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Dr Dimitra Kokotsaki

Associate Professor in the School of Education
Department Representative, Durham Research Methods Centre

Contact Dr Dimitra Kokotsaki


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

School of Education

Research Projects

School of Education

Research Interests

  • Creativity
  • Music Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Pupil Engagement

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2017: Keynote Speaker: Invited to give two keynote speeches and share the findings of her research at music network meetings with primary and secondary music teachers ran by Durham Music Services (January 2017) and by the Bradford Music Education Hub (February 2017).
  • 2016: Examiner: Examiner for a PhD thesis at the University of Aberystwyth. Thesis title: "The implementation of restorative approaches in education: an exploration of two case-studies".
  • 2014: Examiner: For doctoral thesis at the Institute of Education in London.
  • 2013: Inspiration for Government award: Dr. Kokotsaki received the Inspiration for Government award (awarded by the Institute for Government) for her work on the Sutton Trust - EEF Toolkit.
  • Fellow: Royal Society of Arts

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


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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)