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RiSE (Research in School of Education ) newsletter Issue05 (Autumn 2011)


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RiSE (Research in School of Education ) newsletter Issue05 (Autumn 2011)

  1. 1. Research in the School of Education newsletterRiSE Autumn 2011Exhibiting‘Research thatMatters’ in the heartof GovernmentIndian Schools Community projectFull report on page 5New Research Centre facilitiesAlso inside: PhD news, Forthcoming research conferences, European research projects
  2. 2. ContentsExhibiting ‘Research thatMatters’ in the heart ofGovernment .......................3Forthcoming researchconferences ........................3Researcher profile:Sheena Bell .........................4European researchprojects ...............................4Paper to be deliveredDown Under .......................4Indian SchoolsCommunity project ...........5Welcoming Yumy tothe team..............................6New Research Centrefacilities ...............................6 WelcomePhD News ...........................7The School of EducationResearch Forum ................7PhD student support Another academic year is now well underway. With itgroup meetings .................7 have come new challenges for the research communityPhD training days..............7 in all universities.Inaugural visiting The need to provide value-for-money has always been apparent in researchprofessor lecture – undertakings. But to do this when budgets are being squeezed and otherProfessor John Visser ........8 resources are similarly diminished requires a great sense of innovation and commitment. The School of Education is demonstrating these qualities in its ongoing efforts in research and enquiry. A new purpose-designed suite for our PhD students has been opened, new projects are either being planned or inaugurated and a programme of support activity for staff and students is continually being refined and expanded. The energy and commitment of all those involved in either undertaking or supporting research activity is a key element in making these into the successes that are reported in RiSE. The present issue comprises the usual diverse range of practice-related researchIf you would like to be featured in future activity. This illustrates the range of our involvement, as well as the status witheditions of this publication, or would likemore information, please email which our partners and contractors outside the University have come to view So, we carry reports on staff involvement in projects in South India and mainlandWritten and produced by The University of Europe, as well as the work we are undertaking closer to home. Aspiring DoctoralNorthampton’s School of Education and candidates will find the account of Corallie Murray’s research to be invigoratingMarketing and External Relations Department. and an object lesson in exploring a research topic which is of direct relevanceAll submissions are the property of RiSE within our region.newsletter. Content © 2011 The University of As with previous editions of RiSE, what is contained here is a synopsis of justNorthampton, School of Education. some of the things we have achieved and will continue to strive for in educationalEditor Pam Cormack research here at The University of Northampton. As Editor I really ought to demanding more pages so that justice can be properly done to vibrant researchThanks to all The University of Northampton’s culture that now prevails within the School of Education.staff and School of Education partners whocontributed to this newsletter. Professor Philip Garner2 l RiSE l Web l Email
  3. 3. caption Forthcoming research conferences International Society for the Social Studies Annual Conference Orlando Florida, USA 1-2 March 2012 CICE (Canada International Conference on Education) Toronto, Canada 22-26 of April 2012 AERA (American Educational Research Association) Annual Conference Vancouver, Canada 13-17 April 2012 www.aera.netExhibiting ‘Research that Matters’ in International Conference onthe heart of Government the Future of Education Florence, ItalyBy Saneeya Qureshi 7-8 June 2012 a research student in the School of Education, I was International Conference:delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit my research A Child’s World – Working Together for a Better Futurein the House of Commons at the Million+ launch of 27-29 June 2012‘Research That Matters’ on 17 May 2011. Aberystwyth University, Wales ‘Million+’ Group of universities (of was to elicit comments and questions events/a-childs-world-conferencewhich The University of Northampton regarding my research design and BELMAS (British Educationalis a member) launched ‘Research that proposed methodology. Leadership ManagementMatters’ highlighting the importance and Administration Society) Judy’s poster, entitled ‘The Pedagogicalof research by staff and students at Conference Consequences of a Laissez-Fairemodern universities. It emphasises Individualistic Society’, presented some Manchesterthe need to ensure that public of her initial research findings about 20-22 July 2012funding and investment in research is how primary teachers of Mathematics fairly. conceptualise the whole class aspectMyself and Judy Sayers (both from of their work; the justifications for, British Educational Researchthe School of Education) and Richard and the knowledge and beliefs that Association ConferenceHazenberg (from Northampton Business underpin their actions. Findings were University of ManchesterSchool) were invited to showcase our also presented about the ways in which 6 September 2012research accompanied by David Watson their espoused beliefs resonated with the Graduate School. We enjoyed their actions. ECER (European Conferencea memorable day on the Terrace of the on Educational Research) David Willetts MP, Minister forHouse of Commons presenting posters Universities and Science, was the Cadiz, Spainabout our research areas and talking to keynote speaker for the day. Delegates 17-21 September 2012MPs, fellow researchers from Million+ were also addressed by Liam Burns, www.eera-ecer.euuniversities and other guests. President-Elect of NUS and DavidMy research poster, entitled ‘A Sweeney, Director (Research, Innovation 22nd Annual EECERASENCO for All Seasons’ showcased and Skills) at Hefce. (European Early Childhoodmy investigation into the impact of Education Research The event was informative and Association) ConferenceSpecial Educational Needs Coordinators enlightening. It was inspiring for me, Oporto, Portugal(SENCOs) on the ability of teachers as a first-year research student, to see date to be announcedto address Special Educational Needs and ask questions about research that in English Primary Schools. Being is being done across various disciplinesa first-year PhD student, the main and fields.objective of my poster presentation Web l Email l RiSE l 3
  4. 4. Researcher profileSheena Bell joined the University in 2006 as a SeniorLecturer and a member of CeSNER: Centre forEducation and Research.Since then, and thanks to the support universities, including Trinityshe has received from her professors and College, Dublin and thecolleagues to develop her research and University of Applied Sciences,academic writing skills, she has been Jyvaskyla in Finland.delighted to be involved in a number of She has published papersindividual research projects. These have outlining her research findingsmarried some of her personal interests, around the themes outlinedinspired by her own teaching experiences in a number of peer reviewedin schools, prisons, community, further journals such as the Journaland higher education, and working on of Research in Reading,international projects. the Journal of TeachingSheena is particularly interested and Teacher Education, Teachersin providing inclusive educational and Teaching: Theory and Practice,opportunities for adults who have been the Journal of Special Educationaldisadvantaged by the current education Needs (JORSEN) and Support forsystem, including those with disabilities Learning. She has presented papers Educational Needs (SEN) moving fromand special educational needs. She is at ten international conferences, compulsory education to further andalso interested in support for people promoting the work of The University of higher education. She is currently in thewith dyslexia and the teaching of Northampton and presenting evidence early stages of an international projectreading, and in line with her current role, for the importance of lifelong inclusive involving Finland, Estonia and the Czechthe provision of appropriate professional education. Republic which will run for two yearsdevelopment for specialist teachers. and include four international workshops With Dr Cristina Devecchi and Towards Inclusive Learning EnvironmentsSheena’s research and writing has colleagues from Trinity College, Dublin, in Vocational Education and Training.ranged from small scale, individual Sheena is currently preparing the finalresearch investigations, to successful report for an 18 month funded research Sheena finds her research rolebidding for funding and the execution of project for the National Council of challenging and fascinating and it haslarge research projects in collaboration Special Educational Needs in Ireland: complemented her own teaching at thewith not only colleagues from A study of the access and progression University as well as moving her on withNorthampton, but also from other experiences of students with Special her own personal development.European research projects Paper to be deliveredResearchers in the School of Education Down Underhave recently been successful in securing Philip Garner has delivered a paper, basedfunding with European partners for two on his recent research, to which Schoolnew projects. of Education colleague Annie FergussonSheena Bell and Andy Smith will be working with colleagues made a major contribution.from Finland and the Czech Republic on Project TILE (TowardsInclusive Learning Environments in vocational education and This was undertaken for the Australian Curriculum Reportingtraining) which will develop and pilot a ‘roadmap to inclusion’ and Assessment Authority (ACARA) in Sydney on Fridayfor students with SEN to be used by professionals in vocational 7 October at the Australian Curriculum Association’slearning environments. The project will also involve colleagues Biennial Conference. He will also agree the final version offrom Oxford and Cherwell Valley College who are delivering the University of Adelaide and ASEPA project report to thevocational education courses. Australian government.Richard Rose has worked with colleagues from Netherlands, On the same visit he met with colleagues from the University ofFinland, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Romania and Slovenia South Australia to finalise arrangements for a proposal to theto develop a project called ‘Access to Lifelong Learning in Australian Research Council: The University of NorthamptonHigher Education (ALL in HE)’ which will investigate the ways in is a Partner Investigator in a bid entitled ‘Interpretation andwhich students with disabilities and special educational needs Enactment of the Australian Curriculum by Educators ofaccess learning and assessment in higher education settings. Students verified with a Disability’.4 l RiSE l Web l Email
  5. 5. Indian Schools Communityproject underwayMembers of the School of Education have taken part in a Schools Project funded bythe TDA, which ran from April 2010 to September 2011. The research investigated theexpectations that a particular Indian community, based in Northamptonshire, had forthe Primary education of their children. The provision and support provided by schools tothese parents and their children were also investigated.The community is one which hasa distinct identity from a state insouth Indian with the local languagewidely spoken. Presently there areapproximately 100 families who haverelocated to Northamptonshire.Dr Anna Cox, Dr Estelle Tarry and DrJohnson Jament established workingrelationships with the communityover the first four to six months of theproject through a range of contacts withcommunity members. An evening socialevent with traditional regional food washeld at the University, and membersof the research team participated incommunity celebrations such as theOnam Festival.Data about parental expectations ofprimary schooling was gathered viagroup interviews with 20 families. Thesetook place in domestic settings offered their children’s learning, particularly Findings from the two groups showedby community members and were including homework, and greatly valued some strong relationships, for examplesupported by Johnson, who is himself a academic achievement. the parents’ focus on high academicspeaker of the local language. Thematic achievement was very clearly understoodanalysis of the data revealed that In the second phase of the study, the by schools. What seemed to be lackingalthough parents were highly educated schools attended by the children in the was parent initiated contact with schoolsthey did encounter some difficulties with sample group were contacted resulting as well as more detailed informationtheir children’s primary schooling. in several one-to-one interviews with about the taught curriculum and how school staff. The teacher interviewsThere was a widely held view among children’s learning could be most revealed that on the whole schools wereparents that the British Education effectively supported in the home. aware of the local Indian communitysystem was closely related to their own and had measures in place to facilitate Anna and Estelle presented a paper inexperiences of colonial style education communication with families but Istanbul in February 2011 outlining thein India. They expected more formal that there was less awareness of the initial first stage of the research: theteaching and less small group work, specific community group taking part in parents’ aspirations and expectations.less learning through exploration and the study. They followed this by presenting aless differentiation than their children paper at The University of Northamptonexperienced in British primary schools. Schools indicated that parents were Teaching and Learning conferenceThey indicated that they felt they did not made welcome, for example at special in May 2011 on the lessons learnt inknow enough about more recent British assemblies, and that the take up of undertaking cross-cultural research. Theyeducation and felt that their knowledge opportunities for teacher consultations are presently in the process of extendingof current educational practices was high. They noted that parents were this into a journal article and intendsometimes restricted their engagement often strongly focused on academic to report their findings to the schoolswith schools. achievement and wanted to know how as a contributution to school/parent children behaved towards school staffThe parents sought the opportunity relationships. and fellow pupils. In contrast to parentsfor up-to-date, accurate and timely concerns for firm behaviour managementschool communication; wanted more schools reported the children’s behaviourinformation about ways to support to be very good. Web l Email l RiSE l 5
  6. 6. WelcomingYumy tothe teamThe Centre forEducation andResearch (CeSNER) isdelighted to welcome anew research assistant New Researchthis term. Centre facilitiesZhao Yu (Yumy) comes to ushaving taught English in her We have a new home! As part of the recenthome city of Shenyang in LiaoningProvince China. redevelopment of the School of Education new facilitiesShe originally came to The have been provided to support PhD students andUniversity of Northampton to researchers.undertake comparative researchinto differences of teacher From having been spread across Park Campus in a number of small offices in recentperceptions of inclusive schooling years we now have a space dedicated to research in which students have their ownin England and China as part of personal space for working and storage and relaxation. This improved facility hasher MA Education (International) been greatly welcomed by all and has already become a hive of activity.and has also spent time working inEnglish schools. “The new Research Centre is a delight to work in. These smashing new facilities enable us to bring the best to our research, as we are now able to bounce ideasYumy has been working on Project off one another as we work in a comfortable and personalised environment.”IRIS (Inclusive Research in Irish Saneeya QureshiSchools) with Professor RichardRose and will be supporting other “On a grey day, it is quite energizing to be welcomed by the bright yellowprojects based within the Centre noticeboard with the contrasting blue wall, which makes me feel as thoughfor Education and Research. summer is always in the room. Being a part-time student, it is helpful to have access to other students who are going through the same process.” Carmel Capewell6 l RiSE l Web l Email
  7. 7. PhD NewsRecent PhD successCongratulations to Dr Corallie Murray who received her PhD at the recentgraduation ceremonies.Corallie, who is head teacher atFairfields School in Northampton,undertook research into themanagement of change in specialeducational policy and provision acrosstwo counties. Corallie’s work focused onhow managers at both Local Authorityand school levels respond to change,and the ways in which polices arecommunicated and implemented.As an experienced head teacher of aschool judged to be outstanding byOfsted, Corallie has a had a particularinterest in the ways in which changehas impacted upon her own school,and has been able to establish a clearrelationship between her roles asresearcher and head teacher. We lookforward to continuing to work closelywith Corallie in the future.The School PhD student PhD training daysof Education support The School runs PhD training days for students, potential students andResearch Forum group meetings supervisors.The School of Education Research Forum The monthly supervisor and PhD student The days take place termly and provide:is open to all members of academic and group meetings continue to provide a • platform for students to disseminate Aresearch staff within the school, as well as forum for discussion of methodological their work and receive feedback in aVisiting Professors and PhD students. matters related to individual projects. supportive environmentThe purpose of the forum, which is a These meetings are informal and relaxed • n opportunity for students to Aworking meeting, is to raise the profile but provide opportunities for critical exchange informationof research within the school, increasing discussion and reflection around the PhDbidding activity, supporting colleagues in process. • he chance for students to hear from Tsubmission of work for publication and established researchers on matters of Forthcoming meetings will be held from interest or concern to themincreasing research capacity. The aim 4.30-6pm on:is to give colleagues an opportunity to • n opportunity for potential students Apresent aspects of their research and to • 24 November 2011 to find out what it is like to study forcome together for practical writing and a PhD • 15 December 2011bidding activities. • 19 January 2012 The next PhD training day will take placeLast year’s Research Forums were very from 2-4.30pm on:well received by staff and students. The • 16 February 2012Forum will take place on the following • 2 February 2012dates, from 10am-4pm on each day: • 15 March 2012• 8 February 2012 • 19 April 2012• 20 June 2012 Web l Email l RiSE l 7
  8. 8. Inaugural visiting professorlecture – Professor John VisserOn 6 October ProfessorJohn Visser gave hisinaugural lecture asVisiting Professor in theSchool of Education.John, who is internationally knownfor his work in the area of childrenwith emotional and behaviouraldifficulties, addressed issues of ourunderstanding of behaviours thatchallenge. The lecture was entitled‘Past Wisdoms: Future Practice.Meeting the Needs of Children andYoung People with Behaviours thatcan Challenge’.An audience of academiccolleagues, research studentsand friends gave John a warmreception for his thought-provoking a distinguished career teaching in individual researchers and researchpresentation. John, who has schools, is working with colleagues students. Colleagues within the Schoolpreviously held positions at at The University of Northampton to of Education are looking forward tothe Universities of Exeter and look at the development of research working with him on a number ofBirmingham, as well as having bids as well as offering support to forthcoming projects. The University of Northampton Park Campus Boughton Green Road Northampton NN2 7AL Web Email