University of Gloucestershire: Early Years and Education

InstitutionUniversity of Gloucestershire
Department School of Education
Study type Research


Our research strengths lie in curriculum studies, early years, leadership and diversity in education, learning for sustainability and professional development. We also have expertise in education policy, extremism and education and values in education.

The School of Education provides a stimulating and supportive environment with a blend of extensive professional expertise in different learning contexts, spanning early years to higher education.

Join a strong education research community of over 30 academic staff with different supervisory specialisms. Progress your knowledge and skills with engaged researchers who are pushing forward new knowledge and professional practice. Explore strengths in curriculum studies, early years, leadership and diversity in education, and professional development

As a research degree candidate, you will be supported by a supervisory team with expertise in your subject and/or research approach. A research degree deepens your understanding of your own professional practice and may open the door to work in fulltime research and higher education.

**Research Environment**

Our research environment has strong national and international links. This active background means that research students, whether studying full-time or part-time, join a group of engaged researchers involved in pushing forward both new knowledge and professional practice.

You are encouraged to attend national and international academic conferences and, in the latter stages of your research, present your ideas and receive feedback at such events.

The university also fosters publication opportunities, where, with the help of your supervisors, you may want to submit journal articles as part of your researcher development.

All students are required to take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers.

**Research Areas**

Some of our recent research includes:
- The application of constructivist learning theory to homework practice

- How coursework and exam-based study affect the learning of pupils in secondary science education

- Primary trainee teachers’ choice of mathematical examples for learning and the relationship with mathematics subject knowledge

- Pedagogy to enhance teaching and learning in science and environmental education within Initial Teacher Education

- The role of support workers in the learning of students with disabilities in higher education.

We may also be able to offer you effective supervision for cross-disciplinary projects that link to a range of other disciplines such as psychology, management and health.

This research contributes to the research priority area Learning and Professional Contexts.

**For more information and to apply for the Early Years and Education programme, please visit the subject page via**

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

MA (Res)

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