Dr Edward Sosu

Reader

Education

Personal statement

Dr Sosu is a Reader, and currently Research Director in the School of Education. He has a strong interest in quantitative methods and in addressing educational issues from a psychological perspective. His current research is predominantly focused on exploring how  socioeconomic disadvantage influences educational and psychological trajectories from childhood.

Dr Sosu received his PhD from the University of Strathclyde, and studied for an MSc degree at Lund University, Sweden. His first degree is a BEd (Hons) Psychology (1st class honours) from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, followed by a one and half year experience as trainee clinical psychologist. In addition he obtained a postgraduate diploma in psychology (distinction) from the Open University.

Between 2008 and 2013, he worked for the University of Aberdeen, first as a research fellow on the Scottish Teachers for a New Era (STNE) project and subsequently as a lecturer in Education. During this period, Dr Sosu examined the impact of initial teacher education experiences on students’ cognitive dispositions and the extent to which these dispositions influence their classroom competence.

Dr Sosu is the lead author of the influential Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on Closing The Attainment Gap In Scottish Education (http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/education-attainment-scotland-full.pdf), and the research on Widening Access to Higher Education for Students from Economically Disadvantaged Backgrounds: What Works and Why? (https://pure.strath.ac.uk/portal/files/55895221/Sosu_etal_2016_widening_access_to_higher_education_for_students_from_economically_disadvantaged_backgrounds.pdf ) funded by the Scottish Funding Council.

Dr Sosu is a Centre for Health Policy Fellow in the Centre for Health Policy at Strathclyde University. 

Ongoing funded projects include:

  • ESRC funded research into the role of school absenteeism in the poverty-attainment gap (with Dr Markus Klein, University of Strathclyde)
  • Adoption UK funded impact and implementation evaluation of TESSA (with Dr Christine Jones, University of Strathclyde)

  • SFC GCRF Institutional funded project on strengthening school-community engagement in disadvantaged schools: A pilot intervention to improve educational outcomes in Ghana and Malawi (with partners in the UK, Ghana, Malawi, and USA)

 

 

Publications

Teacher characteristics and children's educational attainment in Ghana : do some teacher characteristics matter more for children attending disadvantaged schools?
Nyatsikor Maxwell Kwesi, Sosu Edward M, Mtika Peter, Robson Dean
Frontiers in Education Vol 5 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2020.00162
Socioeconomic Inequalities in School Attendance in Scotland : Research Brief
Klein Markus, Goodfellow Claire, Dare Shadrach, Sosu Edward
(2020)
Mapping inequalities in school attendance : the relationship between different dimensions of socioeconomic status and forms of school absence
Klein Markus, Sosu Edward, Dare Shadrach
(2020)
https://doi.org/10.31235/osf.io/9jrqx
School absenteeism and academic achievement : Is missing-out on school more detrimental to students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds?
Dare Shadrach, Sosu Edward, Klein Markus
Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (2019)
Pathways to low educational attainment : Why educational financing should target multidimensional poverty
Sosu Edward, Mtika Peter, Pimenta Sofia, Wilson Claire, Fleischer-Djoleto Diane
UKFIET Conference (2019)
Who Is missing-out on school? Exploring socioeconomic inequalities in school absenteeism
Klein Markus, Dare Shadrach, Sosu Edward
European Conference of Educational Research, pp. 04 SES 06 C (2019)

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Teaching

As well as supervising PhD and Masters students, I teach on the BA in Education, PGDE, MSc Early Years Pedagogue and  MEd Inclusive Education programmes. My contributions cover the following areas:

Poverty, Social Class and Educational Achievement

Learning Theories  

Memory

The Role of Social and Emotional Interaction in Child Development

Collaborative Learning

Development of Scientific and Mathematical Knowledge in Childhood

Educational Policy

Social Issues in Education

Research Methods

Research interests

My primary research focus is on the relationship between poverty and developmental outcomes. I am interested in understanding the mechanisms by which socioeconomic circumstances and experiences of poverty influence educational attainment and psychological outcomes across the lifespan. I harness the power of large longitudinal datasets to aid our understanding of these mechanisms. My goal is to undertake research that drives policies and practices which can improve outcomes for those experiencing adversity nationally and internationally.

 

Specific Research Interests:

  1. Childhood and Family–poverty and its effects on developmental outcomes; social mobility; parental beliefs (inc. aspirations)
  2. Methodology – quantitative methods; structural equation modelling; secondary data analysis; longitudinal designs; psychometrics; mixed methods
  3. Teacher Education –teacher effectiveness; teacher expertise; pedagogical innovations

Professional activities

British Psychological Society (The) (External organisation)
Advisor
2/2020
External Examiner – BSc Psychology in Education, University of Southampton
Examiner
2020
External Examiner for PhD Viva
Examiner
4/11/2019
Thimo Buchmuller
Host
7/2019
New York University
Visiting researcher
5/2019
Who is Missing Out on School? The Role of School Absenteeism in the Poverty Related Attainment Gap
Speaker
30/4/2019

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Projects

Strengthening school-community engagement in disadvantaged schools: A pilot intervention to improve educational outcomes in Ghana and Malawi
Sosu, Edward (Principal Investigator) Mtika, Peter (Co-investigator) Wilson, Claire (Co-investigator) Nyarko, Nana Yaa (Co-investigator) Maulidi, Felix (Co-investigator) Nyartsikor, Maxwell (Co-investigator) Milheiro Pimenta, Sofia (Researcher) Fleischer-Djoleto, Diane (Researcher)
SFC-GCRF Institutional Escalator Fund
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
Impact and implementation evaluation of TESSA - TESSA Families Study
Jones, Christine (Principal Investigator) Sosu, Edward (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2024
Evidence into Action: Promoting Equitable Access to Quality Educational Experiences (PEAQEE) in Sub-Saharan Africa. Aug 2018-July 2019.
Sosu, Edward (Principal Investigator)
SFC-GCRF Institutional Escalator Fund
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Family background and educational attainment: An investigation into the mediating role of school absenteeism
Klein, Markus (Principal Investigator) Sosu, Edward (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2021
Evidence into Action: Promoting Equitable Access to Quality (PEAQ) Educational Experiences in Sub-Saharan Africa
Sosu, Edward (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Poverty, income dynamics and developmental trajectories in early and late childhood
Sosu, Edward (Principal Investigator) Hunter, Simon C. (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2020

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