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Paul is Professor of Education at Queen’s University Belfast and also Director of the NFER at Queen’s Centre for Educational Research (www.qub.ac.uk/nfer). Paul is also Co-Director (along with Tony Gallagher) of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and Ethnic Diversity (http://www.jliced.org/) as well as being Director of Improving Children’s Lives, an inter-disciplinary and cross-university initiative at Queen’s being established with an initial investment of £2.1 million. Paul has researched and published extensively in the area of race, ethnicity and young children. Much of his research has been ethnographic and concerned with exploring young children’s experiences and perspectives and the ways in which race, ethnicity, gender and social class articulate with one another in young children’s lives. His books include: Racism, Gender Identities and Young Children (1998, Routledge); Researching Racism in Education (with Barry Troyna, 1998, Open University Press); and Boys and Schooling in the Early Years (2004, Routledge). Paul is also interested in the use of quantitative methods in research with young children and, particularly, the use of experimental and quasi-experimental designs in the evaluation of early childhood programs. He is the founding editor of a new journal – Effective Education – to begin publication in March 2009 (Routledge Journals). Further information on his research and publications can be found at: http://www.paulconnolly.net

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