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Themes across educational policy and practice

The key themes in our research include intersectionality, education policy, pedagogy and practice, STEM education, elite education, and global middle-classes.

We address educational identities and inequalities through the intersection of gender, social class, 'race'/ethnicity and disability. CSEE members also work on critical policy analysis, teacher subjectivity and affect, gendered public pedagogy, privilege and private education, and education in the middle-classes.

Key themes in our research include:

Intersectionality

We address educational identities and inequalities through the intersection of gender, social class, ‘race’/ethnicity and disability.

Projects

  • GASES: Gender and Sexual Equity in Schools

People

  • Ada Mau (issues and discourses of identities, ‘race’, gender and social class and social justice in education)
  • Jessica Ringrose (Intersectional Feminist Approaches; Posthuman and New Materialism Research Methodologies; Youth digital gender and sexual cultures and activisms; Diverse girls and women’s experiences of gendered advertising in London’s public spaces
  • Louise Archer (educational identities and inequalities, particularly in relation to gender, ethnicity and social class)
  • Michela Franceschelli, DSS (transitions to adulthood, sociology of youth and life course; migration & social inequalities; visual methods and film documentary)
  • Carol Vincent (social class, religion,  and race/ethnicity; families and their differential relationship with the education system; diversity, geographies of encounter, and inequality)
  • Alice Bradbury (intersectional inequalities in early years and primary education)

Education policy

Projects

  • Introduction of Baseline Assessment
  • How teachers understand and promote British values in schools (Leverhulme Major Research fellowship)

People

  • Annette Braun (critical policy analysis, teacher identities and teachers’ work)
  • Stephen Ball (education policy analysis and social theory)
  • Carol Vincent (critical analysis of contemporary education policy; diversity, community, citizenship and ‘British values’)
  • Alice Bradbury (education policy and inequalities in terms of class, gender and ‘race’; impact of policy in primary and early years education)

Pedagogy and practice

Projects

People

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education

Projects

People

  • Louise Archer (inequalities in science participation and STEM education; students’ science and career aspirations)
  • Jennifer DeWitt  (learning and engagement in early years, families and school groups in informal science environments)
  • Spela Godec (young people's engagement with science across formal and formal education, with a focus on social equity)
  • Ada Mau
  • Sandra Takei (PhD) (Subject choice in English secondary schools: A comparison of factors impacting A-level subject choice for physics and modern foreign languages)

Elite education

Projects

People

  • Claire Maxwell (private and elite education; international comparisons of elite tracks/configurations within national education systems)
  • Aline Courtois (elite education in the  Irish education system)

Global middle-classes

Projects

People