School of Social and Political Science

RTC Talking Methods - Mixed Methods & Policy Analysis in Education Research

Seminar Series
05 December 2023
13:00 - 14:30


Practice Suite Room 1.12, Chrystal Macmillan Building



Talking Methods


You can join us in the Practice Suite, or if you can't make it in person, we will be sending out a Teams joining link before the session.

We will be sharing the results of the TEAMS (Teaching that Matters for Migrant Students) project, funded by NordFosk, in collaboration with the University of Turku, the University of Jyväskylä, and Stockholm University. This three-year-long study investigates the integration of students from migrant backgrounds in 7 different school environments across Scotland, Finland, and Sweden. The research employed a diverse range of methodologies, including social network analysis, surveys, observations, and policy analysis.

The TEAMS project examined how the interaction between teachers' and social networks within school communities, and shaped the educational experiences of migrant students. Teachers tap into collegial knowledge and adhere to local norms, underscoring the significance of their interactions. Social network analysis is utilized to simultaneously explore the overall social structure within schools and the exchange of expertise and resources among individuals both within and outside the school setting.

The social network analysis is complemented by the ethnographic fieldwork to thoroughly investigate the structures and content of social interactions within various school contexts. This approach aimed to unveil how teachers used a form of relational agency to support migrant students in navigating formal schooling structures, addressing multifaceted barriers such as language, sociocultural differences, and sometimes racial prejudice, and discrimination. The project also delves into policy analysis, aiming to bridge the findings with the behaviour of teachers and students outlined in the mixed methods study and explore to what extent these behaviours might be shaped by the different policy arrangements. The analysis encompasses policies at international, national, regional, and school levels, employing thematic analysis to categorize and assess relevant data.

Key speakers

  • Dr Nataša Pantić
  • Dr Cecilia Gialdini