Our research is organised into four research themes.

Pedagogy

Pedagogy here refers to the study of the nature of teaching, including a study of principles, methods, strategies, and approaches used to teach. The nature of teaching is guided by theories and empirical research on how people learn. In this theme, pedagogy encompasses the pre-primary years to higher education. Pedagogy also encapsulates work in teacher education, government, and community; in other words, with those organizations who have an educational mandate to consider what is desirable to teach, how should we teach it, and in what ways do our people learn. Within this theme, attention is paid to both a) the disciplines and b) their interconnections. Explore our Pedagogy theme

Peripheries

Peripheries ruptures dominant western approaches to research in its turn to the periphery (sometimes but not exclusively, referred to as the majority world, global South, marginal, disabled, incarcerated, banished, subaltern or displaced persons – and territories). The core idea behind Peripheries is to preference peripheral thinking by exploring, in active integration with peripheral groups, ideas, critiques, and projects that can contribute to the recognition of the power and potency of peripheries and peripheral groups as well as recognition of the legacies and impacts of injurious practices. Explore our Peripheries theme

Educational and Life Transitions (E&LT)

The E&LT theme has been focussing on transition across the life course, especially those linked to educational transitions (but by no means exclusive to education). The research has highlighted the positive, dynamic and complex nature of transitions with the need to understand them as (i) an on-going process, (ii) holistic and dynamic (Educational and Life Transitions theory, E&LT), (iii) multiple and multi-dimensional (Multiple and Multi-dimensional Transitions theory, MMT) with changes in identity, (iv) requiring on-going support (SN-ABC theory) to ensure the wellbeing of the individual and significant others such as their family, peers and professionals. Explore our E&LT theme

Practice

The broad theme of practice captures convergent directions of travel across the different discipline areas within the School. All disciplines are concerned with professional practice. This theme considers the nature of contemporary professionalism and the need to educate new professionals to be comfortable in working with complexity and strangeness. This, in turn, asks questions of whether our current teaching practices, with an emphasis on applying ‘theory’ to ‘practice’ within a tightly regulated, codified and (ostensibly) ‘evidence-based’ context may in fact be inadequate preparing students for an increasingly fluid world. Explore our Practice theme