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Durham University

School of Education

Staff Profile

Dr Beng Huat See

Associate Professor (Research) in the School of Education

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Affiliate of the Durham University Evidence Centre for Education


Beng Huat See joined Durham University School of Education in October 2013. Before that she was a research associate at the University of York and the University of Birmingham. Beng Huat’s career began as a secondary school teacher in Singapore where she taught geography, English and social studies for 16 years. She spent three years teaching GCSE and A-level geography at an FE college in South Wales.

She is currently leading an ESRC project investigating teacher shortages in England and identifying promising initiatives to attract and retain teachers. She has also led a number of evaluations of education programmes, such as self-affirmation, Maths Counts, Core Knowledge, effective feedback and Response to Intervention.

She is interested in areas relating to critical thinking, parental involvement, teacher development and teacher effectiveness, and improving the learning and wider outcomes of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Her expertise is in the systematic review and synthesis of evidence in education and evaluation of education programmes and policies.

Completed Supervisions

Relationship between principals’ instructional leadership and school effectiveness. Does it make a difference? Evidence from the Maldives

Evaluating the impact of instruction in critical thinking on the critical thinking skills of English language learners in higher education

Information for Potential Doctoral Students

Looking for potential doctoral students interested in investigating teacher supply, teacher development, evaluation of education programmes and practices and pupil attainment.

Indicators of Esteem

  • Editor of Review of Education:
  • Editorial Board member of Educational Research and Evaluation:
  • Editorial Board member of the British Educational Research Journal :
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy:
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts:
  • Grants reviewer for the National Centre for Science and Technology Evaluation (NCSTE) of Kazakhstan:
  • Grants reviewer for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research:
  • Invited presenter to the Castle Vale Education Trust and the Sutton Trust on engagement with local community to improve the outcomes of children in the Castle Vale area:
  • Invited speaker for Campaign for State Education Birmingham City University, October 2013 on overcoming disadvantage in education:
  • Invited to participate in a public debate at York Theatre Royal on Creativity in Schools: Should it be a requirement to teach arts and music in schools?:
  • Member of the British Education Research Association:
  • Member of the ESRC Grant Assessment Panel B:
  • Member of the panel of evaluators for the Education Endowment Foundation:
  • Member of the panel of evaluators for the Youth Endowment Fund:
  • Panel peer reviewer of trials for the Education Endowment Foundation:
  • Peer reviewer for: Oxford Review of Education, Educational Review, Journal of Education for Teaching, BERJ, Higher Education :
  • Quarterly, Studies in Higher Education and Global Education Review, Journal of Adolescence Educational Review, Educational Psych:
  • Routledge Author of the Month :
  • 2018: Invited speaker for the School of Education Teaching and Learning Conference (8 March 2018):
  • 2019: Invited guest lecture for the MA International Education programme at Leicester University (18 February 2019):
  • 2019: Presented on how to attract and retain teachers in challenging schools: What works in getting teachers to teach in hard-to-staff schools/areas in the Evidence Week held in parliament, 25 June 2019 held in parliament:
  • 2020: Cabinet Office What Works Trial Advice panel :


Research Interests

  • Evaluation and dissemination of education research evidence
  • Evaluation of education programmes and policies
  • Understanding teacher supply, teacher development and teacher effectiveness
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Parental involvement
  • Interventions to overcome education disadvantage
  • Attainment and participation in STEM subjects

Research Groups

Research Projects

Selected Publications

Journal Article

Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Andrews, R., Torgerson, C.J. & See, B.H. (2009). Discipline-specific skills in argumentation. In Argumentation in Higher Education: Improving Practice through Research. Andrews, R. Routledge/Falmer: New York.
  • Gorard, S & See, B H (2008). The impact of SES on participation and attainment in science - a review of existing literature. In Exploring the relationship between socio-economic status and participation and attainment in science education. Royal Society. 22-29.
  • Gorard, S, See, B H & Smith, E (2008). The impact of SES on participation and attainment in science - an analysis of available data. In Exploring the relationship between socio-economic status and participation and attainment in science education. Royal Society. 10-21
  • Prior, L, Pang, L C & See, B H (2002). Beliefs and accounts of illness: views from two Cantonese-speaking communities in England. In The sociology of health and illness reader. Nettleton, S & Gustafsson, U Polity Press.

Other (Digital/Visual Media)


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