Welcome to the Research pages of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. The School is one of the leading UK centers for research in the field of professional education, with an international reputation for applied research and evaluation.
REF2014 confirmed the high quality of our research activity with 77% of outputs being assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.
The School hosts the prestigious UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation from 2016, with a focus on developing an understanding about how adult learning – particularly for women and young people - can address inequalities in the poorest communities of the world. Professor Anna Robinson-Pant, is the UNESCO Chair-holder.
The School hosts a number of active research seminar series:
The School hosted the internationally renowned Centre for Applied Research in Education (CARE) from 1970 until its closure in 2015. A rich resource base derived from the work of CARE can be found via the
Research in the School is organized around three key educational Domains.
- Pedagogy, Curriculum and Professional Learning (PCPL) Contact: Professor Elena Nardi; Professor Terry Haydn
- International Education and Social Change (IESC) Contact: Professor Anna Robinson-Pant
- Lifelong Learning Cultures (LLC) Contact: Professor Richard Andrews; Professor Victoria Carrington
Each Domain contains a number of specialist foci as well as active research groups:
- PCP: Mathematics education; English curriculum and pedagogy; History curriculum and pedagogy; Sport and Physical education; Archiving education research; Lesson Learning Studies.
- IESC: Lifelong learning, adult literacy and international development (supported by the UEA UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation); internationalization and HE; HE policy in the international context; minority groups and mobility; World Englishes, globalization and language policy.
- LLC: Informal learning in a range of communities & contexts; youth cultures and identities; digital and popular cultures; multimodality in poetics; e-Learning theory; public pedagogies and gender