Biography

Dr Bryan Maddox is a senior lecturer in education and development at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. He is co-director of the Masters in Education and Development at the School of International Development.

Bryan is a director of the Laboratory of International Assessment Studies. He has conducted ethnographic research on literacy in Nepal, Bangladesh and Mongolia, and has written widely on the field of literacy studies. His research is often interdisciplinary. It has combined ethnography and economics to provide innovative new methods of functional literacy assessment. His research with UNESCO Institute of Statistics provided ethnographic insights into psychometric assessment. His latest research involves ethnographic observations of the OECD Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). 
 

 

CV and Experience

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Career History

Bryan has been based in the School of International Development at UEA since January 2003.

Academic Background

Social Anthropology BA Sussex, Literacy Studies PhD Kings College London.

 

All Publications

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Maddox, B.

(2018)

Interviewer-Respondent Interaction and Rapport in PIAAC,

in Quality Assurance in Education

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pp. 182-195

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Maddox, B.

(2017)

Observing Testing Situations: Validation as Jazz,

in Understanding and Investigating Response Processes in Validation Research.

Springer

ISBN 978-3-319-56128-8

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Maddox, B.

(2017)

Talk and Gesture as Process Data,

in Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives

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pp. 113-127

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Maddox, B.

(2015)

The Neglected Situation: Assessment Performance and Interaction in Context,

in Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice

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pp. 427-443

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Esposito, L., Kebede, B., Maddox, B.

(2015)

The Value of Literacy Practices,

in Compare: Journal of Comparative and International Education

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(3)

pp. 363-380

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Maddox, B., Zumbo, B. D., Tay-Lim, B., Qu, D.

(2015)

An Anthropologist Among the Psychometricians: Assessment Events, Ethnography, and Differential Item Functioning in the Mongolian Gobi,

in International Journal of Testing

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pp. 291-309

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Hamilton, M., Maddox, B., Addey, C.

(2015)

Introduction,

in Literacy as Numbers : Researching the Politics and Practices of International Literacy Assessment.

Cambridge University Press

ISBN 978-1-107-52517-7

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Maddox, B.

(2015)

Inside the Assessment Machine: The life and times of a Test Item,

in Literacy as Numbers : Researching the Politics and Practices of Interantional Literacy Assessment.

Cambridge University Press

pp. 129-146

ISBN 9781107525177

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Maddox, B.

(2014)

Globalising assessment: an ethnography of literacy assessment, camels and fast food in the Mongolian Gobi,

in Comparative Education

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pp. 474-489

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Maddox, B., Esposito, L.

(2013)

Literacy inequalities, mediation and the public good: A case study of physical proximity and social distance in Nepal,

in British Journal of Sociology of Education

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pp. 243-261

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Maddox, B., Aikman, S., Rao, N., Robinson-Pant, A.

(2011)

Literacy inequalities and social justice,

in International Journal of Educational Development

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pp. 577-579

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Esposito, L., Kebede, B., Maddox, B.

(2011)

Literacy Practices and Schooling: A Case Study from Mozambique,

in World Development

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pp. 1796-1807

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Maddox, B., Esposito, L.

(2011)

Sufficiency re-examined: A capabilities perspective on the assessment of functional adult literacy,

in Journal of Development Studies

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pp. 1315-1331

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Maddox, B.

(2010)

Marginal returns: Re-thinking mobility and educational benefit in contexts of chronic poverty,

in Compare

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pp. 213-222

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Maddox, B.

(2009)

Guidelines for conducting ethnographic research in parallel to LAMP implementation,

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Maddox, B.

(2009)

New literacies, new demands and new technologies: the changing literacy practices of Bangladeshi fishing communities,

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Allison, E., Daw, T., Maddox, B.

(2009)

Editorial: Literacies, education and development in fishing-dependent communities,

in Maritime Studies (MAST)

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pp. 5-7

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Maddox, B.

(2009)

Models and mechanisms: multi-disciplinary perspectives on literacy and development,

in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Literacy and Development.

Routledge

ISBN 978-0-415-46879-4

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Maddox, B., Overå, R.

(2009)

New technologies, new demands and new literacies: the changing literacy practices of fishing communities in Bangladesh and Ghana,

in Maritime Studies (MAST)

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Robinson-Pant, A. (ed.), Maddox, B. (ed.), Basu, K. (ed.), Robinson-Pant, A. (ed.)

(2009)

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Literacy and Development,

Routledge

ISBN 978-0-415-46879-4

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Key Research Interests

The anthropology of education; large-scale, international educational assessments.

 

Teaching Interests

 

I co-direct the Masters in Education and Development (with Sheila Aikman), teaching on the Introduction to Education and Development (masters unit, M007) and  Education Policy and Practice for Development (M046).  I supervise masters dissertations on education related topics, and PhD students working on education. I teach on the 2nd year undergraduate unit on social anthropology (SAID 2).  I welcome supervision of doctoral research on topics related to education, literacy and assessment, particularly in the context of low income countries.

Current Doctoral Research Students:

Beth Titchiner. ‘The anthropological and epistemological roots of violence in schooling and an exploration towards a non-violent practical philosophy of education’.

Rosanne Tromp.  ‘The Politics of Quality Education: A Trajectory Study of the Competence-Based Curricular Reform of Mexican Primary Education’.

Completed doctoral students

Camilla Addey.  ‘Why do countries join international literacy assessments? An Actor-Network Theory analysis with cases studies from Lao PDR and Mongolia’.  Submitted 2014.

Antoni wojkic.  ‘Schooling at the edge of the world: An ethnographic study of coastal habitus and educational ambivalence in northern Mozambique’.  Completed 2014.

Frances Hay. 'Occupational Stratification and Mobility: An Empirical Investigation into Intergenerational Occupational Change in Relation to Class and Status in India'. Completed 2013.

Juan Carlos Barron-Pastor. ‘Inclusion Policies in Mexican Higher Education: Listening to Participants of Intercultural Programmes’.  Completed 2011.

Samantha Ross-Hepworth. ‘Talking the Walk: Language as the Missing Ingredient of Biodiversity Conservation? An Investigation of Plant Knowledge in West Usambara Mountains, Tanzania’ . Completed 2011.

Hemant Ojha. ‘Engaging Bourdieu and Habermas to Reframe Forest Governance in Nepalese Terai’. Completed 2006.