The Educational Studies Research Cluster is located in the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). United by a common interest in pedagogy, professionalism and policy, researchers in the cluster employ a range of methodologies to explore teaching and learning in formal and informal contexts in homes, schools, higher education and work-based settings.
We are well known for our research into pedagogy and the curriculum, teacher education (including developing world contexts) and professional development. Recent externally funded cluster projects have included an examination of storytelling and story acting in the early years, creativity in maths and science teaching, learning across Europe, teacher education in developing countries, creative primary practice in England, teachers researching children’s literacy lives through undertaking Learner Visits to homes, and the nature of extra-curricular reading groups in the context of the reading for pleasure agenda. In addition, the work around qualitative methodology and ethnography is widely cited, as is much of our co-participative research with teachers, creative practitioners and other partners. Our cluster research seeks to contribute to knowledge expansion and make an impact on educational agendas, locally, nationally and internationally. Members of the cluster are extensively involved in policy initiatives and subject associations and societies.