WELCOME TO THE RESEARCH AT SEF FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
|Introduction by Mark Hadfield
In these changing times, research in education and universities’
role in supporting practitioner research are having to adapt.
Increasingly, we at CeDARE want to provide a place and a space for
holding and disseminating cutting edge research and accounts of new
In this newsletter you will mainly see materials
and outputs from research carried out here at the university, but we
want this to change. We intend to showcase research being produced in
the schools, colleges and settings across the West Midlands. If you
have something that we can help share with others then please
visit our website to find out more.
We also want to extend an invite to our forthcoming
research conference. Traditionally this has focused on staff and
students at SEF but we would welcome submissions for presentations from
local practitioners. Find out more in the news item below.
Director of Research
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CeDARE to host Higher Education Academy
workshop on March 13th 2012
This FREE event entitled "What
the ‘Digital Natives’ taught us about learning in a virtual world"
disseminates a research project investigating undergraduate Media
students' responses to virtual enquiry-based learning in order to
identify the 'conditions of possibility' required in a very specific
context for virtual world learning. Get full details and book your place.
Forthcoming Annual Research Conference
Would you like to be involved?
Research Conference is an annual event at which SEF colleages share
their research. The keynote lecture, this year being
delivered by Prof Deb McGregor, is open to the publicand is entitled
"From Withensea to Wolverhampton and beyond : A reflective journey
toward conceptualising and understanding learning".
Find out more about the School Research
This year we also welcome submissions for presentations from
local practitioners. Find out
more about submitting your practitioner research for the conference.
Developing Pedagogy Research Cluster
undergoes a facelift
Julian McDougall, the new coordinator of the established Developing
Pedagogy research cluster, has implemented a new structure based around
four Special Interest Groups (SIGs). These groups foster research
into cross-sector contexts and practices. The four SIGs are 'Designing
for Learning', 'Media and Digital Literacies', 'STEM research' and
'Reflective Practice'. SIGs provide communities of practice for
Professional Doctorate students to develop their work and extend the
support networks available to them.
more about the Developing Pedagogy Research Cluster
Excellence in Mathematics
Cochrane reports back from the National Centre for Excellence in
the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) Regional Meetings on 25th November
2011. The meeting was aimed at pulling together members of the
Mathematics Teaching Network within the West Midlands. The agenda for
the day included opportunities to engage in discussions with colleagues
from a variety of areas, including a number who were previously
involved with the National Strategies.
the full story with links to resources.
New MA distance learning module - Research
Module leader Andy Cramp, along with colleagues including Learning
Information Services, are delivering the new Research Methods module,
which is now available as a distance learning module via the
University’s VLE, WOLF. The module prepares students for the final part
of the MA: the dissertation. Andy explains:
module cuts out any travel to the campus, but we still value engagement
between tutors and students. We do this via 'learning discussions'
which are open to all participants so we share our understandings of
research methods and build a virtual community”.
tutors work with students in this environment and encourage debate
amongst students to develop understandings and support assignment
work. Assignments are also received by e-submission via the VLE too.
module is organised via learning episodes which can be accessed when
participant feels ready. Learning episodes consist of video, web links,
annotated reading and activities shared in learning discussions.
The first run of the module with 25 students has been a success but we
still run face-to-face iterations for those who prefer to learn that
way. For further information contact A.Cramp@wlv.ac.uk.
delegates, nine countries, one challenge!
Learning Technologies Unit hosted a Transversal Study Visit in
December. This included 11 head teachers, inspectors and
from France, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Turkey, Spain, Guadeloupe, Ireland,
and Norway. The delegates attended a course designed by the
University entitled “Effective use of ICT to Develop Numeracy Skills in
Compulsory Education.” Read the full story here.
School for Education Futures will be hosting further study visits and
we are always looking for new schools who are willing to host visits in
partnership with us. If you would like to express an interest,
please contact DianaBannister@wlv.ac.uk.
of Professional Doctorate
are currently working on the revalidation of the Professional Doctorate
in Education, which provides a taught structure for doctoral research
for educational practitioners. New aspects of the revalidated programme
include a digital portfolio element, a range of exit awards
allowing for more flexible options for completion, and closer
alignment of the course with CeDARE's research clusters.
Naomi Eisenstadt comes to the
university on 8th February
Eisenstadt will be coming to the university to talk
about her work and current research interests. In 1999 Naomi became
the first Director of Sure Start. After this she became the Secretary
State’s Chief Adviser on Children’s Services and then Director
of the Social Exclusion Task Force. Currently, she is a Senior Research
Fellow at the University of Oxford and has just published a new
book ‘Providing a Sure Start’ that examines the ‘rediscovery’
Social documentary making as a pedagogic
McDougall is continuing to work on the EU project 'Social documentary
making as a pedagogic tool', which covers nine countries. For the UK
research, Julian is working with three schools in the West Midlands who
are implementing ethnographic social documentary-making on the theme of
European identity. Participating students will see their films screened
at the Lisbon Film Festival in October.
- Media Education Research Journal
Julian McDougall, recently
appointed Reader in CeDARE, is the founding co-editor of MERJ,
Media Education Research Journal and Julie Hughes
has joined the editorial board.
from Rasch Model: statistical research training
statistical research training days took place in December at
Manchester. David Cooper and Saun Starr report on their attendance at
these workshops. The two days were an introductory course about what a
Rasch model tells us and how to use the WINSTEPS Rasch analysis
analysis and modelling can sometimes appear to be very complex and
daunting and the course was certainly very challenging and
thought-provoking at times. This model has the potential to support not
only staff research interests, but also the analysis of SEF student
characteristics and general feedback to develop further reflection on
David and Sean would like to give an short
session for the Developing Pedagogy Cluster about Rasch analysis and
Rasch modelling during spring/summer 2012. If you would like more
information, please contact David Cooper (email@example.com)
& Sean Starr (S.Starr@wlv.ac.uk).
Teaching that Matters: Showcasing
innovative teaching and learning in modern universities
lead: Mark Hadfield
project details online
The project team have completed the report 'Teaching that Matters'
for Million+, the university think-tank. The report and its
booklet of case studies showcase innovative teaching, learning, and
assessment from modern universities, as well as featuring success
stories of influential graduates and video interviews with lecturers,
students and leaders from four modern universities.
is being launched by Million+ on 10 February 2012 at the University of
Greenwich. The team would like to thank all of the universities that
contributed to the research.
Visit to Birzeit University, Palestine
lead: Karl Royle
SEF colleagues Karl Royle, Julie Hughes, Liz Coleyshaw, Professor John
Traxler (The Learning Lab) and Neha Tejala from partner institution
Stanford University report a very positive trip to Birzeit
University, Ramallah in January.
The team achieved the objectives of the trip which were
to: establish a three-way partnership for ongoing collaboration
between Stanford, University of Wolverhampton and Birzeit; develop a
joint masters programme in the transformation of education through
engagement with technology that leads to student exchange; develop
colleagues’ capacity to deliver courses using digital technology;
and promote knowledge exchange through collaborative action
the full story online.
Listening to children’s perspectives:
improving the quality of provision in early years' settings
lead: Michael Jopling
project details online
This research is part of the wider longitudinal study of the
role and impact of EYPS upon outcomes for children, commissioned by
CWDC, and sets out to ascertain how Early Years’ Professionals (EYP)
use and respond to children’s perspectives (CP) to inform their
practice and improve the quality of their provision. The overall aims
of the study are to provide reliable insights into three key
areas: the issues EYPs face in listening, articulating and
responding to CP; how EYPs react to the tensions and barriers
inherent in responding to children’s voice; the disparities
between children’s and EYPs perspectives on the nature of the provision
and how these are responded to.
The methodology is designed to provide opportunities for the EYPs to be
active participants in the process. They are encouraged to observe the
researchers work with the children. The children take the researcher on
a tour of their nursery and take photographs of their favourite spaces
and activities. The photographs are then used as a catalyst for
discussion with the children. EYPs are then encouraged to reflect upon
this process and their own engagement with CP activities. We are
currently completing nursery visits and findings will be reported in
More Funded Research projects from CeDARE
CeDARE website is full of great projects and report downloads. View all funded research projects.
New on UPRG.co.uk
The Urban Projects Research
Group website contains the video and voice work of Mark Hadfield and
View all CeDARE Reports content
there an epistemology of video?
This question was put to Mark Hadfield and Kaye Haw by Penny Lawrence,
an EdD student from the University of Winchester. Always up for a
discussion, here you can see Mark and Kaye trying to work out whether
this was a good question and if they had any good answers. You can
video at the UPRG website.
international students in higher education: A comparative UK-US
This paper by Brendan Bartram and Mayumi Terano is published
in The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social
Sciences, Vol 4 (2). The paper offers a critical examination
of the ways in which international students are supported by the
variety of systems commonly in place at universities in the UK and USA.
Find out more online
View all of the latest publications in the
research profiles in the CeDARE staff directory.
Latest Conference Papers
View details of these and
more conference presentations for this academic year.
- Devlin L, 'The ripple effect: reflections on
the evolving CPD leadership practice in one UK region'. Paper delivered
at IPDA, Aston, Birmingham.
- Hadfield M, 'How might better ‘network theory’
aid organisational and system reform efforts?' Paper delivered at
ICSEI, Malmo, Sweden.
We would like to apologise to Sarah Powell & Vanessa Dye for
failing to acknowledge their contribution to ‘Developing Reflective Practice: A Guide for
Beginning Teachers’ in the last newsletter. Congratulations
again to all of the authors on a fantastic publication!
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- Journal of Research in Post Compulsory
Education: Special Issue Call for Papers: Reclaiming the Disengaged?
Critical perspectives on young people not in education, employment or
- Action in Teacher Education: Special Issue Call
for Papers: Examining the Perspectives of Students, Candidates,
Teachers, and Teacher Educators.
- Critical Studies in Education: Call for Papers
for 2011 and 2012.
- "Shaping Educational Reform: Learning from
Research and Practice” The British Educational Leadership, Management
and Administration Society.
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15-16 Feb 2012:
2nd BECERA Conference ‘Evidencing Practice through Professional
Inquiry’ Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Birmingham.
21 Feb 2012: Reviewing the Maths Curriculum:
National Curriculum Seminar Series, London.
23 Feb 2012: Motivating
29 Feb 2012: Reviewing the English Curriculum:
National Curriculum Seminar Series, London
5-7 March 2012:
INTED 2012, 6th International Technology, Education and Development
Conference, Valencia, Spain.
8-9 Mar 2012:
International Conference New Perspective for Science Education,
11-13 Mar 2012:
IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2012, Berlin, Germany.
13 Mar 2012:
Reviewing the Science Curriculum: National Curriculum Seminar Series,
Mar-1 April 2012: NSTA 2012 Indianapolis National
Conference on Science Education.
For full details of these conferences and
more, and to download the forms you to attend,
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