Research and Practice in Higher Education (Temporary theme Lead: Prof Sally Elton-Chalcraft)
This theme explores aspects of Higher Education with a particular focus on Assessment in Higher Education and Teacher Education. Our two independent networks are ‘housed’ in this theme – Assessment in Higher Education (AHE) and Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN), both of which have an annual conference and an international network of members. Our theme provides a space to critically investigate, through rigorous research, all aspects of HE pedagogy.
Outdoor Learning (Theme Lead: Prof Heather Prince)
Outdoor learning involves facilitated experiences in the outdoors normally informal and non-formal education. It includes outdoor and environmental education, adventure, recreation and physical activity for a range of outcomes such as health and well being, personal, social and intellectual development, and enhanced relationships with nature and place. Outdoor learning is important on a global scale to build positive values and a sustainable future, particularly for children and young people.
Community (Theme Lead : Dr Tracy Hayes)
This theme takes a transdisciplinary approach to research participation and engagement in communities, with a focus on inclusion and finding effective ways to access and to listen to communities’ voice. It will complement and collaborate with community research, participation and engagement activities across the University and the surrounding communities. This includes community-based / community settings, schools, voluntary and community organisations, working closely with the cross-curricular network Participatory Action Research and Creative methods (PARCM). The aim is to develop and support a programme of researcher-community engagement research projects.