Dr Patrick White

Dr Patrick WhiteAssociate Professor

BSc (Bristol), PGCE[FE] (Wales), DipRes (Wales), PhD (Wales)

Room: Bankfield House 3.14
Tel: +44 (0)11-6223-1450
Email: patrick.white@le.ac.uk

Personal details

BSc (Bristol), PGCE[FE] (Wales), DipRes (Wales), PhD (Wales)

Teaching

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Publications

Books

  • White, P. and Gorard, S. (under contract) Sensible Statistics (London: Sage).
  • White, P. (2017) Developing Research Questions (2nd Edn.) (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • White, P. (2009) Developing Research Questions: A Guide for Social Scientists (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • White, P. (2007) Education and Career Choice: A New Model of Decision Making (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • Gorard, S., See, B.H., Smith, E. and White, P. (2006) Teacher Supply: The Key Issues (London: Continuum).

Journal articles

  • White, P. and Gorard, S. (2017) 'Against inferential statistics: how and why current statistics teaching gets it wrong.', The Statistics Education Research Journal. May 2017 special issue on Statistical Literacy.
  • Gorard, S. and White, P. (2017) 'Still against inferential statistics: a reply to Nicholson and Ridgway', The Statistics Education Research Journal. May 2017 special issue on Statistical Literacy.
  • Smith, E. and White, P., (2016): A ‘great way to get on’? The early career destinations of science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates, Research Papers in Education, 32(2), pp. 231-253. DOI: 10.1080/02671522.2016.1167236
  • Smith, E. and White, P. (2015) 'What Makes a Successful Undergraduate? The relationship between student characteristics, degree subject and academic success at university', 41(4), pp. 686-708. British Educational Research Journal. Available online. DOI: 10.1002/berj.3158.
  • White, P. (2014) A Response to Gorard: The widespread abuse of statistics by researchers: What is the problem and what is the ethical way forward?', The Psychology of Education Review38(1), pp. 24-28.
  • White, P. (2013) 'Who’s Afraid of Research Questions? The Neglect of Research Questions in the Methods Literature and a Call for Question-led Methods Teaching', International Journal of Research and Method in Education36(3), Special Issue: Teaching and Learning Research Methodology, pp. 213-227. <DOI:10.1080/1743727X.2013.809413>. [Click on this link for online research access via publisher]
  • White, P. and Selwyn, N. (2013) 'Moving Online? An Analysis of Patterns of Adult Internet Use in the UK, 2002 to 2010', Information, Communication and Society16(1), February, pp. 1-27. <DOI:10.1080/1369118X.2011.611816>. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • White, P. (2012) 'Modelling the 'Learning Divide': Predicting Participation in Adult Learning and Future Learning Intentions, 2002 to 2010', British Educational Research Journal38(1), February, pp. 153-175, <DOI:10.1080/01411926.2010.529871>. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • White, P. and Selwyn, N. (2012) 'Learning Online? Educational Internet Use and Participation in Adult Learning, 2002 to 2010', Educational Review64(4), November, pp. 451-469, <DOI:10.1080/00131911.2011.626123>. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • Smith, E. and White, P. (2011) 'Who is Studying Science? The Impact of Widening Participation Policies on the Social Composition of UK Undergraduate Science Programmes', Journal of Education Policy26(5), pp. 677-699, <DOI:10.1080/02680939.2010.540676>. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • Gorard, S., See, B.H., Smith, E. and White, P.(2007) 'What Can We Do to Strengthen the Teacher Workforce?', International Journal of Lifelong Education26(4), pp. 419-437.
  • White, P. (2007) 'Choosing at School: A Model of Decision-making Behaviour within Compulsory Education', Evaluation and Research in Education20(1), pp. 32-52.
  • White, P., Gorard, S.and See, B.H. (2006) 'What Are the Problems with Teacher Supply?', Teaching and Teacher Education22, pp. 315-326.
  • White, P. and Smith E. (2005) 'What Can PISA Tell Us About Teacher Shortages?', European Journal of Education40(1), pp. 92-112.
  • See, B.H., Gorard, S., White, P. and Roberts, K. (2004) 'Teacher Demand: Crisis, What Crisis?', Cambridge Journal of Education, 34(1), pp. 103-123.
  • White, P., Gorard, S., Fitz, J. and Taylor, C. (2001) 'Regional and Local Differences in Admission Arrangements', Oxford Review of Education27(3), pp. 317-337.
  • White, P.(2001) 'A Review of Educational Research in Wales', The Welsh Journal of Education10(2), pp. 105-110.
  • White, P.and Gorard, S. (1999) 'Ethnicity, Attainment and Progress: A Cautionary Note Regarding Percentages and Percentage Points', Research in Education62, pp. 66-69.

Book chapters

  • White, P.(in press, 2016) 'Research Questions in Education Research: their neglect, role and development', in Wyse, D. et al. (Eds.) The BERA/Sage Handbook of Educational Research. London: Sage.
  • White, P.(2002) 'They Told Me I Couldn't Do That: Ethical Issues of Intervention in Careers Education and Guidance Research', in Welland, Trevor and Pugsley, Lesley (eds.) Ethical Dilemmas in Educational Research, Cardiff Papers in Qualitative Research (Aldershot: Ashgate), chapter 3, pp. 32-41. [Click on this link for more information via publisher]

Official reports and related publications

  • Smith, E. and White, P. (2012) A critique of DFE Research Report DFE-RR149 PISA 2009 Study: How big is the gap? A comparison of pupil attainment in England with the top performing countries (NASUWT).
  • White, P. and Smith, E. (2003) Teacher Shortages, Turnover and Morale: An International Analysis of their Perceived Impact on Student Learning (London: UCET). [Click this link to go to UCET]
  • White, P. and Welland, T. (2003) The Ethnic Minority Population of Monmouthshire: Analysis of Secondary Data and Exploratory Fieldwork (Cwmbran: Monmouthshire County Council).
  • White, P., See, B.H., Gorard, S. and Roberts, K. (2003) Teacher Recruitment and Retention in Wales (Cardiff: General Teaching Council Wales). [Click this link to download as PDF]
  • Gorard, S., See, B.H. and White, P. (2003) 'Teacher Supply and Retention', submission to House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry into Teacher Retention.
  • Furlong, J. and White, P. (2001) Educational Research Capacity in Wales: A Review (Cardiff: Cardiff University/UCET).

Other publications

  • White, P. (2006) 'Crisis, What Crisis? Research and Education', Sociology Review16(2), pp. 8-11.
  • White, P. (2005) 'Heads Crisis Case Unproven', Times Educational Supplement, 30 September, p. 26.
  • White, P. (2004) 'Quality Counts: The Use of Numbers in Social Research', Sociology Review14(2), pp. 14-16.
  • White, P. (2004) 'Missing Comparators', letter to Significance, September 2004 issue.
  • White, P., Gorard, S., See, B.H. and Roberts, K. (2003) 'Review of Teacher Recruitment, Supply and Retention in Wales', School of Social Sciences Working Papers Series Number 41, Cardiff University. [101 pages, ISBN 1 904815 01 4]
  • White, P., Taylor, C. and Gorard, S. (2002) 'Building Research Capacity', Learning and Skills Research Nework5(3), Summer, p. 53.
  • Fitz, J., Taylor, C., Gorard, S. and White, P. (2001) 'Local Educational Authorities and the Regulation of Educational Markets: Four Case Studies', Occasional Paper 41, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. [48 pages, ISBN 1 872330 46 0]
  • White, P., Gorard, S. and Fitz, J. (1999) 'An Analysis of Local School Admission Arrangements', School of Social Sciences Working Paper Series Number 35, Cardiff University. [23 pages, ISBN 1 872330 26 6]
  • White, P. , Gorard, S. and Fitz, J. (1999) 'The New Legislation on School Admissions', School of Social Sciences Working Paper Number 32, Cardiff University. [17 pages, ISBN 1 872330 29 0]

Research

My empirical work has primarily focused on issues in education and training, and I have conducted research in the following areas: Student decision-making in compulsory schooling; teacher recruitment, retention and morale; educational markets and segregation; determinants of lifelong learning; patterns of internet use; participation in higher education; and the supply of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) workers.

I have spent several years working on projects designed to enhance research capacity and retain a keen interest in research methods. I am particularly interested in: the formulation of research questions; the use of large-scale secondary data sets; and statistical modelling.

Current research projects

I am currently working on three funded research projects:

  • The Employment Trajectories of STEM Graduates (Nuffield Foundation, £46,214)
  • Evaluation of the 'Youth United' Social Action Trial (Education Endowment Foundation, £101,879)
  • Evaluation of the 'Children's University' Social Action Trial  (Education Endowment Foundation, £152,484)

Supervision

I am interested in supervising postgraduate students in the area of educational participation and inequality. I have particular expertise in the following areas: Education and career choice; further and higher education; lifelong learning; and education, training and the labour market. I am especially interested in supervising studies using large-scale secondary data sources and mixed methods approaches.

Find out more about applying for a PhD

Media

YouTube SPSS video tutorials

I have made some YouTube videos to introduce students to conducting basic statistical analyses using the SPSS software package. They can be viewed here.

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