Natia Sopromadze is a Research Officer working on the project “Education partnerships for development: Sustaining teacher quality in context”.
The study aims to investigate teacher education and early career teaching experiences across selected countries eligible for official development assistance. The research is funded by the John Fell Fund at the University of Oxford and is led by Prof Diane Mayer. Within this project, Natia is responsible for trialling a multi-country survey in collaboration with researchers and policymakers in Bhutan, Malawi, Mexico, Moldova and Timor-Leste.
Natia has international experience in different higher education contexts having worked at Georgian, Kuwaiti and UK universities. She is interested in comparative research methodology, particularly, issues of equivalence across diverse cultures and languages. Her research interests also include narrative, visual, digital and mixed methods at the intersection of disciplines.
Before joining the Department of Education in January 2020, Natia was part of collaborative research projects at the University of Wolverhampton, where she examined effective learning spaces and inclusive science education at tertiary level. Prior to this, Natia was an Early Career Fellow at the Warwick Institute of Advanced Study, where she co-organised an online symposium on “Methodological Innovations in Cultural Research.”
Natia holds a BA in English Philology from Akaki Tsereteli State University (Georgia), an MA in Educational Leadership and Innovation and a PhD in Education from the University of Warwick (UK).
Sopromadze, N., Moorosi, P. (2017) Do we see through their eyes? Testing a bilingual questionnaire in education research using cognitive interviews. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, Vol. 40, No. 5, pp. 524-540. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2016.1181163
Sopromadze, N. (2011) Bologna reforms in Georgia: Changes, challenges and pitfalls. International Journal ‘Intellect’, Georgian Foundation for Development of Sciences and Society, Vol. 40, No. 2, pp. 166-169.
Goodall, J., Smith, R., & Sopromadze, N. (2013) An investigation into the training and development needs of Heads of Department in English Universities. British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society, pp. 1-12.
Research Blog Posts
Sopromadze, N. (2019) What I meant and the respondent assumed: Improving survey questions with cognitive interviews. BERA Blog, British Educational Research Association.
Sopromadze, N. (2019) ‘Lead with heart, manage with care: Emotional experience of departmental leadership at Georgian and English universities’ at Responsibility of Higher Education Systems: What? Why? How?, The European Higher Education Society (EAIR) 41th Annual Forum, Leiden University, August 25-28, Leiden, the Netherlands.
Sopromadze, N., Karodia, N., Butler, R., Rhodes, J., Prior, R., Stanley, J. (2019) ‘Changing spaces: academic staff’s perceptions of conventional and imagined learning environments’ at 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EduLearn), Palma Convention Centre, July 1-3, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Sopromadze, N. (2018) “Vignettes in comparative education research: Interviewer as a storyteller” at Identities and Education: Comparative Perspectives in an Age of Crisis, Comparative Education Society in Europe (CESE) Conference, University of Cyprus, May 29 – June 1, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Sopromadze, N. (2016) “From English to Georgian: Questionnaire translation and adaptation in comparative education research” at International Conference Education, Reflection, Development, Babeș-Bolyai University, July 8-9, Cluj, Romania.
Sopromadze, N. (2015) “Am I We? Perceptions of self and others in leadership discourse” at Warwick International Postgraduate Conference in Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, June 23-25, Coventry, UK.
Sopromadze, N., Moorosi, P. (2014) “Do we see through their eyes? Testing a web-based survey through cognitive interviews” at British Educational Research Association Conference (BERA), London Institute of Education, September 23-25, London, UK.
Sopromadze, N. (2014) “Emotional leadership in higher education: A cross-cultural study of heads of department in Georgia and England” at Opening up the Ivory Tower, Kaleidoscope Conference, University of Cambridge, May 29-30, Cambridge, UK.
Sopromadze, N. (2013) ‘A cross-cultural comparative study of emotional leadership at Georgian and English universities’ at Challenges and Innovation, Students’ Ongoing Research in Education Studies Graduate Conference (STORIES), Department of Education, University of Oxford, March 12-13, Oxford, UK.
Ariel is a Departmental Lecturer in Research Methods.
She leads the MSc Education (Research Design and Methodology) course, supervises MSc and DPhil students, and acts as an assessor across a wide range of programmes in the Department. Ariel convenes the Foundations of Educational Research modules taken as a research methods core by Probationer Research (first-year DPhil) Students and MSc Education students. Outside the department, she is also Course Tutor for a mixed methods short course in the Department for Continuing Education.
Methodologically, her interest are in mixed methods, advanced quantitative methods, and appropriately contextualised approaches to evaluation. Her substantive research interests relate to educational effectiveness and improvement, equity issues in education, and classroom practice.
Ariel previously completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford. She holds Qualified Teacher Status in the UK, and prior to becoming a researcher she was a secondary mathematics teacher in the USA since 2006.
Her previous degree was a Masters in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Hunter College, City University of New York.