Centre for Research in Education
The Centre for Research in Education involves the participation of over 20 academic staff, as well as research students and associate members. It is a stimulus for capacity-building and for enabling staff to produce research articles, theoretical and methodological articles, book chapters and books focused on matters pertinent to educational leadership, pedagogy, policy and curriculum. The centre supports academic and research staff’s efforts to engage in external funding bid, research council grant applications and facilitates discussions around partnership work aimed at developing knowledge exchange opportunities.
Existing research activities in the Division of Education, including philosophies of education, early years development, teacher education, community education, academia, languages, minorities, values and citizenship education and widening access, are key areas of focus.
The Centre aims to act as a stimulus for research activity in the form of increased academic connectedness, increased volume of publications, increased funding applications, recruitment of research students and organisation of research student seminars. The Centre has secured funding from the Carnegie Trust and the Council of Europe and applications have also been submitted to ESRC, British Academy, Daiwa Foundation, HEA, Save the Children, the Higher Education Academy, the Society for Research into Higher Education and the Society for Educational Studies.
The Centre was established in April 2013. Since 2013 colleagues have increased research activity, presented at national and educational research conferences and managed to secure a number of small and medium sized research grants from the Carnegie Trust, the Council of Europe, the British Academy and the Scottish Government with support offered by the Centre. The Centre has attracted just over £473, 000 from external research grants.
The Centre for Research in Education has three main research groups around which academic staff focus their research efforts. The two groups are as follows
1. Schools-based Educational Research Group (S-BERG) – research focused on school related education policy, policy-making and analysis; pedagogical research, teacher professional development, curriculum-making and teacher education.
SCHOOLS-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH GROUP (S-BERG)
2. Citizenship, Values and Holocaust Education Research – Research focused on Citizenship education and political literacy development, Values-based pedagogy, Holocaust Education- policy and practice (Linked to the Vision Schools Scotland initiative) and Democratic classroom practices.
CITIZENSHIP, VALUES AND HOLOCAUST EDUCATION RESEARCH GROUP