Staff Profile:Professor Paul Croll

Name:
Professor Paul Croll
Job Title:
Sessional Doctoral Supervisor
Responsibilities:

University Responsibilities:

Professor Croll has served as Head of the Department of Educational Studies and Management (1997-1998) and was the first Head of the School of Education (1998-2001). Before joining the University of Reading in 1994 he was a Professor at the University of the West of England and had previously been a Research Fellow at the University of Leicester.

Institute of Education Responsibilities:

Part-time doctoral supervision.

Areas of Interest:

Expertise and Research Interest:

  • Sociology of Education.
  • Inclusion and special educational needs.
  • Classroom observation.
  • Quantitative research methods.
  • Longitudinal analysis.

Current PhD Students, with Topics/Titles of their Research:

  • Kate Ellison-Bourne: Perspectives on Learning Support in Further Education.
  • Winston Brookes: Professional development and the Masters in Teaching and Learning.
  • Norah Alzahrani: The educational inclusion on children with autism in Jeddah.

Recently completed PhD Students, with Topics/Titles of their Research:

  • Helen Bilton: Learning through outdoor play.
  • Alice Sheridan: The Reflective Practices of New Lecturers within PGCTHE courses.
  • Glenys Hart: Factors associated with successful implementation of inclusion policies by English local authorities.
  • Henry Onderi: The value of continuing professional development for secondary school teachers in a district of Kenya.
  • Cecilia Nyaga: An evaluation of an inclusion and community based rehabilitation programme in Kenya.

Current Research Projects:

  • Young People's decision making about education and employment. An analysis of data from the Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England.
  • Social capital and well-being.

Recently Completed Research Projects:

  • Children's Futures: Children's perceptions of the value of education (2006-2008). This project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (£189,000) and was concerned with how children make decisions about future educational participation, their hopes and expectations for the future and the role they see education playing with regard to their future lives. A book based on the study has recently been published by Continuum; Croll, P., Attwood, G. and Fuller, C (2010) Children's Lives, Children's Futures.
  • The Formation and Transmission of Educational Values (2002-4). This Economic and Social Research Council funded project conducted a secondary analysis of data from the British Household Panel Survey to investigate the way children's orientations towards school and education develop over time. Key results included demonstrating how children's intentions with regard to their educational futures, expressed at the age of 11 were very strong predictors of educational participation post-16.The research also showed the importance of family behaviour as well as family structural situations in accounting for the inter-generational transmission of educational and social advantage.
  • The Education of Excluded and Disaffected Young People (2000-2). This project, funded by the Lifelong Learning Foundation, investigated an innovative programme in an FE college with young people who had been excluded by or failed to attend school. It showed the importance of both personal relationships and a strong vocational orientation in re-engaging young people with education.
Research groups / Centres:

Equity and improvement.

Publications:
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Enterprise Activity, External Roles and Consultancy:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS).
  • 2002-2010:Editor, British Journal of Educational Studies.
  • 2010-2014: Member of ESRC Grants Assessment Panel.
  • 2011-2012: Chair of ESRC Commissioning Panel for the Research Seminars Competition.
  • 2012-2013: Member of ESRC Panel for the Professorial Fellowships Competition.
  • 2014-2015: Member of ESRC Centres and Large Grants Panel..
Professor Paul Croll

Contact Details

Email:
emscroll@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 2686

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