Researchers’ Areas of Interest

  • Educational ideas of John Dewey
  • Relationship between political philosophy and education
  • Philosophy of education
  • Citizenship and democratic education
  • Educational leadership and governance
  • Psychoanalysis and education
  • History of education
  • The study of English/Literacy at various phases
  • Further and adult education
  • Professional identity in education

  • Teenage pregnancy and motherhood
  • Media and policy representations of university students
  • Youth transitions
  • Constructions of youth and risk
  • Media analysis
  • Interpretative phenomenology analysis (IPA)
  • Interviewing
  • Creative research methods

Research sits at the intersection of philosophy, education, and English studies and includes:

  • Identity
  • Academic decentring (close to intellectual/academic decolonization)
  • Radical/anarchist education
  • Political philosophy
  • Political/aesthetic education
  • Literature/popular culture
  • Civil liberties
  • Language
  • Subject English/creative writing

  • Evaluation in higher education
  • Science teaching and learning in primary school
  • Teacher beliefs
  • Teacher and student motivation
  • Self-theories (growth-mindset, grit, self-regulation)
  • Classroom discourse and discourse analysis
  • International assessments

  • Teacher Education
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Further Education and Skills
  • Mentoring
  • FE leadership

  • Inclusion and SEN
  • Teacher Professional Development & Educational Leadership
  • Psychology related topics (particularly developmental psychology)

  • Higher education curriculum change
  • Evaluation of higher education practices
  • Education for sustainability
  • Climate change education
  • Equality Diversity and Inclusivity and decolonisation in higher education

  • Memory and education
  • Teacher Education
  • Handwriting

  • Leadership and management in educational contexts
  • The leadership and management of change in educational contexts
  • The compulsory redeployment of teachers
  • Special educational needs and disability
  • Teachers' lives and careers

  • Multi agency working, the roles beyond the educator
  • Professional identity
  • How education is impacted upon by parents and families
  • SEND
  • Higher Education

  • Race, ethnicity, cultural diversity as they impact on the experiences and attainment of minority ethnic students and minority ethnic staff educational leadership and practice in schools, further and higher education;
  • Social justice in education
  • Critical race theory
  • Critical theories

  • Special educational needs and disability
  • Difficulties in literacy and dyslexia
  • Issues of challenging behaviour in schools
  • Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in schools
  • Practitioner action research


Institute for Research in Education
School of Education and English Language
University of Bedfordshire
Bedford campus
Polhill Avenue
MK41 9EA


School of Education and English Language

Bedfordshire English