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

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 2016-19. 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): Risk and resiliency factors in the adjustment of children after transition 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): Children with challenging behaviour and transfer to secondary school?
  • Rachel Friend (DEdPsy): How primary schools implement SEAL small group work.
  • Joe Isbister (DEdPsy): Adolescents' use of social networking sites and their perceptions of how this can influence their peer relationships.
  • Sophie Sugarman (DEdPsy): 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
  • 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
  • Jasmine Spence (DEdPsy): The peer interactions and experiences of children with SEN during breaktimes and in class in mainstream primary schools.

Current students

  • Helen MacIntyre (PhD): Implications of school mealtimes for children’s peer relationships and adjustment to school
  • Andriása Dam Joensen (PhD): An evaluation of collaborative learning methods in a Faroese context
  • Cathleen Halligan (DEdPsy): How do teachers engage students in the lowest sets?
  • Jason Collins (DEdPsy): How can professionals support the special educational needs of  young people with community-based sentences
  • Aneeza Pervez (MPhil/PhD): Understanding prosocial behaviours and interactions in school children
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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