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Dillabough, J. and Gardner, P. (in press). Rethinking the 'ethnographic imagination' in youth studies research. In Lahelma, E. and Beech, D. (eds.), The Handbook on Ethnography and Education. Sage: London.


Malakolunthu, S., MacBeath, J. and Swaffield, S. (2014) Improving quality of teaching and learning through 'Leadership for Learning': Changing scenarios in basic schools in Ghana. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, Vol 42(5) pp 701-717. DOI: 10.1177/1741143213510510.


Bryan, B. and Styles, M. (eds.) (2013), Teaching Caribbean Poetry: An Essential Resource Book for Teachers. Abingdon: Routledge.

Burnard, P. (2013) (Ed) Developing Creativities in Higher Music Education: International perspectives and practices. London: Routledge.

Cobbett, M and Warrington, M (2013) ‘Sometimes it’s fun to play with them first': girls and boys talking about sexuality and sexual harassment in Caribbean schools. Culture, Health and Sexuality, Vol 15(9) pp 1026-1039. DOI:10.1080/13691058.2013.804585 published online 27.06.2013

Cobbett, M. (2013) ''Beauties', 'geeks' and 'men-john': the possibilities and costs of girls' performances of gender in Antiguan schools. Gender and Education Vol 25 (3) pp 251-266.  DOI:10.1080/09540253.2012.721538 published on ifirst 18.09.2012

Cobbett, M. (2013). 'Being 'nuff' and 'scudding class': exploring girls' and boys' perceptions of popularity, gender and achievement in Antiguan secondary schools'. British Educational Research Journal. DOI: 10.1002/berj.3027

Cobbett, M., McLaughlin, C. and Kiragu, S. (2013) Creating 'participatory spaces': involving children in planning sex education lessons in Kenya, Ghana and Swaziland, Sex Education, Special Issue: Methodological Interventions in Sexualities Education Research, 13(S1), pp70-83, DOI:10.1080/14681811.2013.768527 published online 12.3.13.

Hennessy, S. & London, L. (2013). Learning from International Experiences with Interactive Whiteboards: The Role of Professional Development in Integrating the Technology. OECD Education Working Papers No 89. ; Paris: OECD Publishing.

Jull, S., Swaffield, S. and MacBeath, J. (2013) Changing perceptions is one thing ...: barriers to transforming leadership and learning in Ghanaian basic schools.  School Leadership & Management (Formerly School Organisation)DOI: 10.1080/13632434.2013.849679

MacBeath, J. and Swaffield, S. (2013), 'Living with the colonial legacy: the Ghana story' in Clarke, S. and O'Donoghue, T. (eds.) School Level Leadership in Post-Conflict Societies: The importance of context. Abingdon: Routledge (978-0-415-68709-6 Published 29 April 2013).

Swaffield, S., Jull, S. and Ampah-Mensah, A. (2013 Using mobile phone texting to support the capacity of school leaders in Ghana to practise Leadership for Learning.  Procedia - Social and Behavioural Sciences, 103, pp 1295-1302.  DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.10.459.


Cobbett, M. & Younger, M. (2012) 'Boys' educational underachievement in the Caribbean: interpreting the 'problem'. Gender and Education. DOI:10.1080/09540253.2012.677014 published on ifirst 21.05.2012

Jull, S., MacBeath, J. and Swaffield, S. (2012) Leadership for Learning Ghana: Systematic Bottum-up Top-down change.  Inform No. 13.  Cambridge: University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education.  Download newsletter

Kiragu, S. and Warrington, M. (2012) How we used moral imagination to address ethical and methodological complexities while conducting research with girls in school against the odds in Kenya.  Qualitative Research, 13(2) pp 173-189,  doi: 10.1177/1468794112451011 first published online 9.8.12

MacBeath, J. and Younger, M. eds (2012) A Common Wealth of Learning: Millennium Development Goals Revisited. Abingdon, Routledge.

McLaughlin, C., Swartz, S., Kiragu, S., Walli, S. and Mohamed, M. (2012) Old enough to know: consulting children about sex and AIDS education in Africa.  Cape Town: HSRC Press.

McLaughlin, C., Swartz, S., Kiragu, S., Walli, S. and Mohamed, M. (2012) A briefing paper for Old enough to know: consulting children about sex and AIDS education in Africa: A Summary for Policy Makers and Practitioners. Cape Town: Unity Press.

Warrington, M. (2012) Challenging the status quo: the enabling role of gender sensitive fathers, inspirational mothers and surrogate parents in Uganda. Educational Review, DOI:10.1080/00131911.2012.689274 iFirst article published online 19 June 2012.

Warrington M. and Kiragu S. (2012) "It makes more sense to educate a boy": girls 'against the odds' in Kajiado, Kenya, International Journal of Educational Development 32: 301-309. doi:10.1016/j.ijedudev.2011.05.004

Younger, M. and Cobbett, M. (2012), Gendered perceptions of schooling: classroom dynamics and inequalities within four Caribbean secondary schools. Educational Review. DOI:10.1080/00131911.2012.749218

Younger, M. and George, P. (2012) Developing communities of practice in practice: overcoming suspicion and establishing dialogue amongst primary school teachers in Antigua and Barbuda.  Professional Development in Education 1-18, iFirst article published online 9 October 2012.


Hassler, B., Hennessy, S. and Lubasi, B. (2011) Changing Classroom Practice using a school-based professional development approach to introducing digital resources in Zambia, Itupale Online Journal of African Studies, Volume III.

Kiragu, S. & McLaughlin, C. (2011) Unveiling their worlds: The use of dialogue as a health promotion tool for HIV/AIDS education in a poor community in Kenya, Sex Education; Sexuality, Society and Learning, 11(4), 419-430.

McLaughlin, C. and Kiragu, S. (2011) Voices for Change: Student Voices on Sexuality and HIV/Aids Education in Czerniawski, G and Kidd, W. (Eds)The Student Voice Handbook: Bridging the Academic/Practitioner Divide, pp 379-388  Bradford: Emerald Publishing.

McLaughlin, C. and Swartz, S. (2011) Can we use young people's knowledge to develop teachers and HIV-related education?  Prospects Quarterly Review of Comparative Education 41:429-444 (UNESCO) DOI 10.1007/s11125-011-9206-6  Published online 30.8.11

Sugrue, C. and Fentiman, A. (2011) Teachers' Work and Lives in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): Outsider Perspectives in the Routledge International Handbook of Teacher and School Development. London: Routledge.


Dillabough, J. & Kennelly, J. (2010) Lost Youth in the Global City: Class, Culture and the Global Imaginary.  New York: Routledge.

Fentiman, A., Wyse, D. and Vikiru, L. (2010), The Teaching of English in Sub-Saharan Africa, in Wyse, D., Andrews, R. and Hoffman, J. (eds) The Routledge International Handbook of English, Language and Literacy Teaching. London: Routledge, pp484-495.

Galton, M. (2010). Building bridges: Smoothing the transition when pupils move schools in Boorer, D. et al (Eds) Bridging Worlds: Making Connections in Education 14th International Conference on Education, pp 41-53.  Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education, Universiti Brunei Darussalam: Brunei Darussalam.

Hennessy, S., Harrison, D. & Wamakote, L. (2010), Teacher factors influencing classroom use of ICT in Sub-Saharan Africa, Itupale Online Journal of African Studies, Volume II (Education in Africa: Developments in the 21st Century), 39-54.

Oluga, M., Kiragu, S., Mohamed, M. and Walli, S. (2010), 'Deceptive' cultural practices that sabotage HIV/AIDS education in Tanzania and Kenya, Journal of Moral Education, 39 (3) p 365-380. Special edition on Moral Education in sub-Saharan Africa - Culture, Economics, Conflict and AIDS.

Wamakote, L., Ang'ondi, E.K. & Onguko, B. (2010), East African Government Investments in Information and Communication Technologies for Education: Matching Policy to Practice, Itupale Online Journal of African Studies, Volume II (Education in Africa: Developments in the 21st Century), 25-38.

Conference Papers

Swaffield, S. and MacBeath, J. (2013), Deliberating on school leadership in post-conflict contexts: A Ghanaian snapshot. Paper presented at ICSEI 2013, 26th International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, Santiago, Chile, 2-6 January 2013. Download paper

Cross, A., Hennessy, S. and Hassler, B. (2012) Professional development programme to support ICT-enhanced interactive teaching in Zambia, International IFIP Conference on Addressing Educational Challenges: the role of ICT, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2-5 July 2012.

MacBeath, J. and Swaffield, S. (2011) Leadership for Learning in Ghana. Presented at 24th International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI), Limassol, Cyprus. 4-7 January 2012.

Hassler, B., Mwewa, G. & Hennessy, S. (May 2010), Introducing digital Open Educational Resources into Zambian schools through school-based professional development, Presentation at e-Learning Africa, the 5th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training, Lusaka, Zambia. Abstract

MacBeath, J.Swaffield, S., Oduro, G. and Bosu, R. (2010), Developing leadership for learning in Ghana: opportunities and challenges, presented at 23rd International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Wamakote, L. & Hennessy, S. (May 2010), Developing ICT use in East African schools: Matching policy and practice, Presentation at e-Learning Africa, the 5th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training, Lusaka, Zambia. Abstract


ASKAIDS Toolkit for Consulting Pupils about their Sexual Knowledge (March 2011). Access online or Downloadable exe file.

OER4Schools: Introducing digital Open Educational Resources into Zambian primary schools through school-based professional development