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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Dr Dimitra KokotsakI

Associate Professor in the School of Education

Contact Dr Dimitra KokotsakI

Biography

Dimitra is an associate professor at the School of Education. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules on the Arts in Education. She has been principal investigator or co-investigator in a number of research projects such as a systematic synthesis of the evidence on the cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes of arts education for school-aged children and a recent piece of research funded by the Nuffield Foundation about improving the primary-secondary transition in music education at the North East of England. She is one of the authors of the Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit and is currently the lead process evaluation researcher for the Calderdale writing intervention funded by the Education Endowment Foundation.

Completed Supervisions

Musical Progression in the English Primary School: what is it, what does it look like and how do teachers realise it?

A phenomenographic approach to understanding Taiwanese music teachers’ experiences of creativity in the classroom.

 Teachers' experiences of working with children with life-limiting conditions in special schools

Information for prospective doctoral research student supervisions

Dimitra would welcome applications from prospective doctorate students on teacher education and identity, music education, creativity in education and pupil engagement.

Research Groups

Research Projects

  • Arts Education Literature Review
  • Evaluation of Calderdale : Improving writing quality, using SRSD and memorable experiences
  • Improving the Primary-Secondary Transition
  • Restorative Approaches Evaluation

Research Interests

  • Creativity
  • Music Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Pupil Engagement

Selected Publications

Book review

  • Kokotsaki, D. (2013). Review of Musical Creativities in Practice. Thinking Skills and Creativity 10: 1-2.

Chapter in book

  • Kokotsaki, D. (2016). Engagement and creativity in music education. In Trends in Music Information Seeking, Behaviour, and Retrieval for Creativity. P. Kostagiolas, K. Martzoukou, & C. Lavranos (Eds) IGI Global.
  • Kokotsaki, D. & Katsipataki, M. (2014). Motor Skill Acquisition. In Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia. Thompson, W.F. Sage Publications. 713-714.
  • Newton, D.P., Donkin, H., Kokotsaki, D. & Newton, L.D. (2012). Creativity in Art and Music. In Creativity for a New Curriculum: 5-11. Newton, L.D. Routledge. 62-79.

Journal Article

Report

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Subject specialists: educational research, music education, psychology of music
  • Subject specialists: educational research, music education

Selected Grants

  • 2014: Arts Education Literature Review (£6118.00 from Education Endowment Foundation)
  • 2014: Calderdale 2 (£6389.00 from Education Endowment Foundation)
  • 2013: Exploring how teachers can support students (£43530.00 from Swedish Research Council)
  • 2011: Improving the primary-secondary transition in music education (£23800.00 from The Nuffield Foundation)
  • 2009: Evaluation of the Restorative Approaches in Schools Project (£19607.00 from Durham County Council)
  • 2006: EVALUATION AND REPORT PRODUCTION (£24238.74 from Creative Partnerships)

Supervises