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

I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Education and an experienced researcher. I was employed as the main researcher on a range of funded research projects for over 10 years. I have undertaken studies focusing on teaching, learning and grouping practices in schools; collaborative group work in classrooms; peer relations, friendships and social networks in school; school break and lunch times; peer interaction and dialogue in classroom contexts. I have substantial expertise in systematic observational methods and mixed methods research.

Research Summary
I am interested in research that is undertaken in everyday real-world settings, such as in school classrooms, playgrounds and lunch rooms to understand how social interactions and talk between children influence their learning and social development. My main research interests are in: children’s social networks, friendships and peer relations; children’s peer interactions, collaborative group work and learning; school breaktimes and meal times and social interactions on the playground; teaching and learning interactions in the classroom; grouping practices and ability grouping in school; systematic observational methods; quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research methods.

Current research - A study examining the connections between children's playground social activity, peer relations and engagement and learning processes in the classroom and well-being in primary schools (see webpage: tinyurl.com/4kxhtumn).

While I have worked on a number of projects, the following have been my main focus:
•    A follow up national study of school break and lunchtimes and young people’s social life within and outside of school 2016-19. Funded by the Nuffield Foundation (see www.breaktime.org.uk)
•    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)
•    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.

Relationships and Interactions in School Environments (RISE) research group
This newly formed research group provides a focus for discussions of current, previous and future research. In particular it provides a forum for doctoral students to exchange ideas and develop their thinking in a supportive environment (see webpage: tinyurl.com/s4hx8f94).

Doctoral supervision
I am interested to hear from students wishing to develop research into the connections between social interactions and peer relationships in school and learning and teaching processes in the classroom.

Recent and current doctoral students:
•    Helen MacIntyre: School mealtimes and children’s peer relationships
•    Kelly Golding: The use of disciplinary internal exclusion in mainstream secondary schools
•    Caroline King: Emotional Literacy Support Assistant programme in secondary schools and Goal Based Outcome measures?
•    Nicole Cara: The nature and use of form time in secondary schools
•    Andriása Dam Joensen: An evaluation of collaborative learning methods in a Faroese context
•    Aneeza Pervez: Understanding prosocial behaviour and interactions in school children
•    Lorenzo Ciletti: Deployment and types of support for children with Special Educational Needs in Italian primary classrooms.
•    Yue Zhao: Peer support, engagement and learning in Chinese primary schools
•    Yohana Yulianti: Adolescent bullying and school transitions
•    Imogen Johnson: Experiences of reintegration into mainstream education after a period of exclusion
•    Fiona Conway: Can motivational interviewing reduce disaffection in secondary school pupils: An evaluation of a knowledge exchange programme
•    Mine Sak Acur: The Influence of Spatial Organisation on Children’s Play
•    Lindsey Riley: Collaboration and team building in Higher Education
Teaching Summary
I have taught across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses from foundation degree level up to doctoral level. My main teaching role involves working with doctoral students.

Lecturer and Dissertation/Thesis Supervisor: MSc Psychology of Education, MSc Child Development, MSc Developmental and Educational Psychology, MA Education (Psychology), MA Special and Inclusive Education, DEdPsy (Doctorate in Professional Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology), EdD, and PhD.

I am Research Coordinator for the Doctorate in Educational Psychology at the Institute of Education (DEdPsy). I lead three modules: two on quantitative, qualitative and mixed method research design and analysis and I also lead the DEdPsy thesis module.

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