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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 12

  1. Alice Bradbury on how schools can recover post-pandemic
  2. Almudena Sevilla on what's happening 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

  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

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

Season 09

  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

  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).