School of Education

  • Humanistic Perspectives


    1. Advocate the value of humanistic research within wider educational and societal debates.
    2. Explore and contribute to the development of humanistic research methodologies in the School of Education.

    We intend to establish a collegial and productive community which supports members with their communal, and individual, projects.

    Our priorities for the first year of the research group are:

    1. Establish and run regular meetings for group members.
    2. Facilitate academic writing.
    3. Generate and maintain a social media presence as a pathway to knowledge exchange and communal group activity.
    4. Seek external funding for research.
    5. Contribute to School of Education-wide, Faculty wide events and events beyond Oxford Brookes University.
    6. Contribute to seminars, within and across research groups and within School of Education.

    Group members include research students and lecturers, working on different projects, with common humanistic aims.


    • Remembrance in schools.
    • Youth aspirations in the UK and US.
    • Fatherhood and the outdoors in children’s picture books.
    • Reading for pleasure
    • Class and ability in educational policy.
    • Moral education and citizenship, historical and philosophical perspectives.
    • Learning with artists and art and design education policy.
    • Child-centred pedagogy within the Forest School approach.
    • Cross-curricular approaches to primary history.
    • History and philosophy of primary education.
    • Phenomenological insights to the practice and theory of teaching, spirituality and education.
    • Doctoral identity.


    Group members are organising a number of major events in the coming months:

    • Culture, Commitment and Care across the Life Course, Oxford Brookes University, 8-9 June 2017.
    • MA Artist-Teacher exhibition, Glass Tank, JHBB, 19 June-21 July 2017.
    • Visual Methods symposium, 17 November 2017. This is the second annual Multiple Methods in Educational Research event, and is being organised by members of the Humanistic Perspectives, Applied Linguistics and STEAM research groups. This event is open to academic staff and graduate students throughout the South East region, and comprises presentations from external speakers, and workshops for working with visual data organised by staff in the School of Education.


    Members are involved in various academic, professional and policy networks:

    • British Association for Early Childhood Education;
    • History of Education Society; International Standing Conference for the History of Education; Social History Society;
    • British Educational Research Association, particularly the History, Children and Childhoods, and Social Justice SIGs.
    • National Association for Environmental Education, Forest School Association
    • Association of Social Anthropologists; Anthropology of Childhood and Youth Special Interest Group, American Anthropological Association
    • National Society of Education in Art and Design; All Party Parliamentary Group for Art and Design Education
  • Academic staff with related research interests

    Dr Patrick Alexander

    Director, Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development (CECD); Research Lead
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488466 | Email: | Location:

    Mr Robert Drake

    Student Support Coordinator

    Ms Georgina Glenny

    Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies and Literacy Difficulties
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488570 | Email: | Location:

    Dr Annie Haight

    Senior Lecturer in Education
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488302 | Email: | Location:

    Dr Rachel Payne

    Senior Lecturer in Education (Art)
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488339 | Email: | Location: Harcourt Hill Campus

    Dr James Percival

    Senior Lecturer in Education
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488364 | Email: | Location:

    Mrs Lorna Shires

    Prinicipal Lecturer: Teacher Development
    Phone: | Email: | Location:

    Dr Ian Summerscales

    Senior Lecturer in Education
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488532 | Email: | Location: Harcourt Hill Campus

    Mr Nick Swarbrick

    Affiliate Lecturer (Early Childhood & Outdoor Learning)
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488544 | Email: | Location:

    Mr Mathew Tobin

    Senior Lecturer in Education: Primary English with Children's Literature
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488355 | Email: | Location:

    Dr Susannah Wright

    Senior Lecturer in Education Studies and Postgraduate Research Tutor
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488909 | Email: | Location: A1.03