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Awareness of Diversity Through Children's Eyes

This brief talk (8 minutes) provides an overview of the research I have undertaken over the last 20 years on diversity and young children and the impact it has had in Northern Ireland and internationally.

Brief Overview of My Research On Ethnic Diversity and Young Children

The Advance of Evidence-Based Approaches: Key Lessons from Ireland

This talk was given as a keynote presentation (58 minutes) at the Campbell Collaboration Colloquium, hosted at Queen's University Belfast in June 2014. It draws upon 10 years experience across Ireland developing, delivering and evaluating early intervention and prevention programmes for children and young people, and focuses specifically on the lessons learnt from undertaking randomised controlled trials within this context.

Doing Randomised Controlled Trials in Education

This talk provides a brief (10 minute) outline of the key issues and challenges associated with undertaking randomised controlled trials in education. It was given at event organised by the Alliance for Useful Evidence in Belfast, 15 May 2013.

Briefing of Education Committee on Advancing Shared Education Report

This video shows the briefing we provided to the Education Committee (Northern Ireland) on 16 May 2013 on the report we prepared for the Minister on Advancing Shared Education. Our briefing begins 22 minutes into the video and lasts for just under two hours.

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Too Young to Notice? Young Children's Attitudes Towards, and Awareness of, Ethnic Divisions

This public lecture (1 hour) draws upon findings from a number of studies I have completed over the last 15 years to consider how preschool children develop an awareness of ethnic divisions and how these come to shape their attitudes to others. It was delivered at Macquarie University, Australia, on 28 November 2012

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The Effects of Sesame Tree on Children's Attitudes

In this interview (6 minutes), I explain to Hilda the Hare what a randomised controlled trial is and how we undertook one to assess the impact of watching Sesame Tree (the Northern Ireland version of Sesame Street) on young children's attitudes and awareness.

Effective Education in Practice

This podcast, produced by the Centre for Effective Services, provides a brief (10 minute) reflection on the roles and responsibilities of researchers in supporting the development of effective educational programmes and interventions.

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Previous Conference Presentations

O'Hare, L., Biggart, A., Kerr, K., Connolly, P. and Thurston, A. (2015) What Went Wrong With the Mate-Tricks After-School Program, Which Increased Antisocial Behavior and Child/Parent Conflict?, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, 16-20 April, Chicago, USA.

Winter, K., Connolly, P. and Mooney, J. (2014) Developing and implementing an RCT that seeks to assess the effectiveness of the Letterbox Club in improving the reading and number skills for primary school children in care, 13th European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents Conference (EUSARF), 2-5 September 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark. View conference website

Connolly,P., Kee, F., Miller, S., Sloan, S., Rafferty, H., Fenwick, E., and Bland, M. (2013) A cluster randomised controlled trial evaluation and cost-effectiveness analysis of the Roots of Empathy schools-based programme for improving social and emotional wellbeing outcomes among 8-9 year olds in Northern Ireland, Poster Presentation, Improving Children's Lives International Conference, Queen's University Belfast, UK.

O'Hare, L., Kerr, K., Biggart, A. and Connolly, P. (2013) A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluation of an Afterschool Pro-Social Behavior Program in a Disadvantaged Community, 5th World Conference on Educational Sciences, 5-8 February, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.

Niens, U., Kerr, K. and Connolly, P. (2013) Promoting reconciliation through The curriculum: Does contact make a difference? A clustered randomized controlled trial of schools in Northern Ireland, European Educational Research Association Conference, 10-13 September, Bahçeçehir University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Niens, U., Kerr, K. and Connolly, P. (2013) Promoting reconciliation through a shared curriculum experience: Findings from a clustered randomized controlled trial of primary and post-primary schools in Northern Ireland, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Sussex, UK.

Kerr, K., Niens, U. and Connolly, P. (2012) Evidence from a baseline study of teachers and young people in Northern Ireland: Implications for peace education, The European Conference on Educational Research, University of Cádiz, Spain.

Connolly, P., O'Hare, L. and Mitchell, D. (2012) The effects of Booktime on the reading attitudes and behaviours of children aged 4-5 years old and their parents in Northern Ireland: A Cluster randomized controlled trial, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Manchester, UK.

Connolly, P., O'Hare, L. and Mitchell, D. (2012) The effects of Booktime on the reading attitudes and behaviours of children aged 4-5 years old and their parents in Northern Ireland: A Cluster randomized controlled trial, EARLI SIG 18 Educational Effectiveness, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Connolly, P., Miller, S., Kee, F., Gildea, A., Rafferty, H., Bland, M. and Fenwick, E. (2012) A cluster randomised controlled trial evaluation and cost-effectiveness analysis of the Roots of Empathy programme in Northern Ireland, Roots of Empathy Research Symposium, 15-6 May, Toronto.

Connolly, P., Eakin, A. and Miller, S. (2011) A cluster randomised controlled trial evaluation of the effects of the Media Initiative for Children: Respecting Difference preschool programme, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA.

Miller, S. and Connolly, P. (2011) A randomised controlled trial evaluation of a school-based volunteer mentoring program, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA.

Connolly, P. (2011) Evaluating strategies to promote ethnic respect and inclusion among children and adolescents, Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Connolly, P., Larkin, E. and Kehoe, S. (2009) The Effects of the Children's Television Series Sesame Tree on Young Children's Social Attitudes and Cultural Awareness, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Manchester, 2-5 September.

Connolly, P. and Miller, S. (2009) The Place of Randomised Controlled Trials in Educational Research: A Case Study, Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Manchester, 2-5 September. Download Paper (PDF, 95KB).

O'Hare, L., Biggart, A. and Connolly, P. (2009) A need to belong: an epidemiological study of the experiences and needs of minority ethnic children in Northern Ireland, Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Manchester, 2-5 September.

Connolly, P. (2008) Preschool Children's Awareness of and Attitudes Toward Difference: A Study of 3- and 4-Year-Old Children in Northern Ireland, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, 24-28 March. Download Paper (PDF, 112KB).

Connolly, P. (2008) Ethnic Segregation, Moral Panics and Social Class: A Comparative Study of the Experiences and Perspectives of Working Class and Middle Class Children in Belfast, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, 24-28 March. Download Paper (PDF, 176KB).

Connolly, P. (2007) It may look good but does it actually work? A critical race perspective on evaluating the effects of diversity education programs on young children's racial attitudes, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 9-13 April, Chicago, US. Download Paper (PDF, 332KB).

Connolly, P. (2006) Constructing and Deconstructing Masculinities in the Early Years: Mediations of Social Class, 'Race' and Ethnicity, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 7-11 April, San Francisco, US. Download Paper (PDF, 130KB).

Connolly, P. (2005) Understanding the 'production' of the schooling identities of young working class boys: time to move beyond the sociological/psychological divide? British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 14-17 September, University of Glamorgan, UK. Download Paper (PDF, 165KB).

Connolly, P. (2005) Summary Statistics, Educational Achievement Gaps and the Ecological Fallacy, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 14-17 September, University of Glamorgan, UK.

Gallagher, T., Healy, J. & Connolly, P. (2005) Citizenship Education, Diversity and Social Class, Citizenship Education and Social Justice Seminar, 25 May, Queen's University Belfast. Download Powerpoint Presentation (PDF, 101KB).

Connolly, P. (2004) Deconstructing Masculinities in the Early Years: Working with Boys in the "Critical Gender Zone", British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 16-18 September, UMIST, UK.

Connolly, P. (2003) The Impact of Social Class on Boys' Experiences of Schooling in the Early Years, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 11-13 September, Heriot-Watt University, UK.

Connolly, P., Smith, A. & Kelly, B. (2002) The Development of Ethnic Awareness Among Children in their Early Years, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 12-14 September, University of Exeter, UK.

Connolly, P. (2001) Consulting Young Children About Their Experiences of and Perspectives on the 'Troubles', National Children's Bureau One-Day Conference: Consulting With Children and Young People - Building On What We Know, 15 October 2001, Dunadry Hotel and Country Club, Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Connolly, P. (2001) Grounded Theory, Quantitative Methods and Research on Young Children's Racial/Ethnic Identities, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 13-15 September, University of Leeds, UK.

Connolly, P. & Neill, J. (2001) Constructions of Locality and Gender and their Impact on the Educational Aspirations of Working Class Children, One Day Conference, 'Addressing Issues of Social Class and Education: Theory into Practice', 26 June, University of North London, UK.

Connolly, P. and Neill, J. (2001) Culture, Locality and Identity: The Experiences and Educational Aspirations of 7-8 Year Old Working Class Girls, Gender and Education 3rd International Conference, 4-6 April, Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

Connolly, P. and Neill, J. (2001) Boys' Underachievement, Educational Aspirations and Constructions of Locality: Intersections of Gender, Ethnicity and Social Class, International Sociology of Education Conference, 3-5 January, Sheffield, UK.

Connolly, P. and Keenan, M. (2000) Racist Bullying and Harassment in Schools in Northern Ireland, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 7-9 September, University of York, UK.

Connolly, P. (1999) Re-Articulating Whitness: Towards an Inclusive Multicultural/Anti-racist Curriculum, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 2-5 September, University of Sussex, UK.

Connolly, P. (1999) What Now for the Contact Hypothesis? Towards a New Research Agenda, 34th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology, 11-15 July, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Connolly, P. (1999) Young Children's Voices on Boy/Girlfriends and (Hetero)Sexuality: A Critically Reflexive Account of the Role of an Adult, Male Researcher, 2nd International Gender and Education Conference, 29-31 March, University of Warwick, UK.

Connolly, P. and Keenan, M. (1999) Developing Skills and Access to Employment for Minority Ethnic People in Northern Ireland: A Preliminary Report, 'Into the Light' Conference organised by the Commission for Racial Equality for Northern Ireland, 25 February, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Connolly, P. (1998) Educational Research on Schools and Community Relations in Northern Ireland: A Critical Evaluation, International Sociological Association XIV World Congress, 26 July - 1 August, Montreal, Canada.

Connolly, P. (1998) Sectarianism, Children and Cross-Community Contact Schemes in Northern Ireland, Annual Conference of the Sociological Association of Ireland, 8-10 May, Wexford, Ireland.

Connolly, P. (1998) Racism and Young Girls' Peer-Group Relations, Children and Social Exclusion Conference, 5-6 March, University of Hull, UK.

Connolly, P. (1997) Racism and Young Girls' Peer-Group Relations: An Ethnographic Study of an English Primary School, European Conference on Educational Research, 24-27 September, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universit├Ąt, Frankfurt, Germany.

Connolly, P. (1997) Sectarianism, Children and Cross-Community Contact Schemes: A study of 10 and 11 Year Old Children's Perspectives in Northern Ireland, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 11-14 September, University of York, UK.

Connolly, P. (1996) Sexuality, Power and Researching Young Children, 4th International Conference on Social Science Methodology, 4-6 July, University of Essex, UK.

Connolly, P. and Maginn, P. (1996) Voluntary Action, Children and Social Identities, Voluntary Action Studies Forum Conference, 19 June, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Connolly, P. (1996) Racism and Young Children: An Appraisal of the Contribution of Barry Troyna to the Field, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 12-15 September, University of Essex, UK.

Connolly, P. (1996) The Racialisation of the Irish in the British Press, Annual Conference of the Sociological Association of Ireland, 10-12 May, Dundalk, Ireland.

Connolly, P. (1995) Living Under the Public Gaze: Single Mothers, Cultural Identities and the Inner City, Ideas of Community Conference, September, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.

Connolly, P. (1995) Isolation, Single Mothers and the Inn City: Constructions of 'Race', Gendered Space and Identity, European Sociological Association Conference, August, University of Budapest, Hungary.

Connolly, P. (1995) 'Seen but Never Heard': Rethinking Approaches to Researching Racialised Identities and Young Children, Children and Social Competence: An Interdisciplinary Conference, July, University of Surrey, UK.

Connolly, P. (1995) 'Race' and Policing in the Inner City: An Ethnographic Study, Political Studies Association Annual Conference, April, University of York, UK.

Connolly, P. (1995) Young White Single Mothers in the Inner City: Constructions of 'Race', Place and Identity, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, 10-13 April, University of Leicester, UK.

Connolly, P. (1994) Theorising Racism in Educational Settings: Re-introducing the Work of Pierre Bourdieu, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, September, St Anne's College, Oxford, UK.

Connolly, P. (1994) Too Young to Notice?: 'Race', Gender and Sexuality in the Lives of Infant Children. Day Conference organised by Save the Children, February, London, UK.

Connolly, P. (1994) Racism, Anti-Racism and Masculinity: Contextualising Racist Incidents in the Primary School, International Sociology of Education Conference, January, University of Sheffield, UK.

Connolly, P. (1993) Racism, Schooling and Resistance: The Construction of Masculine Identities Amongst African/Caribbean Infant Boys, Political Studies Association Graduate Conference, December, University of Manchester, UK.

Connolly, P. (1993) 'It Was Never Like That When I was a Kid!': The construction and Negotiation of Sexualities Amongst Infant Children in a Primary School, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, March, University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Connolly, P. (1993) Doing Feminist and Anti-Racist Research as a White Male: A Contradiction in Terms? British Sociological Association Annual Conference, 5-8 April, University of Essex, UK.

Forthcoming Talks and Invited Presentations

'The trials of evidence-based practice in education'
Keynote address, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, 15-17 September 2015, Belfast
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Previous Keynote Talks and Invited Presentations

Connolly, P. (2014) 'Translating research into practice', Invited talk, Realising Real-World Research: Research and Evaluation in Challenging Times, Conference organised by the Research, Evaluation, Policy and Practice (REPP) Group, Ashling Hotel, Dublin, September 2014, Dublin, Ireland.

Connolly, P. (2014) 'The advance of evidence-based approaches: Key lessons from Ireland', Keynote address, 'Better Evidence for a Better World', Campbell Collaboration Colloquium 2014, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, 16-19 June 2014, Belfast. View keynote address

Connolly, P. (2014) 'The potential of RCTs in educational research', Invited Talk, Research and Teacher Education Symposium. Event organised jointly by the Teacher Education and Development SIG and the Research Methodology in Education SIG of the British Educational Research Association, 26 June 2014, University of Chester View symposium flyer (PDF, 489KB)

Connolly, P. (2014) 'Education for a pluralist society', Keynote address, Building the Ideal Society Through Law and Education, Belfast International Social Science Conference, 2nd May, Riddel Hall, Belfast View conference website

Connolly, P. (2014) 'Young children and prejudice: why we should be concerned and what we can do about it', Inaugural Professorial Lecture, 25 March, Council Chamber, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK.

Connolly, P. (2014) 'Improving educational standards through shared education, Opening Address, Raising Standards in Education in Northern Ireland', 28 February, Capita Conference, Belfast, Download conference flyer (442KB).

Connolly, P. (2013) 'Quantitative methods and the struggle for social justice in education', Keynote Presentation, Postgraduate Student Conference, 5-6 July, University of Chester, UK.

Connolly, P. (2013) 'Beyond the paradigm wars: innovations in the use of quantitative methods in social and educational research', Keynote Presentation, International Research Methods Summer School, 14-16 June, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland.

Connolly, P. (2012) 'Too young to notice? Young children's attitudes towards, and awareness of, ethnic divisions', Public Lecture, 28 November, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia.Download powerpoint and listen to audio recording of the presentation

Connolly, P. (2012) 'Issues and controversies in the use of evidence to inform education policy and practice', Invited Seminar, 27 November, Institute of Early Childhood Research and School of Education, Macquarie University, Australia.

Connolly, P. (2012) 'Experiences of establishing an applied and interdisciplinary research centre in a university', British Council Seminar on Research in Humanities and Social Sciences: Moroccan and British Experiences, University Ibn Zohr Agadir, Morocco, 15-16 June.

Connolly, P., Biggart, A. and Miller, S. (2011) 'The challenges of embedding a culture of evaluation in education', Invited Colloquium, 22 March, Peabody Research Institute, Vanderbilt University, USA.

Connolly, P. (2011) 'Using survey methods to explore preschool children's ethnic awareness and attitudes', Invitational Seminar, Institute for Education, Community and Society, University of Edinburgh, 9 June.

Connolly, P. (2010) 'Using evidence more effectively to promote social justice in education', Public Lecture, University of Glasgow (Chair and discussant: Rt Hon. Charles Kennedy MP). View the seminar flyer (PDF, 236KB).

Connolly, P. (2010) 'Challenges and dilemmas in evaluating the effectiveness of educational programmes and interventions', Keynote address, 40th Annual PSI Conference, Athlone, Ireland.

Connolly, P. (2010) 'The Place of Randomised Controlled Trials in Educational Research: A Case Study', ESRC Research Seminar Series, 10 February, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Connolly, P. (2009) 'Una - A Global Learning Initiative on Children and Ethnic Diversity', CINDE One Day Seminar, 23 October, Poblado Plaza Hotel, Medellin, Colombia.

Connolly, P. (2009) 'Effectiveness Research, Evidence and the Use of Quantitative Methods in Education', Faculty of Education Theory and Methods Seminar Series, 4 November, University of Glasgow, UK.

Connolly, P. (2009) 'Paradigm Wars, Evidence and Mixed Methods in Educational Research', Presentation given at Workshop 4 of the ESRC/TLRP Teacher Education Research Network (TERN), 20 May, University of Chester, UK. Download Powerpoint Presentation (PDF, 529 KB).

Connolly, P. (2009) 'The Benefits of Early Interventions for Children from Socially and Economically Deprived Backgrounds: The Research Evidence', Presentation Given at the: "Written Out, Written Off" Campaign Launch, 13 May, Dublin, Ireland.

Connolly, P. (2009) 'The Use of Randomised Controlled Trials in Educational Research', Keynote Address, Northern Ireland British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 24-26 April, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

Connolly, P. (2009) 'Bridging the Disciplinary, Cultural and Research/Practice Divides: The Joint Learning Initiative on Children and Ethnic Diversity'. Invited Paper Presented at the Presidential Session: 'Bridging the Disciplinary Divide: Working Together to Conduct Education Research' (65.010), American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, April 13-17, San Diego.

Connolly, P. (2007) 'The Power of Early Childhood Initiatives in Conflict-Affected Societies', Keynote Presentation, 15-17 November, 7th International CEIEC Conference: Honoring the Child, Honoring Equity: Transforming connections - Local and Global Possibilities, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Connolly, P. (2007) '"It May Look Good But Does it Actually Work?" Developing Evidence-Informed Approaches to the Design, Delivery and Evaluation of Early Childhood Programmes', 12 November, CEIEC Public Lecture, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Connolly, P. (2007) 'Race, gender and critical reflexivity in research with young children', Featured Workshop, 15-17 November, 7th International CEIEC Conference: Honoring the Child, Honoring Equity: Transforming connections - Local and Global Possibilities, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Connolly, P. (2006) 'Race and Ethnicity in Young Children's Lives', 14-16 June 2006, Diversity and Inclusion in the Early Years International Conference, Belfast, UK.

Connolly, P. (2006) 'Inequalities in Education in Relation to Gender', 'Changing Attitudes 2006: Inclusion Thrives' Conference Organised by Pre-School Learning Alliance, 16-17 March 2006, Milton Keynes, UK.

Connolly, P. (2005) 'Dealing with Diversity and Inclusion in the Early Years: Lessons from Research', British Council Event: 'Diversity and Inclusion in Education', Ramada Hotel, Belfast, 30 November.

Connolly, P. (2005) 'Promoting Inclusion and Diversity in the Early Years', 'Opening Doors': Exploring Values, Attitudes and Culture in the Early Years Sector, Trocaire Conference, Dublin, 26 November.

Connolly, P. (2005) 'An Examination of the Nature and Causes of Racism in Northern Ireland', 'Belfast - An Inclusive Society?' Exploring Issues of Racism and Diversity, Spring Conference on the Irish Association, 26 February 2005.

Connolly, P. (2002) 'The Impact of 'The Troubles' on Young Children's Attitudes and Identities in Northern Ireland', Keynote Address, Growing Up in Bigotry Conference, 26 September, Australian National University, Australia.

Connolly, P. (2002) 'Reconciling the Irreconcilable? Challenges from the "Peace Process" in Northern Ireland', International Perspectives on Reconciliation Conference, 21 September, Australian National University, Australia.

Connolly, P. (2002) 'The Impact of Community Divisions on Children's Experiences', National Children's Bureau, Northern Ireland Annual Children's Conference, 18 November.