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ESRC-SDS funding to Robert Owen Centre

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A grant from the ESRC-funded Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in partnership with Skills Development Scotland has been awarded for a PhD Studentship at Robert Owen Centre. Applications are invited for a period of either three years (+3) for those with an ESRC recognised training qualification or four years (1+3) for those without. The successful candidate… Continue reading

Connecting Classrooms evaluation to Robert Owen Centre

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A grant from the British Council has been awarded to Michele Schweisfurth and Oscar Odena at the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, to carry out the global Impact Evaluation of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms Programme (2016-2018). As part of a team led by Ecorys, Michele and Oscar will support the design of data… Continue reading

ESRC IAA funding for Robert Owen Centre

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Post by Oscar Odena. A grant from the Economic Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account (ESRC IAA) has been awarded to ‘Music Education for Integration’ (Odena PI, 2016-2017). The funds will support a programme of activities aimed at enhancing practitioners’ and education stakeholders’ understanding of music as a tool for integration locally, nationally and internationally.… Continue reading

Supervisors to mentor ESL students

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By Oscar Odena. The trend of English as Second Language (ESL) students to come to established English-speaking universities is on the increase, particularly to enrol on research degree programmes. With their new research skills many will aim to bring about educational change in their countries after completion. Developing academic writing is a crucial skill for… Continue reading

Music building better societies

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Oscar Odena explores the use of music education as a tool for social inclusion. The power of music to affect human beings is well documented in the literature. Marketing and psychotherapy scholars have shown how music is used to alter the consumer’s mood (Brown & Volgsten, 2006) and to develop communication skills with children on… Continue reading

Advancing ‘race’ and ethnicity in educational research

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By Oscar Odena and Richard Race. There is a prevailing sense that the term ‘race’, used in the past to highlight difference based on perceived ability and temperament, is no longer acceptable. ‘Race’ issues appear to be currently off the policy agenda, subsumed into ‘social justice’, ‘inclusion’ and ‘ethnicity’ topics. However ‘race’ is still a… Continue reading

Owen, music and inclusion

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By Oscar Odena. Robert Owen’s vision of education for all outlined the importance of arts education for personal development as well as for community cohesion. His vision of education comprised not just reading and writing but aesthetic appreciation, music and dancing, in order to achieve everybody’s holistic development and a sense of inclusion. His New… Continue reading

Some challenges of practice-centred research

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By Oscar Odena. Finding a methodological approach within which to work is not straightforward for practitioner-researchers engaged in enquiry aimed at educational change. Practitioner-researcher projects often (but not always) have a qualitative orientation, focussing on a limited number of participants and allowing for an in-depth analysis of particular cases and interactions. These projects tend to… Continue reading

How do researchers make sense of large amounts of qualitative data?

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By Oscar Odena. In my experience of carrying out research in a number of contexts, this is a real issue for many researchers. And that’s not surprising. One of the expectations of social enquiry projects is that they will have a decent amount of data which helps address the research questions, and develop implications based… Continue reading