayiotis Antoniou and Ricardo Sabates
Mee Kyoung Kim Bilinguals' emotion and language: an exploratory study of Korean-English bilinguals' verbal expression of shame. Neil Mercer
Pia Kreijkes Influences of teachers’ mindset, achievement-related beliefs, and ability-based practices on pupils’ achievement-related beliefs, mindset and attainment in mathematics. Ros McLellan
Rachel Lai Theorising the role of gamelan participation in Malaysian secondary schools: A metaphor of cultural identity? Pamela Burnard
Farida Larry Discursive assessment practices in special education: a systemic functional analysis of talk and text in a special school for young girls identified with a disability in Saudi Arabia. Ruth Kershner
Aliandra Lazzari Barlete Latin American Regionalism, Mercosur and Higher Education: A Cultural Political Economy Account. Susan Robertson
Min Kyung Lee Parenting and children's executive functioning: a comparative study between UK and Korean parents of 4-year-old children. Sara Baker and David Whitebread
Hema Letchamanan Gender Identity Conflict in Secondary Schools in India – a study on transgender youth. Madeleine Arnot
Alvin Leung Reimagining Chinese and British Values through Discourses of Citizenship in Hong Kong and the UK: Governance, Policy and the New Borderlands of education. Jo-Anne Dillabough
Jing Li A Two-Phase Mixed Methods Project on Gender Stereotypes Targeting English Learners in Chinese Senior High Schools. Ros McLellan
Sarah Lightfoot Early Years Educators' professional identities: implications for transformational continuing professional development David Frost
Emma-Louise Lord Written calculations and gender: a mixed methods study in English Y6 primary classrooms Andreas Stylianides
Mariam Makramalla Towards the integration of problem solving in the Elementary Mathematics National Curriculum: opportunities, obstacles and barriers. Andreas Stylianides
Juljana Mandra Conceptualisations of global learning and primary school teachers' perceptions of pedagogy for global learning. Ruth Kershner
Anub Mannaan Education and violence: a qualitative study of the educational experience of conflict affected Kashmiri migrants in Mumbai for Higher Education. Pauline Rose
Melissa Marsden Teacher professional development for the integration of ICT in poorly resourced education systems: lessons learned from the One Laptop per Child programme in Brazil. Sara Hennessy
Lauren Marston An exploration of how recipients understand the influence of cash transfers conditioned on school attendance on their abilities to lead better lives through education: The experiences of recipients of the Conditional Cash Transfer Program in Jamaica. Pauline Rose
Daphne Martschenko A Brave "New" World: Investigating the impacts of behavioural genetics research on cognitive ability on teacher conceptualizations of intelligence, genetics, race, and socioeconomic status. Anna Vignoles and Jo-Anne Dillabough
Elizabeth McGregor Jacobides Tinkering with the nature of science. Mark Winterbottom
Michael J. Meaney MOOCs, Open-Scale Learning, and the Future of Educational Inequity. Ricardo Sabates and Anna Vignoles
Maggie Meimaridi Entering the Contact Zone: Encountering the Animal in Children's Fantasy Literature. Zoe Jaques
Israel Moreno Salto Governing Large Scale Assessment Programmes in Mexico: A Multi-Scalar Account of Policy and Practice. Susan Robertson
Aikaterini Mourelatou The contribution of the curriculum to developing inclusive practices for primary aged students with disabilities and special educational needs in Greece. Kristine Black-Hawkins
Meghna Nag-Chowdhuri Primary school teachers' experiences of using innovative mathematics textbooks in Delhi, India. Kenneth Ruthven and Nidhi Singal
Seema Nath Education for Children with Disabilities in India - A case study to critically understand teaching and learning practices in schools that include all learners. Nidhi Singal
Arif Naveed Schooling and social mobility in rural Punjab, Pakistan. Madeleine Arnot and Anna Vignoles
Robert Neal Investigating the intelligibility of young beginner learners of Chinese at an inner-city secondary school in the north of England. Michael Evans
Afrodita Nikolova Young Offenders P/E/R(e)Forming Narrative Identities through in a New Spoken Word Poetry Programme: an Arts-Based Case Study in a Macedonian Prison. Pamela Burnard
Alanna O'Beirne A complex adaptive systems approach to exploring the development of a health promoting school network in the mid-west region of Ireland. John Gray
Babatunde Ojewunmi Pastoral care, academic outcomes and institutional behaviour of Further Education Colleges following the implementation of the Equality Act 2010: a case study approach. Anna Vignoles
Patrick Olsen Improvisation in Formal Graded Music Examinations: Researching Assessment Practices and Perceptions. Sue Brindley
Catherine Olver Fantasy, the Five Senses and the Mastery of Nature. Zoe Jaques and David Whitley
Karen Ottewell Looking behind the writing: the design and implementation of a framework to provide transitional support for the development of written articulacy at PG level - a University of Cambridge case study. Yongcan Liu
Tanya Paes The efficacy of a pretend play intervention on the self-regulation, language, and pre-literacy skills of 4- to 5-year-olds with English as an Additional Language. Michelle Ellefson
Rosemary Penford Investigating the modality specific cognitive abilities predictive of arithmetic competence, using a developmental trajectories approach. Jenny Gibson
Hazel Price Constructions and Uses of Quality Assurance in Latin American Higher Education: A Critical Comparative Case Study of Chile and Bolivia Susan Robertson
Helen Price More than the sum of its parts: exploring the characteristics, affordances and challenges of all-through schools in the English state system. Sue Swaffield
Yishu Qin Understanding gender gaps in STEM fields: Developing an implicit association test to measure stereotypes of empathy in scientists among UK undergraduates. Sara Baker
Frances Ragni A Phenomenological Enquiry of Perceived Mental Representations in Thematic Musical Improvisation:
Case Studies of Two Professional Pianists.
Pamela Burnard
Zhen Rao Pretend play and its relationship to the experience and regulation of emotions: an exploration among seven- to ten-year-old children in a Chinese boarding school Jenny Gibson
Christopher Rauch Trainee teachers in transition: A cross-context, longitudinal study of epistemology and teaching beliefs in teacher education Jan Vermunt
Luke Roberts Developing systems thinking to address the sustainability of anti-violence interventions in schools. Hilary Cremin
Marie Ryan What are we doing in the name of assessment? A multi-site case-study of assessment practices and conceptions of assessment purpose in junior infant classrooms in Ireland. Sue Swaffield
Jane Scarsbrook To what extent can structured group tasks encourage imagination, articulation and development in children's notions about shape, space and measure? Neil Mercer and Christine Howe
Sahar Shah An Analysis of the interaction of the gender of head teachers with their leadership styles in secondary schools within Pakistan's context: A Pragmatist perspective. Anna Vignoles
Richard Shakeshaft On the road to utopia? Exploring the representation of technology and the posthuman in contemporary Young Adult speculative fiction. Maria Nikolajeva
Jinshi Shao Using dynamic assessment to understand and promote the development of Chinese intermediate EFL learners' L2 academic reading abilities. Yongcan Liu
Assel Sharimova An exploration of knowledge-sharing behaviour within virtual professional networks of teachers in Kazakhstan. Elaine Wilson
Harper Staples Exploring dynamic identities of multilingual adolescents in contexts of L3 learning. Linda Fisher
Jonathan Stoddart The experience of post-graduate Chinese students in UK HEIs. Richard Byers and Carol Holliday
Yifan Sun An ethnographic study of 'Steiner Fever' in China: Why are Chinese parents turning away from mainstream education and to Steiner education. Ruth Kershner
Karolina Szynalska An exploration of the value of the evolutionary perspective in establishing the characteristics of learning-sensitive architectural design using a bespoke digital participatory tool. Cathy Burke and Dominic Cullinan
Rui Tang The city in animated feature films. David Whitley
Raymond Chegedua Tangonyire Exploring the Incorporation of the Leadership for Learning (LfL) Principles in Ghana: The Case of Two LfL Basic Schools in the Central Region. Sue Swaffield
Sally Po Tsai Exploring levels of teaching skills based on the dynamic model in Taiwan: constrains and perspectives. Panayiotis Antoniou
Maria Tsapali Effects of different learning conditions in the fostering of late primary school children's decision-making skills on socio-scientific issues: An experimental study. Michelle Ellefson
Toshiyasu Tsuruhara Relational Transformation through Dialogue: Conflict mediation meeting in a secondary school in the UK. Hilary Cremin
Gavin Turner Life-worthy learning skills: An investigation of a curriculum intervention to promote self-regulated learning. Michelle Ellefson
Sarah Upjohn Every body matters: Using action research to move towards injury prevention and health promotion in elite young instrumental musicians at a specialist music school. Pamela Burnard
Daniela Vandepeer Exploring the perceived experiences of the Drive Teams implementing change in a Thinking School. Steve Watson
Vera Veldhuizen Empathy, Ethics and Justice Development through Children's War Literature. Maria Nikolajeva
Lisa Walker Educational inclusion in practice: Responding to diversity in the Tanzanian classroom. Sara Hennessy and Riikka Hofmann
Sharon Walker UK widening participation policy agenda: a critical race analysis. Arathi Sriprakash
Tianyi Wang Chinese learners' motivation in learning a third language---a mixed-method inquiry at one Chinese university Linda Fisher
Hannah Ware Self-concept and Belonging: The narrative lives of children identified as having Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities in England. Nidhi Singal
Joseph Watson Educational cartoons and mathematics attainment: an investigation into primary-age viewers in Tanzania. Sara Hennessy and Anna Vignoles
Amy Webster Illuminating the mystery of ‘The Publisher', 'The Classic' and ‘The Series’: An exploration of series of children’s classics. Zoe Jaques
Alison Wells Postgraduate blended learning for NHS Educational Supervisors: A realist evaluation of impact on practice. Sue Brindley and Yongcan Liu
Mandy Winters What can secondary music educators learn from multi-perspectival conceptions of composing? Three voices - different worlds. Pam Burnard
Zi Yang Exploring inequalities in English language education in China: A comparative case study of English-major students from a sociological perspective. Sue Brindley
Ji Ying Education and modernisation: rural possibilities and disadvantages in Northwest China. Arathi Sriprakash
Junlin Yu Boys’ underachievement in English secondary schools: The impact of mindsets and gender roles. Ros McLellan and Liz Winter
Danyang Zhang Mobile-based English dictionaries (MBDs) in Chinese EFL learners' incidental English vocabulary learning: Exploring effectiveness, learners' use and attitude. Sara Hennessy and Pascual Perez-Paredes