Conference 2015

British Education Studies Association

17th Annual Conference

Cardiff Metropolitan University

The diversity of Education Studies: theory research and practice

Early Career Researcher (ECR) Preconference: 24 June 2015

Main Conference: 25–26 June 2015


Thursday 25th June

08:30-10:00Registration (Students Union) – tea & coffee on arrival
10:00-10:15Welcome (Chair of BESA and Dean of Cardiff School of Education)
10:15-11:15Keynote 1: Professor Stephen Ward, Bath Spa University (Lecture Theatre 2)
11:15-11:45Tea and Coffee (Students Union)
11:45-12:45Parallel Paper Sessions 1 (various rooms – C block)
12:45-13:55Lunch (Students Union)
14:00-15:00Keynote 2: Dr Mike Finn, Liverpool Hope University (Lecture Theatre 2)
15:00-16:00Parallel Paper Sessions 2 (various rooms – C block)
16:00-16:15Tea and Coffee (Students Union)
16:15-17:30AGM (Lecture Theatre 2WILT Lecture Theatre)
17:30-19:00Free time
19:30-20:30Drinks reception (National Museum of Wales, Park Place)
20:30Conference Dinner (National Museum of Wales, Park Place)

Friday 26th June

09:00-10:30Paper Sessions 3 (various rooms – C Block)
10:30-11:00Tea and Coffee (Students Union)
11:00-12:00Paper Sessions 4 (various rooms – C block)
12:00-13:00Paper Sessions 5(various rooms – C block)
13:00-13:55Working Lunch (Students Union) – Developing your paper for publishing in BESA Journal
14:00-15:00Key Note 3: Professor Chris Pascal OBE (Lecture Theatre 2)
15:00-15:15Conference close

Schedule of Paper Sessions

Thursday 25th June 2015

Session One 11:45 – 12:45
Room C101

Dr Zeta Brown – University of Wolverhampton
Mark Wilson – University of East London
Debating the use of in-class debates in Education Studies: A comparative investigation into the use of debates as a teaching strategy in Higher Education.

Miss Sarah Dauncey – Cardiff Metropolitan University
Primary School Teachers’ Perceptions of Risk: Emerging findings from a study of theoretical conceptualisations of risk and their impact upon Pedagogical Practice

Room C102

SYMPOSIUM: UCL Institute of Education

Dr Trevor Male
Sulaiman Alshathri
Amin Alzahrani

Education Organisations and Learning in a Digital Age

Room C105

Mrs Chantelle Haughton, Prof. Gary Beauchamp – Cardiff Metropolitan University and Mrs Marianne Manello – Play Wales
‘Open all hours’: researching access, play and adventure in school grounds

Mrs Chantelle Haughton, Prof. Gary Beauchamp – Cardiff Metropolitan University and Dr Julie Burke – Guilford College, North Carolina
Education Studies a research ‘journey’ from North Carolina to Cardiff: learning outdoors with teachers and practitioners in rain, snow and sun through conversations, observations and reflections.

Room C106

Mr Alan Howe and Graham Downes – Bath Spa University
Assessed asynchronous discussion with an education studies programme: Student perspectives on their value and validity

Dr Rob Baker and Jayne Revill – Sheffield Hallam University
Do Screencasts Really Work? A Study of Their Effect in the Teaching of Quantitative Methods

Room C109

Ms Sarah Elsey and Dr Sean Starr – University of Wolverhampton
The Factors that Influence Student Teachers’ Efficacy.

Ms Tansy Swerdlow, Dr Nia Young and Dr Anne-Marie Smith – Bangor University
Expanding horizons or ruining Disney? An investigation of students’ experience of threshold concepts in Childhood Studies.

Session Two 15:00 – 16:00

Room C101

Miss Konstantina Kalogirou – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, & Cardiff Metropolitan University
VAD: Vocabulary Acquisition via Drama, a new teaching tool!

Prof. Koompong Noobanjong – King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang (KMITL)
Assoc. Prof. Taisto H. Mäkelä – University of Colorado at Denver

An Integration of Collaborative Learning and Haptic Senses: A Cross-cultural Approach in Architectural Education

Room C102

Dr Gill Jones – Cardiff Metropolitan University
Being Enterprising in an Educational Context

Dr Joe Gazdula – University of Bolton
Enterprise Education: Analysing Critical Learning and Attainment from Enterprise Education Placements

Room C105

Dr Caroline Lohmann-Hancock – University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Meritocracy and Social Mobility through Education: An Obtainable Aspiration or Political Myth

Dr. Scott Buckler – University of Worcester
Sophie King-Hill – University of Worcester
Gareth Dart – University of Worcester

Two fingers to the administrivialisation of higher education: A radical approach to radical education.

Room C106

Dylan Adams – Cardiff Metropolitan University
How Fantastic is Literacy?

Mrs Chantelle Haughton
Mrs Sian Sarwar, Dr Jacky Tyrie, Mr Dylan Adams and Dr Cheryl Ellis – Cardiff Metropolitan University

‘Wild Time’: discovery and adventure tales from free-play episodes with a reception class working in an ancient woodland site.

Room C109

Mrs Chris Grant – University of Bolton
Whose ethics is it anyway?

Ms Charu Dada and Dr Anne-Marie Smith – Bangor University
“We trust you, don’t you trust us?”: Reflections on ethics and positionality in fieldwork in India.

Friday 26th June 2015

Session Three

Room C101

Dr Jo Axe – Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Developing supportive online environments: Exploring the experiences of non-traditional students enrolled in higher education

Mr Tim Palazon – Cardiff Metropolitan University
Dr Sarah Lloyd-Jones – People and Work Unit
Calvin Lees – NIACE Cymru

Incentives and barriers to participation in education for males identified as NEET aged eighteen and over.

Room C102

Dr Suanne Gibson – Plymouth University
Exploring and engaging with the failings of ‘Inclusion in Higher Education’. Is a post-rights inclusive future possible?

Mr Ben Ewart-Dean – Cardiff Metropolitan University
How film-making can improve the social communication skills of children on the autism spectrum.

Room C105

Mr Alex Kosogorin – Nottingham Trent University
Global learning in Primary Education: moving beyond charity

Dr David Ratcliffe – University of Bolton
A Comparative Study of Teaching & Learning Styles in the UK and South East Asia

Room C106

Mr Ashley Kirwan – Liverpool Hope University
Education as a tool for ethnic minority community cohesion: An exploration into Liverpool’s Somali community and the use of multicultural education in a secondary school to promote integration.

Mr Ibrahim Alhouti – UCL Institute of Education
Developing the Leadership Capability of School Principals at Public Intermediate Schools in Kuwait

Session Four 11:00 – 12:00

Room C101

Miss Marlena Chrostowska – Liverpool John Moores University
The nature of teachers’ work in a primary Academy school: an ethnographic case study

Ruby Price – Cardiff Metropolitan University
Education studies students’ recollection of childhood play and their impact on learning.

Room C102

Mr Leonardo Silveira – University College London Institute of Education
Leading and implementing change in Childhood Education: the case study of the EYFS 2012 framework principles implementation and student increase at Brilliance International School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Mrs Basma Alghufali – Canterbury Christ Church University
Behavioural Problems in Preschool children from Teachers’ perspectives in Saudi Arabia.

Room C105

Ms Verity Aiken – Nottingham Trent University
The risky terrain of student writing

Dr David Menendez Alvarez-Hevia – Manchester Metropolitan University
Conceptualising Research in Education Studies Programmes

Room C106

Bath Spa University

The diversity of our Education Studies research projects

Mrs Lana Farrington
The process of emotion coaching from one parent’s perspective: Uncovering the impact of parental behaviour and emotions on the effectiveness of emotion coaching

Miss Amy Lamborn
What is the potential impact of an extended induction initiative at Bath Spa University on undergraduate students starting their first year?

Mr Shaun Taylor
Has the marketisation of education in England created a behemoth that is wreaking havoc on society?

Mr Rob Watson
Learning Theory: A Philosophical Critique

Room C109

Dr Nia Young and Dr Anne-Marie Smith – Bangor University
The Dragon in the Room: Pedagogical reflections on teaching and learning in a bilingual environment.

Dr Melanie Parker and
Dr Ciaran O’Sullivan – University of

‘It Takes a Politicised Educator to Free Education from Capitalism’

Session Five

Room C101

Dr Cathal O’Siochru – Liverpool Hope University
How do students’ beliefs about education studies affect their performance and study choices

Dr Brendan Bartram – University of Wolverhampton
A comparative study of students’ entry motivation at universities in England, Germany and Portugal

Room C102

Mr Richard Sanders, Ms Nasrat Shaheen and Dr Roger Willoughby – Newman University
Authentic Student Partnership: Space for Diversity and Inclusion

Mrs Jacqueline Elton – UCL Institute of Education
Searching for the Academies Standards Effect: The Bigfoot Phenomenon

Room C105

Mr Stephen Lake – University of Worcester
Informal Learning within the Context of a Public House

Mrs Sue Ainsworth – University of Wales Trinity Saint David Carmarthen
Restorative Practice: Resolving conflict, Supporting well-being, Delivering positive behaviour. What’s the catch?

Room C106

Plymouth University

Dr Suanne Gibson
John Walker
Charlotte Wallwork
Jenna Witcombe
Melanie Parker
Ciaran O’Sullivan

The diversity of our Education Studies research projects

Room C109

Mr Tom Feldges – University of Hull
Sonia Pieczenko – University Centre Grimsby

Learning about ‘Life’ or valuing ‘Life’

Mr Andy Reynolds – University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Swansea)
The Professional, Policy, Politics and ‘Successful Futures’

Paper Session Schedule (PDF)


ECR Preconference

Early Career Researcher Pre-Conference Programme  

Cardiff Metropolitan University  

Wednesday 24 June 2015

10:15-10:30Prof. Gary Beauchamp, Cardiff Metropolitan University Steph Brown, Early Career representative
10:30-11:30Parallel sessions 1

A. How to (and how not to) write for publication: thoughts of a reviewer Prof. Gary Beauchamp, Cardiff Metropolitan University
B. HEA accreditation – Associate status: is it for me? Staff Development Unit, Cardiff Metropolitan University
C. What do we do when we write: How do I plan a thesis?  Shona McIntosh, University of Bristol
11:30-11:45Break (tea and coffee)   
11:45-12:45Parallel sessions 2  

A. Trials and Tribulations of the PhD/ Surviving the viva: A Discussion  Dr. Sian Rhiannon Williams, Graduate Studies Coordinator,  Cardiff Metropolitan University  
B. Submitting your abstract and presenting at conferences Dr. Ioanna Palaiologou
C. REF explained – what does it mean for me?   Professor David James University of Cardiff 
12:45-14:00  Networking lunch 
14:00-15:00Parallel sessions 3  

A. Methodology Dr Zeta Brown, University of Wolverhampton
B. What else can I do with a PHD beside HE? Careers Office
C. It’s all academic: careers options, up to the viva and beyond   Professor Scott Fleming Cardiff Metropolitan University 
15:00-15:15Break (tea and coffee)   
15:15-16:15Expert Panel Q&A Forum (Room Lecture Theatre 2)    
Chair: Prof. Gary Beauchamp, Cardiff Metropolitan University  
Panel:  Dr. Trevor Male, Dr. Zeta Brown, Dr. Ioanna Palaiologou, Professor Scott Fleming and Professor David James  
16:15  Close