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Durham University

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Prof Carol Fitz-Gibbon

Emeritus Professor in the School of Education


Carol Fitz-Gibbon initiated the A-Level Information System in 1983 and was Director of the Curriculum, Evaluation and Management Centre from 1989-2003 and Professor of Education at Durham from 1996-2003. She has a continuing interest in cross-age tutoring and Reforms as Experiments in an active retirement.

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2001: The Twentieth Vernon-Wall Lecture: Value Added for Those in Despair: Research Methods Matter. London: British Psychological Society


Authored book

Chapter in book

  • C. Fitz-Gibbon & P. Tymms (2001). Achievement and Educational Performance: A Cause for Celebration? In Education, Reform and the State: Twenty-Five Years of Politics, Policy and Practice. R. Phillips & J. Furlong London: RoutledgeFalmer.
  • C. Fitz-gibbon (2000). Cross-age tutoring: should it be required in order to reduce social exclusion? In Combating Social Exclusion through Education: Laissez-faire, Authoritarianism or Third Way?. G. Walraven, C. Parsons, D. van Veen & C. Day Leuven: Garant. 307-315.
  • C. Fitz-Gibbon (1999). Is Ofsted Helpful? An evaluation using social science criteria. In An Inspector Calls: Ofsted and its effects on school standards. C. Cullingford London: Kogan Page.

Journal Article

  • C. Fitz-Gibbon (2006). Affective and Behavioural Variables: Reforms as Experiments to produce a civil society. Educational Psychology 26(2): 303-323.
  • C. Fitz-Gibbon (2004). Editorial: The need for randomized trials in social research. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A 167(1): 1-4.
  • C. Fitz-Gibbon (2003). Milestones en route to evidence-based policies. Research Papers in Education 18(4): 313-329.
  • Fitz-Gibbon, C. & Tymms, P. (2002). Technical and Ethical Issues in Indicator Systems: Doing Things Right and Doing Wrong Things. Education Policy Analysis Archives 10(6).