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Maurice Galton


Associate Director of Research and subsequently Emeritus Professor until 31 December 2015.


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Former Dean of Education and Continuing Education at the University of Leicester, who joined Homerton College in 1999 and subsequently the Faculty of Education in 2001 as Associate Director of Research.

Professor Galton conducted large and small scale research studies, mostly in UK primary and lower secondary schools. One aspect of these studies was the careful documentation of classroom practice and the way it changes over time. He is best known for a series of classroom studies (Observational and Classroom Learning Evaluation (ORACLE) began in the mid 1970s and which continued with a replication study two decades later. In the 1980s he was consultant for the Council of Europe on the Innovation in Primary Schools Project.

He undertook a number of evaluation studies for the then Teacher Training Agency (TTA) on links between research and classroom practice; for the UK Department of Education on transfer and on the relationship between grouping, group work and personalised learning; and for the National Union of Teachers (NUT) on teachers' workloads and the effects of inclusion policies.

Between 2002 and 2006 he co-directed a £1 million study on Grouping and Group work for The Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) and completed a study of the pedagogy of resident artists in schools for Creative Partnerships and the Arts Council of Great Britain. He also carried out a review for the Nuffield Foundation on the effects of transfer and transition from primary school on pupils' wellbeing.

Professor Galton had considerable experience of Hong Kong schools, and was consultant to the Council of Europe (1982-87), National Curriculum Council (1989 and the National Council for Educational Technology (NCET) (1995-98).

In the Faculty's Centre for Commonwealth Education he collaborated on pedagogical initiatives in South Africa and Malaysia.