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Rafael Mitchell

Position/Status

Research Associate

E-mail Address

rm882@cam.ac.uk

Phone

+ 44 (0)1223 767 662

Qualifications

  • PhD Education (University of Leicester)
  • MA International Education Management (University of Leeds)
  • PGCE Secondary English (University of Bristol)
  • BA English (University of Southampton)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Member of British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE)

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Profile

Rafael has worked in education since 2002, and spent the last ten years working in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and other low-resource contexts as a teacher trainer, researcher, and evaluation consultant. He has a broad interest in all aspects of education in SSA, and a particular interest in schools, pedagogy, and educational leadership. His PhD research was an ethnographic study of the agendas, participation and influence of stakeholders at a government primary school in Tigray, Ethiopia.

Rafael is a Research Associate within the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre, where he is undertaking a project to map education research with implications for current policy and practice conducted by SSA-based researchers, institutes and networks.

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Research Topics

  • Education research in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Educational leadership
  • School improvement
  • Stakeholder participation in structures and processes of leadership and accountability in school
  • Country experience: Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Egypt, China, India, UK

Current Research Project(s)

  • Mapping education research in sub-Saharan Africa. Led by Professor Pauline Rose, funded by Education Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA).

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Teaching


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Principal and Recent Publications

Journal articles

Mitchell, R. (Forthcoming). Radical student participation: lessons from an urban government primary school in Tigray, Ethiopia. Compare.

Mitchell, R. (2017). Democracy or control? The participation of management, teachers, students and parents in school leadership in Tigray, Ethiopia. International Journal of Educational Development, 55, 49-55. Link

Mitchell, R. (2015). The implications of school improvement and school effectiveness research for primary school principals in Ethiopia. Educational Review, 67, 328-342. Link

Mitchell, R. (2015). Book review: Global education policy and international development: new agendas, issues, and policies. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 43, 341-342. Link

Mitchell, R. (2015). ‘If there is a job description I don’t think I’ve read one’: a case study of programme leadership in a UK pre-1992 university. Journal of Further and Higher Education 39, 713-732. Link

Pearson, S., Mitchell, R., and Rapti, M. (2015). ‘I will be “fighting” even more for pupils with SEN’: SENCOs’ role predictions in the changing English policy context. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs 15, 48-56. Link

Mitchell, R. (2013). What is professional development, how does it occur in individuals, and how may it be used by educational leaders and managers for the purpose of school improvement? Professional Development in Education 39, 387-400. Link

Conference papers

Fox, A., and Mitchell, R. (2017). Application and development of an ethical framework in the context of ethnographic research at a government primary school in Ethiopia. European Conference of Educational Research, Copenhagen 2017. Link

Mitchell, R. (2017). Sharing responsibility for leadership in school: modalities of student participation at a government primary school in Tigray, Ethiopia. UKFIET Conference, Oxford 2017.

Mitchell, R. (2016). Sharing responsibility: student leadership and accountability mechanisms at an urban government primary school in Tigray, Ethiopia. School of Education Annual Research Conference, University of Leicester. Link

Mitchell, R. (2015). The impossible dream: challenges in reporting an institutional ethnography of a government primary school in Ethiopia. Leicester Ethnography Symposium: Doing ethnography on crime and control, University of Leicester. Link