Professor Rupert Wegerif
Honorary Visiting Professor

Research

Research interests

Rupert's interests focus around dialogic theory and dialogue in education in relation to educational technology and general thinking and learning skills in a global context, including:

  • Dialogic approaches to teaching and learning with ICT
  • Applying a dialogic model of reason in education.
  • ICT and teaching thinking through induction into dialogue.
  • Computer Supported Collaborative Learning.
  • Theory and practice of teaching thinking and creativity.

Research projects

2013-15 Instem. (With Lindsay Hetherington) A network of science education projects. €15,000. EC, Commenius

2013-15 Creatividad y aprendizaje colaborativo mediante herramientas web 2.0: estudio longitudinal sobre los procesos psicologicos implicados en su enseñanza-aprendizaje en secundaria. Referencia: edu2012-32415. Organismo: universidad de lleida. Manoli Pifarre Turmo (PI) and Rupert Wegerif (CoI) 18,000€ Ministerio de economia y competitividad. Gobierno de españa

2012-13 European Advanced Symposium on Theory in Education (Principal Investigator joint with Gert Biesta of Stirling) €6,000.  EARLI (The European Association on Research in Learning in Instruction).

2012-14 STATSTALK (Principal Investigator), €240,000 project bringing Dr Sibel Kazak to Exeter to work on talk and conceptual development in the context of teaching statistics. EC, Marie Curie.

2012-13 European Advanced Symposium on Theory in Education (Principal Investigator joint with Gert Biesta of Stirling) €6,000.  EARLI (The European Association on Research in Learning in Instruction).

2010-13 Metafora. (Principal Investigator for Exeter, and Pedagogical Director) €310,000 to Exeter as part of a €2,000,000 project to develop tools for collaborative learning online in science and mathematics. Led by Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with London Knowledge Lab as other UK partner, EC Framework 7, ICT. (www.metafora-project.org)

2009-12 Science Education for Diversity. (Principal Investigator)  €997,000 for an International Project developing new approaches to science education for diversity with partners in 6 countries: UK, Netherlands, Turkey, Lebanon, India and Malaysia. EC Framework 7 Science in Society. (www.science-education-for-deversity.eu)

2009-12 Santander Mexico-Exeter Research Exchange. (Principal Investigator) £45,000 for hosting an exchange with four new researchers coming to spend time with us each year and one visit to Mexico to continue links. Banco Santander.

2009-10 Talking Counts. (Co-Investigator) £63,875 for an intervention programme to investigate and develop the role of exploratory talk in young children’s arithmetic. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

2009      Pilot Evaluation of the impact of leadership training on academic attainment. (Principal Investigator). £10,000. The Challenger Trust.

2006 - 8 Interloc2 (Co-Investigator) £240,000 in total awarded for the cross institutional implementation and evaluation of digital dialogue games for inclusive and personalised learning. JISC.

2005 - 6 Interloc (Co-Investigator) £96,000 in total awarded for development of digital dialogue games for inclusive and personalised learning. JISC.

2005- 8  Argunaut (Principal Investigator UK and Pedagogical Director) €300,000 as part of a €1,500,000 project researching and developing tools to support moderating online reasoning.  EC Framework 6, ICT.

2004-6   Dialogue and Development. (Principal Investigator joint with Philip Adey) £15,000 for a seminar series on the relationship between dialogue and development in education. ESRC.

2003-4   Thinking Together: SMILE. (Principal Investigator) £38,000 awarded for a collaboration with SMILE Mathematics to apply thinking together to the use of ICT in Mathematics education. The Nuffield Foundation

2002-4   Talking for Success: Thinking Together at KS1. (Principal Investigator) £84,000. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

2000-3   Thinking and ICT in the Primary Curriculum. (Co-Investigator with Neil Mercer as PI). £60,000. The Nuffield Foundation Language,

2000-2   EMILE project: an ethnographic comparison of the use of ICT across Europe.  (Principal Investigator in UK, EARLI and Open University) £134,820 as part of a much larger project. European Union, Minerva

1998-2000 Laptops and Literacy. (Co-Investigator) £40,000. British Education and Communications Technology Association.

1996-98 . Investigating reasoning, talk and the role of computers in primary classrooms         (Co-Investigator with Neil Mercer as PI) £39,000. Economic and Social Research Council.

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