Allen Thurston

    Allen Thurston

    Professor/Director of Centre for Effective Education

    Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 5169

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    Allen Thurston

    Academic Non-Clinical

    • School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
    Postal address:
    Room 02.007 - 20 College Green
    United Kingdom

    Email: a.thurston@qub.ac.uk

    Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 5169

    Research Interests

    Allen's research interests include improving learning in schools and research methods. His school based work looks at how to raise attainment for those students from socio-economic disadvantaged backgrounds. He predominantly uses randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and is currently running two-large RCTs on improving literacy levels for students in schools. His pedagogicl expertise lies in the area of cooperative/peer learning. He has published extensively in this area.

    Research output

    The influence of socio‐economic background and gender on school attainment in the United Kingdom: A systematic review.

    Early, E., Miller, S., Dunne, L., Thurston, A. & Filiz, M., 21 Jun 2019, In : Review of Education.

    Using cooperative learning to close the reading attainment gap for students with low literacy levels for Grade 8/Year 9 students

    Thurston, A., Cockerill, M. & Craig, N., 12 Mar 2019, In : International Journal of Educational Research. 94, 10 p.

    Using cooperative learning in reading to promote academic talk with students aged 12-16 years old

    Thurston, A. & Cockerill, M., 01 Jan 2019, Promoting academic talk in schools: Global practices and perspectives . Gillies, R. (ed.). Routledge, p. 98-111 14 p.

    A randomized controlled efficacy trial of a smoking prevention programme with Grade 8 students in high schools

    Thurston, A., Dunne, L., Kee, F., Gildea, A., Craig, N., Stark, P. & Lazenbatt, A., 2019, In : International Journal of Educational Research. 93, p. 23-32 10 p.

    End of Award Report for a Randomized Controlled Trial of Functional Family Therapy: An Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) Partnership between Croydon Council and Queen's University Belfast

    Thurston, A., Miller, S., Dunne, L. & Gildea, A., 08 Nov 2018, 12 p. Queens University Belfast.

    The teaching of KS1/2 maths in Irish-medium settings: barriers and opportunities

    MacKenzie, A., Thurston, A., O'Keeffe, J. & O'Neill, N., Sep 2018, Queen's University Belfast. 42 p.

    A population-based data-linkage study of prescribed pain medications dispensed to persons with cerebral palsy

    Garcia Jalon, G., Maguire, A., Perra, O., Gavin, A., O'Reilly, D. & Thurston, A., 13 Jun 2018, In : International Journal of Population Data Science. 3, 2

    Zippy's Friends Evaluation report and executive summary

    Sloan, S., Gildea, A., Miller, S. & Thurston, A., May 2018

    Pain medication dispensed for persons with cerebral palsy: a population-based data-linkage study

    Garcia Jalon, E., Maguire, A., Perra, O., Kerr, C., Gavin, A., O'Reilly, D. & Thurston, A., Mar 2018, p. 30. 1 p.

    Peer Tutoring Manual (2018)

    Thurston, A. & Cockerill, M., Mar 2018, 6th ed. Queen's University Belfast. 44 p.

    Teacher Perceptions of the Impact of Peer Learning in their Classrooms: Using Social Interdependence Theory as a Model for Data Analysis and Presentation

    Cockerill, M., Craig, N. & Thurston, A., 15 Jan 2018, In : Internation Journal of Education and Practice. 6, 1, p. 14-27 14 p.

    Using Spaced Learning for Secondary Science Exam Revision: A Design and Feasibility Study of the SMART Spaces Programme

    O'Hare, L., Stark, P., McGuinness, C., Thurston, A., Biggart, A. & Gittner, A., 01 Nov 2017, ICERI2017 Proceedings: 10th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation Seville, Spain. IATED, p. 1573 1 p.

    Protocol: A feasibility study and a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial of the PAX ‘Good Behaviour Game’in disadvantaged schools

    Mulgrew, J., Thurston, A., Kee, F., Lloyd, K. & O'Hare, L., 27 Sep 2017, In : International Journal of Educational Research. 86, p. 78-86

    Whole Child Development Mapping Project in Western Europe and North America: The UK (2)

    MacKenzie, A., O' Keeffe, J. & Thurston, A., 15 Sep 2017, Queen's University Belfast. 11 p.

    Whole Child Development Mapping Project in Western Europe and North America: The UK (1)

    MacKenzie, A., O'Keeffe, J. & Thurston, A., 11 Jul 2017, Queen's University Belfast. 14 p.

    Using Randomised Controlled Trials in Education

    Connolly, P., Biggart, A., Miller, S., O'Hare, L. & Thurston, A., Jul 2017, Sage. 200 p. (BERA/SAGE Research Methods in Education)

    Evaluation of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland’s ‘Dead Cool’ smoking prevention programme in Northern Ireland post-primary schools

    Thurston, A., Dunne, L., Kee, F., Gildea, A., Craig, N. & Stark, P., 25 May 2017, 1 p.

    Video-based interventions for promoting positive social behaviour in children with autism spectrum disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    Keenan, C., Thurston, A. & Urbanska, K., 03 Apr 2017, The Campbell Collaboration 19 p.

    Spaced Learning: The Design, Feasibility and Optimisation of SMART Spaces

    O'Hare, L., Stark, P., McGuinness, C., Biggart, A. & Thurston, A., Mar 2017, Education Endowment Foundation.

    Evaluation of Zippy’s Friends for improving socio-emotional and academic outcomes in 6-7 year olds: Protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial and process evaluation

    Sloan, S., Gildea, A., Miller, S., Poulton, L., Egar, C. & Thurston, A., 2017, In : International Journal of Educational Research. 82, p. 200-209

    How a Concept Map-based Self-regulated Learning Tool Can Be Used In Statistics Education: A Case Using ANOVA

    Filiz, M., Thurston, A. & Miller, S., 2017, (Accepted).

    Scoping systematic review on the extent, nature and quality of evidence underlying ophthalmic and paraophthalmic education

    Williams, M., Boohan, M. & Thurston, A., 2017, In : Evidence-based medicine. 22, 1, p. 23-26 4 p.

    Protocol: A randomised controlled trial evaluation of Cancer Focus NI’s ‘Dead Cool’ smoking prevention programme in post-primary schools

    Dunne, L., Thurston, A., Gildea, A., Kee, F. & Lazenbatt, A., 10 Oct 2016, In : International Journal of Educational Research. 75, p. 24-30 7 p.

    Peer tutoring: Cross-age Paired Reading

    Thurston, A. & Cockerill, M., 01 Sep 2016, 4th ed. Belfast: Queen's University Belfast. 35 p.

    A cluster RCT evaluation of Zippy's Friends on social, emotional and academic outcomes for 6-7 year olds in England

    Gildea, A., Sloan, S., Miller, S. & Thurston, A., Sep 2016, (Unpublished).

    Texting Parents: Evaluation Report and Executive Summary

    Miller, S., Davison, J., Sloan, S., Gildea, A. & Thurston, A., 14 Jul 2016, Education Endowment Foundation. 81 p.

    Talk of the Town: Evaluation Report and Executive Summary

    Thurston, A., Roseth, C., O'Hare, L., Davison, J. & Stark, P., May 2016, Education Endowment Foundation. 72 p.

    Cross-age tutoring in kindergarten and elementary school settings: A systematic review and meta-analysis

    Shenderovich, Y., Thurston, A. & Miller, S., 01 Mar 2016, In : International Journal of Educational Research. 76, p. 190-210 21 p.

    The influence of experimental design on the magnitude of the effect size -peer tutoring for elementary, middle and high school settings: A meta-analysis

    Zeneli, M., Thurston, A. & Roseth, C., 21 Jan 2016, In : International Journal of Educational Research. 13 p.

    Aportaciones de un estudio etnográfico sobre la participación de las familias a la formación crítica del profesorado en una escuela inclusiva

    Vigo Arrazola, B., Diestre Gracia, B. & Thurston, A., 15 Jan 2016, In : Revista Electrónica Interuniversitaria de Formación del Profesorado. 19, 1, p. 1-14 14 p.

    A Randomised Controlled Trial Evaluation of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland’s ‘Dead Cool’ smoking prevention programme in Northern Ireland post-primary schools

    Thurston, A., Dunne, L., Kee, F., Gildea, A., Lazenbatt, A., Craig, N. & Stark, P., Dec 2015, HSC R&D, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland. 36 p.

    Reciprocal Peer Tutoring in Irish Medium Schools

    Thurston, A. & Thurston, C., Jun 2015, Belfast: Queen's University Belfast. 12 p.

    What Went Wrong With the Mate-Tricks After-School Program, Which Increased Antisocial Behavior and Child/Parent Conflict?

    O'Hare, L., Biggart, A., Kerr, K. M., Connolly, P. & Thurston, A., 17 Apr 2015.

    Physically Active Lessons: Evaluation Report

    Miller, S., Gildea, A., Sloan, S. & Thurston, A., Mar 2015, Belfast: The Centre for Effective Education. 47 p.

    Interventions for Improving Pedagogic Outcomes in Ophthalmology and Paraophthalmic Education: a scoping systematic review.

    Williams, M., Boohan, M. & Thurston, A., 20 Feb 2015.

    Peer assisted learning in health education.

    Thurston, A., Feb 2015, Evidence-based Education in the Health Professions: Promoting best practice in the learning and teaching of students. London: Radcliffe, p. 251-274 23 p.

    Improving Fidelity to Treatment During Randomised Controlled Trials in Schools by Engaging Teachers in the Design Process during a Developmental Study

    Cockerill, M. & Thurston, A., 2015, Collaborative Learning: Developments in Research and Practice. Gillies, R. M. (ed.). Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

    Research Protocol: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Functional Family Therapy: An Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) Partnership between Croydon Council and Queen's University Belfast

    Thurston, A., Miller, S., Dunne, L., Lazenbatt, A., Gildea, A., Stepien, D. & Tapsell, D., 2015, In : International Journal of Educational Research. 70, p. 47-56 10 p.

    A Pilot Study of Reciprocal Peer Tutoring in Irish Medium Schools

    Thurston, A. & Keenan, C., 01 Nov 2014, Belfast: Queen's University Belfast. 12 p.

    Experimental Evaluations of Elementary Science Programs: A Best-Evidence Synthesis

    Slavin, R. E., Lake, C., Hanley, P. & Thurston, A., Sep 2014, In : Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 51, 7, p. 870-901 32 p.

    Improving Reading and Math Achievement Across a Whole District

    Thurston, A., Tymms, P., Merrell, C. & Conlin, N., Jul 2014, Proven Programs in Education: Classroom Management and Assessment. Corwin, p. 116 120 p. 5

    Using Cooperative Learning to Engage Students in Science

    Thurston, A., Jul 2014, Proven Programs in Education: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Slavin, R. E. (ed.). Corwin, p. 79-82 4 p.

    Cross-age tutoring in kindergarten and elementary school settings: a systmeatic review and meta-analysis

    Shenderovich, Y., Thurston, A. & Miller, S., 16 Jun 2014.

    Meta-analysis of the influence of experimental design on effect size in peer tutoring outcomes in elementary, middle and high school settings.

    Thurston, A., Zeneli, M., Roseth, C. J. & Miller, S., 05 Apr 2014, (Unpublished).

    Disability, power and equality in the school

    Thurston, A., 2014, In : International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. 61, 2, p. 105-107 3 p.

    The potential impact of undiagnosed vision impairment on reading development in the early years of school

    Thurston, A., 2014, In : International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. 61, 2, p. 152-164

    Counselling for sight loss: Using systematic case study research to build a client informed practice model

    Thurston, M., McLeod, J. & Thurston, A., May 2013, In : British Journal of Visual Impairment. 31, 2, p. 102-122 21 p.

    Risks to patient confidentiality when communicating health information to blind and partially sighted patients.

    Thurston, A. & Thurston, M., 2013, In : Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development. 24, 1, p. 22-40 18 p., 24(1)., 24(1)

    Outcomes and process in reading tutoring

    Topping, K. J., Thurston, A., McGavock, K. & Conlin, N., 01 Sep 2012, In : Educational Research. 54, 3, p. 239-258 20 p.

    Improving attainment across a whole district: school reform through peer tutoring in a randomized controlled trial

    Tymms, P., Merrell, C., Thurston, A., Andor, J., Topping, K. & Miller, D., Sep 2011, In : School Effectiveness and School Improvement. 22, 3, p. 265-289 15 p.

    Cooperative learning in science: Intervention in the secondary school

    Topping, K. J., Thurston, A., Tolmie, A., Christie, D., Murray, P. & Karagiannidoud, E., 01 Apr 2011, In : Research in Science and Technological Education. 29, 1, p. 91-106 16 p.

    Peer tutoring in reading in Scotland: Thinking big

    Topping, K., Miller, D., Thurston, A., Mcgavock, K. & Conlin, N., 01 Apr 2011, In : Literacy. 45, 1, p. 3-9 7 p.

    Social effects of collaborative learning in primary schools

    Tolmie, A. K., Topping, K. J., Christie, D., Donaldson, C., Howe, C., Jessiman, E., Livingston, K. & Thurston, A., Jun 2010, In : Learning and Instruction. 20, 3, p. 177-191 15 p.

    Tutoría entre iguales recíproca y virtual para la mejora de habilidades lingüísticas en español e inglés

    Duran, D., Blanch, S., Thurston, A. & Topping, K., 01 May 2010, In : Infancia y Aprendizaje. 33, 2, p. 209-222 14 p.

    Cooperative Learning in Science: Follow-up from primary to high school

    Thurston, A., Topping, K. J., Tolmie, A., Christie, D., Karagiannidou, E. & Murray, P., Mar 2010, In : International Journal of Science Education. 32, 4, p. 501-522 22 p.

    Peer tutoring in reading: The effects of role and organization on two dimensions of self-esteem

    Miller, D., Topping, K. & Thurston, A., 2010, In : British Journal of Educational Psychology. 80, 3, p. 417-433 17 p.

    Socio-emotional effects of the transition from sight to blindness,

    Thurston, M., Thurston, A. & McLeod, J., 2010, In : British Journal of Visual Impairment. 28, 2, p. 1-23 23 p.

    International on-line reciprocal peer tutoring to promote modern language development in primary schools

    Thurston, A., Duran, D., Cunningham, E., Blanch, S. & Topping, K., Sep 2009, In : Journal of Computers and Education. 53, 2, p. 462-472 11 p.

    Supporting group work in Scottish primary classrooms: Improving the quality of collaborative dialogue

    Christie, D., Tolmie, A., Thurston, A., Howe, C. & Topping, K., 01 Mar 2009, In : Cambridge Journal of Education. 39, 1, p. 141-156 16 p.

    A randomized trial of paired tutoring in elementary schools: effects on self-esteem

    Miller, D., Topping, K. & Thurston, A., 01 Jan 2009, In : Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. 1, 1, p. 1645-1647 3 p.

    Effects of continuing professional development on group work practices in Scottish primary schools

    Thurston, A., Christie, D., Howe, C. J., Tolmie, A. & Topping, K. J., 01 Jan 2008, In : Journal of In-service Education. 34, 3, p. 263-282 20 p.

    Group work in elementary science: Towards organisational principles for supporting pupil learning

    Howe, C., Tolmie, A., Thurston, A., Topping, K., Christie, D., Livingston, K., Jessiman, E. & Donaldson, C., 01 Oct 2007, In : Learning and Instruction. 17, 5, p. 549-563 15 p.

    Promoting multicultural education in the primary classroom: Broadband videoconferencing facilities and digital video

    Thurston, A., 01 Aug 2004, In : Journal of Computers and Education. 43, 1-2 SPEC ISS., p. 165-177 13 p.

    Projects

    R2456SES: Cluster RCT of SMART Spaces

    O'Hare, L., Cockerill, M., Stark, P. & Thurston, A.

    02/08/2018 → …

    R2280EDU: Early Intervention in Literacy

    Thurston, A., Cockerill, M. & Craig, N.

    07/04/2016 → …

    R2192EDU: Engaging parents through text messaging

    Miller, S., Gildea, A., Sloan, S. & Thurston, A.

    17/02/201531/05/2016

    R2296EDU: Evaluation of Zippy's Friends

    Miller, S., Gildea, A. & Thurston, A.

    03/05/2016 → …

    R2437EDU: Lexia Literacy

    Thurston, A., Cockerill, M. & Craig, N.

    27/11/2017 → …

    R1358CPH: LNiK - the Northern Ireland Administrative Data Research Centre

    O'Reilly, D., Donnelly, M., Hong, J., Kee, F., Kouvonen, A., Liu, W., Shuttleworth, I. & Thurston, A.

    01/08/2013 → …

    R8857SES: Mapping Child Development across Western Europe

    MacKenzie, A. & Thurston, A.

    08/05/2017 → …

    R2999EDU: Peer Tutoring In Secondary Schools

    Thurston, A.

    01/08/2012 → …

    R2108EDU: Physically Active Lessons: A Feasibility Study

    Miller, S., Gildea, A., Sloan, S. & Thurston, A.

    06/06/2014 → …

    R2045EDU: Spaced Learning EEF

    O'Hare, L., Biggart, A., McGuinness, C. & Thurston, A.

    27/03/201528/02/2017

    R2988EDU: Talk of the Town (The Communication Trust)

    Thurston, A. & O'Hare, L.

    20/06/2013 → …

    Awards

    Activities

    Using cooperative learning to enhance outcomes for students from low socio-economic backgrounds

    Allen Thurston (Advisor)
    28 Jun 2019

    Improving literacy for school students from high poverty backgrounds using peer learning

    Allen Thurston (Advisor)
    27 Jun 2019

    Using cooperative learning to enhance outcomes for students from low socio-economic backgrounds

    Allen Thurston (Advisor)
    23 Jun 2019

    How to improve your productivity when publishing journal articles

    Allen Thurston (Advisor)
    18 Jun 2019

    Using peer support to improve international publications

    Allen Thurston (Advisor)
    17 Jun 2019

    Using peer tutoring to improve reading

    Allen Thurston (Advisor)
    26 Oct 2018

    Using peer tutoring to improve reading for low-socioeconomic students

    Allen Thurston (Advisor)
    26 Oct 2018

    Whole Child Development Workshop: Findings from the UK

    Alison MacKenzie (Presenter), Allen Thurston (Presenter)
    10 Jul 2017

    Failing to see the problem: Vision and reading

    Allen Thurston (Advisor)
    30 Jun 2017

    Research and practice of using peer tutoring in schools to promote student reading development

    Allen Thurston (Advisor)
    23 Jun 2017

    Using peer tutoring to improve reading

    Allen Thurston (Advisor)
    16 Jun 2017

    Next steps for raising attainment: leadership, school autonomy and improving standards in the classroom

    Allen Thurston (Advisor), Liam O'Hare (Invited speaker)
    15 Jun 2017

    Zhengzhou University, China

    Allen Thurston (Advisor)
    01 Mar 201728 Feb 2020

    Council for Curriculum Examinations & Assessment

    Allen Thurston (Presenter)
    01 Sep 2016

    ESRC Festival of Social Science event on 'Dead Cool'

    Allen Thurston (Presenter)
    14 Nov 2015

    International Journal of Educational Research (Journal)

    Allen Thurston (Peer reviewer)
    01 Jan 201231 Dec 2020

    Times Educational Supplement

    Allen Thurston (Presenter)
    20112014