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Dr Thomas Ralph

Dr Thomas Ralph

Senior Lecturer in Education, Subject Leader Secondary Mathematics PGCE, PGCE Secondary Programme Director

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 +44 (0) 1392 724762

 Baring Court BC213

 

Baring Court, University of Exeter St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

I am the Programme Director for the Secondary PGCE course and lead the Secondary Mathematics PGCE. I also teach on the MSc and MA programmes as well as supervising dissertation and PhD students.

My research interests focus on resistant students in school, how they make use of space to make school the kind of place they want to be and how they make their voices heard. I am also interested in the effects of this on mathematics education. 

Prior to working at Exeter, I spent 11 years teaching in various schools in London and Dorset. I also worked as a consultant at SMILE Maths developing educational software. Most recently I was a head of department in a school which specialised in Mathematics.

Qualifications

PhD Education, University of Exeter. 2016

MSc Educational Research, University of Exeter; Distinction. 2010

MEd Education, University of Exeter; Distinction. 2008

PGCE Secondary Mathematics, Kings College. 1998

BSc & ARCS Mathematics. Imperial College. 1997

 

Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Career

2019 - Present, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Exeter.

2014 - 2019, Lecturer in Education, University of Exeter.

2009 - 2014, Teacher Education Research Fellow, University of Exeter.

2006-2009, Head of Maths. Rossmore Community College.

1998-2006, Teacher of Maths in various schools in London and Dorset.

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Research

Research interests

My research interests focus on resistant students in school, how they make use of space to make school the kind of place they want to be and how the make their voices heard. My PhD research focussed on these matters and how they affected a specific group of disenfranchised pupils attending a sponsored academy which was in the process of being rebuilt. 

I am also interested in the effects of these issues on mathematics education as well as maintaining an interest in initial teacher education.

Research grants

  • 2016 European Union
    PROTeach
  • 2012 EPSRC
    Empowering Partnerships, Enabling Engagement

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Ralph T (In Press). Non-compliance as a substitute for voice. Research Papers in Education Abstract.  Full text.
Ralph T (In Press). Survival in the badlands: an exploration of disaffected students’ uses of space in a UK secondary school. British Journal of Sociology of Education Full text.
Ralph T, Levinson M (2019). Conflicting Communication About the Ownership and Meaning of Places in a School in South West England. In Collins P, Igreja V, Danaher P (Eds.) The Nexus among Place, Conflict and Communication in a Globalising World, Springer, 79-98.  Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Ralph T (In Press). Non-compliance as a substitute for voice. Research Papers in Education Abstract.  Full text.
Ralph T (In Press). Survival in the badlands: an exploration of disaffected students’ uses of space in a UK secondary school. British Journal of Sociology of Education Full text.
Koutsouris G, Norwich B, Fujita T, Ralph T, Adlam A, Milton F (2017). Piloting a dispersed and inter-professional Lesson Study using technology to link team members at a distance. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 26(5), 587-599. Abstract.  Full text.
Norwich B, Koutsouris G, Fujita T, Ralph T, Adlam A, Milton F (2016). Exploring knowledge bridging and translation in Lesson Study using an inter-professional team. International Journal of Lesson and Learning Studies, 5, 180-195. Abstract.  Full text.

Chapters

Ralph T, Levinson M (2019). Conflicting Communication About the Ownership and Meaning of Places in a School in South West England. In Collins P, Igreja V, Danaher P (Eds.) The Nexus among Place, Conflict and Communication in a Globalising World, Springer, 79-98.  Abstract.

Publications by year


In Press

Ralph T (In Press). Non-compliance as a substitute for voice. Research Papers in Education Abstract.  Full text.
Ralph T (In Press). Survival in the badlands: an exploration of disaffected students’ uses of space in a UK secondary school. British Journal of Sociology of Education Full text.

2019

Ralph T, Levinson M (2019). Conflicting Communication About the Ownership and Meaning of Places in a School in South West England. In Collins P, Igreja V, Danaher P (Eds.) The Nexus among Place, Conflict and Communication in a Globalising World, Springer, 79-98.  Abstract.

2017

Koutsouris G, Norwich B, Fujita T, Ralph T, Adlam A, Milton F (2017). Piloting a dispersed and inter-professional Lesson Study using technology to link team members at a distance. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 26(5), 587-599. Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Norwich B, Koutsouris G, Fujita T, Ralph T, Adlam A, Milton F (2016). Exploring knowledge bridging and translation in Lesson Study using an inter-professional team. International Journal of Lesson and Learning Studies, 5, 180-195. Abstract.  Full text.

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External Engagement and Impact

External Examiner Positions

External Examiner, PGCE Secondary Mathematics, Reading University. 2017 to date


Research-based contributions to practitioner and academic conferences

Physmaths Conference, Exeter Mathematics School, 2019, Using Student Voice to Improve Teaching and Learning in Mathematics

ECER Bolzano, 2018, Disaffected Students’ Uses of Space in a UK Secondary School

ECER Bolzano, 2018, Disorientation as a Strategy for Endogenous Understanding

ECER Copenhagen, 2017, Resistance, Imagined Futures, Cruel Optimism and a Compartmentalised Experience of School

Physmaths Conference, Exeter Mathematics School, 2017 & 2018, Every Pupil Can Succeed at Maths

ECER, Dublin, 2016, Non-Compliance as a Substitute for Voice

Future Teaching Scholars Annual Conference, 2016 & 2017, Every Pupil Can Succeed at Maths 

ECER, Budapest, 2015, Cultures of Resistance

ECER, Cadiz, 2012, Home Culture, School Ethos and Engagement

Teaching

I am currently the Programme Director for the Secondary PGCE course as well as being the module lead on the PGCE Secondary Mathematics course. 

I also teach on the Scientific Methodologies module, part of the MSc Educational Research, as well as the Debating the Big Questions in Education and Independent Study modules, part of the MA Education. I supervise both masters dissertation and PhD students.

Modules

2019/20


Supervision / Group

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