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Mr Eric Addae-Kyeremeh

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Associate Head of School - Innovation
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Education
  • eric.addae-kyeremeh

Professional biography

I'm a Senior Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management and since 2016 have been the Associate Head of School- Innovation; in the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport. In this role, I have overall responsibility for teaching and learning innovation, business development, and our portfolio international education and development projects. Prior to this role I was Associate Programme Director (Postgraduate Studies) with responsibility for the academic leadership of the taught postgraduate programmes in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies.

Expertise

  • Educational Leadership & School Improvement
  • Educational Change and Policy Analysis in Low Income Countries
  • Headteacher/teacher Professional Development & Capacity Building
  • Learning Technologies

Membership of learned societies and professional associations

Academic editorial work

Research interests

My research interests are broadly in teacher/headteacher professional learning across cultures and contexts. I have investigated teachers/headteachers professional development experiences in England, India and Ghana and have written and presented academic papers on some of these areas at International conferences. Browse Eric Addae-Kyeremeh's research on Open Research Online. As co-investigator of the British Council funded project International Strategic Partnerships in Research and Education (Inspire) R4 (2012-2013), I worked with academic colleagues in Bangladesh to examine pedagogical knowledge, teaching skills and research capabilities of early career academics. The aim of this project was to promote capacity building of academics and to develop a network for collaborative research on comparative and international education, particularly on professional development of university lecturers. My current research is focused on the use of network ethnography to explore ‘informal professional learning’ of headteachers in sub-Saharan Africa. In this work I extend the notion of professional capital (Hargreaves and Fullan, 2012) by focussing on headteachers and their informal networks and how that helps them to build their professional capital.

Recent collaborations

Investigating Pedagogic Leadership in India (with Kris Stutchbury and Dr Jane Cullen- Open University): This is a small-scale study focussed on headteacher perspectives on pedagogic leadership and the opportunities and constraints that they face in leading school transformation.

Funding: SRA in International Development and Inclusive Innovation at the Open University

Investigating Teacher Education via Distance Learning at Scale in Ghana (with Dr Jane Cullen- Open University and Dr Might Abreh- University of Cape Coast in Ghana): A case study comprising of one large national provider (university) of distance teacher education involving three of their distance learning study centres. This research has been carried out as part of the collaborative working practices underpinned by the MOU between School of Education Childhood and Sport at the OU and The University of Cape Coast. The initial results were presented by Eric Addae-Kyeremeh, Jane Cullen and Might Kojo Abreh at UCC’s first SEDO (School of Educational Development and Outreach) conference in Cape Coast on 29 and 30th January 2019.The findings are been written for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Funding: Education Futures Research Cluster in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Teaching interests

My teaching primarily focuses on leadership and management in education, but I have contributed to several of the OUs Masters in Education modules. I am co-author of four masters modules: E855 Leading professional practice in education, E856 Educational leadership: context, strategy and collaboration, EE812 Educational leadership: exploring strategy and EE813 MA Ed dissertation: leadership and management. As head of the taught postgraduate qualifications in the faculty from 2013 to 2016, I led the development of the new MA in Education qualification (F70) which started its first presentation in October 2015. I co-authored the popular badged open course (BOC), Succeeding in postgraduate study, a free course designed to offer essential preparation for pursuing masters level study. 

Role and contributions to modules

  • EE812 Educational leadership: exploring strategy (Module co-chair in production, 2014-2015)
  • EE813 MA Education dissertation: leadership and management (co-author, 2015-2016)
  • E856 Educational Leadership: context, strategy and collaboration (Module chair and co-author, 2011-2015)
  • E855 Leading Professional Practice in Education (Co-author and member of module team, 2011-2015)
  • E849 Leading and Managing for Effective Education (lModule team member 2010-2011)
  • E859 Researching Educational Leadership and Management (module team member, 2011-2012)
  • E891 Educational Enquiry (Module team member, 2012-2013)

Impact and engagement

I am passionate about education and development and have contributed to some of the Open University’s work in Ghana and India. I was Academic Director of the Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) programme in Ghana between November 2014 - June 2015. I provided direction and strategic oversight of the Teacher Professional Development subcomponents. I led the development of the CPD programme for College of Education tutors and leadership teams. I also designed the QA framework for Colleges of Education in Ghana. I was also the critical reviewer of the recent national policy and curriculum framework for Pre-Tertiary Education Curriculum (2018) in Ghana. In India (TESS India project), I co-led the development of OERs to support the professional development of school leaders. I’m currently involved in the OpenSTEM Ghana project and leading on the development and implementation of a middle leadership CPD for subject leaders in secondary schools.

Selected consultancy and external engagement

Name of assignment or project:  OpenSTEM Africa project

Year: September 2018 - Date |  Location: Ghana | Funder: www.opito.com | Positions: Key Advisor

Main project features: This is a 3-year programme to support secondary education in Ghana. OpenSTEM Africa is a framework for improving science education across Africa, aiming to cultivate the next generation of African scientists, with a particular focus on women and girls. The project aims to work with the Government, the University of Ghana, senior high schools and local educators to co-develop locally relevant and gender inclusive learning materials for science teachers and school leaders, authentic onscreen science experiments for schools, and resources to promote female STEM role modelling and school-STEM industry links. OpenSTEM Africa aims to scale nationally and across the region.

Activities:  As key advisor with responsibility for the middle leadership sub component of the project, I'm leading the co-design and co-development of the middle leadership professional development framework and support practitioners to improve their practice. 

Name of assignment or project:  HEART EACDS060 National Pre-Tertiary Education Curriculum Revision – Peer Review.

Year: April 2018 - 2019  |  Location: Ghana  |  Funder: DFID | Positions held: Technical Advisor

Main project features:  This is a peer review of the national policy and curriculum framework for Pre-Tertiary Education Curriculum.

Activities performed:  Technical assistance through Oxford Policy Management (OPM) the fund manager for to ctitically review of Government of Ghana's policy frmawork  pre-tertiary education.

Name of assignment or project:  Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) programme

Year: November 2014 - June 2015 | Location: Ghana |  Client: DFID  |  Positions: Academic Director

Main project features:  This was a large schale 4-year DFID-funded Ministry of Education programme to support pre-service teacher education in Ghana.

Activities performed:  Academic direction and strategic oversight of the Teacher Professional Development subcomponents. Led development of the professional development programme for College of Education tutors and leadership teams. Developed the QA framework for Colleges of Education in Ghana. Supported the Team Leader in providing leadership and coordination to the project team and supporting stakeholders to improve pre-service teacher education. Recruited experts and led the team of authors from (UCC, UG, GIMPA, NCTE and external consultant) in the development of the College Leadership units and the Quality Assurance framework. Led on the inception reports for 3 sub components and single author of one subcomponent.

External collaborations

Name of assignment or project:  International Strategic Partnerships in Research and Education (Inspire) R4

Year:2013-2014 | Location:Bangladesh |  Funder:  British Council | Position held:Co-Investigator

Project aims:  The aims of this project were to promote capacity building of academics from several universities of both countries, to develop a network for collaborative research on comparative an international education, particularly on professional development of university lecturers, and to publish its outcomes in international journals.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CREET: Educational Studies Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Education and Language Studies

Publications

What makes useful evidence for educational leadership practice? An interview (2018)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric and Fox, Alison
Management in Education, 32(1) (pp. 53-55)
Understanding teachers’ working experiences: capturing data on teachers as professionals, learners and change-makers in low resource contexts (2017-09-05)
Moore, Rhiannon; Buckler, Alison; Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric; Singh, Renu; Rossiter, Jack and High, Chris
In : Young Lives and RITES (OU) symposium (5-7 Sep 2017, Oxford, UK)
Connectedness and organisational learning: The role of relationships in supporting headteacher professional development (2017-07-09)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric
In : British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Annual Conference (7-9 Jul 2017, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK)
Professional learning through networking: perceptions and practices amongst basic school headteachers in Ghana (2015-07)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric
In : British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Annual Conference (10-12 Jul 2015, Reading, UK)
School-based learning and development: revisiting professional development for headteachers in India (2014-11-17)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric and Wise, Christine
In : Exploring Leadership Learning and Theories in Asia (ELLTA) 2014 (17-19 Nov 2014, Penang, Malaysia)
Leadership development at scale to support policy: experiences from the TESS India project- a UKAID project (2014-07-11)
Wise, Christine; Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric; Anand, Kavita and Wheeler, Spokey
In : International Conference of British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (7-11 Jul 2014, Stratford-Upon-Avon)
Professional development spaces: an exploratory study of headteachers perspectives in Ghana (2014-06)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric
In : 3rd AFTRA Teaching and Learning in Africa Conference (11-13 Jun 2014, Accra, Ghana)
Messengers or agents? The capacity of headteachers to influence educational policy change in Ghana. (2012-07-20)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric
In : Annual International Conference of British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (20-22 Jul 2012, Manchester)
Learning-centred leadership: practices and effects. (2012-07-10)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric
In : International Council on Education for Teaching conference (10-12 Jul 2012, Cape Coast. Ghana.)