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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Dr Taha Rajab

Research Assistant in the School of Education

(email at taha.rajab@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Dr Taha Rajab is a Research Associate in the School of Education. He joined the School in 2016. Prior to his appointment at the School of Education, Taha worked as a Research Fellow in the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) at the University of York. At the IEE, Taha was involved in an EEF-funded project which looked at improving the quality of classroom talk as a means of increasing pupils' engagement, learning, and attainment.

His research interests include dialogic teaching, research methods, teacher professional development, EFL, and classroom learning in developing countries. Taha taught semantics, applied linguistics and Arabic at Manchester Metropolitan University. At the same time, he was also a research associate with the IEE and got involved in projects for the UNRWA and Worldwide University Network (WUN). His PhD at York looked at classroom interaction through the lens of dialogic teaching.

He holds MA in Sociolinguistics from the University of Leeds. He also taught modules on language acquisition, learning through talk, semantics and teaching methodology at higher education level.

Research Groups

Research Projects

  • Building an intercultural pedagogy for higher education in conditions of conflict and protracted crises: Languages, Identity, Culture
  • IntRef Project: Intercultural Reflection on Teaching
  • Transforming the pedagogy in STEM subjects

Research Interests

  • Classroom Discourse Analysis
  • Teacher Education
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • EFL
  • Transforming pedagogy

Publications

Authored book

  • Rajab, T. (2013). Classroom Interaction of EFL Secondary School Teachers. Saarbrücken: Lambert.

Conference Paper

Doctoral Thesis

  • Rajab, T. (2013). Developing Whole-class Interactive Teaching: Meeting the Training Needs of Syrian EFL Secondary School Teachers. PhD.

Journal Article

  • Alkhateeb M., Hayashi Y., Rajab T. & Hirashima T. (2015). Comparison Between Kit-build and Scratch-build Concept Mapping Methods in Supporting EFL Reading Comprehension. Journal of Information and Systems in Education 14(1): 13-27.
  • Rajab, T. (2015). Socio-cultural Study of Pedagogical Practices Inside Syrian EFL Classrooms. International Journal of Society, Culture & Language 3(2): 97-114.

Presentation

Report

  • Rajab, T. & Hardman, F. (2014). Syria Secondary School EFL Teachers’ Instructional Practices and the Interactional Patterns.