Professor Alis Oancea

alis.oancea@education.ox.ac.uk

Alis Oancea is Professor of Philosophy of Education and Research Policy and Director of Research in the department.  She specialises in philosophy of research and in studies of research policy and governance (including work on research impact and knowledge exchange, research quality, evaluation, assessment, and rankings).

DPhil Applicants

Alis welcomes DPhil applications  in the following areas:

  • research policy and governance (research assessment, impact, rankings, quality)
  • academic work and identities
  • higher education
  • philosophy of research
  • philosophy of education
  • comparative and international higher education policy.

Research and other professional commitments

The programme of research that Alis has developed over the past ten years draws together empirical and philosophical work aimed at “Understanding and Shaping Research Policy and Practice”. She also has strong interests in higher education, contemporary challenges for philosophy of education, and science and technology studies.

She has two PhDs, one in policy and governance for research (from the University of Oxford), and one in epistemology and research.

Current professional commitments include:

  • Pro-Proctor, University of Oxford
  • Director for Research, Oxford University Department of Education
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Peer Review College of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Member of the Peer Review  of the Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Member of the Reviewer Pool, Education Endowment Foundation
  • Editorial board member: Review of Education; Educational Theory (review board); Oxford Review of Education;
  • Secretary of the Oxford Branch of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB)
  • Associate Research Fellow of the ESRC Research Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE)
  • Professional Mentor for the Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in H.E. (PG DipLATHE) offered by the Oxford Learning Institute
  • Co-convenor of OUDE’s Philosophy, Religion and Education research forum.
  • Member of the Research and Development Committee of UCET (2011-13 and 2016 onwards)

Other recent commitments:

  • Elected Executive Council member and trustee of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) (2009-2012)
  • Council member of the European Educational Research Association (EERA) (2011-12)
  • Vice-chair, Horizon 2020 calls
  • Deputy Director for Research, Oxford University Department of Education
  • Research theme coordinator, Policy, Economy and Society
  • Senior Academic Advisor for research impact, Oxford University (2012-13)
  • Member of the Horizons2020 and Periscope Working Groups, EERA
  • Co-Editor of ‘Review of Education’
  • Member of BERA’s Academic Publications Committee
  • Lead Editor of ‘Research Intelligence’ (2010-2012)
  • Organising Committee Member, ECER 2014 (London) (2011-12)
  • Member of the UCET/BERA Working Group on the future of educational research (2011-12)
  • Member of the Planning Group of the UK Strategic Forum for Research in Education (2009-10)
  • Qualified PRINCE2 project management practitioner

Teaching and mentoring

Current graduate teaching:

  • Philosophy of Educational Research
  • Foundations of Educational Research (MSc and PRS)
  • Conceptualising Educational Research
  • Research Skills Training (doctoral programme)
  • Higher Education

Other recent teaching:

  • Convener of Foundations of Educational Research (MSc and PRS)
  • Strategies for Educational Research
  • Policy, Politics and Education in a Global World
  • Comparative and International Education
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Education Policy and Educational Reform
  • Contemporary Social Theory.

Mentorship: Alis is a teaching mentor for colleagues pursuing the Diploma for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She is also involved in academic mentoring in the department.

Peer review and research evaluation

Expert reviewer of grant proposals to the Horizons 2020 (including Vice-Chair), FP7 and FP6 of the European Commission, to the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) (including membership of large grants and centres commissioning panel, 2014), the European Science Foundation , the Wellcome Trust, Education Endowment Foundation (member of reviewer pool), Defra, the British Educational Research Association, and other national and international bodies. She referees for national and international journals, including: British Educational Research Journal, Research Evaluation, Oxford Review of Education, Educational Theory; Journal of Curriculum Studies, Teaching and Teacher Education, Evidence & Policy, Scottish Educational Review, Research in Comparative Education, Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, etc.

Research programme

Understanding and Shaping Research Policy and Practice. Recent and current projects on research policy and governance, philosophy of research and research assessment include:

  • (2013-14) Developing Innovative Methods for Configurative Capture of the Cultural Value of Arts and Humanities Research. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
  • (2015) The skills gap in the historic built environment. Knowledge exchange in the heritage sector. Funding: HEIF in partnership with the Association of Small Historic Towns and Villages and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.
  • (2014) BERA Observatory of Educational Research
  • (2014) A Dialogue between Phenomenology and Realism in Pedagogical and Educational Research. Symposium funded by the Higher Education Academy.
  • (2013-2015) Knowledge Exchange in the Social Sciences. Funding: HEIF.
  • (2011-12) Prospects for the Future of Education Research in the UK. Review funded by the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers in collaboration with the British Educational Research Association.
  • (2011-12) Philosophical Perspectives on Teacher Education. Funding: Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (with Janet Orchard et al).
  • (2009-10) Review of the Impact of the Research Assessment Exercise 2008 on education departments in all countries of the UK. Funded by the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers with the British Educational Research Association.
  • (2009-2011) Assessing and Demonstrating the Impact of Research across the Range of Disciplines (Social Sciences; Arts and Humanities; Medical Sciences; Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences). HEIF/ Oxford University.
  • (2006-2009) Research Quality and Research Evaluation in Education and Gerontology. A comparative study. OUDE/OIA.
  • (2009) Quality Criteria for the Assessment of Education Research in Several Contexts of Assessment (from research proposals/bidding, to project evaluation, and  to publication). Funding: ESRC/Teaching and Learning Research Programme.
  • (2006-2007) ESRC/ TLRP review of the epistemological basis of educational research findings. Led by David Bridges. Funding: ESRC/TLRP.
  •  (2003-2004) The Distribution of Educational Research Expertise in the UK post-RAE 2001. Commissioned by the British Educational Research Association.

Other funded research since 2000 includes:

  • (2004-2005) Applied and Practice-Based Educational Research. University of Oxford. Funding: Economic and Social Research Council (with John Furlong).
  •  (2004-2009) The Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training. Lead director: Richard Pring. Funding: Nuffield Foundation (£1 million).
  • (2008-2010) Fixed-term employment in research – new directions in the research economy? Funding: CETL/FELL.
  • (2004-2005) Processes of Transition in Educational Systems of Central and Eastern European Countries – 15 Years On. Funding: European Science Foundation.
  • (2004-2008) Ageing Horizons. Policies for Ageing Societies. Led by Kenneth Howse. Funding: Help the Aged. Produced by: Oxford Institute of Ageing, University of Oxford.
  • (2004) Oxford Age Discrimination Survey. With: Dr. Sarah Harper and Dr. George Leeson, Oxford Institute of Ageing.
  • (2000-2002) Developing More Inclusive School Environments Within Communities. Led by Mel Ainscow. Funding: UNICEF. Researcher and local mediator.

Recent consultancies include:

  • Research impact training (2012, 2017)
  • Research management training (2011)
  • The UK RAE 2008 and the REF (2010, 2012)
  • Developing peer review guidelines (2010)
  • Rural education curriculum materials (2001)

Books

  • Punch, KF, Oancea, A (2014) Introduction to Research Methods in Education. SAGE.
  • Pring, R, Hayward, G, Hodgson, A, Johnson, J, Keep, E, Oancea, A, Rees, G, Spours, K, Wilde, S (2012) Education for all: The future of education and training for 14-19 year olds.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203873595
  • Oancea, AE (2010) The BERA / UCET Review of the Impacts of RAE 2008 on Education Research in UK Higher Education Institutions.. Macclesfield: BERA/ UCET.
  • Oancea, AE, Pollard, A (2010) Unlocking Learning? Towards evidence-informed policy and practice in education. Final report of the UK Strategic Forum for Research in Education. London:SFRE.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.1981.1601
  • Oancea, A, Furlong, J (2007) Assessing Quality in Applied and Practice-based Research in Education Continuing the Debate.London: Routledge.
  • Oancea, AE (2001) Causal Explanation and Teleological Explanation in Educational Research. Bucharest: The University of Bucharest Publishing House.

Book chapters

  • Oancea, A (2016) “The aims and claims of educational research”, In: Education, Ethics and Experience: Essays in Honour of Richard Pring. 109-122
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315716466
  • Oancea, AE (2016) “Including Ethics in Social Science Research”, In: K Punch (ed.) Developing Effective Research Proposals. 3. London: SAGE.
  • Oancea, AE (2014) “Causation”, In: Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy. SAGE Publications.
  • Oancea, AE (2014) “Ethics in social science research”, In: K Punch (ed.) Introduction to Social Research. London: SAGE.
  • Oancea, AE, Punch, KF (2013) “Literature Searching and Reviewing”, In: Introduction to Social Research Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches. London: SAGE Publications Limited.
  • Oancea, A (2013) “Philosophy of education”, In: The Routledge Companion to Education. 66-74
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203802243
  • Oancea, AE (2011) “Philosophy of education”, In: J Arthur (ed.)The Routledge Companion to Education. London: Routledge.
  • Oancea, AE, Furlong, J (2010) “Expressions of excellence and the assessment of applied and practice based research”, In: S Groundwater-Smith, A Campbell (eds.) Action research in education. London: SAGE.
  • Oancea, A, Bridges, D (2010) “Philosophy of education: The historical and contemporary tradition”, In: Disciplines of Education: Their Role in the Future of Education Research. 50-66
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203844137
  • Oancea, AE (2010) “Research assessment in the United Kingdom: Issues of concern”, In: World science report: Knowledge divides. Paris: UNESCO. 259-261
  • Oancea, AE (2010) “Does the concept of knowledge translation capture the complexity of the relationship between research and practice?”, In: Using Evidence: Advances and debates in bridging health research and action. Ottawa: Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
  • Oancea, AE, Pring, R (2009) “The importance of being thorough: On systematic accumulations of “what works” in education research”, In: D Bridges, P Smeyers, R Smith (eds.)Evidence-based education policy: What evidence? What basis? Whose policy?. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Oancea, AE (2008) “Standardisation and versatility in research assessment”, In: A Besley (ed.) Assessing the Quality of Research in Higher Education. Rotterdam: Sense.
  • Oancea, AE (2003) “Scientificity criteria for educational research”, In: MC Calin (ed.) Theory and Metatheory of Education. Bucharest: Aramis.
  • Oancea, AE (2003) “Causal and teleological explanations in educational research”, In: MC Calin (ed.) Theory and Metatheory of Education. Bucharest: Aramis.
  • Oancea, AE (2002) “Scientific explanation in pedagogy”, In:Pedagogie. Fundamentari teoretice si demersuri aplicative.Iassy: Polirom.
  • Oancea, AE (2002) “Integrating support materials in classroom activities”, In: World Bank (ed.) Developing Rural Education in Romania. Bucharest: Ministry for Education and Science.
  • Oancea, AE, Calin, MC (2002) “The scientificity of educational knowledge”, In: E Paun, D Potolea (eds.) Pedagogie. Fundamentari teoretice si demersuri aplicative. Iassy: Polirom.

Conference papers

  • Oancea, AE (2014) Teachers’ professional knowledge. Keynote panel.
  • Oancea, AE Philosophical perspectives on the future of teacher education. (London)
  • Oancea, AE The impacts of RAE 2008 on education research in the United Kingdom. Invited contribution. (University of Edinburgh)
  • Oancea, AE Impact from doctoral research? Keynote lecture and workshop.
  • Oancea, AE Prospects for the future of educational research. Invited talk. (London)
  • Oancea, AE Interpretations and practices of research impact. Invited talk. (Institute of Education, London)
  • Oancea, AE Commentary on the EERQI project. (Brussels)
  • Oancea, AE The BERA/UCET Review of the implications of current policy contexts for the future of educational research. Invited talk.
  • Oancea, AE Capturing and reporting research impact. Invited talk. (University of Oxford, Oxford)
  • Oancea, AE Configurative capture of value through qualitative network mapping. Invited contribution.
  • Oancea, AE Governing research through assessment technologies. Keynote lecture. (Oxford Brookes University, Oxford)
  • Oancea, AE, Orchard, J Philosophical perspectives on the future of teacher education. (Leicestershire)
  • Oancea, AE, Menter, I, McNamara, O UCET/BERA collaboration – the impact of current policy developments on educational research. (Leicestershire)
  • Oancea, AE, Orchard, J, Winch, C The contribution of educational research to teachers’ professional learning – philosophical understandings. (Philadelphia)
  • Oancea, AE Interpretations and practices of research impact across the disciplines. (London)
  • Oancea, AE, Whitty, G The future of educational research. Symposium. (London)
  • Oancea, AE Teachers’ professional knowledge. Keynote panel.(New College, Oxford)
  • Oancea, AE Interpretations and practices of research impact across the disciplines. (Berlin)
  • Oancea, AE Governing research through assessment technologies. Talk to the fourth CETL conference. (Oxford)
  • Oancea, AE Trends and challenges in research assessment. Invited talk. (Oxford)
  • Oancea, AE The Impacts of RAE 2008 on Education Units across the UK. Invited talk. (London)
  • Oancea, AE Invited discussant of R. Pring, Faith based schools, Religion, Values and Education seminar. (Oxford University Department of Education)
  • Oancea, AE Research assessment and education research.(Edinburgh)
  • Oancea, AE Philosophy and Education Research. The voice(s) of philosophy in the conversations of the educational research communities. Contribution to invited plenary symposium.(Manchester)
  • Oancea, AE On Evidence, Use, and Deliberation: Implications of the relevance and usefulness agenda for practice-related research. Invited talk to international symposium. (Utrecht Hogenschool, The Netherlands)
  • Oancea, AE, Gorard, S Making evidence useful: the whole point of publicly-funded education research?. (University of York)
  • Oancea, AE Praxis or Poiesis? On the Assessment of Applied and Practice-Based Research. Invited lecture. (Gothenburg University, Sweden)
  • Oancea, AE Lifelong Learning in Ageing Societies. Invited lecture. (ERSTE Stiftung, Split, Croatia)
  • Oancea, AE Assessment, Quality and Higher Education Research. Invited talk.
  • Oancea, AE Assessing the Quality of Education Research in Different Contexts. Keynote address. (University of Leicester)
  • Oancea, AE Education research and the RAE: findings from the review of the impacts of the RAE 2008 on education research. Keynote lecture. (Coventry University)
  • Oancea, AE Impacts and REF Expectations: Findings from the UCET/BERA Review of the Impacts of RAE 2008 on Education Research. Invited session. (Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire)
  • Oancea, AE Beyond impact: Connecting research to policy and practice? Invited contribution. (London)
  • Oancea, AE Evidence from the BERA/UCET Review of the Impacts of RAE 2008. Keynote symposium (convenor and contributor). (Warwick University)
  • Oancea, AE The contribution of the EERQI measures and indicators to the assessment of research in education. Invited contribution. (Geneva)
  • Oancea, AE RAE 2008 impacts and REF expectations. Invited seminar. (University of Coventry)
  • Oancea, AE The RAE, the REF, and the future of research assessment in the UK. Invited keynote workshop. (Coventry University)
  • Oancea, AE Recent considerations of quality in social research. Assessing applied and practice-based research. Keynote talk.

Journal articles

  • Oancea, AE, Mills, D (2015) “The New Ecosystem for Educational Research: Findings from the BERA Observatory”,Research Intelligence. (127) 27-28.
  • Oancea, A, Florez-Petour, T, Atkinson, J (2015) “The ecologies and economy of cultural value from research”, International Journal of Cultural Policy. 1-24.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10286632.2015.1128418
  • Winch, C, Oancea, A, Orchard, J (2015) “The contribution of educational research to teachers’ professional learning: philosophical understandings”, OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION. 41(2) 202-216.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2015.1017406
  • Oancea, A (2014) “Teachers’ professional knowledge and state-funded teacher education: a (hi)story of critiques and silences”,OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION. 40(4) 497-519.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2014.939413
  • Oancea, A (2014) “Research assessment as governance technology in the United Kingdom: findings from a survey of RAE 2008 impacts”, ZEITSCHRIFT FUR ERZIEHUNGSWISSENSCHAFT. 17 83-110.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11618-014-0575-5
  • Oancea, AE (2013) “Buzzwords and values: The prominence of “impact” in UK research policy and governance”, Research Trends. 33 6-8.
  • Oancea, A (2013) “Research Impact and Educational Research”, European Educational Research Journal. 12(2) 242-250.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/eerj.2013.12.2.242
  • Oancea, A, Orchard, J (2012) “The Future of Teacher Education”, JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION.46(4) 574-588.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9752.2012.00888.x
  • Oancea, A, Hopfenbeck, TN (2012) “International Datasets and Comparisons in Education”, Research IntelligenceTN Hopfenbeck, A Oancea (eds.) . (119)
  • Ovseiko, PV, Oancea, A, Buchan, AM (2012) “Assessing research impact in academic clinical medicine: a study using Research Excellence Framework pilot impact indicators.”, BMC health services research. 12 478+.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-12-478
  • Oancea, A, Bridges, D (2009) “Philosophy of education in the UK: the historical and contemporary tradition”, OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION. 35(5) 553-568.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03054980903216291
  • Oancea, A (2009) “The Routledge international encyclopedia of education”, BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL.35(2) 323-325.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01411920902746262
  • Oancea, AE (2009) “Performative accountability and the UK Research Assessment Exercise”, ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies(NZ). 27(1/2) 153-173.
  • Oancea, AE, Engelbrecht, P, Hoffman, J (2009) “Trends in research policy in the United Kingdom – implications for South African higher education research”, South African Journal of Higher Education. 23 1101-1114.
  • Oancea, AE (2008) “The promise of lifelong learning”, Ageing Horizons. 8 1-3.
  • Oancea, A, Pring, R (2008) “The importance of being thorough: On systematic accumulations of ‘what works’ in education research”, JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION. 4215-39.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9752.2008.00633.x
  • Oancea, A (2007) “From Procrustes to Proteus: Trends and practices in the assessment of education research”,International Journal of Research and Method in Education.30(3) 243-269.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17437270701614766
  • Oancea, AE (2007) “Tailored suit or straitjacket? A framework for analysing research evaluation”, Scientific Bulletin. (July)
  • Oancea, A, Furlong, J (2007) “Expressions of excellence and the assessment of applied and practice‐based research”,Research Papers in Education. 22(2) 119-137.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02671520701296056
  • Furlong, J, Oancea, A (2006) “Assessing Quality in Applied and Practice-Based Research in Education: a framework for discussion”, Review of Australian Research in Education (RARE). No 6: Counterpoints on the Quality and Impact of Educational Research 89-104.
  • Oancea, A (2005) “Criticisms of educational research: key topics and levels of analysis”, BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL. 31(2) 157-183.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0141192052000340198
  • Oancea, A (2004) “Discourse in educational and social research”, BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL.30(5) 747-748.

Reports

  • Oancea, AE, Mills, D (2014) Educational Research. Final report of the BERA Observatory 2014.. London: British Educational Research Association.
  • Oancea, AE, Florez-Petour, M, Atkinson, J (2014) The Cultural Value of Arts and Humanities Research: A Configurative Approach. Arts and Humanities Research Council.
  • Winch, C, Oancea, AE, Orchard, J (2013) The Contribution of Educational Research to Teachers’ Professional Learning – Philosophical Understandings. London: BERA.
  • Whitty, G, Donoghue, M, Christie, D, Kirk, G, Menter, I, McNamara, O, Moss, G, Oancea, AE, Rogers, C, Thomson, P(2012) Prospects for the Future of Educational Research.London: BERA/ UCET.
  • Oancea, AE (2011) Interpretations and Practices of Research Impact across the Range of Disciplines. Final Report. Oxford University.
  • Oancea, AE (2010) “Research assessment in the United Kingdom: Issues of concern”, In: World social science report: Knowledge divides. Paris: UNESCO.
  • Oancea, AE (2010) The Accumulation, Mediation and Impact of Education Research. Report of the Third Meeting of the UK’s Strategic Forum for Research in Education, 17th and 18th March, Edinburgh. London: SFRE.
  • Oancea, AE (2008) Key Issues in Research Quality. Report to the UK Strategic Forum for Research in Education.
  • Oancea, AE, Hayward, G, Hodgson, A, Johnson, J, Keep, E, Pring, R, Rees, G, Spours, K, Wilde, S (2006) Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training Report 2005-2006.
  • Oancea, AE (2005) 15 Years On: Educational Transitions in Central and Eastern Europe. Directions for Educational Research and Policy in the Post-Communist EU Accession and Candidate Countries. Scientific Report to the European Science Foundation.
  • Oancea, AE, Hayward, G, Hodgson, A, Johnson, J, Keep, E, Pring, R, Spours, K, Wilde, S, Wright, S (2005) Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training Report 2004-2005.
  • Oancea, AE, Furlong, J (2005) “Assessing Quality in Applied and Practice-based Educational Research: A Framework for Discussion.”, In: Report to the Economic and Social Research Council.
  • Oancea, AE (2004) Evidence of the Distribution of Educational Research Expertise in the UK. Report to the British Educational Research Association, February 2004.
  • Oancea, AE, Wright, S (2004) Policies for 14-19 Education and Training in England, 1976 to the Present Day: A chronology. Briefing paper for the Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training.
  • Oancea, AE, Hayward, G, Hodgson, A, Johnson, J, Keep, E, Pring, R, Spours, K, Wright, S (2004) Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training Report 2003-2004.

Other

  • Oancea, AE (2016) “Challenging the grudging consensus behind the REF”, Times Higher Education Supplement online.

Publications

Selected recent journal articles

  • Oancea, A. (2013) Interpretations of research impact in seven disciplines, European Educational Research Journal, 12(2), 242-250.
  • Oancea, A. (2013) Buzzwords and values: The prominence of “impact” in UK research policy and governance. Research Trends, 33, 6-8
  • Ovseiko, P.V., Oancea, A., and Buchan, A.M. (2012) Assessing research impact in academic clinical medicine: a study using Research Excellence Framework pilot impact indicators. In: BMC Health Services Research 2012, 12:478.
  • Oancea, A. and Orchard, J. (2012) The future of teacher education Journal of Philosophy of Education, 46: 574–588. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9752.2012.00888.x
  • Oancea, A. and Bridges, D. (2009) Philosophy of education – its contribution and status since 1988. Oxford Review of Education, 35 (5), 553-568.
  • Oancea, A. et al (2009) Trends in research policy in the United Kingdom – implications for South African higher education research. In: South African Journal of Higher Education, 23(2) .
  • Oancea, A. (2009) Performative accountability and the UK Research Assessment Exercise. In: ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies(NZ), special issue on “The politics and educational research: International perspectives on research accountability and audit systems” (Ed. by R. Smith and R. Lingard), vol. 27 (1 & 2).
  • Oancea A. and Pring, R. (2008) The importance of being thorough: On systematic accumulations of “what works” in education research. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 42(s1), pp. 4-15.
  • Oancea A. (2008) The promise of lifelong learning. In: Ageing Horizons, 8, pp. 1-3.
  • Oancea A. (2007) From Procrustes to Proteus: Trends and practices in the assessment of education research. In:International Journal for Research Methods in Education, 30(3), pp. 243-269.
  • Oancea A. and Furlong, J. (2007) Expressions of excellence and the assessment of applied and practice-based research.Research Papers in Education, 22(2), pp. 119–137.
  • Oancea A. (2007) Tailored suit or straitjacket? A framework for analysing research evaluation. Scientific Bulletin, Pitesti, July (invited).
  • Furlong, J. and Oancea A. (2006) Assessing quality in applied and practice-based research in education: A framework for discussion. In: Review of Australian Research in Education, April 2006, pp. pp. 89-104.
  • Oancea A. (2005) Criticisms of educational research: Key topics and levels of analysis. In: British Educational Research Journal, 31 (2), pp. 157-183.

Books

  • Pring, R., Hayward, G., Hodgson, A. , Johnson, J., Keep, E. , Oancea, A., Rees, G., Spours, K., and Wilde, S. (2009) Education for All: The future of education and training for 14-19 year olds. London: Routledge
  • Furlong, J. and Oancea A. (2007) Assessing Quality in Applied and Practice-Based Research in Education. London: Routledge.
  • Oancea, A. (2001) Causal Explanation and Teleological Explanation in Educational Research. Bucharest: The University of Bucharest Publishing House.

Selected book chapters and major reports

  • Oancea, A. (2014) Ethics in social science research. In: K. Punch, Introduction to Social Research. London: SAGE.
  • Winch, C., Oancea, A. and Orchard, J. (2013) The Contribution of Educational Research to Teachers’ Professional Learning – Philosophical Understandings. London: BERA.
  • Whitty, G. Oancea, A. et al (2012) Prospects for the Future of Educational Research. London: BERA and UCET.
  • Oancea, A. (2011) Philosophy of education. In J. Arthur (Ed) The Routledge Companion to Education. London: Routledge.
  • Oancea, A. (2011) Interpretations and Practices of Research Impact across the Range of Disciplines. Final report. Oxford University.
  • Oancea, A. (2010) Does the concept of knowledge translation capture the complexity of the relationship between research and practice? In: R. Lyons (Ed.) Using Evidence: Advances and debates in bridging health research and action. Ottawa: Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
  • Oancea, A. (2010) The BERA / UCET Review of the Impacts of RAE 2008 on Education Research in UK Higher Education Institutions. Written with advice from J. Furlong and D. Bridges. Macclesfield: UCET/BERA.
  • Pollard, A. and Oancea, A. (2010) Unlocking Learning? Towards evidence-informed policy and practice in education. Final report of the UK Strategic Forum for Research in Education. London: SFRE.
  • Oancea, A. (2010) Research assessment in the United Kingdom: Issues of concern. In: International Social Science Council (2010) World Social Science Report. Paris: UNESCO.
  • Oancea, A. and Furlong, J. (2010) Expressions of Excellence and the Assessment of Applied and Practice Based Research. In: S. Groundwater-Smith and A.Campbell (Eds) Action Research in Education. London: SAGE.
  • Oancea, A. (Ed) (2010) The Accumulation, Mediation and Impact of Education Research. London: SFRE.
  • Oancea, A. and Bridges, D. (2010) Philosophy of education in the UK: The historical and contemporary tradition. In: J. Furlong and M. Lawn (Eds) The Disciplines of Education. Their Role in the Future of Education Research. London: Routledge.
  • Oancea, A. and Pring, R. (2009) The importance of being thorough: On systematic accumulations of “what works” in education research (with R. Pring). In: D. Bridges, P. Smeyers, R. Smith (Eds.) Evidence-Based Education Policy: What Evidence? What Basis? Whose Policy? Oxford: Blackwells.
  • Oancea, A. (2009) Does the concept of knowledge translation capture the complexity of the relationship between research and practice? In: R. Lyons (Ed.) Using Evidence: Advances and debates in bridging health research and action. Ottawa: Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
  • Oancea, A. (2008) Standardisation and versatility in research assessment. In: A. Besley (Ed) Assessing the Quality of Research in Higher Education. Rotterdam: Sense.
  • Oancea, A. (2008) Key Issues in Research Quality. Report to the UK Strategic Forum for Research in Education.
  • Hayward, G., Hodgson, A. , Johnson, J., Keep, E. , Oancea, A., Pring,R. , Rees, G., Spours, K., and Wilde, S. (2006) Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training Report 2005-2006.
  • Furlong, J. and Oancea, A. (2005) Assessing Quality in Applied and Practice-based Educational Research. A Framework for Discussion. Report to the Economic and Social Research Council.
  • Hayward, G., Hodgson, A. , Johnson, J., Keep, E. , Oancea, A., Pring,R. , Spours, K., Wilde, S. , and Wright, S. (2005) Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training Report 2004-2005.
  • Oancea, A. (2005) 15 Years On: Educational Transitions in Central and Eastern Europe. Directions for Educational Research and Policy in the Post-Communist EU Accession and Candidate Countries. Scientific Report to the European Science Foundation.
  • Wright, S. and Oancea, A. (2004) Policies for 14-19 Education and Training in England, 1976 to the Present Day: A chronology. Briefing paper for the Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training, May 2004.
  • Oancea, A. (2004) Evidence of the Distribution of Educational Research Expertise in the UK. Report to the British Educational Research Association, February 2004.
  • Hayward, G., Hodgson, A. , Johnson, J., Keep, E. , Oancea, A., Pring,R. , Spours, K., and Wright, S. (2004) Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training Report 2003-2004.
  • Oancea, A. (2003) Causal and teleological explanations in educational research. In: Theory and Metatheory of Education (M.C. Calin). Bucharest: Aramis.
  • Oancea, A. (2003) Scientificity criteria for educational research. In: Theory and Metatheory of Education (M.C. Calin). Bucharest: Aramis.
  • Oancea, A. (2002) Integrating support materials in classroom activities. In: World Bank (2002) Developing Rural Education in Romania. Bucharest: Ministry for Education and Science.
  • Calin, M.C. (2002) Philosophy of Education. An Anthology. Bucharest: Aramis –contribution to selection and translation of texts.
  • Calin, M.C.and Oancea, A. (2002) The scientificity of educational knowledge. In: E. Paun & D. Potolea (Eds) Pedagogie. Fundamentari teoretice si demersuri aplicative (Pedagogy. Theoretical fundaments and applications). Iassy: Polirom.
  • Oancea, A. (2002) Scientific explanation in pedagogy. In: E. Paun & D. Potolea (Eds) Pedagogy. Theoretical fundaments and applications. Iassy: Polirom.
  • Oancea, A. (2001) Causal Explanation and Teleological Explanation in Educational Research. Bucharest: The University of Bucharest Publishing House.

Recent keynote and invited talks

  • Orchard, J. and Oancea, A. (2012) Philosophical perspectives on the future of teacher education. Talk to the PPfTE PESGB Symposium, London, 24 April.
  • Oancea, A. and Whitty, G. (2012) Prospects for the future of educational research. Invited talk to the BERA Heads of Department Annual Meeting, London, 28 March.
  • Oancea, A. (2012) Capturing and reporting research impact. Talk to Careers Services workshop, University of Oxford.
  • Oancea, A. (2011) Interpretations and practices of research impact. Invited talk to the IOE Impact conference, London Institute of Education, November.
  • Oancea, A. (2011) The BERA/UCET Review of the implications of current policy contexts for the future of educational research. Invited talk to the UCET R&D, October.
  • Oancea, A. (2011) The limits of re-thinking peer-review. Presentation to: Peer Review and Risk-taking in Funding Path-breaking Research workshop, RJ, Stockholm, 1 April 2011.
  • Oancea, A. (2011) Commentary on the EERQI project. European Educational Research Quality Indicators final seminar, Brussels, 16 March 2011.
  • Oancea, A. (2011) Governing research through assessment technologies. Talk to the fourth CETL conference, “Academia as workplace: Linking past, present and future”, Oxford, 6 April 2011.
  • Oancea, A. (2010) Trends and challenges in research assessment. Invited talk to The European Forum on Philanthropy and Research Funding workshop on research evaluation, 9 November 2010, Oxford.
  • Oancea, A. (2010) Beyond impact: Connecting research to policy and practice? Invited contribution to the Society for Education Studies Annual Seminar, London, 4th November 2010
  • Oancea, A. (2010) RAE Impacts and REF Expectations: Findings from the UCET/BERA Review of the Impacts of RAE 2008 on Education Research. Invited session to the 2010 Universities Council for the Education of Teachers Annual Conference, Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire, 11-12 November
  • Oancea, A. (2010) Education research and the RAE: findings from the review of the impacts of the RAE 2008 on education research. Keynote lecture to the International Inquiring Pedagogies Conference “Conceptualising Impact: Exploring the effectiveness of practice through pedagogic research.”, 15 – 16 September, Coventry University.
  • Oancea, A. (2010) Evidence from the BERA/UCET Review of the Impacts of RAE 2008. Keynote symposium (convenor and contributor), British Educational Research Association conference, September 2010, Warwick University.
  • Oancea, A. (2010) The contribution of the EERQI measures and indicators to the assessment of research in education. Invited contribution, European Educational Research Quality Indicators (EERQI) mid-programme review seminar, 17-18 September, Geneva (invited)
  • Oancea, A. (2010) The RAE, the REF, and the future of research assessment in the UK. Invited keynote workshop, International Inquiring Pedagogies Conference “Conceptualising Impact: Exploring the effectiveness of practice through pedagogic research.”, 15 – 16 September, Coventry University
  • Oancea, A. (2010) RAE 2008 impacts and REF expectations. Invited seminar, University of Coventry, 16 July.
  • Oancea, A. (2010) The Strategic Forum for Research in Education process. Presentation to the SFRE final report “Unlocking Learning? Towards Evidence-informed Policy and Practice in Education” (A. Pollard and A. Oancea) launch, Royal Society of Arts, 7 July 2010.
  • Oancea, A. (2010) Assessing the Quality of Education Research in Different Contexts. Keynote address to the International Postgraduate Student Conference, University of Leicester, 20 June.
  • Oancea, A. (2010) Assessment, Quality and Higher Education Research. Invited talk to the Gregynog Philosophy conference, 26 June 2010.
  • Oancea, A. (2010) Research assessment and education research. Strategic Forum for Research in Education, III, 17-18 March 2010, Edinburgh.
  • Oancea, A. (2010) Invited discussant of R. Pring, Faith based schools, Religion, Values and Education seminar, Oxford Department of Education, 9 March
  • Oancea, A. (2010) The Impacts of RAE 2008 on Education Units across the UK. Invited talk to the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers Research Committee, 4 February 2010, London.
  • Oancea, A. (2009) Philosophy and Education Research. The voice(s) of philosophy in the conversations of the educational reseach communities. Contribution to invited plenary symposium, British Educational Research Association annual conference, Manchester, September 2009.
  • Oancea, A. (2009) On Evidence, Use, and Deliberation: Implications of the relevance and usefulness agenda for practice-related research. Invited talk to international symposium, Utrecht Hogenschool, The Netherlands, October 2009.
  • Oancea, A. (2009) Lifelong Learning in Ageing Societies. Invited lecture to “Ensuring Income Security and Welfare in old Age” Summer School for Research Fellows, ERSTE Stiftung. Split, Croatia, June 2009.
  • Oancea, A. (2009) Can we get a grip on the ‘research quality’ debate? Invited presenttaion to the TLRP conference, London, March 2009.
  • Oancea, A. (2008) Praxis or Poiesis? On the Assessment of Applied and Practice-Based Research. Invited lecture to the “Researching Praxis” Pedagogy Culture and Society seminar, Gothenburg University, Sweden, 13th September.
  • Oancea, A. (2006) Making evidence useful: the whole point of publicly-funded education research? British Educational Research Association invited workshop, lead presenter (with S. Gorard), University of York, 5 Oct 2006.
  • Oancea, A. (2005) Recent considerations of quality in social research. Assessing applied and practice-based research. Keynote talk to Quality in Educational Research seminar, ESRC TLRP Seminar Series (convened by Gary Thomas, University of Birmingham), 1 December 2005.

Other recent conference papers include

  • Orchard, J. and Oancea, A. (2012) Philosophical perspectives on the future of teacher education. PESGB annual conference, Oxford, April.
  • Oancea, A. et al (2011) The BERA/UCET review of the future of educational research. UCET annual conference, November.
  • Orchard, J. and Oancea, A. (2011) Philosophical perspectives on the future of teacher education. UCET annual conference, November.
  • Oancea, A. (2011) Interpretations and practices of research impact across the disciplines. BERA annual conference, London, September.
  • Oancea, A. et al (2011) The future of educational research. Symposium, BERA annual conference, September.
  • Oancea, A. (2011) Interpretations and practices of research impact across the disciplines. European Conference on Educational Research, Berlin, September.
  • Oancea, A. (2010) The SFRE Process. Part of the session “Unlocking Learning? Towards Evidence-informed Policy and Practice in Education. A presentation and discussion of the work and final report (Pollard and Oancea) of the UK Strategic Forum for Research in Education (SFRE)”, British Educational Research Association conference, 2 September 2010, Warwick University
  • Oancea, A. (2010) The UCET/BERA Review of the Impacts of the 2008 RAE on Education Research Units: Background, Data, and Findings. Paper to be presented as part of Keynote Symposium “The BERA/UCET Review of the Impact of RAE 2008 on Education Research Units” (convenor: A. Oancea), British Educational Research Association conference, September 2010, Warwick University
  • Oancea, A. (2010) Fixed-term employment in research: new directions in the research economy? Part of the “Implications for training and capacity building of trends in fixed-term employment among social science researchers” session (convener: A. Oancea) to the biennial ESRC Research Methods Festival, St Catherine’s College, Oxford, 5-8 July.
  • Oancea, A. (2009) Quality Criteria in Different Contexts of Assessment. Paper to the European Educational Research Association conference, Vienna, September 2009.
  • Oancea, A. (2009) Philosophical reflections on the Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training in England and Wales. Paper to the British Educational Research Association annual conference, Manchester, September 2009.
  • Oancea, A. (2009) Philosophy and education research. Contribution to a workshop convened by David Bridges at the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain conference, Oxford, April 2009.
  • Oancea, A. (2008) Before and After: Performative accountability and the UK Research Assessment Exercise. European Conference on Educational Research, Goteborg, Sweden, September.
  • Oancea, A. (2008) Current discourses and practices of research assessment in the United Kingdom and beyond: assumptions and problems. Poster presentation to the Global Research Seminar: Sharing Research Agendas on Knowledge Systems organised by the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge, Paris, 28-29 November 2008.
  • Oancea, A. and Pring, R. (2007) On systematic accumulations of ‘what works’ in education research. Paper to the European Educational Research Association Conference, Ghent, September.
  • Hayward, G., Wilde, S. and Oancea, A. (2007) The future of apprenticeships in England. Paper to the British Educational Research Association Conference, London, 5-11 September.
  • Oancea, A. and Pring, R. (2007) The importance of being thorough: on systematic accumulations of “what works” in education research. Paper presented to the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain conference, New College, Oxford, 30 March- 1 April 2007.
  • Oancea, A. and Pring, R. (2006) The importance of being thorough: on systematic accumulations of “what works” in education research. ESRC/TLRP review workshop on The Epistemological Basis of Educational Research Findings, London, 17-18 November 2006.
  • Oancea, A. (2006) Procrustes or Proteus? Towards a philosophical dimension of research assessment. British Educational Research Association Conference, symposium on Philosophy and Action Research (symposium with Wilfred Carr, John Elliott and Richard Pring), University of Warwick, 2006.
  • Oancea, A. (2006) Trends and practices of research evaluation in Europe. European Conference on Educational Research, Geneva, September 2006.
  • Oancea, A. (2006) Can there be a philosophical dimension of research assessment? The case of educational research conducted in, with and/or for practice. Accepted by the International Network of Philosophy of Education biennial conference, Malta, August 2006.
  • Oancea, A. (2006) Portrayals of young people in English education and training policy documents. British Educational Research Association Conference, Warwick, 2006.
  • Oancea, A. (2006) Challenges in Analysing Educational Change in Central and Eastern Europe’s Post-socialist Countries. Symposium (with David Phillips, Sandra Romenska and Maira Mukambaeva). Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Honolulu, March 2006.
  • Oancea, A. (2006) Learning from programmes of accelerated change in central and eastern Europe. Paper, Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) 50th Conference, Honolulu, Hawai’i, March 2006.
  • Oancea, A. (2005) Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training. Keynote Symposium. British Educational Research Association conference, Glamorgan, 2005 (symposium with Geoff Hayward et al).
  • Oancea, A. (2005) Quality Dimensions of Applied and Practice-Based Research. Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, Dublin, 2005.
  • Oancea, A. (2005) Learning from Programmes of Accelerated Systemic Change in 14-19 Provision in the EU Accession and Candidate Countries. Paper presented at the BERA conference, Glamorgan, 2005.
  • Oancea, A. (2005) Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training in England and Wales. Round Table. European Conference on Educational Research, Dublin. 2005 (round table with Geoff Hayward et al).
  • Oancea, A. (2004) With the Benefit of Hindsight? : The debate about the quality and impact of educational research over the 1990s. Paper presented at the European Educational Research Association Conference, Crete, September 2004
  • Oancea, A. (2004) Applied and Practice Based Research in Education – Developing Quality Criteria. Paper presented at the BERA conference 2004
  • Oancea, A. (2004) Analysis of RAE 2001 Submissions: Patterns of Staff Selection, Income Sources and Research Interests. Paper presented at the BERA conference, 2004
  • Oancea, A. and Hayward, G. (2004) Achilles, the Tortoise, and the English Patient: Understanding Educational Expansion. Paper for the Scottish Educational Research Association Conference, 2004
  • Oancea, A. (2004) Opportunities and Limitations of Datasets on 14-19 Education and Training in the UK. Paper presented at the BERA conference, 2004.
  • Oancea, A. (2003) Storming the Ivory Tower: Newspapers’ coverage of the criticisms of educational research in the UK over the 1990s. Presentation to the Scottish Educational Research Conference, November 2003. Abstract online
  • Oancea, A. (2003) Criticisms of Educational Research over the 1990s. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Conference, September 2003.

Other publications

  • Papers in professional publications, in non-English language periodicals, editorials, media interviews and coverage, web publications, research reports, working papers, papers to events of local interest.

Category

  • Departmental Associate

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