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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
Farah Ahmed Pedagogy as Dialogue between Cultures: Exploring Halaqah (circle time), an Islamic oral pedagogy enabling autonomy and a culturally coherent education for Muslim children in a pluralist society Ruth Kershner
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
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
Nazipa Ayubayeva Collaborative teacher learning in Kazakhstan. Ros McLellan and Colleen McLaughlin
Vincent Backhaus Indigenous Dreaming Tracks: Understanding the Learning Processes of Indigenous Student Cognitive Strategies and Teacher Conceptual Beliefs. Jan Vermunt
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
Richard Brock Making sense of making sense: a microgenetic case study of conceptual integration by upper secondary physics students in the UK. Keith Taber
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
Melise Camargo Surveying mathematics teachers' knowledge of formative assessment: a study of teachers in the Federal District of Brazil. Kenneth Ruthven
Catalina Castillo A mixed methods study exploring the teacher practices in highly engaged classrooms in disadvantaged primary schools in Mexico. Anna Vignoles
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
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
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
Kathryn Day "Girls Who Kick Butt": Feminist Fantasy Novels’ Potential Impact on Cognition in Adolescents. Maria Nikolajeva
Simon Dowling The influence of a teaching school alliance on classroom staff's professional development. Panayiotis Antoniou
Min Du Designing and evaluating a virtual English enrichment course for improving Chinese learners' communicative competence in English. Sara Hennessy and Andreas Stylianides
Emma Dyer Investigating the places where children learn to read in the English primary school through participatory design with children. Cathy Burke and Dominic Cullinan
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
Clare Freeman Between the book and the mind of the reader: an exploration of young readers' engagement with fiction. Gabrielle Cliff-Hodges
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
Jaason Geerts Optimal leadership development for professionals. Panayiotis Antoniou
Danai Giampili Exploring the use of participatory practices in Greek museum education through the prism of identity.

Cathy Burke
Aline Frederico The construction of meaning of preschoolers reading picturebook apps. Fiona Maine
Leonardo Goncalves Lago Putting dialogue to work in Brazilian primary school: from teacher education to science lessons. Christine Howe and Mark Winterbottom
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
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
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
Lottie Hoare Secondary education in the broadcast media 1953-1965: drawing out networks of conversation and visions of reform. Catherine Burke
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
Chris Hussey A tale of two cities: exploring place-related identity with reference to portrayals of London in Children’s Literature. David Whitley
Evangelia Iordanaki A socio-cultural study exploring groups of Greek and British 11-year-old children's responses to wordless picturebooks. Fiona Maine
Mona Jebril Academic life under occupation: the impact on educationalists at Gaza's universities. Diane Reay
Hanne Jensen From 'fountain-of-knowledge' to facilitator: exploring professional learning among early educators in South Africa. Ros McLellan
Martin Johnson Examiner feedback and learning: how do examiners establish common meaning through remote feedback messages? Neil Mercer
Sabrina Kamal 'Come on powerful, come on my fresh green': representations of the child and constructions of childhood in Rabindranath Tagore's writings for children. David Whitley
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
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
Rebecca Kitchen What does geographical knowledge consist of from ethnic minority perspectives? Exploring the stories that relate to perceptions and link with option choices. Liz Taylor
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
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
Juljana Mandra Conceptualisations of global learning and primary school teachers' perceptions of pedagogy for global learning. Ruth Kershner
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
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
Maggie Meimaridi Entering the Contact Zone: Encountering the Animal in Children's Fantasy Literature. Zoe Jaques
Meghna Nag-Chowdhuri Primary school teachers' experiences of using innovative mathematics textbooks in Delhi, India. Kenneth Ruthven and 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
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
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
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 Time to reconfigure: could the future of English state education be all-through? Sue Swaffield
Winnie Sin Wai Pui Promoting strategies for the self-regulation of learning among students with learning difficulties in Hong Kong and Macau. Richard Byers
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
Ellen Quigley The Education of Economists: Social Norms and the Academy in the Canadian Context. Philip Gardner
Hanan Ramahi Enabling teachers to lead change in one school in Palestine: a case study. David Frost
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
Biljana Savikj An ethnographic case study of Macedonian immigrant-background children's learning of English and home language(s) in their social networks in England: a language socialisation perspective. Yongcan Liu
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
Lysandra Sinclaire-Harding Emotion reactivity and regulation in the middle school years: a study of individual differences. David Whitebread
Yu Song An investigation of the relationship between thinking style, participation in classroom dialogue and learning outcomes. Christine Howe
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
Pablo Torres The role of culture in the development of students' self-regulated learning in the primary classroom: comparing the cases of Chile and England. Ros McLellan and David Whitebread
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
James Underwood Do teachers who are engaged in working with colleagues from other nations perceive themselves to be part of an international community of fellow professionals? David Frost
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
Mohini Verma Temporal patterns of co-occurrence between children's self-regulatory behaviour and their private and social speech in play contexts. David Whitebread
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
Junlin Yu Boys’ underachievement in English secondary schools: The impact of mindsets and gender roles. Ros McLellan and Liz Winter