Dr Marc Sarazin

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Education

Background

Marc is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Education at Moray House School of Education and Sport, working on the Teaching that Matters for Migrant Students (TEAMS) project. He is also an Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford Department of Education. He was previously a postdoctoral research fellow on the TeachersCareers project at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain, Belgium), a post he took up after pursuing his doctorate at the University of Oxford Department of Education. He is also the current junior co-ordinator for the European Association for Learning and Instruction's (EARLI) SIG 17 on Methods in Learning Research.

 

Marc's scholarship focuses on social networks and how they can foster—or inhibit—equitable educational systems that include diverse learners. His work stems from the premise that schools can just as well maintain inequalities as they can enable social change, and he strives to promote schooling that does more of the latter. To do this, Marc analyses data from many different sources, from administrative ‘big data’ to ethnographic observations from the field, and draws on several disciplines. He also integrates these diverse perspectives in his teaching. His research, both about and beyond networks, centres on students' school experiences, teachers’ work, educational policies, and arts-based interventions. He finally has a keen interest in applications of social network analysis and mixed methods approaches in education research.

Research summary

Marc’s research focuses on social networks and how they can foster—or inhibit—equitable educational systems that include diverse learners. He has explored this theme in several studies, for instance uncovering how school policies influence students’ friendship networks, disliking relations, and peer perceptions of competence; how inter-school networks affect inequalities in teacher turnover; how social action music programmes can (or can not) promote social inclusion; and how teacher collaboration can enable migrant students’ integration.

 

Marc has a keen interest in educational inequalities, teachers’ work, educational policies, mixed methods research, and arts-based interventions, and pursues research in each of these veins. He also has a special interest in applications of social network analysis and mixed methods approaches in education research. His work has been published in, among others, Social Networks, Journal of Education Policy, and Frontiers in Psychology.

 

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