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Research for the Real World

An IOE Podcast series. Conversations about education and social science research and its impact on policy, practice and our everyday lives.

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Season 21 - Cost of living crisis and food insecurity

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  1. Jake Anders - the links between food poverty and hunger with academic attainment
  2. Alice Bradbury - educational responses to the cost of living crisis and in particular how schools are doubling up as food banks for their local communities
  3. Gary McCulloch - the history of school meal provision and nutritional standards. 

Season 20 - All things AI, apps and EdTech

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  1. Alison Clark-Wilson on the intersections between industry and research in EdTech
  2. Manolis Mavrikis on artificial intelligence's role in education
  3. Laura Outhwaite on all things educational maths apps, and how we can look for high-quality learning content.

Season 19 - How addressing teacher recruitment and retention issues can help improve education

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  1. Asma Benhenda on the root causes of teacher shortages in different countries, and the impact of the pandemic and pay has on the workforce
  2. Caroline Daly on how those new to teaching can be supported to develop their careers
  3. Emily MacLeod on her doctoral research tracking young people’s teaching aspirations.

Season 18 - Reimagining education for climate justice and sustainable development

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  1. Lizzie Rushton on professional development for teachers and the student voice when it comes to climate change and sustainability education
  2. Stuart Tannock on the call for not just more, but what kind of climate change education is needed
  3. Doug Bourn on a "pedagogy of hope" to equip global citizens to make an active contribution to society.

Season 17 - The lives of refugees and asylum seekers

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  1. Caroline Oliver on asylum seeker reception, integration and the role of local communities
  2. Bernardita Muñoz Chereau on how we can support children from refugee backgrounds who have found themselves in underperforming schools
  3. Mette Berg on listening to the experiences of those navigating the UK asylum seeker system
  4. Rachel Rosen and two young researchers who came to the UK as children and sought asylum on unpacking the complexities of immigration and welfare through participatory and creative research.

Season 16 - How research can help educate educators

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  1. Sinéad Harmey on the research to practice gap
  2. Alison Kitson on responding to the climate crisis through education
  3. Meghna Nag Chowdhuri on how science education benefits from a social justice approach
  4. Mary Richardson on improving and evolving educational assessment.

Season 15 - A celebration of doctoral education

  1. Richard Freeman on the role of the PhD in the 21st century
  2. Georgia Pavlopoulou on participatory research through co-production and community engagement
  3. Aine McAllister on the experiences of refugees and access to higher education
  4. Ann Griffin and Adam Unwin on the impact of a Doctorate in Education.

Season 14 - Research-led relationships across London

  1. Claire Forrest on resources to support parents of nursery children in Tower Hamlets
  2. Laura Crane on how practices such as flexible seating in classrooms are helping autistic children and encourage inclusivity in mainstream schools
  3. George Ploubidis on how longitudinal studies have informed so much policy and practice in London
  4. Jake Anders and Asma Benhenda on the importance of collaborations with partners beyond academia.

Season 13

  1. Lynn Ang and Jessica Massonie on taking action against stunting
  2. Jo Van Herwegen on uncovering neuromyths
  3. James Thomas and David Gough on evidence to tackle health issues including Covid-19
  4. John White on how the philosophy of education influences school curriculum.

Season 12 - How have we handled the pandemic?

  1. Alice Bradbury on how schools can recover post-pandemic
  2. Almudena Sevilla on what's happened to parenting and pay during the pandemic
  3. Alice Goisis and Jenny Chanfreau on what life is like for an only child
  4. Best of 2021 highlights

Season 11 - Education's role in tackling the climate crisis

  1. Tristan McCowan on transforming universities for a changing climate
  2. Kaori Kitagawa on education's role in preparing for ecological disasters
  3. Charlotte Nussey on the intersection of international development, Sustainable Development Goals and the environment
  4. Nicola Walshe on practice for environment and sustainability education, climate change awareness and empowering young people

Season 10 - Collaboration with colleagues at UCL and beyond

  1. Carey Jewitt on advancing interdisciplinary knowledge on digital touch
  2. Spela Godec on STEM equity projects across different departments and time zones
  3. Vivian Hill on working with mental health practitioners in schools
  4. Praveetha Patalay on the art of collaborative research.

Season 09 - Communication and linguistics

  1. Chloë Marshall on language, linguistics and deafness
  2. Zsofia Demjen and Talia Isaacs on language and communication in cancer treatment and other healthcare settings
  3. Ruanni Tupas on discovering different audiences with different languages
  4. John Potter about digital communication and creativity.

Season 08

  1. Lynne Rogers on the transition to higher and further education
  2. Francis Green on employment prospects, job quality, the intensification of work
  3. Antonina Tereshchenko on representation and retention of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) teachers
  4. Alex Bryson on discrimination and the gender pay gap

Season 07 - Knowledge and the curriculum

  1. Arthur Chapman on knowledge and the curriculum
  2. Alex Standish on disciplines, subjects and the pursuit of truth
  3. Jennie Golding on the future of the curriculum

Season 06

  1. Rebecca O'Connell on food poverty and free school meals
  2. Peter Blatchford on rethinking class sizes
  3. Moses Oketch on raising education outcomes in Africa
  4. Five remarkable research stories: 2020 highlights as selected by the production team

Season 05

  1. Victoria Showunmi on intersectionality in Higher Education and educational leadership research
  2. Gemma Moss on teachers and the duty of care
  3. Julie Dockrell on overcoming oral language barriers to learning
  4. Elaine Unterhalter on gender equality in education.

Season 04

  1. Lorraine Dearden on higher education funding and student finance
  2. Alice Pettigrew on research-informed practice for teaching of the Holocaust
  3. Jeremy Hodgen on attainment grouping and setting
  4. Amelia Roberts on inclusive education and knowledge exchange
  5. Kate Cowan on the challenges of researching play with children.

Season 03

  1. Sam Sims on COVID-19 and school closures and teacher supply
  2. Keri Wong on the effects of COVID-19 on mental and physical health and social trust
  3. Dominic Wyse on parents taking up the role of teachers during lockdown
  4. Tejendra Pherali on education in conflict and crisis settings and moving forward post-pandemic.

Season 02

  1. Allison Littlejohn on the future of online learning and how UCL is managing during the pandemic
  2. Katherine Twamley on how families are coping with the challenges under COVID-19
  3. Guy Roberts-Holmes on the Reception baseline assessment and school accountability
  4. Chris McManus on students and careers in medicine and how COVID-19 may have affected their aspirations.

Season 01

  1. Alison Fuller on the IOE's role in education and social science research, her work on apprenticeships, post-compulsory education, and lifelong learning
  2. Alice Sullivan on the benefits of reading for pleasure, and the role longitudinal data plays to inform research findings
  3. Louise Archer on the concept of 'Science Capital', educational identities and inequalities, participation and career paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
  4. Rob Webster on the role of teaching assistants and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).