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Dr Eric Addae-Kyeremeh

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Dr Eric Addae-Kyeremeh is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management and since 2016 has been the Associate Head of School- Innovation; in the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport, here at the Open University. As Associate Head of School, he has overall responsibility for teaching and learning innovation, business development, and a portfolio of international education and development projects.

Eric has over 20 years professional experience that involves teaching, training, knowledge transfer, scholarship and research. He has significant experience, knowledge and understating of academic standards of taught postgraduate qualifications and has held external examining positions on postgraduate qualifications at the UCL Institute of Education (2012-2016) and University of Strathclyde (2013-2017). He was also an academic reviewer for one of the postgraduate qualifications at the Arab OU from 2012-2015. As a Chartered Manager (CMgr) and Chartered IT Professional (CITP), his expertise extends to capacity building, organisational development and learning technologies.

Prior to joining the Open University in 2011, Eric worked in the Further Education (FE) sector in England from 2000-2010, firstly as a lecturer in Computing and ICT and then in a range of leadership and management positions. During his career in FE he led and managed a number of subject areas including science and mathematics; Information and communication technology; and business, administration and law.

Membership of professional associations and learned societies

Dr Addae-Kyeremeh was admitted into Chartered Fellowship by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in 2012 for demonstrating leadership, eminence and authority in the area of educational technologies. In recognition of his expertise, significant impact and contribution to leadership and management in education and training he was awarded Chartered Fellowship of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in the same year.

Research interests

Dr Addae-Kyeremeh’s research interests are broadly in teacher/headteacher professional learning across cultures and contexts, and on distance learning forms of teacher education in Africa. He has investigated teachers/headteachers professional development experiences in England, India and Ghana and has written and presented academic papers on some of these areas at International conferences. Browse Dr Addae-Kyeremeh's research on Open Research Online. He was Co-Investigator on a British Council funded research on HE academic capacity building INSPIRE (International Strategic Partnership in Research and Education) in Bangladesh (2012-13).

Eric's current research is focused on the use of SNA and ethnographic methods to explore informal learning and professional development practices and experiences.

Teaching interests

Dr Addae-Kyeremeh’s teaching primarily focuses on leadership and management in education and has contributed to several of the OUs Masters in Education modules. Between 2011 and 2015 he co-authored four masters modules: E855 Leading professional practice in education, E856 Educational leadership: context, strategy and collaboration, EE812 Educational leadership: exploring strategy and EE813 MA Ed dissertation: leadership and management. Dr Addae-Kyeremeh is also co-author of the popular badged open course (BOC), Succeeding in postgraduate study, a free course designed to offer essential preparation for pursuing masters level study. 

Impact and engagement

Dr Addae-Kyeremeh has expertise in providing technical assistance to policy makers in LMIC and leading large scale international projects. He worked as OU Academic Director of the DfID-funded  Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL)  programme in Ghana 2014 -2015. He was also the critical reviewer of the recent national policy and curriculum framework for Pre-Tertiary Education Curriculum (2018) in Ghana. He previously co-led the school leadership development strand of TESS-India, a £10million DfID funded programme across 7 states in India.

Eric is currently Key Advisor on the OpenSTEM Ghana project providing high level policy guidance as well as leading on the development and implementation of CPD for teachers and middle leaders in senior high schools.

External collaborations

Dr Addae-Kyeremeh is currently working with Professor Giles Mohan (OU) and Dr Aravinda Guntupalli (Aberdeen) on the BBC/OU radio series Project 17. This co-production is based on the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals (SDG) and will be a 17 part broadcast series on BBC World Service from September 2020. Each SDG will be examined from the perspective of a different nation and expressed through the lives of 17-year-olds as they challenge the experts on what action (and inaction) will mean for their futures.

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CREET: Educational Studies Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Education and Language Studies


What makes useful evidence for educational leadership practice? An interview (2018)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric and Fox, Alison
Management in Education, 32(1) (pp. 53-55)

Teachers’ access to and use of evidence. (2020-03-16)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric
In: Fox, Alison and Poultney, Val eds. Professional Learning Communities and Teacher Enquiry. Evidence-based Teaching for Enquiring Teachers (1) (pp. 80-92)
ISBN : 9781912508815 | Publisher : Critical Publishing | Published : St Albans

Understanding teachers’ working experiences: capturing data on teachers as professionals, learners and change-makers in low resource contexts (2017-09-05)
Moore, Rhiannon; Buckler, Alison; Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric; Singh, Renu; Rossiter, Jack and High, Chris
In : Young Lives and RITES (OU) symposium (5-7 Sep 2017, Oxford, UK)

Connectedness and organisational learning: The role of relationships in supporting headteacher professional development (2017-07-09)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric
In : British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Annual Conference (7-9 Jul 2017, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK)

Professional learning through networking: perceptions and practices amongst basic school headteachers in Ghana (2015-07)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric
In : British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Annual Conference (10-12 Jul 2015, Reading, UK)

School-based learning and development: revisiting professional development for headteachers in India (2014-11-17)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric and Wise, Christine
In : Exploring Leadership Learning and Theories in Asia (ELLTA) 2014 (17-19 Nov 2014, Penang, Malaysia)

Leadership development at scale to support policy: experiences from the TESS India project- a UKAID project (2014-07-11)
Wise, Christine; Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric; Anand, Kavita and Wheeler, Spokey
In : International Conference of British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (7-11 Jul 2014, Stratford-Upon-Avon)

Professional development spaces: an exploratory study of headteachers perspectives in Ghana (2014-06)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric
In : 3rd AFTRA Teaching and Learning in Africa Conference (11-13 Jun 2014, Accra, Ghana)

Messengers or agents? The capacity of headteachers to influence educational policy change in Ghana. (2012-07-20)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric
In : Annual International Conference of British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (20-22 Jul 2012, Manchester)

Learning-centred leadership: practices and effects. (2012-07-10)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric
In : International Council on Education for Teaching conference (10-12 Jul 2012, Cape Coast. Ghana.)

Designing and developing educational resources for teacher education via Open and Distance Learning (ODL), A case study from Ghana
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric; Cullen, Jane and Abreh, Might Kojo
In : SEDO conference Theme: Promoting Innovative Educational Practices for Sustainable Development (29-30 Jan, Cape Coast, Ghana)