Centre for Educational Research
The centre carries out educational research of national and international significance
Much of the centre's research is of national and international significance, with a profile that covers all sectors and phases of Education. Themes are closely tied to the research activities of LSBU's Department of Education . All of the department's academic staff are research active, engaged with education at a local, national and global level. Their research contributes to education practice, theory and policy – it shapes course content and improves the future employability of our students.
The centre has the four following research themes:
Citizenship, equality and sustainability
Current areas of research and interest are explored by LSBU's Centre for Cross Curricular Initiatives (CCCI) and include:
- citizenship/global citizenship (GC)
- education for sustainable development (ESD)
- diversity and equality
- the personal and social development of young people
- the student voice and school democracy
- interethnic conflict and violence in schools
The CCCI also manages the Teacher Education for Equality and Sustainability Network (TEESNet) which promotes good practice across the sector.
Mathematics and Numeracy Education
The Centre for Mathematics Education is a specialist sub group of the Centre for Educational Research. It consists of staff from LSBU's Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, Education department and other areas of the University with an interest in mathematics education, as well as research students and visiting scholars both national and international.
The centre pursues research in all areas of mathematics education but it has a particular focus on the application of socio-cultural theory and social cognition to understand teaching and learning in mathematics. Find out more about our Centre for Mathematics Education.
Education, culture and ideology
This theme is only pursued in the context of understandable and researchable learning in terms of its socio-cultural and political context. This view stems from the belief that values – personal, institutional and cultural – underpin all research.
For the group, as for Wilson et al (2008), the adoption of a socio-cultural perspective 'represents a choice informed by political and social values. The decision to see people as learning within a social and political context springs not only from a recognition of its explanatory power, but also from a desire to do so: it feels to us like the right thing to do.'
This orientation means that the group seeks to theorise identity in a range of ways and use this to research the experiences of all those engaged in activity in formal educational settings.
This same orientation means that it is also committed to researching the sociocultural contexts of this activity, through particular focus on educational policy and structures and the way that these reproduce inequality.
Read about academics working in the field of education, culture and ideology in our People Finder.
Innovation in learning and teaching
Innovation in learning and teaching relates to the redesign of teaching, the learning environment, curriculum and assessment to ensure that it is fit for purpose for all learners. Researchers focus on research activities related to innovative teaching approaches, methods and resources, as well as participating in the development of innovative and creative approaches to developing inclusive learning and teaching. The exploration of subject pedagogy, teacher development and the use of new technology to develop learning and teaching are at the heart of the work of this group.
Research Degree Programmes
The MPhil/PhD Social Sciences and Professional Doctorate in Education play a key role in the centre's cutting-edge research and this is a highlight of their seminars, workshops, reading groups and conference participation.
The wide range of research activities in the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, together with the mix of academic staff, post-doctoral research fellows and visiting professors, allows us to offer a stimulating and diverse postgraduate environment. Read more about Research degrees at LSBU.
The Centre for Educational Research is engaged in a variety of international and local research projects relevant to the field of education. Selected projects are listed here.
- European Commission Project: Exploring Interethnic Violence and Children's Rights in the School Environment
- This EU-funded, international research project focusses on exploring interethnic and intercultural conflict and violence in schools among children and young people. It involves a number of LSBU academics and those from a range of European countries. Read more about research into Exploring Inter-ethnic Violence.
- The Hands Project
- This multinational and multidisciplinary project is funded by the European Commission. Its main objective is to develop software on smartphones that help children and young people with autism develop social skills and promote social integration. Our LSBU team is working closely with partners in the project, the National Autistic Society and the Helen Allinson Special School in Kent. For further information see the project website www.hands-project.eu.
- KidsINNscience (Innovation in School Education – Turning Kids on to Science)
- The project involves ten partners in Europe and Latin America and aims to identify and promote innovative approaches for teaching and learning science, adapt and test them for implementation in mainstream schools and develop innovation strategies for science and technology (S&T) education in all participating countries.
LSBU's Department of Education has played a key role in the project with team members and Senior Lecturers John Meadows and Chris Horner. Find out more about the KidsINNscience project and visit the KidsINNscience website.
- The Cambodian Educational Development Project
- The project is taking place in three provinces in Cambodia and nationally in Cambodia's teacher training colleges as part of the country's poverty reduction strategy. The programme focuses on three components: school building, scholarships and teacher education.
Expertise from LSBU's Department of Education is providing the lead consultancy for the teacher training component of the programme, supported by consultants from other universities and local authorities. We are involved with significant elements of research included as part of the project that include ascertaining the impact the programmes are making on classroom practice.
- UK Teacher Education (TE) Network for Education for Sustainable Development/Global Citizenship
- CCCI manages the UK-wide TE network focused on embedding Education for Sustainable Development/Global Citizenship in the TE broad curriculum. The network has developed a web-based research, policy and practice database and supports regional activities across the UK and holds an annual international conference. The network is managed by Prof Sally Inman, Ros Wade, Maggie Rogers and Sophie Mackay. For further information and papers from the network annual conferences visit the UK Teacher Education (TE) Network for Education for Sustainable Development/Global Citizenship website.
Dr Nicki Martin
Head of Centre for Educational Research
Tel: 020 7815 7440
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