Research at the School of Education

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Number One for Research Impact

As researchers in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield, we work in partnership with local, national and international communities. Our research approaches are diverse, inclusive and critical; we value research that both challenges and empowers. Our aims include the development of equity and well-being for all, with due respect for differences in needs, aspirations and challenges of individuals.

Our research clusters have evolved around the research expertise and interests of their members.

We are keen to teach in ways that empower our students and which help them find their own ways of working and creating knowledge which might benefit not just themselves, but communities beyond the University.

We welcome enquiries about what we do and are open to discussion about how we might engage further with local and wider communities and individuals.

Education Matters

Education Matters blogEducation Matters is the School of Education Blog, dedicated to sharing the most current ideas from our Research Clusters.

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An Inclusive Community

We embrace diverse approaches to research and theory. We encourage collaborative involvement with professional groups, community projects and many more.

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Our Research Clusters


Critical Psychology and Education Cluster

The Critical Psychology and Education Cluster is distinctive in its critical approach to studying education, psychology, educational psychology, disability and mental health. We are especially committed to problematising ‘education’, ‘disability’ and ‘psychology’ which are all too often taken as objective givens. We engage through collaborative thinking, writing and activism. We are committed to airing and debating different, sometimes competing, perspectives.

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Early Childhood

Early Childhood Research Cluster

The Early Childhood Research Cluster draws on a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, with common concerns regarding social justice, a commitment to criticality, and a desire to drive methodological innovation. This drive is evident in our commitment to research that embraces innovative approaches to co-production, engaging children and young people in and with research, visual and arts-based methods, and ethically responsive research.

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Higher Education

Higher Education Research Cluster

The Higher Education Research Cluster undertakes conceptual, empirical, historical and policy research in the field of higher education, nationally and internationally. Higher education is defined broadly to encompass all the main settings of tertiary education, including colleges, universities, the workplace and the virtual world. We lead one of the programme areas in the ESRC Centre for Global Higher Education dedicated to the study of higher education and its future.

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Literacies Research Cluster

The Literacies Research Cluster is designed to support and enable research that draws on a perspective that literacy practices are embedded within everyday life. The Literacies Research Cluster engages with interdisciplinary research to look at literacy in life and learning contexts: we address issues such as post-colonialism, diaspora identities, migration and new emerging identities within contemporary society in relation to texts, practices and communication. 

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