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Psychology and Education Projects

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Research Projects

    Here is a selection of current and recent research projects involving P&E members and other Faculty colleagues:

    Knowing me, knowing you: How do children make decisions in social contexts? (Cambridge Humanities Grant)
    Principal Investigator: Dr Sara Baker & Christine Howe

    Does play have a role in school? (PEDaL research strand)
    Principal Investigators:Dr Sara Baker

    PEDaL (Play in Education Development and Learning) Research Centre
    Principal Investigators: Dr. David Whitebread, Dr. Sara Baker & Dr. Jenny Gibson; Researchers: Dr Marisol Basilio, Dr. Elian Fink & Dr. Audrey Kittredge

    The PLaNS (Play Learning and Narrative Skills) Project
    Principal Investigator: Dr David Whitebread; Dr Marisol Basilio (RA), Helen Bradford and Mary Anne Wolpert - Funded by The LEGO Foundation

    Understanding the origins and experience of mathematics anxiety in primary and secondary school pupils.
    Co-Investigators: Dr. Ros McLellen, Dr. Ann Dowker (Oxford)
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Denes Szucs (Dept. Psychology, University of Cambridge)

    Young Children’s Reasoning About Chemistry
    Principal Investigator: Dr Michelle Ellefson, Dr Anne Schlottmann (Department of Psychology, UCL), Dr Keith Taber

    A Tool for Analysing Dialogic Interactions in Classrooms.
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Sara Hennessy, with Prof. Neil Mercer, Paul Warwick and Prof. Sylvia Rojas-Drummond - Funded by British Academy

    Teacher learning and lesson study in mathematics higher order teaching and learning.
    Principal Investigators: Prof. Jan Vermunt , Paul Warwick, Prof. Neil Mercer, Dr. Maria Vrikki. In close collaboration with Dr. Pete Dudley, Jean Lang and Annamari Ylonen from the London Borough of Camden School Improvement Service.

    Educational reform in Kazakhstan (Teacher Identity and Assessment Strands)
    Principal Investigators: Professor David Bridges; Dr Kairat Kurakbayev (GSE, Nazarbayev University, Astana). Co-investigators: Dr Ros McLellan; Dr Liz Winter.

    A collaborative project to examine psychological and educational well-being of secondary education students in Kazakhstan
    Principal Investigators: Dr Ros McLellan; Professor Carole Faucher (GSE, Nazarbayev University, Astana). Co-investigators Dr Liz Winter; Dr Daniel Torrano and Dr Kairat Kurakbayev (both Nazarbayev University, Astana) . Jointly funded by the British Council and the Al-Farabi Foundation.

    Measuring the Impact of Career Guidance and Related Interventions on Career Self-efficacy and Related Employability Outcomes of Arabic Youth
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Shima Barakat (Judge Business School, University of Cambridge). Co-investigator: Dr Ros McLellan

    Exploring the Malleability of Executive Control: Mind Match Chess
    Principal Investigators: Dr Michelle Ellefson, Dr Zewelanji Serpell (Department of Psychology, Virginal Commonwealth University), Dr Teresa Parr (Ashley-Parr LCC)

    A Cross-Cultural Study of Family Influences on Executive Functions in Late Childhood
    Principal Investigators: Dr Michelle Ellefson, Prof Claire Hughes (Family Research Centre, University of Cambridge), Dr Florrie Ng (Department of Educational Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong), Dr Qian Weng (Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

    BUILDing Inclusive Pedagogy
    Principal Co-Investigators: Ruth Kershner, Dr. Kristine Black-Hawkins - Funded by British Academy/Leverhulme

    The impact of primary-secondary transition on students' wellbeing.
    Principal Investigators: Dr. Ros McLellan with Prof. Maurice Galton.

    Health and wellbeing over transition.
    Principal Investigators: Dr. Ros McLellan, Prof. Maurice Galton. CCE (Creativity, Culture & Education)

    The Effect of Powered Mobility on Cognitive Development in Children with Impaired Mobility
    Principal Investigator: Dr Michelle Ellefson

    The Impact of Creative Partnerships on the wellbeing of children and young people.
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Ros McLellan, Prof. Maurice Galton. CCE

    The Development of Irregular Word Reading
    Principal Investigators : Dr Janet Vousden (Coventry University), Dr Michelle Ellefson

    A paradigm for off-site and internet-based linguistic and executive functions research in bilingual children.
    Principal Investigators : Dr Napoleon Katsos (Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge), Dr Dora Alexopoulou (Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge), Dr Michelle Ellefson, Dr Henriette Hendriks (Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge), Prof Claire Hughes (Family Research Centre, University of Cambridge), Dr Teresa Parodi (Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge)

    Piloting a Supported Play Intervention to Promote Executive Functions in 3- to 5-Year-Olds
    Principal Investigators: Dr Michelle Ellefson, Prof Claire Hughes (Family Research Centre, University of Cambridge)

    The Role of Domain Knowledge on Causal Reasoning of Chemistry Content
    Principal Investigators: Dr Michelle Ellefson, Prof David Sobel (Department of Psychology, Brown University

    Children Articulating Thinking (ChAT) Project: Developing a pedagogy for metacognition and self-regulation in English Year 1 classrooms
    Dr David Whitebread (PI), Professor Neil Mercer, Penny Coltman, Jane Warwick, Professor Christine Howe, Professor Usha Goswami, Dr. Deborah Pino Pasternak (RA)

    CIndLe: Independent Learning in the Foundation Stage
    Dr David Whitebread, Holly Anderson & Penny Coltman, Charlotte Page (RA), Deborah Pino Pasternak (RA), Dr. Sanjana Mehta (RA) - Funded by Cambs Early Years Partnership

    Dialogic Teaching in Science Classrooms
    Professor Neil Mercer, Professor Philip Scott, Dr Jaume Amettler, Dr Judith Kleine Staarmann - Funded by the ESRC

    Interactive Whiteboards & Collaborative Pupil Learning in Primary Science
    Professor Neil Mercer, , Ruth Kershner, Paul Warwick, Dr Judith Kleine Staarman (RA) - Funded by the ESRC

    Primary Review - The Condition & Future of Primary Education in England
    Professor Robin Alexander - specific areas from the report include:
    Children's social development, peer interaction & classroom learning (Prof Christine Howe & Prof Neil Mercer)

    Primary school children's tacit and explicit knowledge of object motion
    Professor Christine Howe

    Thinking Together - A dialogue-based approach to the development of children's thinking and learning
    Professor Neil Mercer, Paul Warwick, et al