The School of Education supervises a large number of PhD students. Its academic support for doctoral students has been noted by several international experts as pioneering and exemplary in the academy. Research generally in the School of Education informs the School’s key programmes in Initial Teacher Education, including a general preparation at post-primary level (PME), BEd (Sports Studies and PE), BSc (Science Education) as well as work in early years and pre-school education through its BA (Early Years and Childhood Studies). Research also informs our highly sought-after in-service programmes for teachers such as the MEd and our Department of Education and Skills funded PDSEN (Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs). In addition staff contribute to the MA Applied Psychology (Guidance Counselling).
The School has a vibrant research culture as evidenced by the range of scholarly activities pursued individually and collectively by staff members. We promote collaborative research and encourage joint publications. We combine a traditional focus on high-quality, authored book projects alongside competitively-won, externally-funded projects in three key areas where we claim to have a national profile:
• Pedagogies, Learning and the Politics of Curriculum (encompassing learning cultures, school cultures, literacies, numeracies, curriculum, assessment, subject pedagogies, physical education and sports, the arts in education)
• Teacher Education and Professional Learning (encompassing student and established teacher identity formation, reflective practice, School-University mentoring/partnership)
• Schooling, Inclusion and Changing Childhoods (encompassing globalised and digital childhoods, school and societal belonging and exclusion, diversity, voice and identity; school cultures and whole school learning; racisms, religions, childhoods and sexualities).