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Research Projects

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Some indicative examples of current and recently completed research projects of members of the PELS research group are the following:

Measurement of learning gains in higher education across disciplines (2016-2018, Jan Vermunt, Anna Vignoles & Sonia Ilie ). Funding Body: Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Multilingualism and cognition: implications for motivation, health and well-being (2016-2020, Wendy Bennett, Bak, Jenny Gibson , Napoleon Katsos. Funding body: Arts & Humanities Research Council.

Flourishing despite disadvantage: understanding resilience in children growing up in poverty (2017-2021, Duncan Astle, Michelle Ellefson , Claire Hughes & Mark Woolrich. Funding Body: The Templeton Foundation.

Evaluation of the Chief Residents’ Leadership and Management Programme in Medicine (2016-2017, Riikka Hofmann , Jan Vermunt ). Funding Body: Cambridge University Health Partners.

The Educated Brain: From the Neuroscience to the Practice of Lifelong Learning (2015-2018, Sara Baker , Michelle Ellefson , Zoe Kourtzi). Funding Body: Economic & Social Research Council UK-Research Seminars Competition.

Wellbeing of Secondary Schools: Large multi-phased study to examine constructs of wellbeing in adolescence (2015-2017 Ros McLellan, Liz Winter) Funding Bodies: Newton-Al-Farabi Partnership Programme and coordinated by the JSC Science Fund and the British Council.

Teacher learning and Lesson Study in mathematics higher order teaching and learning (2014-2016, Jan Vermunt , Neil Mercer , Paul Warwick & Maria Vrikki ). Funding body: London Schools Excellence Fund / London Borough of Camden.

Using genetic and environmental risks to understand variation in social, emotional, and educational outcomes in individuals with language impairments (2017-2019, Umar Toseeb, Jenny Gibson & Diane Newbury). Funding body: ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative.

App-based Language Assessment for use by Parents and Professionals (2016-2017, Napoleon Katsos & Jenny Gibson). Funding body: ESRC Impact Acceleration Award.

Instruction methods for critical thinking (2014-2016, Sara Baker). Funding Body: Macat International.

Assessing individual participation in group tasks (2016-2018, Ayesha Ahmed ). Funding body: AQA Education.

PEDAL projects

Hi-tech Observation of Children’s Playground Social Communication Trajectories (2016-2017, Jenny Gibson , Steve Hailes & David Skuse). Funding Body: ESRC Transformative Research Grant.

Understanding Children's Relationships with Peers through Play (2015-2018, Jenny Gibson & Elian Fink ). Funding Body: LEGO Foundation Research Grant.

Is there a role for play in school? (2015-2018, Sara Baker & Audrey Kittredge ). Funding Body: LEGO Foundation Research Grant.

Play, learning and narrative skills (2015-2018, Marisol Basilio & David Whitebread ). Funding Body: LEGO Foundation Research Grant.