B dot Ridley at uea dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)1603 59 2614
Barbara has two main research areas: education in Ethiopia and the performing arts in both the UK and international settings. She has also researched educational provision for children who have been excluded from school or refuse to attend. She has co-directed two capacity building projects in Ethiopia’s higher education system, working with six regional universities as well as supporting the development of a doctoral programme at Addis Ababa University. Barbara is currently involved in research on Results Based Aid in Ethiopia for the Department for International Development (DFID).
For more details of the Ethiopian Capacity Building Project, please visit www.ethiopia-ed.net
2010 An Evaluation of Education Plus for Norfolk Children's Services
2007-9 Applied educational research for development: building sustainable capacity for higher education in Ethiopia (Co-director with Professor David Bridges ) Department for International Development: DelPHE
2003-8 Ethiopian Capacity Building Project (Co-Director with Professor David Bridges) Department for International Development
2004-5 Musical Dis/Abilities: An Evaluation of the Drake Music Project (Co-Director with Michael Watts) Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation
Watts, M. & Ridley, B. (2012) Identities of dis/ability and music British Educational Research Journal, 38:3, 353-372
Ridley, B. (2011) Educational research culture and capacity building: the case of Addis Ababa University, British Journal of Education Studies, 59:3, 285-302
Lebeau, Y., Ridley, B. & Lane, K. (2011) Editorial: Education and social justice in challenging times COMPARE, 41:4, 445-451
Ridley, B. (2009) Articulating the power of dance Power and Education, 1:3, 333-344
Watts, M. and Ridley, B. (2007) Evaluating Musical Disabilities: operationalising the capability approach International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 30:2, 149-162
Watts, M. & Ridley, B. (2006) The Drake Music Project: a capability perspective of dis/ability and musical identities, Taboo: the journal of culture and education. Fall/Winter 2006, 97-105
Ridley, B. (2006) Review of McFee, G. The Concept of Dance Education in Cambridge Journal of Education Vol 36:2 pp303-5
Ridley, B. (2000) A good thing even for girls: the role of teacher education in advancing women’s educational aspirations in Ethiopia in Bridges, D. & Zewdie, M. (eds) Secondary teacher Education in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa: The British Council)
Bridges, D. & Ridley, B. (2000) Tradition and Modernity: educational development and teacher training in Ethiopia in Bridges, D. & Zewdie, M. (eds) Secondary teacher Education in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa: The British Council)
Dr. Ridley teaches qualitative research methods to students on the MA in Education course, in addition to students following EdD and PhD programmes (in the the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, and also across the Faculty of Social Sciences).
Barbara is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE).
Previous teaching responsibilities have had an ELT and Development focus:
MA in Education for ELT Professionals (Course Director 2000-3)
MA in Education for Development
Professionalisierungsprogramm fur Fachberater Englisch (East German Language Teachers' Projects) delivered in Germany and UEA, British Council / ThILLM / SALF
Egyptian Teachers' programme (ELT units, Teacher Professional Development, plus Course Director 1996-1998)
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