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The aim of this website is to encourage particpation in educational and sociological research, through sharing examples of my own research and publications. You could be a Sociology A Level student, a teacher/lecturer, an educational leader, a trainer for your Local Authority, a trainee teacher, a teacher trainer...anyone with an interest in education and what makes it work (or not as the case may be). Research offers an opportunity to find answers to your own questions and to make a difference, whether that be for your own practice, the practice of others or at an educational policy level.

The first area of detailed educational research (underpinned by sociological theory)I engaged with was on student achievement (1996). This investigation focused on boys perceived underachievement in secondary education, critically examining boys' public examination results at the end of compulsory schooling, while analysing primary data and theoretical concepts to offer tentative suggestions for the static performance on boys in examinations in KS4 for the last thrity years.

Hope, T. (1996) A Question of Underachievement: Boys and Secondary Education. Oxon, Oxford Brookes University (MA dissertation).

Bitten by the research bug I then embarked on a longitudinal study of the affects of a (then) pilot government policy to fund students from less affluent backgrounds who particpated in post-compulsory education - the EMA.

What is an E.M.A?

For a detailed answer please read my doctoral thesis (available as a PDF through an email request):

Hope, T (2004)The Effectiveness of the Discretionary Financial Award, the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), in a Tertiary College in the South West of England. Oxon, Oxford Brookes University (Doctoral Thesis).

or paper in the Social Science Teacher journal:

Hope, T. (2005) ‘Building Success in Post-Compulsory Education: The Effectiveness of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)’. Social Science Teacher, Vol. 34, No.3, pp 6-9.

More generally the EMA is the Education Maintenance Allowance, which is a discretionary financial award given to full-time students in post-compulsory education in England aged between 16 and 18 years old.


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