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Special Interest Group

Educational Effectiveness and Improvement

Providing a forum for sharing, developing and disseminating research that explores, informs and improves outcomes in education.

We recognise that the field of education is diverse and political and as such this SIG is interested in research that questions educational policy and practice from the early years to higher education and beyond. Our aim is to provoke intellectual debate in a supportive forum that stimulates thinking and inter-disciplinary collaboration to influence government policy making and the funding of education in the future.

Research interests 

  • Questioning education
  • Small scale empirical research into educational effectiveness
  • Quality improvement in education from the early years to higher education and beyond
  • Improving outcomes for children
  • The role of the special educational needs coordinator
  • (De)professionalising the educational workforce
  • Rural and costal schools
  • Small schools
  • How different philosophies of education improve outcomes for children
  • Large scale quantitative research in educational effectiveness

SIG aims: 

This special interest group is concerned with educational effectiveness and improvement and aims to

  • Provide an inclusive and accessible forum for students, early career researchers, established educational researchers and educators, to discuss issues relating to educational effectiveness and improvement.
  • Share, stimulate, support and raise awareness of high quality research through networking events, conferences and workshops.
  • Create opportunities to disseminate findings from research within the academic community and beyond.
  • Influence government(s) educational policy, funding agencies and key stakeholders on issues relating to educational effectiveness and improvement.
  • Collaborate with other SIGs to promote interdisciplinary research with a common purpose of improving educational outcomes.
  • Collaborate with other educational research associations nationally and internationally on common issues relating to educational effectiveness and improvement.

SIG Convenors

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Tanya Ovenden-Hope, Professor

Professor of Education & Dean at Plymouth Marjon University

Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope is Provost and Professor of Education at Plymouth Marjon University. In 2018 she developed and opened Marjon University Cornwall based in Truro, which she leads. Tanya is a committed and enthusiastic educationalist...

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Victoria Bamsey, Dr

Lecturer at University of Plymouth

As a lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and Education and Programme Lead for the National Award for SEN Coordination at the University of Plymouth I am interested in questioning education, what education means, what it looks like and where it...

Content associated with this SIG

BERA Educational Research Book of the Year

Closes 15 Jul 2024

This award celebrates the publication of educational research and is awarded to a scholarly book on education deemed to be high quality, engaging and innovative.

AwardOpen