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Prof Eleanore Hargreaves
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Professor Learning and Pedagogy
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

Personal country knowledge

  • Egypt (knowledge of country system and primary classrooms; assessment)
  • Consultancy work also undertaken in: Armenia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Macedonia, Qatar, Hong Kong, Pakistan, India, South Africa and Somalia

Languages spoken/written

  • French (advanced)
  • Arabic (intermediate)
  • German (intermediate)

Research Summary

My research focuses on researching with children about their own learning.  Attention to this is partly a matter of hearing the voices of marginalised groups, since children’s perspectives are rarely included in strategic research or policy programmes.  This focus on children’s insights about learning is also fundamental in progressing schools’ agenda for well-being and social justice, in UK and globally.  I am particularly keen to hear the voices of children from countries and situations in which they are most frequently side-lined, such as in middle/low income countries and migration situations. 

Recently my research has focused explicitly on chidren designated by the system as 'lower-attaining', who may experience subordinate status but who are rarely the focus of research. This focus has been embodied in the CLIPS project [Children's Life-histories In Primary Schools], which is a five year study of 23 children's journeys through schooling from age 7 to age 12.

Methodologically, my aims are best met through gathering qualitative data from children (and teachers), exploring approaches that lead to most trustworthy research findings that portray people as whole human beings.  I have thereby become one of IoE’s experts in the Life History methodological approach.  I am also leading development into novel and innovative child-appropriate data collection methods.

I am currently Academic Head of Research for the Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment.  I coordinate activities and networks to support all members of CPA to engage fruitfully in research - both funded and unfunded.  This includes our SIT WITH THE EDITOR series, in which Editors of prestigious education journals share their criteria for accepting/rejecting submitted articles for publication.  This enterprise is now reaching beyond CPA to international academics in the Middle East and North Africa where publishing in UK/US- centric journals is more problematic.

Teaching Summary

MA Effective Learning and Teaching Programme Leader 

Doctoral School

Departmental researcher mentoring

CPD in a range of countries

01-SEP-2020 – 01-SEP-2023 Academic Head of Research CPA IoE, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2020 Professor of Learning and Pedagogy Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment  , United Kingdom
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