Department researchers awarded HEIF Knowledge Exchange Fellowships to support collaborations with external partners

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

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Congratulations to Drs Yasmine El Masri and Sonali Nag who have been awarded HEIF Knowledge Exchange Fellowships by the University’s Social Sciences Division for the following research projects:

Yasmine El Masri, Business and Industry Fellowship: Testing the world: Comparability of language demands of PISA

Sonali Nag, OPEN Fellowship: India’s national education policies: Co-development of a planning framework for quality in the classroom

Dr El Masri (Research Fellow, OUCEA) will collaborate with Professor Kadriye Ercikan and her research team at the Educational Testing Service (a non-profit educational testing and assessment organisation in New Jersey, USA) to evaluate and compare the language demands of Arabic and English versions of PISA tests.

Dr Nag (Associate Professor of Education and the Developing Child) will co-develop a planning framework to integrate a teacher mentoring scheme for the lower-level bureaucracy of India’s public education system. Following a national consultation on quality at scale in the area of language and literacy instruction, her Fellowship will focus on the Indian states of Karnataka and Gujarat.

A total of 11 HEIF Knowledge Exchange Fellowships awards (of up to £25,000) have been awarded by the Division for the 2019-20 academic year.

The knowledge exchange scheme is intended to support the development of mutually beneficial partnerships with external partners, addressing key challenges through research, enabling Fellows to develop skills and shape best practice in engagement, and creating positive impacts through collaboration.

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