Biography

Professor Bette Chambers

Research Consultant

Bette Chambers works with the IEE to improve outcomes for children by promoting policies and practices that have strong evidence of effectiveness in robust empirical research. She supports the implementation of evidence-based teaching and learning approaches in schools.

Professor Chambers’ previous work at the University of York focused on evaluating replicable programmes that use co-operative learning and technology-embedded instruction, particularly in early childhood education and early literacy.

Professor Chambers received her BA in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada in 1982, and her PhD in Educational Psychology in 1990 from McGill University. From 1987 to 1998, she taught and researched early childhood education at Concordia and from 1998 to 2007 she worked at the Success for All Foundation and the Centre for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles, books, and practical guides for teachers, including Let’s Cooperate: Interactive Activities for Young Children and Classroom Connections: Understanding and Using Cooperative Learning.

Research papers

2016

2015

2014

2013

  • Tracey L, Chambers B, Slavin R, Hanley P, and Cheung A (2013), Success for All in England: Results from the Third Year of a National Evaluation. Technical Report. York: Institute for Effective Education, University of York. SFA Technical Report 2013 (PDF , 568kb)
  • Slavin R, Sheard M, Hanley P, Elliott L, Chambers B, and Cheung A (2013), Effects of Co-operative Learning and Embedded Multimedia on Mathematics Learning in Key Stage 2. Final Report. York: Institute for Effective Education, University of York. Report Power Teaching Maths 13 (PDF , 510kb)
  • Chambers B, de Botton O, Cheung A, & Slavin RE (2013), Effective Early Childhood Programmes for Disadvantaged Children: A Systematic Review and Case Studies, in B Spodek & O Saracho (eds), Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children (3rd edn). New York: Routledge, 322-331.

2012

  • Sheard M, Chambers B, and Elliott L (2012), Effects of Technology-enhanced Formative Assessment on Achievement in Primary Grammar. York: Institute for Effective Education, University of York. QfL Grammar Report Sept2012 (PDF , 659kb)
  • Tracey L, Chambers B, Slavin R, Madden N, Cheung A, Hanley P, and Abrami P (2012), Success for All in the UK: Results from the Third Year of a National Evaluation. York: Technical Report published by the Institute for Effective Education, University of York.

2011

2010

  • Sharples J, Slavin RE, Chambers B, and Sharp C (2010), Effective Classroom Strategies for Closing the Gap in Educational Achievement for Children and Young People Living in Poverty, Including White, Working Class Boys. Technical Report. London, UK: Centre for Excellence and Outcomes.

2009

  • Chambers B (2009), Curiosity Corner: Getting All Children Ready for School, Early Childhood Services, 3(3), 227-243.
  • Slavin RE, Lake C, Chambers B, Cheung A, & Davis S (2009), Effective Reading Programs for the Elementary Grades: A Best-evidence Synthesis. Review of Educational Research, 79 (4), 1391-1466.
  • Slavin RE, Madden N, Chambers B, and Haxby B (second edition, 2009), Two Million Children: Success for All. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
  • Chambers B, Tracey L, Slavin RE, and Madden NA (2009), Success for All in the UK: First-year Results from a National Evaluation. York, UK: Technical Report published by the Institute for Effective Education, University of York.
  • Sheard M, Madden N, Chambers B, Slavin R, O’Neil M, and Wallace A (2009), Effects of Learner Response Devices and Co-operative Learning on Achievement in Years 7-8 Mathematics. IEE, University of York.

2008

  • Chambers B, Abrami P, Tucke B, Slavin R, Madden N, Cheung A, & Gifford R (2008), Computer Assisted Tutoring in Success for All: Reading Outcomes for First Grade, Journal of Research on Effective Education, Volume 1, Issue 2, April 2008.
  • Chambers B, Slavin R, Madden NA, Abrami PC, Tucker BJ, Cheung A, & Gifford R (2008), Computer-Assisted Tutoring in Success for All: Two Studies of Reading Outcomes for First Graders. In A. Bus (Ed.).Multimedia and Literacy Development: Improving Achievement for Young Learners. (pp. 224-237).London: Taylor & Francis.
  • Chambers B, Cheung A, Madden NA, Slavin RE, & Gifford R (2008), Embedded Multimedia: Using Video to Enhance Reading Outcomes in Success for All. In A.Bus (Ed.).Multimedia and Literacy Development: Improving Achievement for Young Learners, (pp. 213-223). London: Taylor & Francis.
  • Chambers B, Slavin RE, Madden NA, Abrami PC, Tucker BJ, Cheung A, & Gifford R (2008), Technology Infusion in Success for All: Reading Outcomes for First Graders, Elementary School Journal, Volume 109, No. 1, September 2008.
  • Slavin RE, Madden NA, & Chambers B (2008), Success for All, Embedded Multimedia, and the Teaching-learning Orchestra. In S. Neuman. (Ed.). Pathways to Literacy Achievement for High Poverty Children: Ready to Learn. (pp. 243-259). Baltimore: Paul Brookes.

2007

  • Borman G, Slavin RE, Cheung A, Chamberlain A, Madden NA, & Chambers B. (2007). Final Reading Outcomes of the National Randomized Field Trial of Success for All, American Educational Research Journal, 44 (3), 701-731.
  • Chambers B, Cheung A, Madden NA, Slavin RE, and Gifford R (2007), Embedded Multimedia: Using Video to Enhance Reading Outcomes in Success for All. In Taylor B, and Ysseldike J (eds), Effective Instruction for Struggling Readers K-6, (pp120-172). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Conference presentations

2016

  • Chambers B (November 2016), Making Better Education Better. Presented at the National Assessment Conference, Manchester, UK.
  • Chambers B (June 2016), Latest Evidence Behind Effective Literacy Teaching. Presented at the Evidence for the Frontline Conference, London, UK.
  • Chambers B, Slavin R and Cheung A (April 2016), Literacy and Language Outcomes of Balanced and Developmental Approaches to Early Childhood Education: A Systematic Review. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.

2015

  • Tracey L and Chambers B (June 2015), Leading to Literacy. Presented at the Born in Bradford Conference, Bradford, UK.
  • Chambers B (June 2015), Making Learner Response Systems Systematically Effective. Presentation made to the Learner Response Conference at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK.
  • Chambers B (April 2015), Effect Assessment: country case study 1. Presentation at the Assessing the effects of ICT on Learning Outcomes workshop in Tromsø, Norway, hosted by the Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education.
  • Chambers B (April 2015), ICT Assessment: Evidence from England. Presented at Assessing the Effects of ICT on Learning Outcomes. Tromso, Norway.
  • Chambers B (March 2015), Latest evidence behind the most effective interventions and approaches for struggling readers. Keynote presentations made at the Catch-Up Annual Conference. London, UK.
  • Chambers B (March 2015), Educational processes: theoretical and conceptual models – Implications for policy and practice. ESRC Seminar Series Network on Intrapersonal Research in Education Discussant. Oxford, UK.

2014

  • Chambers B (September 2014), What Counts as Evidence-based Technology and Why Does it Matter? Keynote presentation at the Danish Ministry of Education Conference, Odense, Denmark.
  • Chambers B, and Craft C (March 2014), Evidence 4 Impact. Presentation at the IEE Conference 2014, University of York, UK.

2013

  • Sheard M, and Chambers B (August 2013), Effects of Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment on Achievement in Primary Grammar. Presentation at the EARLI 2013 Conference, Munich, Germany.
  • Chambers B, and Tracey L (March 2013) Success for All – Living up to its Name? Presentation at the IEE Conference, York, UK. .
  • Chambers B (January 2013), So What Are They Really Learning? Presentation to the BETT Conference, London, UK.

2012

  • Chambers B (December 2012), How Can Education Leaders Help Deliver Change and Close the Inequality Gap in Education? Keynote speech at the Guardian Innovation in Education event, London, UK.
  • Chambers B, Cheung A, Tracey L, Slavin RE (June 2012), A Systematic Review of Early Childhood Education Programs. Poster presented at the Head Start National Research Conference. Washington, DC.

2011

  • Chambers B (November 2011), Systematic Reviews of Educational Programmes. Paper presented to the National Conference of Educational Research, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Tracey L, and Chambers B (October 2011), Curiosity Corner Interactive: Ready to Succeed in School. IEE Inaugural Conference, York, UK.
  • Tracey L, Chambers B, Hanley P, and Elliott L, (September 2011), Success for All: Second Year Results from a National Evaluation. Paper presented at EARLI, University of Exeter, UK.
  • Chambers B, and Abrami PC (March 2011), Curiosity Corner: Using Technology to Prepare disadvantaged Children for School. Early Education and Technology for Children Conference. Salt Lake City, Utah, US.
  • Chambers B, and Tracey L (February 2011), Curiosity Corner Interactive: Improving the School Readiness of Children Living in Poverty. Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the British Early Childhood Education Research Association. Birmingham, UK.

2010

  • Chambers B, and de Botton O (September 2010), Effective Early Childhood Education Programmes. Paper presented at the European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference, Birmingham, UK.
  • Chambers B (March 2010), How is Research Knowledge Being Supported in Evidence-based Education? Presented to the meeting of the Strategic Forum for Research in Education, Edinburgh, UK.
  • Chambers B (January 2010), Using Multimedia to Raise Literacy Standards. Master session at NEEC 2010 (the North of England Education Conference), York, UK.
  • Chambers B (January 2010), Home Links for Curiosity Corner and KinderCorner. Workshop presented at the Success for All Foundation Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.

2009

  • Chambers B, Abrami PC, Slavin RE, and Madden NA (December 2009), Pulling it all Together: A Technology-Supported, Three-Tier Model of Reading Instruction. Paper presented at the Teaching and Learning Conference of the International Association for Scientific Knowledge, Porto, Portugal.
  • Chambers B (November 2009), Getting all Children Ready for School. Keynote address presented at the Success for All-UK Early Years Conference, Birmingham, UK.
  • Chambers B (November 2009), Home Links for Curiosity Corner and KinderCorner. Workshop presented at the Success for All-UK Early Years Conference, Birmingham, UK.
  • Chambers B (November 2009), Can a Whole-School Reform Programme Narrow the Gap? Presentation to the Vice Chancellor’s Seminar on Inequalities, York, UK.
  • Chambers B (October 2009), Curiosity Corner: Getting All children Ready for School. Presented to the Preschool Curriculum Decision Making: Exploring Key Curriculum Models and Reviewing the Evidence-Base Conference. NIEER, Princeton, NJ.
  • Chambers B, Slavin RE, Madden NA, Abrami PC, Karanzalis M, & Gifford R (June, 2009), Small-Group Computer-Assisted Tutoring to Improve Reading Outcomes for Struggling First and Second Graders . Poster presented at the annual conference of the Institute for Education Science, Washington, DC.
  • Chambers B, Slavin RE, Madden NA, Abrami PC, Karanzalis M, & Gifford R (March 2009), The Effects of a Small-Group Computer-assisted Tutoring Program on Reading Outcomes for Struggling Readers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Crystal City, VA.

2008

  • Chambers B (November 2008), Lights! Camera! Reading! Inaugural Lecture, York University.
  • Chambers B (October 2008), Reading Roots Interactive: Introduction. Presentation to the Success for All–UK Biennial Conference, Grantham, UK.
  • Chambers B (September 2008), Practical Problems in Conducting Randomized Field Trials in Education. Poster presented at the RCTs in the Social Sciences Conference 2008: Methods and Synthesis, York, UK.
  • Chambers B (May 2008), Achievement Effects of Embedded Multimedia in Success for All. Presentation to the Research Methods in Education: The Possibilities and Limitations of Experimental Approaches, Wellcome Trust, London, UK.
  • Chambers B (March 2008), Effects of Embedded Multimedia on the Reading Achievement of First Graders. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Crystal City, VA, US.

2007

  • Slavin RE, Madden NA, & Chambers B (March 2007), Embedded Classroom Multimedia: Improving Implementation Quality and Student Achievement in a Cooperative Writing Program. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Institute for Education Sciences, Washington, DC.
  • Slavin RE, Madden NA, & Chambers B (March 2007), The Best Evidence Encyclopedia: Accessible Reviews of Research on Educational Programs. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Institute for Education Sciences, Washington, DC.