The Educational Studies Research Cluster is located in the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). Cluster researchers investigate teaching and learning in order to understand and shape more equitable, innovative and futures oriented learning opportunities in the 21st century. Our work, which explores the interplay between theory and practice, contributes to knowledge expansion and seeks to make an impact upon the unfolding educational agenda at a systemic level, locally, nationally and internationally. We take a broadly social approach to teaching and learning and use a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches including for example: sociocultural theory, activity theory, ethnography, historical analysis, narrative analysis, discourse analysis and multimodal analysis. These approaches are used to explore teaching and learning and learners’ identities in formal and informal contexts in homes, nurseries, primary and secondary schools, higher education and work-based settings.
Recent externally-funded cluster projects have included an examination of storytelling and story acting in the early years, creativity in maths and science across Europe, an international review of provision for children with special educational needs, explorations of teacher education in developing countries (with particular reference to new technologies), creative primary practice in England, teachers researching children’s literacy lives, and explorations of the nature of extra-curricular reading groups in primary and secondary school settings.