This cluster aims to encourage and support research into education policy. A broad view of policy is taken. It is seen as a dynamic process involving principles and actions as they relate to education designed to bring about desired goals (Trowler, 2003).
The study of education policy is thus concerned with what changes are occurring in a particular area of interest, who are involved in these developments, what are the key drivers and their impact.
Members take a critical, analytical and resistant approach to the study of education, grappling with contested ideologies and concepts. The focus may be international, national, regional, local or within particular educational establishments. A range of areas of education are explored and as such we draw from and feed into the other research clusters. The cluster offers intellectually rigorous analysis of educational processes, discourses, systems and approaches and their philosophical, cultural, social, political and historical contexts.
Some of the many areas currently studied by colleagues include:
Members: Lindsey Andrews; Rachel Baig; Stephanie Brewster; Paul Campbell; Dr Andy Cramp; Angela Gault; Dr Anne Hollinshead; Ron Sargeant; Dr David Thompson; Paul Wiseman.
Associate members (whose main cluster is not Education Policy): Dr Zeta Brown and Julie Wilde.
Dr Stephanie Brewster
Research interests: Communication with children and adults with learning disabilities; Communication for social inclusion.
Dr Andy Cramp
Research interests: Informal learning; Disaffection.
Dr Angela Gault
Research interests: How the concepts and processes of the PGCE influence and shape the professional identities of trainee and newly qualified teachers.
Dr Anne Hollinshead
Research interests: Social justice; Widening participation; Gifted children.
Research interests: Education Management, in particular occupational motivation and staff morale in secondary schools; the wider socio-political context of secondary education with particular focus on Design and Technology.
Dr David Thompson
Research interests: Access; Inclusion; Widening participation.
Research interests: Early years, in particular early intervention programmes such as SureStart, inter-organisation partnership working within the context of Children’s services.