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The School of Education comprises six research groups whose interests span learning and development from early years to primary, secondary, further and higher education. This includes work-based and lifelong learning, in an environment that brings together education, psychology and health sciences. Funding comes from a variety of organisations, including research councils, government departments, international agencies and charities.
Applied Linguistics includes bilingualism and multilingualism, English as an Additional Language, out-of-school learning, intercultural communication, language and identity, language policy, language learning and teaching, second language acquisition, Special Educational Needs, linguistic human rights, forensic linguistics, international student experience and university culture.
Early Years explores quantitative research into pedagogic interactions and qualitative research into the emotional aspects of relationships between adults and children, as well as quality in Early Years Provision and the experiences of Early Years practitioners in Higher Education.
Humanistic Perspectives draws together researchers who adopt a variety of humanistic methodologies (historical, philosophical, literary, anthropological, visual and artistic).
Inclusion and Wellbeing critically explores policy, pedagogy and practice in relation to the educational experiences of children and young people who are ‘vulnerable’, ‘marginalised’ or ‘excluded’.
Policy, Partnership and Leadership is concerned with the changing policy agenda for education, the new relationships being forged as school, further education and university partnerships shift, and the types of educational leadership required to address the challenges of the 21st Century.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEAM): Learning and Pedagogy developed from a focus on STEM subjects and integrates Art and Design, promoting intellectual and creative potential across subjects – in relation to learning and pedagogy across a spectrum of curriculum subjects.