Patrick Stark

      Dr Patrick Stark

      Research Fellow

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      Research Interests

      My research interests are focussed in three areas:

      Neuroscience, psychology and education- A common thread through my research is exploring how we can apply the findings of neuroscience and psychology research in the classroom. Having conducted neuroscience and psychology research myself during my PhD, I have recently been examining how we can apply research in these areas to educational programmes which target areas such as language development and science attainment in schools.

      Educational programme design and evaluation – My recent research in education has involved an evidence based approach to the design and evaluation of educational programmes. Most recently I have worked on pilot studies and programme design projects to improve both academic and social factors in children.

      Language and literacy development – I have conducted research which has explored language and literacy development in childhood from numerous perspectives. My doctoral work examined the role of speech perception in the phonological awareness of poor readers using both developmental psychology and neuroscience methods, and more recently I have worked on a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a school-based intervention to target speech, language and communication development. Recently, I am trial manager and CI on the Reciprocal Reading evaluation study - an RCT which is evaluating a reading comprehension programme.


      Current Projects and Recently Completed Projects:

      Talk of the Town RCT (Completed October 2015). Funder: EEF.

      NewsWise Pilot trial Study (Completed June 2016). Funder: Primary Science Teaching Trust.

      Dead Cool RCT (Completed 2015). Funder: Public Health Agency.

      Spaced Learning - Feasibility and Optimisation Study (Completed January 2017). Funder: EEF.

      Positive Action Pilot Study (Co-Investigator - January 2016 - present)

      Reciprocal Reading RCT (Co-Investigator & Trial Manager - August 2016 - Present). Funder: EEF.


      This year I am lecturing in the Education for Transformation International Summer School (2018).

      I am currently a research supervisor for MSc students on the MSc Educational Leadership and MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders programmes.


      I am currently Trial Manager and co-investigator (CI) on the Reciprocal Reading evaluation. This project is an RCT evaluation of a reading comprehension programme. I am CI on numerous projects, including the Positive Action pilot and implementation study - a social and emotional learning programme.

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