Centre for Effective Education


Professor of Education, Chair of the Centre for Effective Education, Queen's University Belfast

Prof Allen Thurston
Professor of Education

Other Staff Members:

Dr Andy Biggart
Prof Paul Connolly
Dr Nicole Craig
Dr Jenny Davison
Dr Laura Dunne
Dr Aideen Gildea
Dr Julie-Ann Jordan
Dr Karen Kerr
Dr Katrina Lloyd
Prof Carol McGuinness
Dr Sarah Miller
Dr Liam O'Hare
Visiting Prof Tim Shanahan
Dr Seaneen Sloan
Mr Patrick Stark

Research Students:

Ms Helen Adams
Ms Clionagh Boyle
Mr Ping-Nan Chang
Ms Pauline Connolly
Ms Trisha Forbes
Ms Naoimh Fox
Mr Stephen Keown
Mr Thomas Love
Ms Michele Mallon
Ms Rosemary McGill
Ms Stephanie Shields
Ms Claire Warke
Ms Dorota Zolnowska

News from the Centre for Effective Education

Applications now open: two full-time PhD (research) ADRC studentships at the Queen’s University Belfast School of Education

The studentships will relate to the broad theme of “What works for schools, families and communities in the context of improving young people’s educational attainment?”  As...

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Major research grant awarded to CEE to evaluate early intervention using phonics to develop reading in KS1 and KS2

The Centre for Effective Education (CEE) and Ruth Miskin Training will team up to examine the impact of two systematic phonics-based literacy programmes. The project is an early intervention...

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Two Phd ADRN/CEE Studentship Awards 2016 entry

Attainment of students in Northern Ireland schools

Two studentships are available that are associated with the...

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This event took place on June 24th, in the Great Hall, Queen’s University, Belfast.  To view the presentations made by speakers, please click on the links...

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Dr Liam O’Hare and Professor Carol McGuinness publish a new article on the ‘real world’ practice of using critical thinking tests for university admissions

Dr Liam O’Hare and Professor Carol McGuinness from the Centre for Effective Education recently published an article entitled, ‘The validity of critical...

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Slavin, R. E., Lake, C., Hanley, P. & Thurston,  (Sep 2014) Experimental Evaluations of Elementary Science Programs: A Best-Evidence Synthesis. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 51, 7, p. 870-901

O'Hare, L, & Connolly, P. (2014).  A cluster randomised controlled trial of "Bookstart+". a book programme. Journal of Children's Services, 9(1), 18-30

O'Hare, L. (2014). Did Children's Perceptions of an after-school Soical Learning Program Predict Change in their Behavior?.  Procedia-Soical and Behavioral Sciences, 116, 3786-3792

The Centre for Effective Education is leading two major initiatives; Improving Children’s Lives - an interdisciplinary Research Initiative, and Una, a Global Learning Initiative.   The Centre is editorial home to the new, international peer-reviewed journal Effective Education.