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Dr Bernardita Munoz Chereau
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
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  • Principal Research Fellow
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education

I obtained a BSc in Psychology, School of Psychology, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile and studied a MA in ICT in Education (Institute of Education, UCL) in 2002, funded by Chevening Scholarship for global future leaders. After some years of working back in Chile at the school level, academia, and the public sector as a Researcher and Consultant in assessment in education, I secured funding for studying a PhD, School of Education, University of Bristol, awarded in 2013. After my PhD I worked as a Research Associate on several research projects at University of Bristol. In 2016 I obtained a ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Postdoctoral Fellowship, and in 2018 I moved to my current position as a Research Fellow in Education at the IOE. Along my career in Education, I have pursue my passion for writing fiction for young readers. I have published more than 30 titles in Chile and Latin America. My latest book, ‘Noelia’s diary’, a fictional account of a girl growing up under dictatorship, received an honourable mention, Colibri medal 2017, from IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People).

Research Summary

I have a strong interest in education and inequalities. My research focuses on school effectiveness, school improvement and accountability research fields. I define myself as a mixed-methods researcher. My PhD and Postdoctoral work examined the range, extent and consistency of primary and secondary school effectiveness in the Chilean context using multi-level modelling to conduct school performance analysis using Chilean administrative longitudinal data, as well as exploring qualitatively through case studies the school processes and factors that might explain the observed differences.

 I am interested in applying mixed-methods to answer new research questions in the field of education. Focusing on quantitative methods, during my previous position as a Research Associate at University of Bristol I have applied varied statistical techniques, such as Factor Analysis and Principal Component Analysis, and survey analysis using descriptive and inferential statistics. Focusing on qualitative studies, I have designed and conducted semi-structured interviews and focus groups with undergraduate students (TELME project), and analysed transcripts from interviews and focus groups as well as documentaries produced in  Evernote using NVivo 10 (DD-Lab project). I have disseminated the main findings of research and been involved with a wide range of academic audiences through conferences, seminar presentations and digital media.

15-MAR-2019 Senior Research Fellow in Education Learning and Leadership UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
15-JAN-2018 Research Fellow in Education Department of Leadership and Learning IOE UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2017 – 31-DEC-2017 Senior Research Associate-Postdoctoral Fellow School of Education University of Bristol, United Kingdom
03-MAR-2014 – 31-DEC-2016 Research Associate School of Education University of Bristol, United Kingdom
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