Special and inclusive education
We advance research into the education, health and wellbeing of children in the context of special and inclusive education, and in the wider society. Our research focuses on class, gender, and philosophy, and promotes interdisciplinary research into applied musicology. This research aims to inform policy and practice at local, regional, and governmental level, nationally and internationally. Knowledge exchange is achieved through strong relationships with schools and colleges across the UK, Europe and beyond, with the government ministries, non-governmental bodies working in education, and with the voluntary sector.
Teaching, learning and (in)equalities
Research into teaching, learning and (in)equalities seeks to improve the effectiveness, and affective value, of teaching and learning, to address inequalities and to promote social justice. Our research creates opportunities for educational and social transformation in relation to schools and educational settings and promotes productive links and partnerships with other organisations including, museums, arts venues, charities and industry.
Research into Early Childhood is informed and inspired by the work of Froebel and oriented by Freire’s work on social justice, and our foundational relationship with the Froebel Trust. Working in an interdisciplinary way across different fields of study including early education, social pedagogy, health, psychology, social justice, environmental issues and sociology our research critically examines, develops, and applies these philosophical and practical approaches to contemporary issues concerning young children.