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  • Narrowing the Achievement Gap: Parental Engagement with Children’s Learning

    This book, due to be published by Routledge in the spring, examines the issues around the achievement gap between children from different socioeconomic backgrounds.  This gap is larger in the UK than in many other places, and seemingly implacable; one...

  • Forthcoming Article in Higher Education

    Rose, H. & McKinley, J. (2017). Japan's English medium instruction initiatives and the globalization of higher education, accepted for publication in Higher Education. This article analyses a recent initiative of Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) which...

  • New Research Article in Applied Linguistics

    Rose, H. & McKinley, J. (2016). The prevalence of pedagogy-related research in applied linguistics: Extending the debate. Applied Linguistics, advance access online 10 December. In this article, we respond to the special issue ‘Definitions for Applied Linguistics’, where the past and future of applied...

  • New Edited Volume on Doing Research in Applied Linguistics

    Doing Research in Applied Linguistics: Realities, dilemmas, and solutions provides insight and guidance for those undertaking research, and shows the reader, through honest portrayals of the often glossed-over problems experienced in applied linguistics research, how to deal with the challenges of...

  • Technology and School-Home Communication

    Communication between schools and families is a vital support to children's learning, and modern technology offers unprecedented opportunities for communication - but how are schools to know what to use, and how to use it for the best? In a...

  • EuroSLA Conference

    On 26/08/2016, I gave a presentation entitled "Parents and their role in language learning motivation". The abstract can be found below. Language learning motivation is likely to be influenced by important individuals surrounding learners, such as their parents (Williams &...

  • Psychology of Language Learning

      On Monday, 22/08/2016, I gave a presentation at the biannual Psychology of Language Learning Conference in Jyväskylä, Finland (https://www.jyu.fi/en/congress/pll2016). The abstract of the talk can be found below. Sources and relationships between self-constructs in foreign language learning in Poland...

  • Parental Engagement Toolkit Research

        As already reported on the University Blog, together with Wiltshire Local Authority, I recently launched a Toolkit for Parental Engagement. Through the research in the field, (For example: Goodall and Vorhaus 2011, Goodall 2012, Goodall and Montgomery 2013,...

  • Educational Leadership, Management and Governance Cluster blog – May/June, 2016

    The members of the Educational Leadership, Management and Governance Cluster, Mike Fertig, Janet Goodall and I, have been very busy in this last month or so with research, publications, conferences and various other research-related events.   Mike and I, along...