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Bristol Conversations in Education – Analysing educational trials: the Education Endowment Foundation Archive

October 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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This event is part of the School of Education’s ‘Bristol Conversations in Education‘ seminar series.

The Education Endowment Foundation has commissioned over 145 randomised trials in schools across England since 2011. They have also created an archive of their trials data which can be linked to the Department for Education’s National Pupil Database. This seminar will focus on some of the methodological exploration of the EEF archive undertaken by a team at Durham University. This exploration has included the variation in effect size estimates that depends on analytic choices, post/gain comparisons and subgroup estimates. The work has included the development of an R package, eefAnalytics, which provides tools for analysing education trials data, including frequentist and Bayesian multilevel models. The presentation will focus on the issues that such exploration has raised for the design and analysis of trials in education as well as the inferences which can reasonably be drawn from such analysis.


Steve Higgins is Professor of Education at Durham University. Steve joined the School of Education in September 2006. Before working in higher education he taught in primary schools in the North East where his interest in children’s thinking and learning developed. His research interests include the use of evidence from research to support policy and practice decisions in education, the effective use of digital technologies for learning in schools, understanding how children’s thinking and reasoning develops, and how teachers can be supported in developing the quality of teaching and learning in their classrooms. He has a particular interest in the educational philosophy of Pragmatism and the implications for teaching and learning, particularly relating to the use of research evidence to develop practice in schools. He is the lead author of the Sutton Trust/EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit and has an interest the use of meta-analysis in developing understanding of effective use of research evidence for policy and practice.


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