School of Education

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  • Research

    The School of Education is home to a vibrant, inclusive, interdisciplinary research community. Our six research groups span diverse fields of learning and development across the life course, from the early years to higher education, to work-based and lifelong learning. Internationally-recognised researchers and researcher-practitioners work alongside early career researchers and doctoral students in an environment that encourages collaboration and critical dialogue. We work across the rich disciplinary and methodological traditions of educational research, including the humanities, social sciences, life sciences, and health sciences. Funding comes from a variety of organisations, including research councils, government departments, international agencies and charities.

    Applied Linguistics and Language in Education covers the science of phoneme articulation and language processing, to the politics and pedagogy of first languages in schools. Members share a common interest in the integral role of language in human development and social interaction. Work also includes engagement with language across the curriculum in schools, and the development of academic language literacies in Higher Education.

    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.


    Past conferences

    School of Education Conference 2020: Principles in Practice

    The inaugural virtual conference was hosted by the School of Education at Oxford Brookes University on the 20th May 2020. The theme encouraged contributions that broadly explored the relationship between ideas and action - or principles and practice - in the field of education.

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