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Welcome to my personal website. I am Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education and also Interim Dean of Research for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen's University Belfast.

This site provides information on my research, publications and forthcoming activities. You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and ResearchGate.

Forthcoming Talks & Papers

KEYNOTE: "The Trials of Evidence-Based Practice in Education"
Connolly, P.
Keynote address, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast
15-17 September 2015, Belfast.
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Shared Education

Visit the website of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Advancing Shared Education where you can view our final report and all of the evidence submitted. Click on the image below to watch a video of our briefing of the Education Committee and read online the official minutes of the briefing (Hansard)

Screenshot of video of briefing of the Education Committee

On 22 October 2013, the Minister of Education, John O'Dowd MLA, gave his formal response to our report where he accepted all 20 of our recommendations. Read the minister's statement online (Hansard).

Paul Connolly


NEW: A brief (8 minutes) overview of my research on ethnic diversity and young children, presented in November 2014 at Queen's:

Brief Overview of My Research On Ethnic Diversity and Young Children

NEW: Keynote presentation (58 minutes) given at the Campbell Collaboration Colloquium in June 2014 on the lessons learnt over the last 10 years of promoting early intervention programmes for children and young people in Ireland:

Key issues and challenges associated with doing randomised controlled trials in education. Talk given at Alliance for Useful Evidence event (10 mins):

Explaining the findings of our randomised controlled trial evaluations of Sesame Tree to Hilda the Hare:

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Quantitative Data Analysis in Education: A Critical Introduction Using SPSS

Book Cover: Quantitative Data Analysis in Education

Book Review: "Thank you! In his book Quantitative Data Analysis A critical introduction using SPSS, Professor Paul Connolly has produced a masterpiece for researchers who 'Don't do numbers', and have found themselves having amassed a desk full of quantitative data now needing analysis ... Empathetic, incredulous, ingenious! ... I have no hesitation in recommending this book to students and researchers who need a working knowledge of using SPSS."

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