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  • World-leading research

    80% of our research publications rated world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014)

  • Influencing education policy and practice globally

  • Transforming lives through education

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Our research

Our research addresses the overarching aim of improved education and learning as a route to enhanced self-efficacy, economic well-being and life chances. We have a national and international reputation for impactful research which at the same time makes important contributions to theory across the education, language and learning spectrum.

World-leading rESEARCH

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014):

  • we are ranked in the top ten nationally for our research publications 
  • 80% of our research is considered to be world-leading or internationally excellent
  • the impact of our research in first and second language education is considered to be world-leading

Research AREAS

The majority of research carried out by the Institute of Education falls into two areas, which together constitute the Education, Language and Learning Research Division.  Both are concerned with fundamental questions relating to education and learning more broadly.

Language and Literacy in Education Research Group

This research group brings together researchers from across the fields of education, teacher education, psychology, and first and second language learning, and is interested in issues relating to the development of language and literacy in instructed, experimental and naturalistic settings.

Our research considers many aspects of language learning and teaching in educational contexts but with a particular focus on the: development of, and pedagogies for, listening, reading, writing and vocabulary; language learning motivation especially at points of educational transition; and teacher development/cognition.


Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education Research Group

Researchers interested in a range of issues, all broadly linked to the area of 'Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education' have come together to focus on a range of topics, including education and social mobility; young people's educational choices; special educational needs; inclusion, diversity and social justice; the role of parents, class, ethnicity and gender in educational engagement; educational leadership and management; women and leadership; and outdoor play and provision.

Current project highlights

Linguistic Creativity in Language Learning: the Education strand of a four-year research programme, Creative Multilingualism (led by Oxford University), funded by the AHRC. Strand Lead, Professor Suzanne Graham.

4Ps- Project: Practitioners' and Parents' Play Partnership: a project exploring practitioner-parent collaboration through the use of CPD and play built on Froebelian principles and pedagogy.  Principal Investigator, Dr Maria Kambouri-Danos. Funded by the Froebel Trust.

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