School of Education student wins ICSEI award

Issued: Tue, 06 Apr 2021 14:25:00 BST

Paul Campbell, a final year Ed.D. student in the School of Education was recently announced the winner of the 2021 International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI)/ Journal of Professional Capital and Community (JPCC) Innovation Award.

This award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the ICSEI 2021 conference that makes an innovative contribution in educational research, policy, and/or practice within the field of professional capital and community.

The paper, entitled ‘Reconceptualising Collaboration in the context of Crisis Response and Systemic Improvement’, focuses on the complexity of the concept of collaboration and its relationship to tackling educational challenges. It draws upon empirical work in Scotland and Paul’s professional practice in Hong Kong; both societies facing a range of constitutional, societal and health crises directly impacting schools and education.

Paul, also a senior leader in a primary school, said on receiving the award, ‘I am delighted to receive this award. ICSEI was one of the first research/ policy/ practice communities I joined as a new teacher and early career researcher, and the JPCC was one of the first journals I was published in. To receive this innovation award jointly from both organisations is a real honour. I am grateful to my supervisor, Professor Margery McMahon for her continued support with my research throughout the Ed.D. programme, to the ICSEI community of which I am grateful to be a part, and to my colleagues that enabled me to test out the ideas emerging from this research in various contexts of practice both in Scotland and Hong Kong. I am really optimistic that this research will help us collectively reimagine the possibilities of collaboration for schools and systems, and maybe even reach that ever elusive goal of more joined up approaches to public policy making in order to tackle the big challenges of our times.’

As part of this recognition, Paul will be working directly with Emerald Publishing’s marketing and design teams (supported by the JPCC publishing team) to design a bespoke and engaging output summarising his research. This will be shared on JPCC, ICSEI, and Emerald’s websites later in 2021.




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