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Dr Ed Baines
UCL Institute of Education
University College London
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL
Appointment
  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology of Education
  • IOE - Psychology & Human Development
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Education. I am an experienced researcher involved in a number of research projects focusing on teaching, learning and group work in classrooms; peer relations, friendships and social networks in school; school lunch and break times; peer interaction and dialogue in classroom contexts.

Research Summary

Main research interests are: the interconnections between social networks, friendship and peer relations of primary and secondary school students and in relation to learning; school playground activities; collaborative group-work in classrooms; teaching and learning interactions in the classroom; grouping practices and ability grouping; systematic observational methods; quantitative and qualitative research methods.

  • A follow up national study of school break and lunchtimes and young people’s social life within and outside of school 2016-17. Funded by the Nuffield Foundation (see www.breaktime.org.uk)
  • School lunch and behaviour studies - In collaboration with the School Food Trust. This research examined the effects of the school lunch experience on engagement and learning in primary and secondary school classrooms.
  • Improving the effectiveness of groups in classrooms (SPRinG) Funded by ESRC (see www.spring-project.org.uk).
  • Playground Games: their social context in elementary/junior school Funded by Spencer Foundation (see www.breaktime.org.uk)

 
Previous doctoral students

  • Suzanne Bailey (DEdPsy): Who are the most vulnerable pupils at transition? : The impact of risk and resiliency factors in the experiences and adjustment of children after the move from primary to secondary school.
  • Mohsen Sadeghi (PhD): Peer relations and school adjustment: a longitudinal study of Iranian adolescents' adaptation after transfer to a new school.
  • Joanne Tree (DEdPsy): What factors help children with challenging behaviour make a successful transfer to secondary school?
  • Rachel Friend (DEdPsy): An exploratory study of how primary schools implement SEAL small group work.
  • Joe Isbister (DEdPsy): Exploring adolescents' use of social networking sites and their perceptions of how this can influence their peer relationships.
  • Sophie Sugarman (DEdPsy): An investigation into parents' attitudes towards their children having imaginary companions.
  • Sorcha Ennis (DEdPsy): Factors influencing a child’s decision to defend against teasing and unkind behaviour.
  • Cynthia Pinto (DEdPsy): The peer relations and friendships of children with and without special educational needs.
  • Simon Higley (DEdPsy) 'The social lives and friendships of children with Special Educational Needs outside of school: parent's and pupil's perspectives'
  • Sneha Shah (DEdPsy) 'Young People with MLD and independence for living'
  • Polly Warrington (DEdPsy)'Experiences in high, middle and low attaining Year 7 mathematics classes and how these may relate to outcomes'

Current students

  • Helen MacIntyre (MPhil/PhD) 'Implications of school mealtimes for children’s peer relationships and adjustment to school'
  • Andriása Dam Joensen (MPhil/PhD) ‘The application and evaluation of collaborative learning methods in a Faroese context’
  • Jasmine Brown (DEdPsy) 'An exploration of the peer interactions and experiences of children during breaktimes and in class in mainstream primary schools.'
Teaching Summary

  • Lecturer on the DEdPsy, the MA/MSc Child Development and the Foundation Degree. 
  • Research coordinator on the DEdPsy: Quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods I and II; Research Thesis module; Year 3 coordinator. 
  • Module coordinator: Foundation Degree - 'The Growing Child'
  • Topics taught: research methods and statistics, child social development, peer relations, friendships, social networks and bullying.

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