Provoking conversations around power, positionality, and bias in quantitative research
27 October 2021
Laura Cashman, Deborah Spindelman and Charlotte Allen
Earlier this year, the student-run Quantitative Methods Group at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge began discussing the implications of power, positionality and bias in quantitative research. While qualitative researchers have undertaken important work over the past decades to address these implications, we felt that work by quantitative researchers hasn’t benefitted from that kind […]
No, I can’t help you. But would you like my Masters dissertation for dinner?
20 October 2021
Mariam Hassoun
“I am sorry, but due to university ethics guidelines, I am unable to help you.” I heard myself repeat the same words again and again to internally displaced Iraqis who participated in my dissertation research on navigational access to education. They would say, we need money, we need food, we need secure housing, we need […]
PhD Fieldwork In COVID-19 Times: Hello From The Other Side
13 October 2021
Aizuddin Mohamed Anuar
From October 2019 to September 2020, I was at home in Malaysia conducting my yearlong PhD fieldwork. Now, having safely completed this component of the PhD and returned to the University of Oxford amidst a pandemic that marches on, I reflect on turbulent moments from the field. This reflection centres on the second leg of […]
Motivating learners in learning: lessons from the implementation of competence-based curriculum in Rwanda
06 October 2021
Pui Ki Patricia Kwok and Theophile Nsengimana
Following what UNESCO and World Bank call the “learning crisis”, global educational reform efforts have converged on improving the quality of education. One popular narrative is on shifting away from “teacher-centered” – a label associated with various negative connotations – towards “learner-centered” approaches that value students’ active participation in learning. This is commonly desired to […]
Writing for publication: reflecting on the Compare programme
13 January 2021
Anna Robinson-Pant and Anna Magyar
Since 2005, BAICE has supported a writing-for-publication programme to enhance the reach and quality of its journal Compare.  Set up by Prof Anna Robinson Pant as former co-editor of Compare (2005 – 2010), Prof. Theresa Lillis (Open University) and Dr. Anna Magyar (University of East Anglia), the programme has expanded and evolved over the years, […]