Our division’s research falls into two areas concerned with fundamental questions about how prosperity and resilience can be achieved through education:
Our research in this area focuses on development of language for those with and without special educational needs, as well as second language acquisition. Particular strengths include research on foreign and second language education; pedagogy for learners with English as an additional language and other bilingual learners; reading, writing and vocabulary development; and eye movements during reading. Many researchers in the language area are members of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism, with which they collaborate closely.
We focus on educational equality, inclusion and social justice, from early years to the lifelong learning of adults. This encompasses health, social mobility, and the role of class, ethnicity and gender in engagement. We also explore leadership, teacher cognition, values in teaching and learning, and the impact of pedagogy and practice on educational outcomes. Individual subject areas such as gender, maths, history and science are also researched by several members of the group, with success in these subjects making important contributions to improved life chances.