Education research highlights
• An ESRC First Grant of £316,000 has been awarded to Dr Fran Martin to critically assess global partnership courses which explore culture, education and policies. Her project investigates the learning of professionals in the UK, Gambia and Southern India, the ways in which the courses challenge stereotypes, how they develop an understanding of relationships and the impact the study visit has on the host countries.
• A €1 million International Science Education development project is being launched by the Graduate School of Education. The three-year project seeks to improve the quality of science education in Europe by collaborating with other countries where science and science careers are perceived by young people as a positive option. The aim is to understand how countries in both Europe and the partner countries of India, Turkey, Lebanon and Malaysia are addressing the issue of gender and cultural diversity in regard to engaging young people in science education.
• The Graduate School of Education, in partnership with the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has been commissioned by the Department for Education to conduct an evaluation of the Every Child a Writer Project – a National Strategies programme of materials and support to raise standards in writing at Key Stage 2. The aim of the evaluation is to assess the impact and delivery of the Every Child a Writer pilot programme in order to provide evidence to inform decisions about the national roll-out.
• Coordinated by Professor Rupert Wegerif and Dr Judith Kleine-Staarman, the Educational Dialogue project looks at Exploratory Talk as a catalyst for conceptual change in KS1 Arithmetic and is already generating fascinating data . The group focuses on issues of method and methodology arising from funded projects, on writing papers out of these projects and on preparing bids to continue a coherent programme of related projects. Technology, although not centre stage, plays a part as a medium for dialogue.