Researching children and young people

Children learning 

This theme focuses on the experiences of children and young people and analyses policy and social contexts, which impact their lives.

Our research is underpinned by the view that children and young people are active agents in their own lives.

We provide perspectives on their experiences to inform practices and policies. This improves learning and opportunities for a fulfilled life.

Were interested in learning in its broadest sense, including informal learning and learning in out of school contexts.

Our research strengths

Our research strengths are in approaches to curriculum planning and organisation.

In addition, researching learning and teaching within subject areas related to the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage.

We are engaged in innovative practice development and transformational knowledge exchange with schools and settings in the region.

Our work supports the principles of the Cambridge Primary Review and we are a regional centre for this network.

Areas of expertise

We have expertise in researching different aspects of communication, language and literacies, these include:

  • language acquisition
  • experiences of bi-lingual learners
  • classroom talk within different subject areas
  • content language integrated learning
  • supporting children's reading experiences in a range of contexts.

In addition, underreported areas in early childhood. We have forged strong links with professionals working with young children in the region. We host research conferences and seminars in this area.

This theme is led by Professor Penelope Harnett.

See our Researching children and young people projects

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