Research Groups

Educational leaders, Teachers and Expertise (Professor Andy Goodwyn)

This group is interested in the key roles of the educational leader [broadly defined] and that of the teacher with particular emphasis on how teachers develop their expertise. In both cases the group is interested in how educational systems develop and sustain leaders and teachers. As these areas are of global significance the groups will consider both national and international developments.

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Social constructivist approaches to inclusion, curriculum and pedagogy (Professor Janice Wearmouth)

Underpinning our education system is a focus on knowledge acquisition and the ‘need to know’ which, historically, has driven assessment practice and determined pedagogy and teaching. The central concerns of members of this group lie at the interface between theory and practice and reflect the inter-relationship between views of learning and of knowledge, and how they relate to policy, pedagogy, assessment and the specified curriculum.

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Participation, citizenship rights and equity (Professor Uvanney Maylor)

The research group combines expertise and theoretical insights from the fields of education, sociology, philosophy and citizenship to examine and critique educational participation, citizenship rights/education, multiculturalism and educational equity (pertaining to race/ethnicity, disability, gender, class and other identities) in the UK and internationally. It interrogates tensions between diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion and citizenship, and how democratic participation, citizenship rights and equity are promoted through education. It is concerned with how individuals/communities are included/excluded and how educational inequalities are legitimised and reinforced by political and educational systems in the UK and globally. Advancing social justice is an integral part of the group’s work.

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