Research projects

Current externally funded projects

Current internally funded projects

Previous international projects

Includes several major projects led by John Cook at a previous institution.

mLeMan mobile Learning Manager

LTRI is a partner in the EC-funded project mLeMan. This Leonardo da Vinci project is led by Plovdiv University in Bulgaria and has a total budget of 475,351 euro. The total budget for LTRI is 84,731 euro. John Cook leads for LTRI, and Carl Smith will also work on the project. Other mLeMan partners are from Ireland, Italy, Austria and Bulgaria. mLeMan started October 1 2010 and runs for 24 Months.

SoMobNe

SoMobNet (Social Mobile Network to Enhance Community Building for Adults’ Informal Learning) is a capacity building network. Partners include Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy), Institute of Education (UK), Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy), Universität Bremen (Germany), Attiko Vocational Training Center (Greece) and LTRI (headed by John Cook). STELLAR (an existing project under FP7) funds this work.

MATURE - Continuous Social Learning in Knowledge Networks

July 2007. European Framework 7 project funding for MATURE. John Cook leads for LTRI, we are part of a 13 partner consortium. It is part of the call ICT-2007.4.1 (Digital Libraries and Technology-Enhanced Learning). MATURE is a Framework 7 Larger-Scale Integrating Project. MATURE investigates continuous social learning in knowledge networks. Cook will contribute his experience, across the project, in designing and implementing systems that support learning and will work on the informal learning research. Furthermore, Cook and Claire Bradley will lead the evaluation work package. LTRI have been awarded circa £360,000 over 4 years, within a total project award of £4.4 million. The scientific co-ordinator of the project is Universität Karlsruhe in Germany, a former partner on the completed FP5 project Learning in Process (LIP). Total funding is subject to successful contract negotiations with the EC over the summer. Start date March/April 2008.

Study of UK Online Centres

A joint project with the British Educational and Communications Technology Association (Becta), and part of the DfES-funded Metadata for Community Content project. The study looked at how networked community learning centres function and support informal learning within their community. LTRI received £30k for the study.

Learning and Teaching Children's Literature in Europe 2009-2011

Comenius multi-lateral project Arts and Education Departments' bid with 3 European partners. From Iceland, Turkey and Spain.

Cathie Butler (ARTs)  led this project with Penelope Harnett, Jane Carter and Elizabeth Newman (EDU) Training Social Studies and History Educators for multi cultural Europe 2008-2009

Promotion of Civil Society Dialogue between the EU and Turkey.  Penelope Harnett and Dean Smart worked with colleagues in Erciyes university and Karadeniz university in Turkey.  Research and development of learning materials. http://csd.erciyes.edu.tr/english

Training Social Studies and History Educators for multi cultural Europe 2008-2009

Promotion of Civil Society Dialogue between the EU and Turkey.  Penelope Harnett and Dean Smart worked with colleagues  from two Turkish universities;  Erciyes University, Kayseri  and Karadeniz University, Trabzon    Researching students’ perceptions of history and citizenship education  and the development of learning materials. http://csd.erciyes.edu.tr/english

Teacher Induction: Supporting the Supporters of Novice Teachers in Europe 2006-2009

Penelope Harnett researched mentors' and mentees' perspectives of their needs with colleagues from across 15 EU member states. Development, implementation and evaluation of materials to support identified needs of mentors supporting newly qualified teachers (http://www.tissnte.eu/).

European Modular Programme for Intercultural Learning, training and advanced training 2004-2006

Penelope Harnett  (EDU) and Rebecca Fong (ARTS)  undertook a comparative analysis of education structures and policy in Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Germany and UK with specific reference to the  inclusion of minority cultures. Development, implementation and evaluation of materials to support intercultural knowledge and communication in primary schools. http://www.emil.ikk.lmu.de/

Previous national projects

2012 ASDAN: The impact of the pursuit of the ASDAN’s Certificate of Personal Effectiveness on GCSE attainment.  Mixed methods study of whether a skills-based qualification impacts positively on GCSE outcomes.

2012 and 2011. Using ICT to support Music Education. Teacher Development Agency.

2011 Aimhigher West: Participation rates in Aimhigher West – analysis and comparisons.  Statistical and time series analysis of participation in higher education in the Aimhigher West area.

2011 Aimhigher West: Application patterns between 2004 and 2010.  Statistical analysis of higher education application patterns in the Aimhigher West area..

2010 Diversifying the South West Further Education and Training workforce: Survey conducted on behalf of the SWitch Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training by the School of Education, University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) in collaboration with Western Training Provider Network (WTPN). Project Report. School of Education, University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) in collaboration with Western Training Provider Network (WTPN).

2010 Models of good practice in recruitment, initial assessment, induction and ongoing support for Learning & Skills Sector ITE trainees: Survey conducted on behalf of the SWitch Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training by the School of Education, University of the West of England, Bristol in collaboration with City of Bristol College. Project Report. School of Education, University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) in collaboration with City of Bristol College.

2010. Initial Teacher Training. Leading partners in literacy and mathematics project. Teacher Development Agency.

2010 Evaluation of the Learning and Skills Council (West of England) work-related learning project. Project Report. BRILLE (Bristol Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning and Education), University of the West of England, Bristol.

2010 Bristol City Council: Secondary curriculum development and innovation in Bristol.  Online survey of curriculum leads in Bristol schools regarding their approach to innovation.

2010 Initial Teacher Training. Leading partners in literacy and mathematics project. Teacher Development Agency.

2009 National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education: National Learning Alliance and the DIUS consultation on informal learning.  Online national survey of informal learning organisations regarding proposed changes to funding and policy.

2009 Aimhigher West: Evaluation and cohort study.  Statistical analysis and profiling of cohort of young people undergoing Aimhigher widening participation activities.

2009 An evaluation of CPD for senior nursing staff in Bath’s hospitals University of the West of England, Bristol.  

2008. Learning through Language Network. National Priorities in CPD. Continuation Project. Teacher Development Agency.

2008. Learning across the primary curriculum; creative curriculum planning. Effective Practices in CPD. Teacher  Development Agency.

2008 Workers’ Educational Association: Tutor consultation - enhancing tutor community.  Online national survey of WEA tutors to examine their motivation and sense of community.

2008 UK Council for International Student Affairs: Discussing difference - a toolkit for improving cross-cultural exchange.  Development of a resource pack for university teachers dealing with internationalised classrooms.

2008 Aimhigher Southwest: Applicants to Professions Allied to Medicine.  Statistical analysis of number and types of students in the southwest pursuing PAM courses.

2008 Community engagement and specialist schools and academies: The implications of the Leitch Review of Skills Trust. Technical Report. University of West of England, Bristol for Specialist Schools and Academies, Bristol.

2008 Evaluation report of the European Dictionary of Skills and Competencies (DISCO) Project. Technical Report. European Commission

2007. Learning through Language Network. National Priorities in schools. Teacher Development Agency.

2007. The primary curriculum in action. Research and analysis of headteachers', teachers' and pupils' views of the curriculum in selected case study schools. Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

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