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Doctoral Students, Thesis Topics & Supervisors

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Cathy Burke & Dominic Cullinan

Name Topic Supervisor
Charlotte Allen A Multilevel exploration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) students’ resilience in response to everyday challenges at secondary school.

Morag Morrison-Helme

Ruth Kershner

Debbie Aitken Generational differences in perceptions of medical student experiences of clinical attachments in surgery Morag Morrison-Helme
Michelle Anya Anjirbag Race and the Renaissance: The legacy of Diversity in Disney film. Joe Sutliff Sanders
Sebastián Ansaldo Deep mediatization in education: A comparative study of schoolteacher’s practices and perceptions in England and Chile. Susan Robertson
Ali Ansari Evaluating the effectiveness of Punjab's Public Private Partnership Programs in Education Anna Vignoles
Don Antunes Leadership experiences: Constructing cases from a late Lacanian reading of films. Geoff Hayward
Esther Anwuzia Adolescents Career Decision Making and Wellbeing in Nigeria: A Mixed Methods Study Ros McLellan
Tim Archer Seeking a Peace-full Man: Exploring pedagogies to transition from boyhood to an adequate manhood Hilary Cremin
Esinam Avornyo Investigating play and learning in the Ghanaian early years classroom: A mixed methods study Sara Baker
Consuelo Bejares Youth negotiating exclusion and belonging at the urban periphery: An ethnographic study of new race and class relations in a changing socio-political Chilean landscape Jo-Anne Dillabough
Helen Barsham Can an Intervention Programme, Which Uses Metacognition and Practice of the Theory of the Desirable Difficulty, the Testing Effect, Reduce Test Anxiety, in 10-11 Year -Olds, in Evaluative Situations? Michelle Ellefson
Yasmin Begum Contemporary subject knowledge acquisition in Economics Ros McLellan
Terence Bevington An Investigation of Everyday Peace Indicators in School Settings Hilary Cremin
Glenn Bezalel An exploration of the prevalence and functions of conspiracies theories among youth cultures in London secondary schools Jo-Anne Dillabough
Lenka Janik Blaskova Playing together: Series of case studies investigating the friendships and wellbeing of children with primary difficulties in language development Jenny Gibson
Peter Browning What are the barriers to successful transition to Primary school headship and how might they be overcome? Rupert Higham
Lindsay Burton Posthumanism and the Child: Diffracted Readings and Entangled Beings Zoe Jaques
Simon Butler Understanding the Relationship between the Biopsychological Development of Adolescent Boys and their Behaviour in the School Context.

Ros McLellan

Ruth Kershner

Michael Cascianelli Exploring Giftedness: A Case Study of Developing a Schoolwide Enrichment Model in Italy Drawing Upon the Perspectives of Students and Teachers. Keith Taber
Abie Hui Ki Chan Creativity Through Oracy: A Mixed Methods Study of Creativity in the context of L2 Talk Yongcan Liu
Chih-Ching Chang Teacher professional development for changing epistemic beliefs through dialogic history education: A design-based research study in Taiwan

Rupert Wegerif

Sara Hennessy

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
Phoebe Chen Nature and history in young adult environmental fiction. David Whitley
Vaughan Connolly Is less sometimes more? Teacher workload, retention and pupil attainment Ricardo Sabates
Paola Contreras Cosmopolitan capital or cultural intelligence? Predictors of the participation of Chilean undergraduates in international academic activities. Nigel Kettley

Thomas Cowhitt

Determining Innovation Expression in school organizations using Social Network Analysis
(Research Website)
Elaine Wilson
Catrin Darlsey Exploring UK higher education for sustainability: How do different models of EfS contribute to students gaining sustainability-related competencies? Elaine Wilson
Yuliana Dementyeva The role of private schools in education modernization reform in China Geoff Hayward
Ema Demir Teacher capital unbound? – The role of organisational structures for teacher social capital and student achievement. Elaine Wilson
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

Andreas Stylianides

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
Frankie Frangeskou Exploring the influence of self-identity on the LGB school leader/ship

Pam Burnard

Peter Dudley

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
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
Leonardo Goncalves Lago Putting dialogue to work in Brazilian primary school: from teacher education to science lessons.

Christine Howe

Mark Winterbottom

Emily Goodacre Social Communication with Friends and Peers: Children’s Connected Talk During Play

Jenny Gibson

Paul Ramchandani

Mélanie Gréaux Speech and Language Therapy provision for autistic children in India and the UK

Jenny Gibson

Dr Napoleon Katsos

Basma Hajir The Role of Youth as Agents for Peace in Contexts Affected by Conflict: A Postcolonial Qualitative Enquiry with Syrian Youth in Jordan Hilary Cremin
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
Hiba Hamdan Using an inquiry intervention to develop conceptual understanding and motivation for all students in a mixed-ability biology classroom Mark Winterbottom
John Harding From reasonable adjustment to inclusive practice? Exploring the influence of lecture capture technology on the academic outcomes and learning experiences of disabled students in higher education. Riikka Hofmann
Thomas Harriott How does social interaction influence students' regulation of learning in the upper secondary classroom? Elaine Wilson
Rebecca Heaton An autoethnographic exhibition exploring cognition in the practice of art educators. Richard Hickman
Adam Holden The use of mobile learning to impact teacher self-efficacy and self-permission in Panama.

Sara Hennessy

Pascual Perez-Paredes

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
Tristan Igglesden The affordances of learning management systems that support dialogue

Sara Hennessey

Louis Major

Hanne Jensen From 'fountain-of-knowledge' to facilitator: exploring professional learning among early educators in South Africa. Ros McLellan
Ying Ji Teachers' Engagement in Continuing Professional Development: Exploring Factors and Profiles Pete Dudley
Gulmira Kanayeva (Qanay) Facilitating teacher leadership in Kazakhstan

David Frost

Ros McLellan

Lisa Kazianka Tradition and Transformation: Re-Imagining Medieval Masculinities in Contemporary Arthurian Narratives for Adolescents

Zoe Jaques

David Whitley

Maria Khwaja Bazi Classrooms as Cultural Sites of Mobility and Constraint: A critical ethnography of teacher quality in Pakistan and Tanzania. Jo-Anne Dillabough
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
Rina P.Y. Lai The Design, Development, and Evaluation of a New Computerised Assessment of Computational Thinking Michelle Ellefson
Leigh Lawrence Mobilizing Morality: China’s “New Era” Moral Education Reform Susan Robertson
Soizic Le Courtois Helping teachers foster children’s inner motivation to learn: investigating the potential of a professional development programme for Year 1 teachers in England and the suitability of an evaluation instrument Sara Baker
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
Eddy Li Researching inclusive pedagogy with teachers in Hong Kong Kristine Black-Hawkins
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
Joyce Lim Exploring development of English verb-argument constructions in L2 writing: A cross-sectional study of L1 Korean speakers Pascual Pérez-Paredes
Meng Liu Exploring the multilingual identity of simultaneous language learners in China: A mixed methods study Linda Fisher
Luz Maria Lopez-Gomez Teaching Nature of Science to Mexican High School Students through Practical Work Activities Keith Taber
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
Javiera Marfán Schools Deciding the Purpose of Education. Policy Enactment in a Context of Education Reform Hybridisation Riikka Hofmann
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 into what it is to receive assistance conditional on school attendance from a cash transfer program in Jamaica: an interpretative phenomenological analysis Pauline Rose
Kevin Martin Re-imagining mobile learning: A design based approach to epistemic innovation in rural Kenya

Rupert Wegerif

Louis Major

Elizabeth McGregor Jacobides Tinkering with the nature of science. Mark Winterbottom
William McInerney Reimagining masculinities: Exploring arts-integrated gender transformative programming with men in the United States Hilary Cremin
Madison McLeod Finding the Fantastic in the City: Digitally Mapping Children’s Fantasy Literature Zoe Jaques
Michael J. Meaney MOOCs, Open-Scale Learning, and the Future of Educational Inequity.

Ricardo Sabates

Anna Vignoles

Maggie Meimaridi Entering the Contact Zone: Encountering the Animal in Children's Fantasy Literature. Zoe Jaques
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
Mansi Nanda Exploring teacher motivations and engagement with the community in rural India Pauline Rose
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
Patrick Nketia Higher education and advancement of capabilities: A study of AHSS University graduates' experiences and employability Arathi Sriprakash
Kristi Nourie Action and interaction: An exploration of e-textbook tool use in secondary schools Mark Winterbottom
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
Catherine Olver Fantasy, the Five Senses and the Mastery of Nature.

Zoe Jaques

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
Yong-Jun Park Youth, citizenship and democracy in South Korea Jo-Anne Dillabough
Claudia Pik Ki Ch The interplay of psycholinguistic and cognitive factors in predicting reading comprehension: a case of primary school children from the United Kingdom and Hong Kong/China Michelle Ellefson
Carla Plieth Negotiating Boyhood and Victimisation: The Sexually Abused Boy in Adolescent Literature Karen Coats
Hazel Price Constructions and Uses of Quality Assurance in Latin American Higher Education: A Critical Comparative Case Study of Chile and Bolivia Susan Robertson
Anna Purkiss Young readers’ responses to representations of disability in contemporary children’s fiction

Maria Nikolajeva

Kristine Black-Hawkins

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
Ana Luisa Rubio Jimenez The implementation and outcomes of a dialogic pedagogy for enhancing the self-determination of Mexican young adults with intellectual disability Ruth Kershner
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
Lakshmi Sagarika Bose Revolution in an Era of Global Securitization: An Ethnographic Encounter with Young Female Egyptian and South African Activists Jo-Anne Dillabough
Cristina Isabel de Oliveira Santos Career conversations for the development of student career competencies: analysing the possibility in Portuguese Secondary Schools Anna Vignoles
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

Christine Howe

Sadia Fatima Shafquat A phenomenological study of adolescent thinking through dialogue about literary texts Fiona Maine
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

Carol Holliday

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
Ngee Derk Tiong Di Sebalik Papan Hitam: Opportunities for learning through talk in Malaysian teacher professional learning communities (PLCs) Riikka Hofmann
Ana Laura Trigo Clapés Dialogic Teaching for students with conditions within the autism spectrum

Jenny Gibson

Sara Hennessy

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
Georgios Villias Educational escape rooms: Design, Implementation and Impact Analysis of immersive, problem-solving learning experiences in science education. Mark Winterbottom
Sharon Walker UK widening participation policy agenda: a critical race analysis. Arathi Sriprakash
Julia Jin Wang Multiverses in Contemporary Adolescent Literature Karen Coats
Xiao Wang Exploring data-driven learning in academic writing education: the acquisition of hedging devices. Pascual Perez-Paredes
Yuxiu Wei Gender disparity in the access to higher education: Assessing the impact of schools and socio-economic backgrounds using data mining approaches Mark Winterbottom
Alison Wells Postgraduate blended learning for NHS Educational Supervisors: A realist evaluation of impact on practice.

Sue Brindley

Yongcan Liu

Mandy Winters What can secondary music educators learn from multi-perspectival conceptions of composing? Three voices - different worlds. Pam Burnard
Maoxiao Xia Primary Teachers' Learning Patterns and Their Approaches to Teaching in China’s context Panayiotis Antoniou
Bowen Xu Transnationalising China's Higher Education via One Belt One Road Susan Robertson
Zitian Zeng Inclusive Classroom Practices and Teacher-Student Education in Hong Kong Kristine Black-Hawkins