Research in the School of Education
There are over 50 academic staff in the School with a range of research interests across the phases and sectors of education, and in professional learning in a range of public and private sector organisations.
We use both quantitative and qualitative methods, including:
- participative methodologies such as participatory action research
- mixed methodologies
- creative ways of working with vulnerable groups and the practitioners who serve them
- arts-informed approaches to research.
Teacher Education, including subject pedagogy
- research Impact: school-based teacher-educators
- Teacher Action Research
- the impact of the Rural Dimension in specialist schools (Specialist Schools and Academies Trust)
- learning together through international collaboration in teacher education in Malaysia
- professional development needs of new teachers
- a coaching toolkit across the curriculum
- children's writing.
- Centre for Educational Leadership
- European Arts-Based Development of Distributed Leadership and Innovation in Schools (ENABLES)
- European Methodological Framework for Facilitating Professional Collaboration among Teachers (EFFeCT)
- European Policy Network on School Leadership (a 4 year study of school leadership and implications for policy)
- investigating leadership for social justice
- Developing Collaborative School Leadership.
- Aesthetic and Embodied Learning for Nurturing Democracy (AECED)
- Research Impact: science learning, teaching and leadership in primary school
- Evaluation of the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) 2013-15
- Evaluation of the Royal Society of Chemistry bursary-funded Primary Science Quality Mark.
- Teaching Schools perceptions of the Science Learning Centre, East of England.
- Questions of Leadership: Science Leadership Centre, East of England.
Higher Education, including transnational education
- exploring higher education ‘buzzwords’ through corpus-based methods
- the impact of higher education research and researchers on national higher education policy development
- meanings of partnership in higher education publicity, policy and practice
- feedback for Learning in Higher Education
- developing a research-based resource to support the development of partnership learning communities
- enhancing students' employability skills through student-staff collaboration
- UKIERI Project on Diversity, Isolation and Integration in Higher Education.
and our evaluations include:
- identifying the uniqueness of TRACKS, an early years autism centre
- puppet-making in primary schools
- pilot roll-out of Five Ways Group Engagement and Brief Intervention Products and Training for Buckinghamshire County Council
- Thriving [Troubled Families] - Evaluation for Hertfordshire County Council
- impact of the Buckinghamshire UK Resilience programme
- The Choices and Consequences programme - Hertfordshire Constabulary
- Welwyn Foyer: Small Steps [Housing]
International collaboration in teacher education
Learn about our project on learning together through international collaboration in teacher education.
Research through practice
Practice-based research (PBR) is a distinctive feature of the culture in the School of Education, combining advancement of academic knowledge and development of practice.
As a practitioner, you can engage in our thriving research community through joining a Doctoral Programme:
These complement our postgraduate courses for practitioners in schools and other education contexts.